Dell Returns to Public Trading

Dell Technologies Inc. announced plans to trade publicly again. The company went private in 2013 following a $25 billion buyout by Dell and Silver Lake. Now, after a $22 billion stock buyout, Michael Dell will remain in charge along with investment firm Silver Lake, which retains its 24 percent ownership of Dell. 

Silver Lake partnered with Michael Dell in 2013 to execute the largest privatization in the history of the technology industry. In 2015 the firm completed the largest takeover in the tech industry, acquiring EMC Corporation in a transaction valued at $67 billion. Dell announced the deal with a press release.

ROUND ROCK, Texas, July 2, 2018 — Dell Technologies announced today that it has reached an agreement with its Special Committee of independent directors to exchange the outstanding Class V tracking stock for Class C common stock of Dell Technologies or an optional cash election. Dell Technologies Class C common stock will become publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Dell Technologies will propose to exchange each share of Dell Technologies Class V tracking stock for 1.3665 shares of Dell Technologies Class C common stock, or at the holder’s election, $109 in cash, subject to the aggregate amount of cash consideration not exceeding $9 billion. All of the shares of Class V tracking stock of holders who do not opt to receive cash will be converted into Class C common stock, and the Class V tracking stock will be eliminated.

The offer of $109 in cash consideration per share represents a 29% premium to the Class V share closing price prior to announcement and gives holders of Class C common stock the opportunity to participate in Dell Technologies’ future value creation. Following the close, current Class V stockholders will own 20.8%-31.0% of Dell Technologies, depending on cash election amounts. Based on an implied value of $109 per share, Dell Technologies, excluding the Class V common stock, had a pre-transaction equity value of $48.4 billion and a pro forma fully diluted equity value of $61.1 – 70.1 billion.

VMware’s board of directors, on the recommendation of a special committee of its directors, has voted to declare an $11 billion cash dividend pro rata to all VMware stockholders contingent on satisfaction of the other conditions to the completion of the transaction. Dell Technologies’ share of such dividend will be approximately $9 billion. Dell Technologies intends to use the dividend proceeds to finance the cash consideration paid to Class V stockholders, with remaining cash proceeds, if any, being used to fund future share repurchases or debt pay-down. 

“I am proud to lead this great company into its next chapter as we continue to evolve and grow to the benefit of our customers, partners, investors and team members,” said Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies. “Unprecedented data growth is fueling the digital era of IT, and we are uniquely positioned with our portfolio of technologies and services to enable the digital, IT, security and workforce transformations of our customers. Most importantly, I remain deeply committed to this company and working with our world-class team to build the long-term value of Dell Technologies and its businesses.” Michael Dell, who currently owns 72% of Dell Technologies common shares, will continue to serve as Chairman and CEO.

The Special Committee said, “Over the last five months, with the assistance of our independent financial and legal advisors, we have conducted a thorough evaluation of a number of alternatives to maximize stockholder value. Throughout the process, we had ongoing discussions and negotiations with Dell Technologies regarding the transaction structure and key value parameters. Following this comprehensive evaluation, we determined that the transaction announced today is the best way to maximize value for all Class V stockholders. The implied value of $109 per Class V share Class V stockholders with a significant and immediate premium as well as the ability to participate in the future upside of Dell Technologies. Further, the option for stockholders to elect up to $9 billion in cash (nearly half of the implied transaction value) provides stockholders the ability to, in whole or in part, obtain certainty on the value received for their shares.”

Dell Technologies is experiencing strong positive momentum across its businesses after a period of strong revenue growth, earnings, cash flow and accelerated debt pay-down. In the most recent quarter, the company generated revenue of $21.4 billion, a 19% increase year-over-year, net loss decreased 55% to $0.5 billion and the company generated $2.4 billion of adjusted EBITDA, a 33% increase year-over-year. Over the trailing twelve-month period Dell Technologies generated $82.4 billion of revenue with a net loss of $2.3 billion and cash flow from operations of $7.7 billion. Over the same period, Dell generated $83.5 billion of non-GAAP revenue, $4.8 billion of non-GAAP net income and $9.7 billion of adjusted EBITDA. Dell Technologies has maintained a disciplined pace of deleveraging, having paid down $13 billion of gross debt since its merger with EMC in September 2016.

Silver Lake, which partnered with Michael Dell in 2013 to execute the largest privatization in the history of the technology industry, currently owns 24% of Dell Technologies’ common shares and as part of this transaction will maintain the entirety of its investment in the company.

Egon Durban, Managing Partner and Managing Director of Silver Lake, commented: “We are grateful to Michael and his management team at Dell Technologies and VMware for their extraordinary performance that has preceded this transaction, which will enable the company to continue on its accelerating growth trajectory. We are excited that public investors will share in Dell Technologies’ dynamic value creation with Silver Lake, which has no plans to seek liquidity and remains an enthusiastic long-term shareholder.  Dell Technologies has the most complete and richest portfolio of technology assets spanning all aspects of digital and IT transformation and is strategically positioned to take full advantage of the new era of emerging technology trends including IoT, AI, Machine Learning, 5G, cloud computing and mobility. It is an honor for Silver Lake to be an investor and partner with one of the world’s great companies, entrepreneurs and management teams.” 

A special committee of independent members of VMware’s board of directors recommended that the VMware board declare the contingent cash dividend to support the transaction. Dell Technologies believes the elimination of the Class V tracking stock and simplification of the VMware ownership structure is beneficial to VMware Class A public stockholders. VMware Class A public stockholders will also participate pro rata in the significant return of capital. VMware will remain an independent publicly traded company.

“VMware has thrived as part of the Dell Technologies family and has seen tremendous traction and strategic relevance with all customers, resulting in significant revenue growth and financial performance,” said Michael Dell. “After the transaction concludes, I am looking forward to VMware’s continued independent status, strategy and capital allocation policy for organic investment, M&A and shareholder returns.”

VMware has benefited from substantial synergies as part of the Dell Technologies family.  VMware generated approximately $400 million in growth synergies in FY18 related to its affiliation with Dell Technologies, and in FY19 is on track to achieve $700 million faster than initially expected.

Right Structure for Continued Success

The transaction simplifies Dell Technologies’ capital and ownership structure and creates a class of publicly-traded security that reflects the full value of the Dell Technologies family of businesses. As a public company, Dell Technologies has maintained and plans to continue to maintain the same strategic focus on long-term growth that the company had achieved while being privately managed. Dell Technologies’ performance showcases the strength of its end-to-end suite of solutions and complementary businesses. Dell Technologies has been recognized by customers as the essential and trusted technology partner, leading to strong financial performance.

Continued Track Record of Success

As Dell Technologies has continued to successfully integrate EMC’s businesses, the company has significantly improved its strategic position with deeper customer relationships of increasing size and scope, enhanced its go-to-market reach, accelerated its growth and share gain momentum, and fostered a culture of winning.

Customers will continue to receive the widest technology portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud, enabling them to digitally transform their businesses. To meet the growing demand of customers and partners to buy solutions across Dell Technologies’ family of businesses, the company remains committed to simplifying its offerings and making the full customer experience both easier and faster.

A focus on innovation through continued R&D investments and a simplified customer experience has led to Dell Technologies being included in 21 Gartner Magic Quadrants and becoming the leader in 13 of such quadrants, and IDC ranking Dell Technologies #1 in nearly all the areas where it competes.

Conditions to Close

The transaction is subject to approval by Class V stockholders representing a majority of the voting power of the outstanding Class V common stock other than those held by affiliates of Dell Technologies. The transaction is also subject to other customary closing conditions. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2018.

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