Dell confirms private plans


Dell confirms private plans

Simon Quicke

Michael Dell has confirmed that he will buy back the PC maker in a deal worth $24.4bn (£15.5bn) as it looks to start the next stage of the vendor's evolution away from the glare of investors.

Moves to take the PC vendor out of public hands have been spearheaded by Michael Dell and backed by tech venture capitalist firm Silver Lake with Microsoft making a loan of $2bn to support the plans

Dell, who founded the company and own a 16% stake, is also expected to plough in around $1bn of his own personal fortune to secure majority control.

As well as Dell, Microsoft and Silver Lakes the buy back scheme has also been given the backing of four banks.

The motivation for taking Dell private is to ease the quarterly pressure from investors as the traditional hardware player reinvents itself to target on becoming a services specialist.

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