LBOs

  • I mean they probably aren't actually setting up the chairs or anything.

    M&A

    Dell Pretty Sure That This Time It’s Figured Out This Merger Thing

    Did you fly to Round Rock today to vote on Michael Dell and Silver Lake’s buyout of Dell? No, you did not, even I can’t keep up that fiction any more. By my count this is the third same-day cancellation of the special meeting but everyone’s figured out the game by now. Dell will eventually […]

    / Aug 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM
  • Really among the greatest photographs of a human being ever taken.

    M&A, News

    Even Carl Icahn Wants To Wrap Up This Dell Thing

    Carl Icahn’s ideal literary genre may be the press release – or, possibly, the tweet – but sometimes you want to write at length and filing a 25-page complaint in the Delaware Court of Chancery gives you that luxury. Plus I guess some lawyers to write it, but the complaint Icahn filed against Dell today […]

    / Aug 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM
  • FACT: The least interesting picture of Carl Icahn is more interesting than the most interesting picture of Michael Dell. If this thing goes to September I'm gonna be using pictures of silver lakes.

    M&A, News

    Dell’s Board Is Having So Much Fun They’re Thinking Of Keeping This Going Until September

    I think we can all agree that the Dell board’s latest proposal to its buyout group – to up the price from $13.65 to $13.75, not change the voting rules, but move the vote to mid-September, with an August record date – is a bad idea. I mean I’m sure we can’t all agree on […]

    / Jul 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM
  • Take a tweet:

    M&A

    Carl Icahn And Michael Dell Will Miss Spending Time With Each Other When This Is All Over

    A fun thing about being rich is that it expands your opportunities for passive-aggressive sniping. Like, if Michael Dell wants to insult Carl Icahn, he can call up the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg and say “hey, I was thinking about insulting Carl Icahn, if I do will you print it?,” and of course the […]

    / Jul 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM
  • over here

    M&A

    Carl Icahn Gets Another Week To Screw Around With Dell, But This Is The Last Time, They Mean It

    I’m sure this is false but I’m going to carry on believing that someone, somewhere, flew to Round Rock, Texas last week for the Dell shareholder meeting, arrived to learn it was cancelled, got on the next plane back to New York or, I dunno, Switzerland, and then flew in again this morning for the […]

    / Jul 24, 2013 at 12:56 PM
  • We sent a reporter/photographer team to Round Rock.

    News

    Carl Icahn Gets Another Week To Screw Around With Dell

    You have to be a little nuts to go to a shareholder meeting, though I suppose when the meeting is to vote on a hotly contested proposal to merge the company out of existence you might have business reasons for doing so. So if you’re a merger-arb analyst following Dell closely, I hope you didn’t […]

    / Jul 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM
  • warrants!

    M&A, News

    Carl Icahn Throws Some Warrants Into His Dell Thing Because Really Why Not?

    There are enough absurdities on the surface of Carl Icahn’s pseudo-proposal for Dell that you don’t need to think deeply to find more but I guess you could. One thing that might bother you if you let it is the old slicing-the-pie-to-make-more-pie thing. Why should funding Dell with more debt and less equity, and running […]

    / Jul 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM
  • I kind of want to never use anything but his creepy Twitter-bio picture ever again.

    M&A, News

    Who Will Be Saddest About A Successful Dell Buyout?

    With today’s ISS report endorsing the Michael Dell / Silver Lake buyout of Dell, and with the market up on the likelihood that the deal will go through when shareholders vote on July 18, I suppose it’s about time to start the postmortems. How do you see the winners and losers? The opposition, led by […]

    / Jul 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM
  • Also the bullets are red. "DON'T USE RED IN PITCHES YOU'LL SCARE THE CLIENT." Though I guess that's the point here.

    M&A, News

    Michael Dell Has A Few Bullet Points He’d Like To Run Through With Investors

    I submit to you that Michael Dell’s “presentation to investors” filed today will tell you everything you need to know about Dell, even if you don’t read it. Just look at it! Here, for instance, is the slide justifying the $13.65 price that Michael Dell and Silver Lake are paying to LBO the company: Why […]

    / Jun 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM
  • Dell's future is so bright I gotta etc.

