HP Buys EDS for $13.9 Billion

Merger expected to double HP's service revenues

At a price of $25 per share, HP will purchase EDS, the companies announced on May 13.

HP will establish a new business group, to be branded EDS - an HP company, which will be headquartered at EDS's existing executive offices in Plano, Texas. The company says it expects to more than double its service revenue which totaled $16.6 in fiscal 2007. The companies' collective services businesses, as of the end of each company's 2007 fiscal year, had annual revenues of more than $38 billion and 210,000 employees, doing business in more than 80 countries.

"The combination of HP and EDS will create a leading force in global IT services," said Mark Hurd, HP's chairman and chief executive officer. "Together, we will be a stronger business partner, delivering customers the broadest, most competitive portfolio of products and services in the industry. This reinforces our commitment to help customers manage and transform their technology to achieve better results."

The specific service offerings delivered by the combined companies are: IT outsourcing, including data center services, workplace services, networking services and managed security; business process outsourcing, including health claims, financial processing, CRM and HR outsourcing; applications, including development, modernization and management; consulting and integration; and technology services.

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