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[BBC] Dell Computers to be bought back by founder, Michael Dell

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Along with technology investor Silver Lake, and with financial backing from Microsoft, he will offer to buy the firm for $24.4bn (£15.5bn).

The move will take Dell off the Nasdaq stock exchange after 25 years.

Mr Dell hopes to turn the tide for a firm that has struggled to compete with cheap Asian rivals and the boom in smartphones and tablet computers.

Dell's success over the last 29 years has made its founder one of the richest men in America.

The chief executive and chairman already owns about 14% of the firm. He and fellow senior executives will retain their existing stakes.

The buy-out of the remaining shares will be carried out by a consortium made up of Mr Dell himself, his own investment fund, and Silver Lake. It will be financed by loans from four banks, and by a $2bn loan from Microsoft.

Not that I care about Dell since it's dragged a lot of bad rep for a while, hopefully Dell will become better.
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Smart move.
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Here's hoping..
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post #4 of 10
Great move on Dell's part. The shareholders were holding them back and not letting them compete in the ways that they should have been.

Apple was in a similar situation in the 90s - not doing well financially and had non-existent market share...they were obviously able to overcome that without going private though.
post #5 of 10
Hopefully this means better quality
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post #6 of 10
So THIS is Microsoft's big leverage into Dell. Interesting move. I wanna see how this play's out, Dell's marketshare would certainly be helped by retailing through more then two brick and mortar chains.
post #7 of 10
Any word on how this affects their deal with Intel? I would love nothing more than that deal to go away. Dell ships to too many schools/businesses giving Intel a lot of revenue
post #8 of 10
I didn't even know Dell founder sold his shares in the first place..
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post #9 of 10
Dude, he's getting a Dell!


I'm sorry, it had to be done.
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post #10 of 10
Looks like Microsoft found themselves someone to help them build their hardware.
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