|Bid||14.86 x 3100|
|Ask||14.97 x 4000|
|Day's range||14.61 - 16.67|
|52-week range||12.54 - 23.93|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||1.38|
|PE ratio (TTM)||7.34|
|Earnings date||06 May 2020 - 10 May 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||0.70 (4.06%)|
|Ex-dividend date||09 Mar 2020|
|1y target est||21.25|
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- It’s finally over.Xerox Holdings Corp. announced late Tuesday that it is abandoning its tender offer to acquire HP Inc., citing the global health crisis from Covid-19 and the ensuing difficult market environment. The maker of photocopiers also called off its effort to enter into a proxy fight to replace HP’s board. It marks the end of a dramatic back-and-forth struggle that began last November, when Xerox began its pursuit of HP, the second-largest computer maker. HP has repeatedly rejected Xerox’s overtures, including its most recent offer, valued at about $35 billion. But while Xerox is blaming coronavirus, its attempt to take over a company more than three times its size never made much sense in the first place. Not only would it require tens of billions in inherently risky debt financing — the whole strategy of buying a secularly challenged business and relying primarily on cost savings was never a winner.In February, for example, HP reported a 7% decline in its printer revenue and a 10% drop in printer-hardware unit sales for its fiscal first quarter ended in January. Cost cutting is not going to save this troubled business. Xerox wasn’t much better when it posted a sales decline for its December quarter.Both companies should instead focus on figuring out new growth strategies for their respective businesses, instead of being distracted by M&A and financial engineering.Adding two dinosaurs together was never going to magically make a new tech behemoth.This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tae Kim is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology. He previously covered technology for Barron's, following an earlier career as an equity analyst.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinionSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Xerox Holdings Corp. ended its hostile takeover bid for HP Inc. because of uncertainty stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, marking a blow to the photocopier company’s efforts to stimulate future growth.The Norwalk, Connecticut-based company will withdraw its tender offer to HP shareholders and stop an effort to win a slate of board directors. Xerox believes the underlying logic behind a combination remains sound and may revisit the idea in the future, said a person familiar with the issue who asked not to be identified discussing company deliberations.“The current global health crisis and resulting macroeconomic and market turmoil caused by Covid-19 have created an environment that is not conducive to Xerox continuing to pursue an acquisition of HP Inc.,” Xerox said Tuesday in a statement. “While it is disappointing to take this step, we are prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers, partners and other stakeholders, and our broader response to the pandemic, over and above all other considerations.”HP, the world’s second-largest computer maker, has repeatedly rebuffed Xerox’s cash-and-stock offers, most recently valued at an estimated $35 billion. In the most recent proposal, an HP holder would have received $18.40 in cash and 0.149 Xerox shares. The offer was set to expire April 21.“We remain firmly committed to driving value for HP shareholders,” the Palo Alto, California-based company said in a statement. “We have a healthy cash position and balance sheet that enable us to navigate unanticipated challenges such as the global pandemic now before us, while preserving strategic optionality for the future.”HP had earlier implored shareholders to reject the tender offer and Xerox board nominees, suggesting that a debt-enabled combination would be “disastrous” for the hardware giant in the current economic environment.HP’s shares fell 1.5% in extended trading after closing at $17.36. Xerox’s stock was little-changed after ending Tuesday’s session at $18.94. The news of Xerox’s decision was reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal.Xerox, which has reported falling revenue, had hitched its future to an acquisition. The company expected that combining the companies would yield $2 billion in cost savings and more than $1 billion in additional revenue growth. Both hardware companies invented technologies still in use by consumers and office workers, and have struggled in a world increasingly driven by software.HP’s board characterized Xerox’s offers as undervaluing the company, and said it will return $16 billion to shareholders in an effort to show HP can stand on its own.Xerox criticized HP for failing to enter into substantive talks that could have led to a merger.“The refusal of HP’s Board to meaningfully engage over many months and its continued delay tactics have proven to be a great disservice to HP stockholders, who have shown tremendous support for the transaction,” Xerox said.(Updates with comment from HP in the fifth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Xerox's decision came after it said earlier this month it would postpone meetings with HP shareholders to focus on coping with the coronavirus pandemic. It represents a victory for HP CEO Enrique Lores, who faced a takeover battle as soon as he took over the reins of the Palo Alto, California-based company in November, and a defeat for Xerox CEO John Visentin, a former Hewlett-Packard and IBM Corp executive with ties to the private equity industry who took over as Xerox CEO in 2018. It is also a blow for billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who owns big stakes in both companies and had pushed for their merger.
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(Bloomberg) -- HP Inc. again asked shareholders to reject Xerox Holdings Corp.’s takeover offer, saying that a complex merger could be “disastrous” for the personal computer giant amid economic shocks stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.“Under these circumstances and consistent with our fiduciary duties, we believe that we should not divert valuable time, attention and resources to a dialogue with Xerox about its proposed transaction,” the Palo Alto, California-based company said Wednesday in a letter to investors. “Since Xerox launched its unsolicited exchange offer and nominated directors, the global, social, economic and financial environments have changed radically. Despite this, Xerox continues to advance its tender offer and its proposed slate of directors in an effort to force a combination.”Xerox has sought to acquire HP, the world’s second-largest personal computer maker, for $24 a share in cash and stock, a deal valued at roughly $35 billion. Xerox said this month it would pause its pursuit of HP during the pandemic, but the company planned to resume the effort when the situation improved, Bloomberg News reported. Xerox has launched a tender offer for outstanding shares of HP and also nominated a slate of directors to replace the company’s board.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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