Buying our way out of the IPO era


By Jill Priluck – Dell was so small that the IPO wasn’t mentioned in the New York Times. At around $12 million, or $23 million in 2013 dollars, the book value of Dell’s common stock likely would have been too low to entice a modern-day Goldman Sachs, one of its lead underwriters. But Dell’s IPO was a winner. In two months, its stock price jumped from 19 cents to $8.50 per share. By the end of the year, it had made $159 million in sales.

Last week, Dell announced a stunning $24.4 billion leveraged buyout. If the plan manages to survive, it will allow Dell to reboot his ailing company free from the public glare. The deal is the largest of its kind since 2008, but it’s also notable because it marks the waning of the public company era. more> http://tinyurl.com/aqymycj

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