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Hewlett Packard's logo. Click here to visit the Hewlett Packard website! HP, Compaq announce merger plans!
(Tuesday, September 4, 2001 - 19:22 EDT)

New $87 billion company would bear HP name; ~10% of combined workforce would be laid off...

Computing giants Hewlett Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. have announced plans to merge in a deal that would create a new company with revenues of over $87 billion. Existing HP shareholders would own 64% of the merged company which would retain the HP brandname, whilst Compaq shareholders would own 36%. Approximately 15,000 workers from the two companies would be laid off, with the combined workforce of the new HP totalling some 145,000 employees in 160 countries.

The merged company would expect to see a revenue decline of 5% or less for the next two years as compared to their current separate revenues, but an earnings boost of 20% or more by 2003 thanks to a predicted $2 billion in cost synergies. The company would be led by HP's Carly Fiorina as Chairman and CEO, whilst Compaq's Michael Capellas would be President, and would join HP's Board of Directors along with four other Compaq Board members.

HP currently manufactures a range of digital imaging-related equipment including 6 digital camera models, 11 scanner models and numerous inkjet, photo or laser printers. Compaq is better known for its PC, laptop and handheld computers, as well as servers and the suchlike, but does also currently offer its customers digital cameras / camcorders from Agfa, Kodak and JVC, and scanners / printers from Epson (as well as own-branded printers).

The new HP would include a $20 billion Imaging & Printing franchise led by Vyomesh Joshi, currently HP's President, of Imaging and Printing Systems. The deal still must win approval from U.S. antitrust regulators, and views seem to be split as to whether the companies can pull this off - whilst there will still be significant mail-order competitors such as Dell Computer Corp., the retail PC market will look significantly less competitive without Compaq.

Source: Hewlett Packard Co.; Compaq Computer Corp.

Original Source Press Release:

Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Agree to Merge, Creating $87 Billion Global Technology Leader

Will Offer Businesses and Consumers Most Complete Set of Products and Services, With Commitment to Open Systems and Architectures

Will Have #1 Worldwide Positions in Servers, PCs & Handhelds, and Imaging & Printing; Leading Positions in IT Services, Storage, Management Software

Companies Expect Annual Cost Synergies of Approximately $2.5 Billion; Transaction Expected to Be Substantially Accretive in Year One

PALO ALTO, CA and HOUSTON, TX, September 4, 2001 - Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) and Compaq Computer Corporation announced today a definitive merger agreement to create an $87 billion global technology leader. The new HP will offer the industry's most complete set of IT products and services for both businesses and consumers, with a commitment to serving customers with open systems and architectures. The combined company will have #1 worldwide revenue positions in servers, access devices (PCs & handhelds), and imaging & printing, as well as leading revenue positions in IT services, storage, and management software.

The merger is expected to generate cost synergies reaching approximately $2.5 billion annually and drive a significantly improved cost structure. Based on both companies' last four reported fiscal quarters, the new HP would have approximate pro forma assets of $56.4 billion, annual revenues of $87.4 billion and annual operating earnings of $3.9 billion. It would also have operations in more than 160 countries and over 145,000 employees.

Carly Fiorina, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HP, will be Chairman and CEO of the new HP. Michael Capellas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compaq, will be President. Capellas and four other members of Compaq's current Board of Directors will join HP's Board upon closing.

"This is a decisive move that accelerates our strategy and positions us to win by offering even greater value to our customers and partners," said Fiorina. "In addition to the clear strategic benefits of combining two highly complementary organizations and product families, we can create substantial shareowner value through significant cost structure improvements and access to new growth opportunities. At a particularly challenging time for the IT industry, this combination vaults us into a leadership role with customers and partners—together we will shape the industry for years to come."

Capellas said, "We are creating a new kind of industry leader—one founded on customer success, world-class engineering, and best of breed products and services. In sharp contrast to our competitors, we are committed to leading the industry to open, market-unifying architectures and interoperability, which reduce complexity and cost for our customers. With this move, we will change the basis of competition in the industry."

Under the terms of the agreement, unanimously approved by both Boards of Directors, Compaq shareowners will receive 0.6325 of a newly issued HP share for each share of Compaq, giving the merger a current value of approximately $25 billion. HP shareowners will own approximately 64% and Compaq shareowners 36% of the merged company. The transaction, which is expected to be tax-free to shareowners of both companies for U.S. federal income tax purposes, will be accounted for as a purchase.

