In the fall of 2011, Dell slipped from its number two spot in the PC market, and was surpassed by Lenovo . Dell still sits in third place, with 10.2% of worldwide market share. It's barely ahead of number four Acer Group, which has 9.5% of market share.
Going private would free Dell from Wall Street expectations and would give its CEO the flexibiity to be more competitive in pricing, make key mergers and acquisitions and take other steps that could make shareholders unhappy but could benefit the bottom line.
"A buyout would help Dell in the long run," said Moorhead. "Buyouts and privatization enable companies to make radical changes more quickly to better position themselves in the future. Instead of making decisions to better the quarter, they make decisions to improve the next three to five years."
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