Dell says considered options before deciding to go private

Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:51pm IST

An employee walks past Dell laptops, which are displayed for sale, at a Dell outlet in Beijing December 13, 2010. REUTERS/Christina Hu/Files

An employee walks past Dell laptops, which are displayed for sale, at a Dell outlet in Beijing December 13, 2010.

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REUTERS - Dell IncDELL.O had considered many strategic options before opting to go private, the company said in a regulatory filing.

The struggling PC maker struck a deal last week with its chief executive officer, Michael Dell, private equity firm Silver Lake and Microsoft Corp(MSFT.O) to go private in a $24.4 billion deal.

Dell's largest independent shareholder, Southeastern Asset Management Inc, and three other investors have objected to the deal, saying the company is worth a lot more than the agreed upon $13.65 per share offer, Reuters reported on Friday.

The company said on Monday it had retained a management consultant to help assess its "strategic position" and concluded that the proposed all-cash deal was in the best interests of stockholders. (link.reuters.com/buj85t)

Dell said the statement was in response to "certain inquiries" but did not elaborate on the nature of the queries.

(Reporting by Sayantani Ghosh in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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