John Hui Offers Big Bucks for Gateway Retail Business
August 24, 2006 3:19 AM
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Computer mogul John Hui has his eye on another PC manufacturer
Lap-Shun Hui, better known simply as
, has placed a $450M USD offer out on the retail division of Gateway PCs. Hui, co-founder of eMachines and founder of KDS, has a bit of a name for himself in the PC industry with mega-takeovers and low-cost PC components.
Hui recently got his name in the papers after
putting in an $87M USD bid
out on the retail division of NEC. However, it appears as though that deal had fallen through as Hui placed his $450M USD bid on the company in a letter dated August 3, 2006. In another memo, dated August 21, 2006, Hui adds "I am very disappointed that Gateway has chosen not to constructively engage in discussions with me and my advisors on the proposal that I sent to you on Aug. 3. I believe that management and the board need to adopt a sense of urgency to address Gateway's problems."
eMachines sold for more than $30M cash and $235M stock in June of 2004 to Gateway, of which Hui received a fairly nice check. With Hui's bid on the retail division of Gateway, things really will have come full circle has the majority of the reason Gateway continued to hold market share over the last two years has been directly due to the eMachines brand.
Hui already holds nearly 5% of Gateway as part of a stock-swap he received during the eMachines acquisition.
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Someone help me out.
8/24/2006 8:58:02 AM
I was always under the impression that despite the public appearance that Gateway bought eMachines, eMachines is really running Gateway, due to the fact that many of eMachines board members replaced Gateway ones.
Was I misinformed?
RE: Someone help me out.
8/24/2006 1:19:15 PM
No, it was a sort of hybrid type acquisition. Officially Gateway bought eMachines. However, a lot of the elements of eMachines were adopted, because, well Gateway was in shambles and eMachines was doing quite well. A law school buddy of mine worked in Gateway's legal department. So they abandoned their headquarters in San Diego (of which they just built a campus I might add) and headed up to Irvine, emachine's location. emachine's legal department also took over, as well as several other elements.
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