Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) (“Xerox”) today announced its intention to launch a tender offer on or around March 2, 2020 for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) (“HP”) at a price of $24.00 per share, which will be comprised of $18.40 in cash and 0.149 Xerox shares for each HP share.1 The tender offer will not be subject to any conditions related to financing or due diligence.
Feedback from HP Stockholders
Xerox has met, in some cases multiple times, with many of HP’s largest stockholders. These stockholders consistently state that they want the enhanced returns, improved growth prospects and best-in-class human capital that will result from a combination of Xerox and HP. The tender offer announced today will enable these stockholders to accept Xerox’s compelling offer despite HP’s consistent refusal to pursue the opportunity.
Immediate Value Creation
The value created by the synergies realized in a combination of Xerox and HP is incremental to any value that HP can create by revising its strategic plan or dramatically changing its capital allocation policy to incorporate additional share repurchases. Xerox’s offer provides HP stockholders with both significant, immediate cash value, and meaningful upside via equity ownership in the combined company. The headline offer price of $24.00 per share represents a 41% premium to HP’s unaffected 30-day volume weighted average trading price of $17.00. The implied offer value of ~$33 per share2 represents a 94% premium to HP’s unaffected 30-day volume weighted average trading price of $17.00.
The Tender Offer
The tender offer will be subject to there being validly tendered and not withdrawn at least a number of shares representing a majority of the issued and outstanding shares of HP and other customary conditions for a transaction of this type.
Citi is acting as Xerox’s financial advisor, and King & Spalding LLP is providing legal counsel to Xerox. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is providing legal counsel to Xerox’s independent directors, and Moelis & Company is acting as financial advisor to Xerox’s independent directors.
For additional details on the offer, the benefits of the transaction to both companies’ stockholders, and the Xerox management team, please visit www.XplusHP.com.
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This communication relates to a proposal that Xerox has made for a business combination transaction with HP. In furtherance of this proposal and subject to future developments, Xerox (and, if applicable, HP) may file one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement, tender offer statement, prospectus or other document Xerox and/or HP may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction.
Xerox has not yet commenced the tender offer referred to in this communication, and this communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. Upon the commencement of any tender offer, Xerox will file a tender offer statement with the SEC. Investors and security holders of Xerox and HP are urged to read the proxy statement(s), registration statement, tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents), prospectus and/or other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety if and when they become available as they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. Any definitive proxy statement(s) or prospectus(es) (if and when available) will be mailed to shareholders of Xerox and/or HP, as applicable. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by Xerox through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov, and by visiting Xerox’s investor relations site at www.xerox.com/investor.
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This communication is neither a solicitation of a proxy nor a substitute for any proxy statement or other filings that may be made with the SEC. Nonetheless, Xerox and its directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees and the candidates identified by Xerox in the notice of its intention to nominate such candidates for election at HP’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Xerox nominees”) may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of the proposed transactions, including with respect to HP’s 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. You can find information about Xerox’s executive officers and directors in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed by Xerox Holdings Corporation with the SEC on July 31, 2019, the prospectus filed by Xerox Holdings Corporation with the SEC on April 23, 2019 and the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 filed by Xerox Corporation with the SEC on February 25, 2019. To the extent holdings of Xerox securities by Xerox’s executive officers and directors have changed from the amounts of securities of Xerox Corporation (the predecessor issuer to Xerox Holdings Corporation) held by such persons as reflected in the prospectus filed by Xerox Holdings Corporation with the SEC on April 23, 2019, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Information about the Xerox nominees will be included in the proxy statement Xerox intends to file with the SEC should Xerox determine to commence a proxy contest for election of directors to HP’s board of directors. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in one or more registration statements, proxy statements, tender offer statements or other documents filed with the SEC if and when they become available. These documents (if and when available) may be obtained free of charge from the SEC’s website www.sec.gov, and by visiting Xerox’s investor relations site at www.xerox.com/investor.
1 Based on Xerox’s closing share price of $37.68 on February 6, 2020.
2 HP’s share of pro forma combined company conservatively valued at ~$15/share by applying unaffected P/E multiple to the combined company’s pro forma net income.