22 September 2009 | Allie Anderson
US computer manufacturer Dell has announced a $3.9 billion (£2.4 billion) proposed takeover of technology service provider Perot Systems.
The deal, which is set to be completed between November and January next year, will enable Dell to take advantage of Perot's technology and infrastructure, as well as its business processes and consulting services.
The two Texas-based companies have had a combined IT services and hardware revenue of £16 billion (£9.8 billion) in the past year.
Perot's current CEO Peter Altabef is expected to head up Dell's new services unit formed under the merger. Perot's chairman Ross Perot Jr, son of the former US presidential candidate who set up the firm, is tipped to secure a place on Dell's board.
Dell's chief executive, Michael Dell, said: "We consider Perot Systems to be a premium asset with great people that enhances our opportunities for immediate and long-term growth. This significantly expands Dell's enterprise-solutions capabilities and makes Perot Systems' strengths available to even more customers around the world."
Perot Systems currently provides a computerised patient records system on behalf of BT for the UK's NHS National Programme for IT.