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HP to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion

HP to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion



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HP to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion
HP to acquire Palm for $1.2 billion

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Published by: Hewlett-Packard on Apr 28, 2010
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Editorial ContactsDavid Shane, HP+1 650 857 3859corpmediarelations@hp.com Mylene Mangalindan, HP+1 650 236 0005corpmediarelations@hp.com Gina Tyler, HP+1 650 857 7582corpmediarelations@hp.com Charles SipkinsAbernathy MacGregor for HP+1 310 600 0293cfs@abmac.com HP Media Hotline+1 866 266 7272pr@hp.comwww.hp.com/go/newsroomHewlett-Packard Company3000 Hanover StreetPalo Alto, CA 94304www.hp.com
HP to Acquire Palm for $1.2 BillionCombination will accelerate HP
s growth within themore than $100 billion connected mobile devicemarket
PALO ALTO and SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 28, 2010
HP and Palm, Inc.(NASDAQ: PALM) today announced that they have entered into adefinitive agreement under which HP will purchase Palm, a provider ofsmartphones powered by the Palm webOS mobile operating system, at aprice of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprisevalue of approximately $1.2 billion. The transaction has been approved bythe HP and Palm boards of directors.The combination of HP
s global scale and financial strength with
sunparalleled webOS platform will enhance HP
s ability to participate moreaggressively in the fast-growing, highly profitable smartphone andconnected mobile device markets.
s unique webOS will allow HP totake advantage of features such as true multitasking and always up-to-date information sharing across applications.
s innovative operating system provides an ideal platform to expandHP
s mobility strategy and create a unique HP experience spanningmultiple mobile connected devices
said Todd Bradley,executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP.
, Palm possesses significant IPassets and has a highly skilled team. The smartphone market is large,profitable and rapidly growing, and companies that can provide anintegrated device and experience command a higher share. Advances inmobility are offering significant opportunities, and HP intends to be aleader in this market.
re thrilled by HP
s vote of confidence in
s technologicalleadership, which delivered Palm webOS and iconic products such as thePalm Pre. HP
s longstanding culture of innovation, scale and globaloperating resources make it the perfect partner to rapidly accelerate thegrowth of webOS,
said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executiveofficer, Palm.
e look forward to working with HP to continue to deliver industry-leading mobile experiences to our customers and businesspartners.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Palm stockholders will receive$5.70 in cash for each share of Palm common stock that they hold at the
closing of the merger. The merger consideration takes into account theupdated guidance and other financial information being released by Palmthis afternoon. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions,including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals andthe approval of
s stockholders. The transaction is expected to closeduring HP
s third fiscal quarter ending July 31, 2010.
s current chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, is expected to remainwith the company.Audio webcastToday at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT, HP will conduct a live audio webcast for 
financial analysts and stockholders to discuss HP’s agreement to acquire
Palm.The webcast will be hosted by Todd Bradley and is accessible atwww.hp.com/investor/webcast. About PalmPalm, Inc. creates intuitive and powerful mobile experiences that enableconsumers and businesses to connect to their information in more usefuland usable ways. The company
s groundbreaking Palm webOS platform,designed exclusively for mobile application, introduces true multitaskingand Palm Synergy, which brings your information from the many places itresides into a single, more comprehensive view of your life. Moreinformation about Palm, Inc. is available at www.Palm.com.  About HPHP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impacton people, businesses, governments and society. The world
s largesttechnology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing,personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solvecustomer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available athttp://www.hp.com. Additional information and where to find itPalm intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission apreliminary proxy statement and a definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials in connection with the acquisition. The definitive proxystatement will be sent or given to the stockholders of Palm. Before makingany voting or investment decision with respect to the merger, investors andstockholders of Palm are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant materials when they become available because they will containimportant information about the acquisition. The proxy statement andother relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed by Palm with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge atthe SEC
s website at www.sec.gov
, by going to Palm’s Investor Relationspage on its corporate website or by contacting Palm’s Investor Relations
department by email at teri.klein@palm.com, by phone at (408) 617-7000,or by mail at Palm, Inc., Investor Relations, 950 West Maude Avenue,Sunnyvale, California 94085.Participants in the solicitation

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