Dell Plans Spinoff of $52 Billion Stake in VMware
By Micah Maidenberg
Dell Technologies Inc. said Wednesday it would spin off its
stake valued at $52 billion in cloud-software company VMware Inc.,
in a deal the personal-computer maker said would strengthen its
financial position as it looks at new markets and works to reach
clients revamping their digital strategies.
Dell said VMware would pay a special cash dividend tied to the
spinoff of $11.5 billion to $12 billion to the company's
shareholders, including $9.3 billion to $9.7 billion for Dell
itself. Dell holds roughly an 81% stake in VMware. The company said
it intends to use net cash from the dividend to pay down debt.
Shareholders in Dell are to receive roughly 0.44 share of VMware
for each share of Dell they own.
The Wall Street Journal reported in June that Dell was
considering a spinoff of its stake in VMware in an effort to boost
the value of the PC maker's shares.
Shares of Dell gained 8.4% in after-hours trading. VMware's
stock ticked down slightly, according to FactSet.
The spinoff is expected to be complete in the fourth
"With an even stronger capital structure, Dell Technologies is
poised to further capitalize on the rebound in infrastructure and
PC spend," Dell said in a written statement about the spinoff.
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