In a filing, Dell ruled out a sale of itself or VMware, in which it owns an 80 percent stake, to a third party.
Reuters reported on Thursday that Dell planned to review a possible reverse merger with VMware, as well as other options, including an IPO or asset sales.
Dell, the world’s largest privately held technology company, has been under pressure to boost profits and is seeking new avenues for growth.
The PC market, which Dell CEO Michael Dell helped shape by founding Dell in 1984 as a college freshman with $1,000 in savings, has remained stagnant due to the popularity of smartphones and tablets.
Dell, which bought data storage provider EMC Corp for $67 billion in 2016, delisted from the Nasdaq five years ago, when private equity firm Silver Lake helped founder Michael Dell’s $24.9 billion deal in 2013 to take the company private.
The company said on Friday there could be no assurance that any potential business opportunity will be pursued.
VMware said it was “not in a position to speculate on the outcome of Dell’s evaluation of potential business opportunities.”
Sources told Reuters that VMware was likely to form a special committee to consider a combination with Dell.
VMware is 80 percent-owned by Dell, so the special committee is likely to be tasked with safeguarding the interests of VMware minority shareholders, the sources added.
Shares of VMware, which has a market capitalization of $50.7 billion, were down 1 percent in early trade on Friday.
Updated Date: Feb 02, 2018 21:34 PM