    News

    Carl Icahn Does Another Dell Thing

    Carl Icahn seems to have a lot of fun. Today he wrote a crazy letter to Dell shareholders that opens this way: We take this opportunity to respond to rumors regarding the availability of financing for our proposal for a recapitalization at Dell and to address recent statements by Dell that demean the prospects of […]

    / Jun 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM
  • Ron Perelman, makeup mogul

    M&A

    Revlon Board Decided The Less It Knew About The Merger It Was Approving, The Better

    If you’re a director of a public company with a controlling shareholder, and that shareholder wants to buy out the rest of the shares, you have a problem. On the one hand, you have fiduciary responsibilities to your non-controlling shareholders to get them the best possible deal. On the other hand: you have a controlling […]

    / Jun 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM
  • I count 39% green?

    M&A

    Dell: Our Performance Has Been Atrocious, But Only For Certain Limited Purposes

    One of my favorite themes in the Dell LBO pseudo-battle is the cognitive dissonance between Dell’s need to tell its shareholders how screwed it is, for the purpose of convincing them to vote to sell at the somewhat underwhelming price of $13.65, and its need to simultaneously tell everyone how good it is, for most […]

    / Jun 10, 2013 at 7:04 PM
  • Also let's cut off the y axis so our shitty performance looks even shittier!

    M&A

    Dell Begs Shareholders To Put It Out Of Its Misery

    I feel like it would be a useful, or at least entertaining, exercise to require every company, once a year or so, to give a presentation to its shareholders that is like “here’s why you should vote for an LBO of our company at a ~2% premium to the current stock price.” Even if there’s […]

    / Jun 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM
  • Getting there

    M&A

    Dell Wants Shareholders To Know That Southeastern Wasn’t Looking Out For Them

    Man, the resistance to this Dell deal is crumbling pretty fast isn’t it? Blackstone dropped its bid two weeks ago, Icahn and Southeastern have been relatively quiet since Icahn defended his right to a free exchange of ideas just before Blackstone dropped out, and the stock is at $13.33, ~2% below the $13.65 deal price, […]

    / May 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM
  • Not sure how they chose which to be solid & which to be dotted other than, like, the ones that look bad got dotted lines.

    M&A

    Dell’s Board Was So Fed Up With Its Managers That It Sold Them The Company

    I learned a new word, or word-like sequence of letters, reading the Dell merger proxy this weekend. The word is “must-believe,” and it’s a noun meaning a thing you must believe in order to embark on a certain course of action. You don’t have to believe a must-believe, but if you don’t believe it you […]

    / Apr 1, 2013 at 1:56 PM
  • What can I say, I like Dell

    M&A

    Michael Dell Wanted To Escape Public Markets’ Short-Term-ism For About 45 Days

    Two ideas at the heart of modern financial economics are the efficient markets hypothesis, which says that investing doesn’t work, and the Modigliani-Miller theorem, which says that corporate finance doesn’t work.1 Also there is a financial industry which is pretty much organized around ignoring those ideas. Hahaha how stupid of David Einhorn to think that […]

    / Mar 27, 2013 at 3:57 PM
  • What is a lawyer?

    News

    Rise In Merger Lawsuits Helps Shareholders By Giving Them More Stuff Not To Read

    If you own stock in a company that announces it’s being acquired, and you think the acquisition price undervalues the company, there are three things you can do about it: you can vote down the deal, you can find or propose an alternate deal, or you can sue. No I’m kidding of course you can’t […]

    / Mar 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM
  • This means he's bluffing!

    M&A

    Carl Icahn Thinks That Whatever Company He Bought This Week Is Wildly Underpriced

    My thinking on Carl Icahn changes day to day but my current model is that he is a man who after a long and successful career in money management retired in March of 2011 to spend more time on his hobbies. And that his hobbies are irritating Bill Ackman, hijacking public company M&A deals, and […]

    / Mar 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM
  • Unimpressed

    M&A, News

    Prediction: Tomorrow Bill Ackman Will Announce That Dell Is A Pyramid Scheme

    In a Black-Scholes world you wouldn’t have long tedious arguments about whether an LBO represents a good deal for shareholders. You think Dell is undervalued at $13.65 a share? Hey that’s super. Pay $13.66 for 51% of the shares and vote the deal down.1 The end. There’s a certain class of debates that can be […]

    / Mar 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM
  • I JUST CAME FROM THE BUFFET GET IT?

