A similar move seemed to work for Seagate.
Despite Dell's acquisitions in networking, it seems it is still behind the curve in the post PC era. This move will give the once-retired Dell the breathing room to reshape his company into something that might survive the shifts.
Why go public? The very rich and the hedge funds control so much cash now, why bother with the rubes, and all the public and legal scrutiny it brings. The only reason anyone goes public any more is so that the insiders can cash out. By the time us schmucks can buy, the money has already been made.
It is interesting to watch these companies come and go. I'm not sure if Dell can ever get back to where they were. If I were Michael Dell, I don't think I would do that. But then, I guess that's why I'm not a billionaire.
It's always seemed to me that there are so many advantages to being a private company. Fewer regulatory requirements and you don't need to make quarterly results your sole focus. You can think long term.
The deal looks very lucarative for PEs and Mr. Dell and other parties - given the company has net cash of $5bn (debt of $9bn & Cash of $14bn. So with total purchase price of $24bn, they need to contribute ~19bn or slightly more, in form of debt and equity, of $2bn will come from MSFT. Given the fact, Dell generated FCF of $12bn in last 3 yrs (2010-12). With the av. FCF run rate of $2.5bn a year. PEs can leave firm with 24% return (on EV/EBITDA of 3.0x)after five years with minimal debt.