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Stock issues for former Compaq employees  (Updated Oct 9, 2020.)

Time to untangle your stock! No one but you really cares about your HP-employment-related stock. You may have stock in up to seven HP-related companies. You may find stray accounts -- or need to retrieve lost stock or dividends. With each spinoff, your cost basis changed. Your heirs won't need to know your cost basis, but will need to find all the shares An HP Alumni team developed a step-by-step process to find and protect your stock. Go to Employee Stock

Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org

See all of HPAA's information for Compaq alumni -- whether or not you ever worked for HP: https://www.hpalumni.org/compaq

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Employee stock. See also the HPAA stock decoder tables for employee stock in major predecessor companies:  Compaq   DEC    Tandem  

For full HP stock history, see HP Stock Decoder

HP FAQ on the merger     Compaq stock splits     Last Compaq Annual Report      Compaq SEC filings (Goes back to 1983 IPO and includes Annual Reports)    

Detailed instructions that CPQ shareholders received at the time. https://www.hpalumni.org/StockCompaq-Letter

Note 1. Yahoo Finance charts do not always accurately reflect stock splits and other events.

For SEC filings, you can also use the SEC's EDGAR site.

Official HPInc public page on employee stock, including Compaq ESPP: HPInc Global Total Rewards

HPAA member advice:

If you bought CPQ shares under the Compaq employee stock purchase plan, those shares were automatically converted to HPQ shares at the time of the merger. Unless you have sold or transferred them, the shares (and your corresponding new Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares) are being held by the last administrator of the plan, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney -- which is no longer being paid by the company for this work.

Morgan Stanley customers are getting different results from different divisions of the company -- depending on whether they were participants in the Compaq Employee Stock Purchase Plan or had transferred their HP stock to a personal account at Morgan Stanley's local-office-based retail brokerage division. Morgan Stanley issues

Selling HPQ shares online is still possible at  https://www.stockplanconnect.com . However, selling HPE shares can only be done by calling 1-800-367-4777 or 1-801-617-7414.

To transfer your HPQ shares (and your corresponding new HPE shares) to another financial institution at no charge, you can either:

- Go to https://www.stockplanconnect.com and download the stock transfer forms for faxing to Morgan Stanley -- or

- Send an email to hpoptions@mssb.com  -- you will immediately receive a "deleted without reading" autoreply and, later, a personal reply with instructions and forms.

Postal address: Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, 411 Borel Avenue Suite 220, San Mateo, CA 94089.

Contact HPInc Investor Relations

Your broker may have used a different formula than the one suggested in the tax basis letter provided by the company -- resulting in a somewhat different value. Check your brokerage account online -- or by examining a recent account statement -- to view your holdings in each stock going forward. HP/HPE tax basis letter

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