September 24, 2018 / 4:44 AM / 10 months ago

Dell to interview banks for IPO instead of acquisition - WSJ

A Dell logo is seen in this illustration picture taken in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 12, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dell Technologies Inc plans to interview banks this week to potentially go public through an initial public offering rather than doing so through a proposed acquisition that has drawn resistance from some investors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

The Round Rock, Texas-based computer company said this summer it would pay $21.7 billion in cash and stock to buy back shares tied to its interest in software company VMware Inc to return to the stock market without a public offering.

The move to interview banks for an IPO shows there are increasing tensions between Dell and investors who have said the deal undervalues some of its stock, the Journal reported.

Dell has postponed a roadshow for the VMware deal that was scheduled for this week by a week, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The original plan to buy back shares tied to VMware would allow Dell to bypass an IPO process in which Dell would have faced scrutiny over its $52.7 billion debt pile.

Dell did not immediately return a request for comment.

Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli and Liana Baker; Editing by Will Dunham

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