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special project of the public interest program for

Fair Investor Access

Supporting investor interests in

appraisal rights for intrinsic value realization

in the buyout of

Dell Inc.

For related issues, see programs for

Appraisal Rights Investments

Fair Investor Access

Project Status

Forum participants were encouraged to consider appraisal rights in June 2013 as a means of realizing the same long term intrinsic value that the company's founder and private equity partner sought in an opportunistic market-priced buyout, and legal research of court valuation standards was commissioned to support the required investment decisions.

The buyout transaction became effective on October 28, 2013 at an offer price of $13.75 per share, and the appraisal case was initiated on October 29, 2013, by the Forum's representative petitioner, Cavan Partners, LP. The Delaware Chancery Court issued its decision on May 31, 2016, establishing the intrinsic fair value of Dell shares at the effective date as $17.62 per share, approximately 28.1% more than the offer price, with definitive legal explanations confirming the foundations of Shareholder Forum support for appraisal rights.

Each of the Dell shareholders who chose to rely upon the Forum's support satisfied the procedural requirements to be eligible for payment of the $17.62 fair value, plus interest on that amount compounding since the effective date at 5% above the Federal Reserve discount rate.

Note: On December 14, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the decision above, encouraging reliance upon market pricing of the transaction as a determination of "fair value." The Forum accordingly reported that it would resume support of marketplace processes instead of judicial appraisal for the realization of intrinsic value in opportunistically priced but carefully negotiated buyouts.



For the New York Post report previously distributed to Forum participants that provided a foundation for the video and article below, and for an earlier article about potentially related Icahn interests overlooked in these reports, see


Source: CNBC, June 14, 2013 video and article

Faber Report: Icahn In the Dell?

Fri 14 Jun 13 | 01:38 PM ET

What is the possibility Carl Icahn will drop out of the Dell deal? CNBC's David Faber reports. With Kate Kelly.



Carl Icahn Could Drop Out of Dell Deal

Published: Friday, 14 Jun 2013 | 2:55 PM ET

Scott Eelis | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Carl Icahn, billionaire investor and chairman of Icahn Enterprises Holdings LP

Icahn In the Dell?

What is the possibility Carl Icahn will drop out of the Dell deal? CNBC's David Faber reports. With Kate Kelly.



As time gets tight for Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management to shore up the structure and financing of their recap plan for Dell, sources close to the situation said the chances that Icahn will bow out of his pursuit of the recap have grown considerably.

While Icahn is not talking, bankers and bond investors who have negotiated with him to line up what is now $5.2 billion in financing said the prospect of a need for another $2 billion in equity for a recap is giving Icahn pause as he reviews the horrendous operating numbers that Dell has recently reported.

Those numbers, when coupled with the need for more debt and equity to address a so-called liquidity gap in funding a $12 special dividend, may tip Icahn to bow out. His teaming with Southeastern Asset Management, however, may add a layer of complexity to that decision, should it come.

A spokesperson for Southeastern had no comment.

Whatever path the group chooses, it is running out of time to do so. The meetings with proxy advisory firm ISS, at which both Dell and Icahn will present their plans, are fast approaching. Without a shored up financing plan for his recap, Icahn has little chance of winning ISS's backing—backing that's likely to prove crucial in the July 18 shareholder vote on the deal.

—By CNBC's David Faber.



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