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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.

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Appraisal Rights Investments

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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.


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Dell management supports investment based on long term enterprise value


Source: TechWorld, November 19, 2013 article

Dell thinks long term after going private

No changes to local teams facing customers and partners

(Computerworld)  |  19 November, 2013 10:14

Dell vice president of ANZ, Joe Kremer at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Melbourne

Going private will give Dell the “passion and energy” of a technology startup, said Dell's vice president for Australia and New Zealand, Joe Kremer.

Dell CEO Michael Dell and investment partner Silver Lake completed their deal to buy out the company for US$24.9 billion late last month. Michael Dell has said that going private will remove pressure of answering to shareholders and give leaders more flexibility in decision making.

“The biggest thing that will change is that we have a much greater focus on the long term,” Kremer told Australian customers in a keynote at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Melbourne.

Since Dell will no longer be a listed company, “the outcome of any particular quarter becomes less important, and the outcome for our customers and our business in the long term becomes even more important”, he said.

“From a financial perspective as a private company, we’ll no longer be paying a half a grand dollars on dividends, we’ll no longer be doing stock buybacks, and we have more than $5 billion a year in positive cash flow.”

Kremer said Dell will maintain its focus on customers, with no changes to local teams handling customers and partners.

Michael Dell, who will own 75 per cent of the company under the new structure, has said he wants to be “very personally involved” in the company’s affairs, Kremer noted.

“There’s no question it’s a little unusual for a founder of a $50 billion company going private, and he’s putting more money in, and very keen to run things as a private company.”

Kremer said Dell is seeing significant growth in new businesses including software, services and data centres. Also, Dell has increased investment in research and development, he said.

“You can expect to see more and more investment and more and more growth in these new and emerging areas at Dell.”

Adam Bender travelled to Melbourne as a guest of Dell.

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Copyright 2013 IDG Communications.


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