The seemingly endless feud between Michael Dell and Carl Icahn has reached its conclusion as Icahn has dropped his attempted bid to buy Dell's eponymous computer company.
The move largely clears the way for Dell, in conjunction with investment firm Silver Lake, to privatise the struggling hardware firm. A shareholders' meeting will take place on Thursday 12 September at which Dell's bid will be voted upon.
The meeting had been repeatedly pushed back following objections from Icahn, who argued, and continues to argue, that Dell's bid significantly undervalues the company. Icahn has filed a legal claim in the process.
However, in an open and outspoken letter to Dell shareholders, Icahn admitted defeat: "I realise that some stockholders will be disappointed that we do not fight on. However, over the last decade, mainly through 'activism' we have enhanced stockholder value in many companies by billions of dollars.
"We did not accomplish this by waging battles that we thought we would lose. We therefore congratulate Michael Dell and I intend to call him to wish him good luck (he may need it)."
Icahn also noted that while he and investment firm Southeastern had withdrawn from the race, they would still be opposing the Dell and Silver Lake bid.
Finally, Icahn encouraged investors to get in touch with him via alternative means. "If you are incensed by the actions of the Dell Board as much as I am, I hope you will choose to follow me on Twitter where from time to time I give my investment insights," he said.
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