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HP Spins Off Services Unit, Merges it with CSC

HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman has been streamlining the company, including exiting the PC and printer business in 2015, to focus on selling hardware and software to corporations

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (NYSE: HPE) will merge its technology-services division with Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE: CSC), moving out of another shrinking business as it focuses on selling hardware and software to corporations.

The combination will be a stock-for-stock exchange with an expected value for shareholders of $8.5 billion, according to a statement Tuesday. CSC Chief Executive Officer Mike Lawrie will lead the new company. Shares of HP Enterprise, which also reported better-than-estimated second-quarter earnings, jumped 11 percent in extended trading, and CSC stock surged 23 percent.

HP Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman has been pushing to streamline her company by freeing it from sluggish businesses in tough industries. After shedding the personal-computer and printer business last year with the breakup of computing giant Hewlett-Packard Co., she’s now exiting the market for outsourced technology services and consulting. CSC, whose main business is services, will add HP Enterprise’s existing customers, and the deal is expected to generate $1 billion in cost savings in its first year, the companies said.

Whitman will have a seat on the new company’s board, which will be split evenly between directors nominated by each company, HP Enterprise said in a statement. For HP Enterprise, the deal unwinds an expansion Hewlett-Packard made in 2008, when the company purchased Electronic Data Systems for about $13 billion.

Separately, HP Enterprise said fiscal second-quarter profit excluding certain items was 42 cents a share, on revenue of $12.7 billion. Analysts on average had projected profit of 42 cents on sales of $12.3 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. In the current period, which ends in July, profit will be 42 cents to 46 cents, the Palo Alto, California-based company said. That compares with an average estimate of 48 cents.

Revenue in the Enterprise Group, HP Enterprise’s largest unit, posted a 7 percent gain from a year earlier to $7 billion. Sales in the Enterprise Services division being combined with CSC fell 2 percent in the April quarter to $4.7 billion.

 

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