Dell founder ups his offer to take over PC maker
Michael Dell bowed to shareholder pressure yesterday in his battle to take the computer maker he founded private, but warned that his raised offer for Dell was the "best and final proposal".
A shareholder meeting in Texas to vote on the previous $13.65-a-share proposal from Mr Dell, who is backed by the private-equity firm Silver Lake, was again postponed at the 11th hour after he upped the offer by 10 cents to $13.75 a share, or $24.6bn (£16bn).
However, he said the new offer was dependent on a change in the voting rules, arguing that those shareholders who failed to vote should not be counted as against the offer. "There is simply no rational basis for shares that are not voted to count as votes against the merger agreement," he said.
Yesterday's shareholder meeting was itself only arranged after a meeting last week was adjourned within minutes as it emerged that Mr Dell's buyout bid had failed to secure enough votes to pass. Shareholders will now get to vote on the new offer on 2 August.
Mr Dell, who started the company from his dorm room in 1984, has been battling for months with the billionaire Carl Icahn and investment company Southeastern Asset Management, who own nearly 13 per cent of Dell.
Southeastern and Mr Icahn, who say Mr Dell's offer under‑ values the company, have tabled their own offer that would see shareholders get $14 a share plus a warrant that can be exchanged for shares at $20 each.
In the run-up to yesterday's meeting, Mr Icahn and Southeastern issued an open letter urging the board committee considering the deal not to push back the meeting again. "It's time to vote. Do not move election day again. This is not a banana republic," they said.
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
iJobs Money & Business
£20 - 24k (Uncapped Commission - £35k Year 1 OTE): Guru Careers: We are seekin...
£20 - 24k + Benefits: Guru Careers: This is a great opportunity for an enthusi...
£280 - £320 per day: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group have been engaged by a l...
£400 - £450 Per Day: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: **URGENT CONTRACT ROLE**...