While rumors about the purchase of Dell by Silver Lake Partners specify more we learn today by CNBC that Microsoft could participate in the redemption with U.S. investment fund. While the value of Dell is estimated between $ 20 and $ 25 billion, Microsoft is ready to invest between $ 1 and $ 3 billion, which is not that much when you’re called Microsoft. We should know more by the end of the week.
Side of Silver Lake Partners, we learn from Bloomberg that the investment fund is ready with a proposal around $ 15 billion to buy the third largest manufacturer of PC.
Just Like a lot of PC manufacturers, Dell hasn’t been doing very well lately. And now unnamed sources have told Bloomberg that “several large banks have already been contacted about financing an offer to take Dell private.”
Bloomberg’s sources also indicated that Dell is “in talks to go private with at least two private equity firms,” although the sources cautioned that any such deal “could fall apart because the firms may not be able to line up the needed financing or resolve how to exit the investment in the future.”
A Dell spokesperson has told CNBC that the company “won’t comment on rumors and speculation,” but didn’t flatly deny the report. Trading of Dell’s shares was briefly halted in the wake of Bloomberg’s report, and surged by 12% immediately after trading resumed.
Gartner has posted its estimated PC shipment results for 2012 and things aren’t bright for the good ol’ personal computer.
The company estimates that PC vendors have shipped more than 90 million PCs in Q4, 2012 which is 4.9% lower than what they managed in the same period in 2011. According to Gartner, the tablets are to blame.
The reason is simple – a large portion of the tech-oriented gift-givers have turned their attention to slates, rather than full-fledges PCs this Christmas season. And whp could blame them considering the likes of the piggy-bank hugging Nexus 7.
On top of that, Gartner reckons a single PC is enough for the needs of a family and its members, who gladly share it for quick work-related tasks and then focus on their tablets or laptops for media consuming.
Out of all major PC vendors only Lenovo and Asus managed to better their last year’s PC sales by 8.2% and 6.4%, respectively.
According to Interbrand’s 13th annual Best Global Brands report, Samsung, for the first time in its history, finds its place in the Top 10 of the prestigious ranking. In fact, it’s now considered the 9th most valuable brand on the planet and is estimated to be worth $32.8 billion.
The investment Samsung makes in the marketing of its two latest Android flagships, the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II has paid off not only in massive sales, but also in boosting the brand’s worth, shooting it among the top 10 most valuable in the world. Samsung’s value has increased by 40% since the company became the world’s largest smartphone and mobile phone manufacturer. Moreover, the aggressive marketing campaign and the buzz the Koreans have generated around the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II has also helped them boost their value.
At the other end of the list is Apple cozily taking second place right below Coca-Cola. Valued at $76.5 billion, the Apple brand has made an incredible 129% jump in value compared to last year. While Android’s maker, Google stays in 4’th place with an increased value by 26% valued at $69.7 billion, Microsoft has lost 2% compared to last year with a value of $57.8 Billion, the Amazon brand has made a big 46% jump in value compared to last year valued at $18.6 billion, probably due to the growth of it’s Kindle Fire.
Via : Interbrand (PDF)