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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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Icahn backs sweeter Dell counterproposal
 
Dell headquarters in Round Rock. Photo by CNN
 
 
NEW YORK (AP) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is proposing that shareholders of Round Rock-based Dell Inc. get a chance to own a bigger stake in the struggling computer maker in hopes of thwarting an attempt by the company's founder to buy it for $24.4 billion and take it private.
Icahn, who owns a nearly 9 percent stake in Dell, now wants shareholders to receive warrants in addition to the cash he previously recommended be given to shareholders.
Icahn previously proposed that Dell "self-tender" 1.1 billion shares of its stock for $14 per share.
Icahn’s revised proposal adds one warrant for every four shares. The warrant would give shareholders the right to buy one Dell share for $20 over the next seven years. Dell's shares haven't traded above $20 since September 2008.
In a letter to shareholders, Icahn values his counterproposal at about $15.50 to $18 per share.
Meanwhile, company CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have offered to buy the entire company for $13.65 per share. Shareholders are set to vote on that offer at a meeting Thursday.
But Icahn argues that Michael Dell's offer undervalues the company and earlier this week asked a judge to assess its fairness.
The activist investor has proposed a variety of alternatives to keep the company publicly traded, but none have swayed the board from its support of the deal with Michael Dell and Silver Lake. What's more, Dell's board said its representatives contacted more than 70 potential suitors without finding any willing to ante up more than $24.4 billion.
In a late Friday July 12 statement, Dell's special board committee overseeing the company's sale said it's reviewing the merits of Icahn's latest offer. For now, the committee still recommends that shareholders accept the offer from Michael Dell and Silver Lake.
"We have been and remain willing to meet or talk with Mr. Icahn about his various proposals, including at a meeting scheduled earlier this week which he requested and subsequently cancelled," the board said.
Dell has fallen on hard times as more consumers and companies buy smartphones and tablets instead of laptop and desktop computers.
Michael Dell is betting that he will be able to revive the company that he founded in 1984 by cutting costs, overhauling the sales force and diversifying into more profitable technology niches, such as business software, data storage and analysis and consulting services. The changes are likely to lower Dell's earnings, the main reason that Michael Dell wants to engineer the turnaround away from the financial pressures of Wall Street.
Dell shares slipped 3 cents to close at $13.32 Friday.
 
 

 

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