Icahn says VMWare should be worth US$300 per share, cites Red Hat deal

Icahn says VMWare should be worth US$300 per share, cites Red Hat deal

Carl Icahn said on Monday VMWare should be worth US$300 per share, the activist investor's latest bid to scuttle Dell's plan to go public by buying back shares tied to its interest in the software company.

FILE PHOTO - Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto show in New Y
FILE PHOTO - Billionaire activist-investor Carl Icahn gives an interview on FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto show in New York, U.S. on February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

REUTERS: Carl Icahn said on Monday VMWare should be worth US$300 per share, the activist investor's latest bid to scuttle Dell's plan to go public by buying back shares tied to its interest in the software company.

"Based on IBM's recent offer for Red Hat, a deal we believe should have a comparable valuation to a future VMWare deal, VMW should be worth US$300 per share," Icahn said in a letter https://carlicahn.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/DVMT-VMW.pdf.

IBM Corp agreed to acquire Red Hat Inc for US$190 per share in cash, a 63 percent premium to its closing price on Oct. 26.

Dell said in July it would pay US$21.7 billion in cash and stock to buy back VMWare shares, returning it to the stock market without an initial public offering.

Earlier this month Icahn also sued Dell, alleging that the computer maker did not disclose financial information related to its plans to go public by buying back its tracking stock.

Dell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)

Source: Reuters

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