Seagate Technology Buyout
Suggested Assignment Questions
1. Why is Seagate undertaking these transactions (the buyout and the stock swap with Veritas)? Who are the winners and losers resulting from these transactions (e.g., Seagate shareholders, Seagate management, Veritas shareholders, Silver Lake Partners)? 2. Who benefits from generic leveraged buyouts? Who loses? Is the rigid disk drive industry conducive to a leveraged buyout? NOTE: For the purposes of questions 3 through 5, assume that after the buyout, Seagate will incur NO AMORTIZATION EXPENSE. Therefore EBITA and EBIT will be identical. 3. Luczo and the buyout team plan to finance their acquisition of Seagate’s operating assets using a combination of debt and equity. How much debt would you recommend that they use? Why? (Hint: use the projections in Exhibit 8 and the information in Exhibit 11, together with your personal judgement based on the text of the case, to estimate a reasonable annual amount of debt the company should carry) 4. Based on the scenarios presented in Exhibit 8, and on your assessment of the optimal amount of debt to be used in Seagate’s capital structure, estimate the value of Seagate’s operating assets, assuming the following: As of June 30, 1999, Seagate had $1.623 billion of cash on its balance sheet. As part of the transaction, $704 million will be used to payoff existing debt and $765 million will be transferred to the buyout team. Of the $765 million, $500 million is required for net working capital (and will grow as a % of sales) and excess cash is $265 million. Any cash remaining at the time the transaction is consummated will be distributed to Seagate shareholders. The buyout team will initially borrow $1.2 billion to finance the deal, and will pay down debt as cash flows permit until the optimal debt level is achieved. For this question, assume that the long-run target level of debt is $750 million. If cash flow is negative in a given year,...
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