Michael Dell is taking the company that bears his name private. As rumored, Dell has signed a leveraged buyout agreement worth $24.4 billion.
Dell, the company's founder, chairman and CEO, in partnership with global technology investment firm Silver Lake Partners and backed in part with Microsoft's money, will acquire Dell. Dell stockholders will receive $13.65 in cash for each share of Dell common stock they hold.
The price represents a 25 percent premium over Dell's closing share price of $10.88 on Jan. 11, 2013. The Dell board unanimously approved a merger agreement, which will ultimately see Dell and Silver Lake take the company private.
It's not a done deal yet. The merger agreement provides for a so-called "go-shop" period, during which the Special Committee -- with the assistance of Evercore Partners -- will actively solicit, receive, evaluate and potentially enter into negotiations with parties that offer alternative proposals. The initial go-shop period is 45 days. The agreement also must be approved by a vote of unaffiliated shareholders.
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