The transaction is expected to be substantially accretive to HP's pro forma earnings per share in the first full year of combined operations based on achieving planned cost synergies. Cost synergies of approximately $2.0 billion are expected in fiscal 2003, the first full year of combined operations. Fully realized synergies are expected to reach a run rate of approximately $2.5 billion by mid-fiscal 2004. These anticipated synergies result from product rationalization; efficiencies in administration, procurement, manufacturing and marketing; and savings from improved direct distribution of PCs and servers. Subject to regulatory and shareowner approvals and customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2002. In connection with the transaction, both companies have adopted shareowner rights plans; information on these plans will be filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The merged entity will be headquartered in Palo Alto and retain a significant presence in Houston, which will be a key strategic center of engineering excellence and product development.

The new HP will be structured around four operating units that build on the companies' similar go-to-market and product development structures to provide clear customer and competitive focus. Leadership and estimated revenues (calculated by combining the two companies' trailing four reported fiscal quarters) are as follows:

  • A $20 billion Imaging & Printing franchise to be led by Vyomesh Joshi, currently President, Imaging and Printing Systems, of HP.
  • A $29 billion Access Devices business to be led by Duane Zitzner, currently President, Computing Systems, of HP.
  • A $23 billion IT Infrastructure business, encompassing servers, storage and software, to be led by Peter Blackmore, currently Executive Vice President, Sales and Services, of Compaq.
  • A $15 billion Services business with approximately 65,000 employees in consulting, support and outsourcing to be led by Ann Livermore, currently President, HP Services.
The Chief Financial Officer of the combined entity will be Robert Wayman, Chief Financial Officer of HP. The integration team will be led by Webb McKinney, currently President of HP's Business Customer Organization, and Jeff Clarke, Chief Financial Officer of Compaq.

Fiorina concluded, "Clearly, the potential of this combination is compelling, but we understand the magnitude of the challenge and the need for discipline and speed. We're helped by the fact that both companies have been pursuing similar organizational structures and sales force models, and there is immense talent resident in both organizations. We have done comprehensive integration planning and have clear metrics to drive our success. We are committed to achieving the synergies we have identified while maintaining our competitive position and momentum in the marketplace."

Investment Community and Media Event Information

The companies will host a meeting for the investment community today at 9:00 a.m. EDT at the Equitable Building in New York City, 787 Seventh Avenue. The event can also be accessed via webcast at www.hp.com or www.compaq.com. The slides used for this presentation will be available on each company's website 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.

Fact Sheet

A fact sheet related to the merger is available at http://www.compaq.com/newsroom/pr/attachments/hpcompaq_factsheet.html.

Calculation of Combined Revenues

The statements of combined revenues in this release and the attached fact sheet are estimates and have been calculated by adding similar category information from the companies' separate filings with the Securities Exchange Commission for each of their past four fiscal quarters. Because the companies have different fiscal year-ends, these estimates do not track a matching time period. The measurement method described above may result in amounts that differ from amounts resulting from other methodologies the companies may use in the future.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company—a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services—is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to all. HP had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.hp.com.

About Compaq

Compaq Computer Corporation is a leading global provider of enterprise technology and solutions. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions and services, including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, and desktop and portable personal computers that are sold in more than 200 countries. Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at http://www.compaq.com.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

HP intends to file a registration statement on Form S-4 in connection with the transaction, and HP and Compaq intend to mail a joint proxy statement/prospectus to their respective stockholders in connection with the transaction. Investors and security holders of HP and Compaq are urged to read the joint proxy statement/prospectus when it becomes available because it will contain important information about HP, Compaq and the transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the joint proxy statement/prospectus (when it is available) at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. A free copy of the joint proxy statement/prospectus may also be obtained from HP or Compaq. HP and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of HP and Compaq in favor of the transaction. Information regarding the interests of HP's officers and directors in the transaction will be included in the joint proxy statement/prospectus. Compaq and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of HP and Compaq in favor of the transaction. Information regarding the interests of Compaq's officers and directors in the transaction will be included in the joint proxy statement/prospectus. In addition to the registration statement on form S-4 to be filed by HP in connection with the transaction, and the joint proxy statement/prospectus to be mailed to the stockholders of HP and Compaq in connection with the transaction, each of HP and Compaq file annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy and information statements, and other information with the SEC. Investors may read and copy any of these reports, statements and other information at the SEC's public reference rooms located at 450 5th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20549, or any of the SEC's other public reference rooms located in New York and Chicago. Investors should call the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on these public reference rooms. The reports, statements and other information filed by HP and Compaq with the SEC are also available for free at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. A free copy of these reports, statements and other information may also be obtained from HP or Compaq.

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