Current logo as of October 2016.
Headquarters in Round Rock, Texas
Dell Inc. |
|Founded||September 7, 2016 as a merger of EMC Corporation and Dell Inc.|
|Headquarters||One Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas 78682, United States|
|Michael Dell Chairman, CEO|
|Revenue||US$74 billion (2016)|
Michael Dell 75%|
Silver Lake Partners 25%
Number of employees
Dell Technologies is an American multinational information technology corporation founded on 7 September 2016 by Michael Dell and based in Round Rock, Texas. It was incorporated after the merger of the original Dell and the former EMC Corporation, restructuring both companies as re-branded subsidiaries of Dell Technologies, along with several other companies previously owned by them.
Dell Technologies portfolio encompasses different technology industries, including personal computer, servers, smartphones and television manufacturing, computer software, computer and network security, as well as information security services. Some of its subsidiaries and acquisitions include Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal Software, SecureWorks and VMware. Several of the subsidiaries of Dell Technologies altered their names since leaving the original Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation—Dell Inc. became the legal name of Dell Technologies and EMC Corporation becoming Dell EMC, both becoming subsidiaries. Following the restructuring, Michael Dell, founder of the original Dell Inc., became the chairman and chief executive officer of the new company.
Dell acquisition of EMC
On October 12, 2015, Dell Inc. announced its intent to acquire the enterprise software and storage company EMC Corporation. At $67 billion, it has been labeled the "highest-valued tech acquisition in history". The acquisition was finalized September 7, 2016.
The announcement came two years after Dell Inc. returned to private ownership, claiming that it faced bleak prospects and would need several years out of the public eye to rebuild its business. It's thought that the company's value has roughly doubled since then. EMC was being pressured by Elliott Management, a hedge fund holding 2.2% of EMC's stock, to reorganize their unusual "Federation" structure, in which EMC's divisions were effectively being run as independent companies. Elliott argued this structure deeply undervalued EMC's core "EMC II" data storage business, and that increasing competition between EMC II and VMware products was confusing the market and hindering both companies. The Wall Street Journal estimated that in 2014 Dell had revenue of $27.3 billion from personal computers and $8.9bn from servers, while EMC had $16.5bn from EMC II, $1bn from RSA Security, $6bn from VMware, and $230 million from Pivotal Software. EMC owns around 80% of the stock of VMware. The proposed acquisition will maintain VMware as a separate company, held via a new tracking stock, while the other parts of EMC will be rolled into Dell. Once the acquisition closes Dell will again publish quarterly financial results, having ceased these on going private in 2013.
The combined business is expected to address the markets for scale-out architecture, converged infrastructure and private cloud computing, playing to the strengths of both EMC and Dell. Commentators have questioned the deal, with FBR Capital Markets saying that though it makes a "ton of sense" for Dell, it's a "nightmare scenario that would lack strategic synergies" for EMC. Fortune said there was a lot for Dell to like in EMC's portfolio, but "does it all add up enough to justify tens of billions of dollars for the entire package? Probably not." The Register reported the view of William Blair & Company that the merger would "blow up the current IT chess board", forcing other IT infrastructure vendors to restructure to achieve scale and vertical integration. The value of VMware stock fell 10% after the announcement, valuing the deal at around $63–64bn rather than the $67bn originally reported.
Dell's offer will remain open for 60 days during which EMC can seek other possible buyers, but this is believed to be unlikely: Hewlett-Packard (potentially a better fit for EMC) is preoccupied with its own split, and the deal has been welcomed by Elliott Management and EMC's chairman Joe Tucci.
On September 7, 2016, Dell Inc. completed its $60 billion deal to acquire EMC Corp., the largest technology merger in history.
The new company, Dell Technologies, employs about 140,000 people globally and will maintain operations in Hopkinton, Mass., where EMC was located. With $74 billion in revenue, Dell Technologies is the world's largest private technology company.
- Dell Technologies is the parent entity, formerly named Denali Holdings Inc. and created when the EMC-Dell deal was agreed to.
- The original PCs portions of the former Dell Inc, became a subsidiary still known as Dell Inc., including former WYSE (now Dell WYSE) and other assets acquired over the years. Branded as simply Dell (formal name: Dell Client Solutions Group)
- The server related portions of the former Dell Inc became integrated with the storage systems portion of the former EMC Corp.
- EMC Corp itself became Dell EMC, and also incorporating the former server related product lines of Dell Inc., known as Dell EMC Infrastructure Solutions Group
- The other members of the EMC federation became subsidiaries of Dell Technologies, including Pivotal Software, RSA Security, Virtustream, Secureworks and the 80% portion of VMWare, a public company.
Portions being sold:
- Dell Services, formerly mainly Perot Systems sold to NTT Data Corp
- Dell Software, formerly mainly Quest Software, Sonicwall, Kace and other portions sold to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation
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