    News

    Warren Buffett Levers His Own LBO

    The new hotness appears to be large cash-rich companies directly providing subordinated financing for big LBOs. Microsoft bound itself to Dell via sub debt in its LBO, and now Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway is doing a very odd LBO of H.J. Heinz with Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital. Heinz’s announcement of the merger is […]

    / Feb 14, 2013 at 6:42 PM
  • hey that's my name

    M&A

    Dell Shareholders Will Punch Themselves In The Face To Force Silver Lake To Be Nicer To Them

    One way in which my deep personal laziness manifests itself is my fascination with ways of getting paid not to do things.1 Contested M&A deals turn out to be full of such opportunities, from greenmail to don’t-work-for-a-hostile-bidder law-firm retainers. Break-up fees are a favorite of mine, and a place where I really feel mystified by […]

    / Feb 12, 2013 at 2:42 PM
  • Talking in front of my name again

    M&A

    Dell Board Suggests That Shareholders Not Get Too Attached To Dell

    It’s always a little awkward for a company to issue a statement saying “we’re not really that good a company,” but Dell’s Special Committee did a decent job of it today: In the course of its deliberations, the Special Committee of Dell’s Board considered an array of strategic alternatives. In addition to working through financial […]

    / Feb 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM
  • Sometimes to mix it up I like to talk in front of a giant blue hand

    M&A

    One Shareholder Won’t Let Dell Go Without Putting Up A Fight

    Today Southeastern Asset Management, which is Dell’s biggest shareholder that doesn’t share a name with it, expressed its displeasure with the company’s $13.65-a-share LBO today in the form of a letter to the board patiently explaining that: Dell is worth $23.72 a share, and Dell could pay $11.86 a share in cash in the form […]

    / Feb 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM
  • I also prefer to talk with my last name displayed behind me in giant letters

    M&A

    Some Dell Shareholders Don’t Know Much About This LBO, But They Know They Don’t Like It

    The Dell deal documents are out and they are short of juicy details; we’ll have to wait for the proxy for details on things like just how much of a discount Michael Dell is taking on his shares or what exactly the terms of Microsoft’s loan are. There is, though, the information that that loan […]

    / Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM
  • Definitely in my all-time top 5 favorite pictures here.

    News, Private Equity

    Microsoft Will Take A Low Interest Rate On Its Dell Debt To Demonstrate Its Emotional Commitment

    If you were Microsoft and the sponsors of an LBO came to you and said, “we have about $17bn in debt to place, do you want $2bn of it,” would you say yes? Let’s say you’d say yes: would you demand a higher or lower interest rate for it than everyone else? The Dell deal […]

    / Feb 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM
  • Every private equity post from now on is gonna be this or crab claws.

    Private Equity

    LBOs Are Back, But Not For Everyone

    If you’re trying to sell a company there are two basic but opposite approaches. In one, you approach the best buyer, negotiate exclusively, and generally do what you can to get them to put their best foot forward in exchange for not having the headache of a multi-round, winner’s-cursed, might-get-topped-by-a-penny auction. In the other, you […]

    / Sep 21, 2012 at 5:56 PM
  • Richard Schulze

    M&A, News

    Best Buy Founder Looking For Graceful, Confusing Exit

    If you were Best Buy founder Richard Schulze, how much would you pay to acquire the shares of Best Buy that you don’t already own? $24 a share? $26? $30? Surely it’d get too expensive for you above $30 or so?* Nope! The more expensive it is for him the more money he saves, or […]

    / Aug 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM
  • News, Private Equity

    Yahoo Gives Up, Why Don’t You Just Tell It How To Run Its Business

    Compared to strategic mergers, LBOs – particularly those not led by managers – are relatively easy for target companies to understand and evaluate. Generally speaking, shareholders are paid out in cash, so you don’t need to figure out what the merger currency is worth. You don’t have to negotiate “cultural” issues like whose name and/or […]

    / Oct 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM

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