Dell Declines to Revise Bid for 3PAR, Ends Acquisition Discussions

ROUND ROCK, Texas--()--Dell announced today that it will not increase its most recent proposal to acquire 3PAR, and that Dell has ended its discussions regarding a potential acquisition. Dell is entitled to receive a $72 million break-up fee from 3PAR upon the termination of its merger agreement.

Dell’s final offer to acquire 3PAR was not accepted by 3PAR’s board of directors. Dell’s improved offer included a proposed commercial relationship and an increased break-up fee.

“We took a measured approach throughout the process and have decided to end these discussions,” said Dave Johnson, senior vice president, corporate strategy.

“We will continue to put the interests of our customers and shareholders at the forefront of all our decisions,” said Brian Gladden, chief financial officer. “Our focus is to create long-term value.”

Dell is focused on creating open, affordable and capable enterprise solutions designed to help customers. The company has an industry-leading portfolio of enterprise solutions, including servers, storage, networking and services. Dell’s commercial enterprise solutions revenue grew 43 percent year over year in the company’s second fiscal quarter and is now a $17 billion annualized business.

“We believe our strategy of creating open, affordable and capable solutions resonates well with customers and will enable us to continue to outgrow the industry,” said Mr. Johnson.

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