(The Hosting News) – Dell and Perot Systems have entered a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Perot Systems in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion. Terms of the agreement were approved yesterday by the boards of directors of both companies.
The acquisition will result in a compelling combination of two iconic information-technology brands. The expanded Dell will be even better positioned for immediate and long-term growth and efficiency driven by:
Providing a broader range of IT services and solutions and optimizing how theyâ€™re delivered;
Extending the reach of Perot Systemsâ€™ capabilities, including in the most dynamic customer segments, around the world; and,
Supplying leading Dell computer systems to even more Perot Systems customers.
Dell and Perot Systems share several key characteristics and our products, services and structures are overwhelmingly complementary. They have similarly strong, relationship-based business cultures. People in both organizations are recognized for helping customers thrive by using IT for greater effectiveness and productivity. The combination also provides some compelling opportunities for improved efficiency, which will benefit our customers even further.
Dellâ€™s global commercial customer base spans large corporations, government agencies, health-care providers, educational institutions, and small and medium enterprises (SME). The companyâ€™s large existing services business includes breakthroughs in the concept and delivery of modular services, as well as expertise in infrastructure consulting and software-as-a-service. Dell is a leader in computer systems, including standards-based network servers, and in the fast-growing segment of data-storage hardware.
Perot Systems provides world-class services, including in applications, technology, infrastructure, business processes and consulting. The company is a leading provider to clients in health-care, government and other commercial segments, from SMEs to the largest global institutions. Perot Systems has a large and growing base of customers and service-delivery capabilities in North America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Asia.
Over the past four quarters Dell and Perot Systems had a combined $16 billion in enterprise-hardware and IT-services revenue, with about $8 billion from enhanced services and support.
Tender Offer, Closing and Initial Integration
Under the terms of the agreement, Dell will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding Class A common stock of Perot Systems for $30 per share in cash. The transaction is not subject to a financing condition. The transaction, which is subject to customary government approvals and the satisfaction of other customary conditions, is expected to close in Dellâ€™s November-January fiscal quarter.
Once the acquisition is complete, Perot Systems will become Dellâ€™s services unit and be led from Plano by Peter Altabef, the current Perot Systems chief executive officer. At the same time, Dell directors are expected to consider Ross Perot Jr., Perot Systemsâ€™ chairman of the board, for appointment to the Dell board. Based on current estimates, the transaction is expected to be accretive to Dellâ€™s GAAP earnings in its fiscal 2012.
To hear a related analysts call with Dell and Perot Systems executives (â€œliveâ€ at 8:30 A.M. EDT today, then later via replay), go to www.dell.com/investor.
Michael Dell, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Dell: â€œ We consider Perot Systems to be a premium asset with great people that enhances our opportunities for immediate and long-term growth. This significantly expands Dellâ€™s enterprise-solutions capabilities and makes Perot Systemsâ€™ strengths available to even more customers around the world. There will be efficiencies from combining the companies, but the acquisition makes such great sense because of the obvious ways our businesses complement each other.â€
Ross Perot Jr., Chairman of the Board, Perot Systems: â€œThis transaction represents a great opportunity for our company and our associates. Todayâ€™s announcement is the next step in formalizing a relationship that has flourished for some time. When my father founded Perot Systems he envisioned a global information-technology leader. The new, larger Dell builds on that promise and its own successes by taking Perot Systemsâ€™ expertise to more customers than ever.â€