Report: Dell Could Go Private

Jan 14, 2013

Shares in computer-maker Dell Inc. surged by 13 percent Monday on rumors the Round Rock based company could go private. Bloomberg News cites anonymous sources as saying Dell is in talks with at least two private equity firms.

John Doggett is a lecturer at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He says the talks come as Dell is shifting its business strategy away from PCs.

“As a public company, everything they do is open to public scrutiny," Doggett said. "If they were to take the company private, they could make changes, they could make decisions and nobody would know until all the dust is settled.” 

Doggett says going private could give Dell more flexibility to trim its workforce, too. The company employs about 16,000 people in Central Texas.