What would I do?
What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.
Dell is wooing investors with the promise of profits leaping by more than two-thirds if they back Big Mickey D's plans to take the eponymous tech group public again. According to Dell's latest S-4 filing with the American Securities and Exchange Commission, by 2023 Dell reckons it will be generating revenues between $91bn and …
It's not cynical and not wildly inaccurate. When Dell bought VMWare it used lots of financial engineering including the infamous tracking shares. Now that debt has become a bit more expensive and corporate tay rates are more favourable versus capital gains than they used to be, Dell wants to go back on the deal and pretend shares in the whole are more valuable than shares in the part, and presumably stiff any bondholders by turning their bonds into equity.
And then they'll probably be some spin-offs and sell-offs with more juicy fees. This has Goldman written all over it.
Way back in 2001, I worked for a company helmed by a former Bain consultant who advised Dell how to stop hemorrhaging money and increase stock share value. His solution worked and involved no restructuring, no change in operations or products. Curiously, it did not involve increased profit margins on products sold. He simply directed them to change the way they declared income while keeping within SEC regulations. In other words, it was an accounting trick, the idea being that a market higher valuation enabled the company to access more capital. It worked well enough to let Mickey D take the company private again. I guess they still haven't worked out those fundamental operations flaws.