Going Private

How Did BlackBerry Do Everything Wrong?

Blackberry is near the end of an epic tumble, and the path it took from CrackBerry dominance to telecom afterthought bears the classic hallmarks of business implosions past.

Founders Taking Their Firms Private: A New Wall Street Trend?

Barnes & Noble's Leonard Riggio, Dell's Michael Dell and Best Buy's Richard Schulze each want to save the troubled companies they founded from the pains of publicly traded life. But is this trend powered by sound thinking, or wishful thinking?

Done Deal for Dell: $24.4 Billion Plan to Go Private Finalized

Slumping personal computer maker Dell is selling itself for $24.4 billion to its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft. It's the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up financing for risky maneuvers like this.

What Private-Equity Firms and Vampires Have In Common

You may think that when private-equity firms buy troubled companies, their plan for making a profit is to fix them up, then resell them. But often, the heart of their plan is to load the companies up with debt, siphon hundreds of millions of dollars out of them, and stick the next set of investors with the bill.

Best Buy Buyout Is No Sure Thing

Shares of Best Buy soared Monday after founder Richard Schulze said he wanted to buy the company. In private hands, Best Buy would be able to attempt a turnaround outside of the public limelight, but it won't be easy to get to the fairy tale ending.

Best Buy Founder Offers to Buy Retailer, Take It Private

Best Buy's founder said Monday that he wants to take the electronics retailer private by buying up all of its shares he doesn't already own in a deal that values the company at as much as $8.84 billion. The news sent Best Buy shares up 24 percent in premarket trading.

Liquid Assets: Apollo Buys Indoor Waterpark Leader

Apollo Global Management is shelling out $703 million for Great Wolf Resorts, the leading operator of indoor water park resorts. The $5-a-share offer is better than the stock has seen since 2008, but people who bought it around its 2004 IPO will end up taking a real bath.

M&A Mania: Early 2011 Deals Already Hit a 10-Year High

Companies such as Duke Energy and DuPont are off and running with megamergers early this year. Even Playboy is among the dealers. And market pros say the trend is far from over. Why are so many U.S. companies tying the knot? Fast growth is hard to come by in any other strategy.

Playboy Going Private in Hefner-Backed Buyout

For more than a year, adult entertainment company Playboy Enterprises has been looking for someone to save it, but in the end, its savior came from within. Last July, founder Hugh Hefner offered to take Playboy private, and Monday, the company finally announced that it has agreed to his offer.

Natural Gas Firm Exco Gets $4.4 Billion Offer to Go Private

Natural gas prices have been persistently sluggish lately, but it looks like deal-making is revving up: The latest offer comes from the CEO of Exco Resources, Douglas Miller, who has offered to buy the energy company for $20.50 per share or about $4.4 billion.

Internet Brands Goes Private, Again

Media company Internet Brands announced Monday that it has agreed to go private at $13.35 per share, giving early investors a juicy 67% return.

Is Regis Corp. Buyout Bait?

News that beauty salon operator Regis Corp has hired investment bank Peter J. Solomon to investigate possible buyout options sent Regis stock soaring Thursday.