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Dell, HP Bondholders Could Feel Buyout Pain

Currently, Bloomberg reports Michael Dell may look to take control of Dell by rolling an equity stake in the company worth nearly $4 billion, a further investment of up to $1 billion, and between $1 billion to $2 billion in equity from Silver Lake and Microsoft.

The total equity of the deal, Bloomberg reports, would be between $8 billion and $9 billion, indicating that a similar amount of debt would be needed to take the company over, given Dell's current market cap of $23 billion.

While some analysts have puzzled over how a takeover consortium might be able to raise such financing, Moody's analysis may indicate options for investors, in addition to a still unclear ability to repatriate the near $14 billion in cash and cash equivalents that currently sit on Dell's books.

For more on Moody's analysis, see the agency's ratings report. Also see why prospective takeovers of Dell and Best Buy pose risks for stock investors.

-- Written by Antoine Gara in New York

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