Update (September 2): We've ended our discussions of potential acquisition with 3PAR. Here's my tweet:
More to come on this one for sure, but earlier today, we shared the news that 3PAR has accepted our increased offer to be acquired by Dell. Some of you have may have already seen this on TechCrunchIT and several other blogs. Click on the Techmeme image below to see the latest.
Update: The story continues… click on the image below to see the press release about our increased offer of $27 per share:
Otherwise, if you just want to see it all in one place, I've included the 3PAR release here:
3PAR Accepts Increased Offer To Be Acquired By Dell
Revised transaction valued at approximately $1.6 billion
Fremont, CA, August 26, 2010—3PAR® (NYSE: PAR), the leading global provider of utility storage, today announced it has accepted an increased offer to be acquired by Dell for a price of $24.30 per share, or approximately $1.6 billion, net of 3PAR's cash.
3PAR and Dell have signed an amendment to their previously announced merger agreement reflecting the new offer price and a revised termination fee of $72 million, which is payable in the event that 3PAR receives and accepts another unsolicited acquisition proposal that its board determines to be superior to Dell’s increased offer.
Dell’s desire for 3PAR is driven, in part, by its belief that 3PAR, with its architecturally superior utility storage solution, is important to Dell’s customers and will enhance its position in cloud-based storage applications. 3PAR’s multi-tenant, clustered architecture enables IT organizations to deliver software and hardware as a service, offering an agile, efficient storage infrastructure platform optimized for highly-virtualized data centers and cloud computing. Additionally, with its global reach, Dell believes it will be able to drive greater deployment and penetration of 3PAR’s products, accelerating Dell’s momentum in delivering open, capable and affordable storage options.
The cash tender offer commenced on August 23, 2010 by Dell, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, is for all outstanding shares of 3PAR common stock, without interest, and subject to reduction for any federal back-up withholding or other taxes. The offer documents will be amended to reflect the new offer price, but this will not alter the timing of the acquisition. Unless extended, the tender offer and any withdrawal rights to which 3PAR stockholders may be entitled will expire at midnight, EDT, on Sept. 20, 2010. Following acceptance for payment of shares in the tender offer and completion of the transactions contemplated in the merger agreement, 3PAR would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell.
The board of directors of 3PAR continues to unanimously recommend that 3PAR stockholders accept Dell’s tender offer and tender their shares in the offer.
3PAR (NYSE: PAR) is the leading global provider of utility storage, a category of highly virtualized, dynamically tiered, multi-tenant storage arrays built for public and private cloud computing. Our virtualized storage platform was built from the ground up to be agile and efficient and to eliminate the limitations of traditional storage arrays for utility infrastructures. As a pioneer of thin provisioning and other storage virtualization technologies, we design our products to reduce power consumption to help companies meet their green computing initiatives and to cut storage total cost of ownership. 3PAR customers have used our self-managing, efficient, and adaptable utility storage systems to reduce administration time and provisioning complexity, to improve server and storage utilization, and to scale and adapt flexibly in response to continuous growth and changing business needs. For more information, visit the 3PAR Website at: www.3PAR.com.
© 2010 3PAR Inc. All rights reserved. 3PAR, the 3PAR logo, Serving Information, InServ, InForm, InSpire, and Thin Built In are all trademarks or registered trademarks of 3PAR Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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This press release is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The tender offer described herein is being made only pursuant to the Offer to Purchase, Letter of Transmittal and related materials that Dell Inc. and Dell Trinity Holdings Corp. filed with the SEC on a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO on August 23, 2010. In addition, 3PAR Inc. filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the tender offer on August 23, 2010. The Tender Offer Statement (and related materials) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Those materials may be obtained free of charge from D.F. King & Co., Inc., the information agent for the tender offer, toll-free at (800) 769-4414 (banks and brokers call collect (212) 269-5550). In addition, all of those materials (and all other offer documents filed with the SEC) are available at no charge on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.
Statements in this release that relate to future results and events are forward-looking statements based on 3PAR’s current expectations. Actual results and events in future periods may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including the expected benefits and costs of the transaction; management plans relating to the transaction; the expected timing of the completion of the transaction; the ability to complete the transaction; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, including the execution of integration plans; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that expected benefits may not materialize as expected; that the transaction may not be timely completed, if at all; that, prior to the completion of the transaction, 3PAR’s business may experience disruptions due to transaction-related uncertainty or other factors making it more difficult to maintain relationships with employees, licensees, other business partners or governmental entities; that the parties are unable to successfully implement integration strategies; and other risks that are described in 3PAR’s Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to the risks described in 3PAR’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. 3PAR assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.