Dell Worth ‘A Higher Number’: Nygren

Investors are missing strengths in Dell, and the company is more valuable than its stock suggests, Oakmark Fund's Bill Nygren said Wednesday on CNBC.

"Investors have thought of this company as primarily a declining PC business, when in reality, more than half their earnings are coming from services, security, servers and areas away from PCs, more than half the income, and that area is growing nicely," he said on "Fast Money."

Amid talk that Dell could be acquired, Nygren pointed to its strong liquidity position and said that an open bidding process could see the company hit a higher price.

"Our expectation is that the board would have to consider not only any offers from a management group but make it an open process to outside bidders, and also consider possible restructuring steps as a public company," he said. "Our belief is that would lead to a higher number than where the stock is today."

Nygren also acknowledged that Dell, his top teck pick, underperformed last year.

"We did well last year despite our Dell position rather than because of it," he added.

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