Dell Buyout, Once Deemed Unlikely, May Happen If Microsoft Gets Its Way

Connie Guglielmo

A buyout of Dell Inc., deemed by some financial analysts as unlikely because it would be the largest such buyout since the beginning of the financial crisis and hinder CEO Michael Dell’s ability to do acquisitions, may be closer to completion – assuming Microsoft gets a say in the company.

The deal, which would value the world’s third-largest personal computer maker at $22 billion or more, would “include the nearly 16% Dell stake owned by founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell, contributions from private-equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft, in addition to about $15 billion in debt financing arranged by banks,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

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