Dell Gets Shareholder Approval for VMware Deal

Dell Gets Shareholder Approval for VMware Deal
  • Class C shares expected to begin trading on NYSE on December 28: Dell
  • Dell sweetened offer for VMware tracking stockholders to $23.9 billion
  • Deal allows Dell to become listed without an initial public offering

Dell Technologies said on Tuesday it has received shareholder approval for its earlier announced deal to buy back shares tied to its interest in software maker VMware , paving the way for it to return to the market.

Dell said its Class C shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on December 28.

The company sweetened the offer for the VMware tracking stockholders to $23.9 billion (roughly Rs. 1.72 lakh crores) from $21.7 billion in November, helping it win backing from shareholders, including Carl Icahn, who had opposed the initial offer.

Icahn, who owns 9.3 percent stake in Dell tracking stock, along with other hedge fund investors had opposed the first offer from Dell, saying it massively undervalued the tracking stock.

However, after Dell raised the offer, Icahn dropped his proxy fight and lawsuits and said the computer maker has secured enough investor support.

The deal, announced in July, allows Dell to become a publicly listed company without an initial public offering, which would likely have involved grilling by stock market investors over Dell's $52.7 billion debt pile.

© Thomson Reuters 2018


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