Jumping the Shark With DELL, ES and the Fonz
In the conclusion of what was unbelievably a three-part episode, main character Fonzie literally attempts to jump over a shark on water skis. My son was excited at first to view this, he'd heard the term many times, but was unaware of where it had originated from. Suffice it to say that it was an awful episode of a once great show, and I could not even watch the whole thing.
Unfortunately, there have been a couple recent examples of companies "jumping the shark," in terms of exiting the publicly traded arena in disappointing deals.
It's still hard to believe that Dell (DELL) is being taken out at $13.65/share. While not the company it once was, if the deal is accepted by shareholders, it will be a very disappointing end. I thought it would fetch a higher price, especially given the bounty of cash and securities on the balance sheet.
Dell ended last quarter with $11.3 billion in cash and short-term investments, and $2.9 billion in long-term investments, for a total of $14.2 billion in cash and securities, or more than $8 per share. Even netting out the company's considerable debt load of $9 billion, leaves $5.2 billion, or $3 per share. Yet the deal is being done at $13.65; disappointing to say the least.
While the Dell saga has been the headline grabber, it appears as though small nuclear play Energy Solutions(ES) will also end its run in the public markets in desperate fashion. The company recently agreed to be taken private at $3.75/share by Energy Capital Partners.