Shareholder proposes option to Dell's plan to go private
Dell Inc said shareholder Carl Icahn has urged the company to pursue a leveraged recapitalisation and pay a $9 per share dividend instead of going private.
Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell has struck a deal to take the No 3 personal computer maker private in a $24.4 billion deal that is being opposed by some of the company’s major shareholders.
Icahn, known for shaking up management in the companies in which he invests, said in a letter to the Dell board that his interests hold a substantial stake in Dell but did not disclose his exact shareholding.
CNBC, citing sources, reported on Wednesday that Icahn had accumulated about 6 per cent of Dell’s shares. That would make him the next largest shareholder after Southeastern Asset Management and Michael Dell, based on previously available data.
Southeastern Asset Management also opposes the deal. Dell said Icahn had asked its board to commit to his proposal, in case the go-private deal is voted down by shareholders, to “avoid a proxy fight”. Dell said it would welcome Icahn to join a “go-shop” process announced on Wednesday.