Hewlett-Packard proposed $ 24000000000 acquisition of rival Compaq marked the largest merger in the history of the computer industry. The merger was Hewlett-Packard in response to profound changes impact on the IT industry. Coupled to the severity of the stock market reaction to the deal announcement with a “slim but sufficient ‘51.4% shareholder approval margin left many wondering whether the deal was beneficial to the shareholders.

Hewlett-Packard proposed $ 24000000000 acquisition of rival Compaq marked the largest merger in the history of the computer industry. The merger was Hewlett-Packard in response to profound changes impact on the IT industry. Coupled to the severity of the stock market reaction to the deal announcement with a “slim but sufficient ‘51.4% shareholder approval margin left many wondering whether the deal was beneficial to the shareholders.
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from
Krishna G. Palepu,
Jonathan Barnett
Source: Harvard Business School
32 pages.
Release Date: 08 April 2004. Prod #: 104048-PDF-ENG
Hewlett-Packard-Compaq: The Merger Decision HBR case solution

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