Last October, Dell offered to buy EMC for $67 billion, making it the largest tech merger ever. This merger will create a new technology giant that will sell both consumer and IT products, ranging from personal computers to data storage gear for corporate data centers.
To finance this acquisition, Dell will use a combination of borrowed cash up to $49.5 billion and tracking stocks in an EMC subsidiary called VMware. The offer valued EMCat $33.15 a share, for which Dell will pay $24.05 in cash per share and give EMC shareholders a special stock that tracks the share price in VMware. Intended to offset the amount of debt Dell will take on, those tracking stocks seriously threaten the feasibility of the deal because of a possible $9 billion tax bill.