Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2001 (Revised March 2002)

Seagate Technology Buyout

by Gregor M. Andrade, Stuart C. Gilson and Todd C. Pulvino

Abstract

In March 2000, a group of private investors and senior managers were negotiating a deal to acquire the disk drive operations of Seagate Technology. The motivating factor for the buyout was the apparently anomalous market value of Seagate's equity: Seagate's equity value was just a fraction of the value of its minority stake in Veritas Software Corp., a software maker. The investor group had to decide how much to offer for the operating assets, as well as how to finance the transaction. Further complicating the analysis was the fact that, unlike in traditional buyout settings, the target company was in a highly cyclical, volatile, and capital--intensive industry.

Keywords: Valuation; Leveraged Buyouts; Financial Strategy; Computer Industry;

Citation:

Andrade, Gregor M., Stuart C. Gilson, and Todd C. Pulvino. "Seagate Technology Buyout." Harvard Business School Case 201-063, April 2001. (Revised March 2002.)