EMC Corp. and Dell Inc. yesterday announced that the impending merger of the two entities will finally close on Sep 7, 2016.
The decision follows regulatory approval from China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), which was the last hurdle before the closure of the deal.
The new company, named Dell Technologies, will commence operations immediately after the transaction closes. Michael Dell will take over the roles of chairman and CEO at Dell Technologies. As he puts it “This is an historic moment for both Dell and EMC. Combined, we will be exceptionally well-positioned for growth in the most strategic areas of next generation IT including digital transformation, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, hybrid cloud, mobile and security.”
In Oct 2015, Dell had announced plans to take over EMC in a record $67 billion cash and stock deal. Per the terms of the deal, EMC shareholders will receive $24.05 per share in cash along with tracking stock related to a portion of EMC’s economic interest in VMware, Inc. (VMW - Free Report) . Based on EMC’s estimated outstanding shares at the close of transaction, stockholders are likely to get 0.111 shares of new tracking stock for each EMC share.
Following the merger on Sep 7, EMC will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, while the new tracking stock will start trading on the same day with the ticker ‘DVMT’.
This deal is a positive for EMC investors as its core data storage business has been struggling for a while due to growing competition from flash storage peers such as Nimble Storage, Inc. , SanDisk Corp, Western Digital Corp (WDC - Free Report) and others.
As a result of the buoyed investor sentiments, EMC shares were up 1.12% in yesterday’s trading session.
At present, EMC is a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) stock.
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