HP officially reverses course, won't spin off PC division
It was inevitable, following the announcement of HP’s plans to split in two, the subsequent plummeting of the stock price, and the eventual ouster of CEO Leo Apotheker, and today HP made it official: they will not be spinning off or selling the PC-producing Personal Systems Group. It was all but assured to happen, with new CEO Meg Whitman taking on the task of reevaluating Apotheker’s strategy. What’s not yet assured, and not mentioned in HP’s press release, is the future of webOS. Said Whitman, “It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees.” HP will be holding a press call at 5PM Eastern time - we'll let you know if anything relevant comes out of that.
Full press release after the break.
HP to Keep PC Division
Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 27, 2011
HP today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.
“HP objectively evaluated the strategic, financial and operational impact of spinning off PSG. It’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “HP is committed to PSG, and together we are stronger.”
The strategic review involved subject matter experts from across the businesses and functions. The data-driven evaluation revealed the depth of the integration that has occurred across key operations such as supply chain, IT and procurement. It also detailed the significant extent to which PSG contributes to HP’s solutions portfolio and overall brand value. Finally, it also showed that the cost to recreate these in a standalone company outweighed any benefits of separation.
The outcome of this exercise reaffirms HP’s model and the value for its customers and shareholders. PSG is a key component of HP’s strategy to deliver higher value, lasting relationships with consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise customers. The HP board of directors is confident that PSG can drive profitable growth as part of the larger entity and accelerate solutions from other parts of HP’s business.
PSG has a history of innovation and technological leadership as well as an established record of industry-leading profitability. It is the No. 1 manufacturer of personal computers in the world with revenues totaling $40.7 billion for fiscal year 2010.
“As part of HP, PSG will continue to give customers and partners the advantages of product innovation and global scale across the industry’s broadest portfolio of PCs, workstations and more,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “We intend to make the leading PC business in the world even better.”
More information is available at www.hp.com/investor/PSG-Decision.