Dell/EMC: Biggest Merger in IT History Approved by Shareholders

Shareholders of EMC today overwhelmingly voted in favor of the company's planned merger with Dell -- a more than $60 billion transaction that's been described as the biggest tech deal in history.

According to a preliminary tally, 98 percent of EMC shareholders who voted were in favor of the merger. Final results are set to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission later this week. The shareholders casting votes represented about 74 percent of EMC's outstanding common stock.

As part of the transaction, Dell, which ceased being a publicly traded company in 2013, must compensate EMC shareholders for taking the firm private. The new company formed after the merger will be called Dell Technologies.

Merger To Finalize by Fall

"Today's resoundingly favorable shareholder vote clearly supports our view that combining Dell and EMC will create a powerhouse in the technology industry," EMC chairman and CEO Joe Tucci (pictured above) said in a statement. He added that the merger represents "what we believe is the best outcome for all stakeholders."

The deal is expected to close sometime by the fall. In addition to requiring EMC shareholder approval, the merger must also win regulatory approval from China. The deal is currently valued at around $62 billion, a drop from the $67 billion valuation that was estimated at the time the deal was announced in October.

Just yesterday, EMC's second quarter financial results showed the company with GAAP earnings of $6 billion, a 16 percent increase over revenues in the same quarter last year. Tucci said the merger with Dell will help EMC become "the world's largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company."

'New Opportunities' for Customers

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