Carl Icahn Backs Down From Legal Challenge to Dell Buyout
In a statement on Twitter — which is his new favorite thing — Icahn said he was withdrawing his lawsuit in a Delaware court seeking to have a judge appraise the value of the company.
Icahn had hoped to use a provision in Delaware law — where Dell and most other companies in the U.S. are incorporated — that allows shareholders who oppose a transaction to ask a judge to appraise the value of the shares, in order to squeeze a better buyout price out of Michael Dell and the private equity firm Silver Lake. Dell and Silver Lake will be the company’s only two shareholders once the deal to go private closes, which is expected later this month.
At the time, Icahn liked the idea so much that he urged other shareholders to stand with him and exercise their own appraisal rights, too. He even called the idea a “no-brainer.” For many reasons, it wasn’t.
Anyway, this appears to be the end of this drama between Icahn and Michael Dell over control of the company. For a time, it seemed that Icahn had a shot of winning the whole thing because of a weird fluke in the voting rules that was changed late in the process.
So, that’s that.
I withdrew my demand for appraisal of my Dell shares. Based on our returns on capital, we believe we have better uses for $2 billion.
— Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn) October 4, 2013