Seagate Technology Buyout

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Seagate Technology Buyout : Case Write-up Submitted By : Simranjit Kainth (UCID: 10101326) The case talks about the undervalued stock price of Seagate Technology (Seagate) and the subsequent decision of its management to undergo a leveraged buyout (LBO) with Silver Lake Partners L.P. (Silver Lake) to allow Seagate shareholders to realize full value for the company. In May 1999, Seagate sold its Network & Storage Management Group (NSMG) to VERITAS Software (VERITAS) in exchange of 155 million shares of VERITAS stock. As a result, Seagate became the largest stock holder in VERITAS with an ownership stake of over 40%. In subsequent months Seagate's VERITAS stake substantially exceeded Seagate's entire market capitalization. To answer the inquiries of concerned stakeholders, management began to consider ways to increase the stock price and unlock the value of its disk drive operation. According to Exhibit 3 and 5, stock of Seagate and VERITAS are trading at $64.25 and $168.69 respectively. I would buy Seagate shares because if the deal takes place, for every Seagate share I would also be getting some VERITAS shares. Therefore, I would actually be trading in both equities (VERITAS and Seagate on the same underlying company-Seagate). Also, there is a strong possibility of Seagate going public again after closing of the deal. This will result in a jump in Seagate's share price as market would unlock the value of Seagate's disk drive operations and also realize tax savings on Seagate's stake in VERITAS. But, this would simply be an attempt to arbitrage. If every MBA followed the same process, there would be more demand for Seagate's share as compared with the actual supply. This would eventually result in an adjustment in the price of Seagate's share to an equilibrium value where there would be no scope for arbitrage. In financial theory, Net Present Value (NPV) of

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