02 jul: Troika To Start Three Day Greece Visit Thursday
02 jul: Four 'C's for Well-planned and Sustainable Urban Development
02-07-2012 15:18:00

Dell To Acquire Quest Software for $2.36 Billion Following Bidding War

By Victoria Stilwell

Business-software maker Quest Software Inc. (QSFT) agreed to be acquired by Dell Inc. (DELL) in a cash deal worth $2.36 billion, bringing a bidding war with a private-equity group to a close.

Quest shareholders will receive $28 a share, up significantly from the private-equity group's initial bid of $23 and marking a 0.7% premium to Friday's close. The offer is the latest in a months-long bidding war with a buyout group led by Insight Venture Partners and joined by buyout firm Vector Capital and Quest Chief Executive Vinny Smith.

Quest hadn't previously identified Dell as the rival bidder, though the company was widely named in media reports.

Quest, of Aliso Viejo, Calif., has faced mounting competition in its traditional specialty--software for managing databases--as vendors such as Oracle Corp. (ORCL) have introduced their own management tools. Quest Software responded by trying to diversify its business by acquiring smaller rivals.

The private-equity group initially agreed to buy Quest in March for $23 a share, later raising that offer to $25.75 a share, or $2.17 billion.

Dell last week offered $27.50 a share, or about $2.32 billion for Quest. Insight had the opportunity to match or beat the increased offer but struggled to put together financing despite last-minute efforts by Smith, The Wall Street Journal reported citing people familiar with the matter.

Quest last week said Dell's offer was superior without identifying the bidder.

The deal is expected to close in Dell's fiscal third quarter.

"The addition of Quest will enable Dell to deliver more competitive server, storage, networking and end user computing solutions and services to customers," said John Swainson, president of Dell Software Group. "Quest's suite of industry-leading software products, highly talented team members and unique intellectual property will position us well in the largest and fastest growing areas of the software industry."

Quest is the latest in a string of deals as it looks to expand past its core business of selling PCs. Dell earlier this year formed a unit dedicated to selling software and hired Swainson, the former head of CA Inc. (CA), to run it. Dell has announced several acquisitions this year, including security firm Sonicwall Inc. and "cloud computing" specialist Wyse Technology Inc.

The fight over Quest echoes a similar battle Dell waged for high-end data-storage maker 3Par Inc. in 2010. Dell eventually bowed out after Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) bid $1.6 billion for the company, which makes rapidly accessible storage drives that allow corporations to run more efficient databases.

Shares of Quest slipped 0.4% to $27.70 in recent premarket trade as shares of Dell rose 1% to $12.63. Quest's stock is up 50% so far this year, while Dell's has fallen 14% in the same time period.

Write to Victoria Stilwell at Victoria.Stilwell@dowjones.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

July 02, 2012 09:18 ET (13:18 GMT)

Copyright (c) 2012 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

Opret kommentar

Relateret debat

  • 1 uge
  • 1 måned
  • 1 År
15 apr
GEN
Beklager Drama .. jeg orker simpelthen ikke dit barnlige og løgnagtige pjat. Men at starte en ny trå..
19
12 apr
 
Der var økonomisk topmøde i Washington D.C. i denne uge. Her blev diskuteret en del økonomiske probl..
15
16 apr
TOPO
Jeg ser et par forskellige dynamikker udspille sig:   1) Hvad er fusionspartneren, Bioalliance, reel..
14
13 apr
OMXC20
Når man har købt en aktie vil man gerne se den stige. Helst straks. Gør den ikke det sniger tvivlen ..
14
13 apr
OMXCPI
Ja, risiko for borgerkrig i Ukraine. Sådan går det med stater, der mangler sammenhængskraft og hvor ..
13
14 apr
VELO
Det er ikke en gåde. På mødet i marts fik Veloxis de obligatoriske 180 dages spørgsmål. I det sekund..
10
16 apr
VWS
Vestas får jo ordrer på 13-14% af alle verden vindmølleprojekter, så alene derfor kan det jo ikke væ..
9
11:42
VWS
Der har ikke været skrevet meget om hvad det nye MHI Vestas JV vil i Kina. Det har været nævnt kort ..
8
14 apr
 
Bølgerne har tidligere herinde gået højt om det efter nogles menings ligegyldige (worst case: ødelæg..
8
14 apr
FING-B
Sæt Jer nu ind i sagen - både din kone + dig selv, XO / keep-it../div. nicks.   Dagens udmelding fal..
8

Danske/dir: Har indskærpet reglerne for vores handlere

16-04-2014 15:01:39
I lyset af den bøde, Danske Bank har fået for brud på børsens regler, har banken indskærpet handelsreglerne for sine mange handlere. Det fortæller Henrik Voetma..

Danske Bank får bøde på 410.000 kr. af børsen - NY

16-04-2014 13:11:16
Danske Bank har fået en bøde på 500.000 skr., eller 410.500 kr., af selskabet bag fondsbørsen i København, Nasdaq OMX.Bøden er givet, fordi banken angiveligt ha..

Aktier/middag: Nervøse smil præger fortsat markedet

16-04-2014 11:32:27
Investorerne ser ud til at ville fylde aktiedepoterne op, før kursen sættes mod røget laks, snaps og påskeferie. I hvert fald er de danske aktier i glimrende fo..

Mest læste nyheder

  • 24 timer
  • 48 timer
  • 1 uge
Ingen data fundet.
Euroinvestor i andre lande: Euroinvestor.com | Euroinvestor.se | Euroinvestor.no | Euroinvestor.fr | Forexinvestor.com| Wisselkoersen.nl | Valuta.se | Valutaveksel.no | Divisas.es | Valute.it
Copyright Euroinvestor A/S 2014  Disclaimer Privatlivspolitik
Aktieinformation leveres af Interactive Data.
Data er forsinket 15-20 minutter iht. de enkelte børsers regler om videredistribution.
 
18. april 2014 23:23:02
(UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Version: LiveBranchBuild_20140324.1 - EUROWEB5 - 2014-04-18 23:23:02 - 2014-04-18 23:23:02 - 1 - Website: OKAY

Når du besøger Euroinvestor.dk accepterer du, at der anvendes cookies, som vi og vores samarbejdspartnere benytter til funktionalitet, statistik og markedsføring. Læs mere om cookies på Euroinvestor.dk her

x