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The Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) today announced that Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”), a leading independent proxy voting and corporate governance advisory firm, has recommended that Dell shareholders vote FOR the proposed sale transaction for $13.65 per share in cash.
The Special Committee issued the following statement:
“We are pleased that ISS has recommended, as we have, that Dell shareholders approve the $13.65 per share cash sale transaction. With the assistance of outside advisors over the course of an exhaustive 10-month process, the Committee has thoroughly reviewed Dell’s existing business plan as it seeks to transform its business model and various alternatives in support of that transformation. Given the Company’s business challenges, intensifying competition and deteriorating industry trends, a sale at $13.65 per share in cash provides the highest value and greatest certainty of any available alternative. We also believe rejection of this transaction would expose Dell and its shareholders to serious risks and uncertainties that will harm the Company’s business and erode shareholder value.”
ISS summarized its recommendation as follows:
“After evaluating the risk of accepting the offer – truncation of value if the business transformation is successful – versus the risk of rejecting the offer – meaningful loss of value if the business transformation falters – ISS recommends clients vote FOR this transaction, which offers a 25.5% premium to the unaffected share price, provides certainty of value, and transfers the risk of the deteriorating PC business and the company's on-going business transformation to the buyout group.”
Any statements in these materials about prospective performance and plans for the Company, the expected timing of the completion of the proposed merger and the ability to complete the proposed merger, and other statements containing the words “estimates,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “will,” and similar expressions, other than historical facts, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Factors or risks that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the results we anticipate include, but are not limited to: (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (2) the inability to complete the proposed merger due to the failure to obtain stockholder approval for the proposed merger or the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the proposed merger, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the transaction; (3) the failure to obtain the necessary financing arrangements set forth in the debt and equity commitment letters delivered pursuant to the merger agreement; (4) risks related to disruption of management’s attention from the Company’s ongoing business operations due to the transaction; and (5) the effect of the announcement of the proposed merger on the Company’s relationships with its customers, operating results and business generally.