02 jul: USA/tendens: Købstilbud vil sende Amylin højere
02 jul: Vestas: Kinesisk konkurrent underskriver gigantisk aftale - NY
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
27 aug
I:SP500
Indlægget her er kraftigt inspireret af overlaar@ (filter) og alpe med flere, kort og godt alle dem ..
46
29 aug
 
Har man en halv times tid denne weekend kan den med fordel bruges på to ting: Dels på investeringsdi..
28
26 aug
RTX
Investor 1989, - nej tak, - jeg er ikke interesseret i at give 15 dollars for en analyse fra dig omk..
27
27 aug
 
2.000.000 til 5.000.000 kr.
21
26 aug
VWS
Det er dog noget af det skægeste jeg længe har læst. Vindmøllegiganten Vestas er et af en stribe dan..
21
30 aug
OMXC20
20
28 aug
OMXC20CAP
Så sluttede fredagen og igen tog jeg fejl.I tirsdags var jeg helt sikker på at frygten ville tage ti..
20
27 aug
 
fra 1.000.000 til 2.000.000 kr.
19
27 aug
 
fra 100.000 til 250.000 kr.
17
27 aug
OMXC20
  Kære alle. Den seneste uge må have fået alles øjne op for hvor umuligt det er at forudsige den kor..
16

Mærsk/Sydbank: Formentlig ikke en stærk højsæson i vente

31-08-2015 13:29:43
De store containerrederier, der blandt andet tæller danske Maersk Line, skal ikke forvente en bragende god højsæson.Det vurderer senioranalytiker i Sydbank Jaco..

Delårsrapport 2015 for Euroinvestor.com A/S

28-08-2015 12:51:53
Fondsbørsmeddelelse nr. 9. 2015 28. august 2015 Rekordresultat efter 1. halvår Euroinvestor.com A/S opnåede i 1. halvår 2015 en omsæt..

Novo/Leerink: Dækning indledes med "marketperform" og mål 374

28-08-2015 07:28:52
Novo Nordisk får opmærksomhed fra den amerikanske "health care"-investmentbank Leerink Partners, der indleder dækning af medicinalkoncernen med anbefalingen "ma..

Mest læste nyheder

  • 24 timer
  • 48 timer
  • 1 uge
1
Aktier/tendens: Bratte fald i sigte
2
Kina: Officiel misvækst i industrisektoren i august
3
HOLLANDSK MÆGLER: UDVIKLINGEN ER GÅET HURTIGERE EN
4
Aktier/middag: Samtlige C20-aktier i rødt
5
Tirsdagens aktier: Bred nedtur anført af TDC, Genmab og Novo

Køb- og salgsanbefalinger

  • Trend
  • Pengemaskinen

Copyright Euroinvestor A/S 2015  Disclaimer Privatlivspolitik
Aktieinformation leveres af Interactive Data.
Data er forsinket 15-20 minutter iht. de enkelte børsers regler om videredistribution.
 
2. september 2015 04:25:54
(UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Version: LiveBranchBuild_20150824.1 - EUROWEB5 - 2015-09-02 04:25:54 - 2015-09-02 04:25:54 - 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