Since joining forces with EMC and VMware in September 2016, the Dell Technologies family of businesses has outperformed the ambitious expectations we set for ourselves. Together, we’ve delivered strong financial results, continued share gains across the portfolio, and enjoyed richer customer and partner relationships due in large part to our better together value proposition.
Earlier this year, we announced we were evaluating a number of potential business opportunities to accelerate Dell Technologies’ growth even faster. After a thorough review by an independent special committee, we’ve decided to enter the public market by exchanging the outstanding Class V tracking stock, which was issued at the time of the Dell and EMC combination, for Dell Technologies common stock.
Tracking stock shareholders will have the option to exchange their shares or cash out at a 29 percent premium to the tracking stock closing price. Contingent on the exchange transaction, VMware will offer a cash dividend to all stockholders, including Dell Technologies. More details are available in the press release.
This transaction will have little impact on our day-to-day operations other than simplifying our capital and ownership structure and providing public investors the opportunity to share in the value creation of Dell Technologies in its entirety.
For our customers and partners, nothing changes. All of our companies, Dell, Dell EMC, VMware, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks and Virtustream, will continue to operate as they currently do. We remain committed to delivering a robust portfolio of solutions and services to address your IT needs from edge to core to cloud, investing in industry-leading innovation, and making it easier for you to transact across the Dell Technologies family of businesses.
And as a public company, we will keep the same strategic focus on long-term growth that has helped us strengthen, reshape and grow our business.
The next steps in this process are to publicly file the proxy, host a shareholder vote and, if approved, close the transaction. We expect the process will be complete by the end of the year.
In the meantime, thank you for your support and for being part of this exciting journey. It has been a lot of fun bringing these amazing companies together to better serve you.
– Michael Dell
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This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell Technologies Inc. (“Dell Technologies”) with and into Dell Technologies, with Dell Technologies as the surviving entity, pursuant to which each share of Class V common stock of Dell Technologies will, at the election of the holder, convert into the right to receive shares of Class C common stock of Dell Technologies or cash, without interest, and each existing share of Class A common stock, Class B common stock and Class C common stock of Dell Technologies will be unaffected by the merger and remain outstanding. The proposed transaction requires the approval of a majority of the aggregate voting power of the outstanding shares of Class A common stock, Class B common stock, Class V common stock other than those held by affiliates of Dell Technologies, in each case, voting as a separate class, and all outstanding shares of common stock of Dell Technologies, voting together as a single class, and will be submitted to stockholders for their consideration. Dell Technologies will file a registration statement containing a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). After the registration statement has been declared effective by the SEC, a definitive proxy statement/prospectus will be mailed to each holder of Class A common stock, Class B common stock, Class C common stock and Class V common stock entitled to vote at the special meeting in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE TRANSACTION TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. You may get these documents, when available, for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC Website at www.sec.gov or by visiting Dell Technologies’ website at http://investors.delltechnologies.com.
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