A major discrepancy emerges in Dell timeline.
FORTUNE -- When The Blackstone Group ended its pursuit of Dell Inc. last night, on of the reasons it cited was the PC maker's "rapidly eroding financial profile." Specifically, that Dell had "revised its operating income projections for the current year to $3.0 billion from $3.7 billion."
What Blackstone (BX) is talking about is referenced in Dell's (DELL) preliminary proxy statement, dated March 25. It MOREDan Primack - Apr 19, 2013 11:29 AM ET
Blackstone ends its pursuit of the PC maker.
FORTUNE -- The Blackstone Group (BX) is ending its pursuit of Dell Inc. (DELL) without formally submitting a superior offer to the $24.4 billion bid made earlier this year by company founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the news earlier this evening, and it has been independently confirmed with multiple sources by Fortune. We also MOREDan Primack - Apr 18, 2013 10:14 PM ET
Blackstone reports earnings.
FORTUNE -- The Blackstone Group this morning reported 55 cents in net economic income for Q1, beating analyst estimates of 53 cents per share.
Some takeaways, from both the earnings report and a subsequent media call with Blackstone (BX) president Tony James:
1. Slow investment quarter on the private equity side, with just $325 million committed/invested.
2. Private equity portfolio carrying values climbed 7.9% quarter-over-quarter, and 18.2% over 12 months.
3. Private MOREDan Primack - Apr 18, 2013 1:11 PM ET
Dell does not yet have any "superior offers."
FORTUNE -- Southeastern Asset Management today sent a letter to Dell's board of directors, again expressing its opposition to the proposed $13.65 per share buyout by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners. And again it was worth reading, if for no other reason than that SAM is Dell's (DELL) largest outside shareholder.
Here was the new part that caught my eye:
The Special Committee has obtained two MOREDan Primack - Apr 9, 2013 12:15 PM ET
Dell's top comp is having a tough day. Could it affect the final buyout price?
FORTUNE -- Yesterday I spoke with a banker who insisted that Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners would never get their Dell (DELL) buyout done at $13.65 per share. He felt that the market had changed too much since the offer was accepted by Dell's board, as evidenced by Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) stock surge over the past MOREDan Primack - Apr 2, 2013 1:39 PM ET
Michael Dell tells Dell employees what may come next.
FORTUNE -- Last month I was critical of Michael Dell for not explaining his plans for a privately-held Dell Inc. (DELL), were he and Silver Lake to successfully purchase the company. We got a bit more insight from last Friday's proxy statement, but today the CEO sent a memo to all company employees that was more specific.
Here is the part of the MOREDan Primack - Apr 1, 2013 4:43 PM ET
Dell tells shareholders that it extracted a higher price from Silver Lake... and also that it's got big problems.
FORTUNE -- Dell Inc. (DELL) today filed a proxy statement, detailing the process leading up its its $24.4 billion buyout proposal from CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners. The proxy also includes details from the company's recent "go-shop" period, which resulted in nonbinding indications of interest from The MOREDan Primack - Mar 29, 2013 4:21 PM ET
PC maker reimbursing due diligence costs for potential buyers.
FORTUNE -- Dell Inc. is reimbursing The Blackstone Group's due diligence costs on a possible buyout offer for the company, Fortune has learned.
Sources close to the situation say that Blackstone (BX) repeatedly requested the concession, threatening to otherwise walk away from the table during the "go-shop" process. Dell's (DELL) special committee eventually favored the move, believing that it would increase the odds of MOREDan Primack - Mar 27, 2013 8:13 PM ET
In Heinz, investors gobbled up tons of debt at unprecedentedly cheap levels and with lenient terms.
By Lauren Silva Laughlin
FORTUNE -- Here's one reason buyout kings like Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman are eager to launch rival mega-bids for takeovers of companies like Dell: They know investors will give them gobs of debt at unprecedentedly cheap levels and with lenient terms. Just look at the way U.S. debt buyers gobbled up the MOREMar 27, 2013 5:00 AM ET
Dell memo suggests amicable parting with former M&A boss David Johnson.
FORTUNE -- Earlier today I posed six questions about the Dell (DELL) situation. Among them was the current state of relations between Michael Dell and his former M&A chief Dave Johnson, who in January joined The Blackstone Group (BX).
Some folks say that the two remain tight, and that Johnson may be the only private equity investor alive who could convince MOREDan Primack - Mar 26, 2013 2:10 PM ET
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