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Compaq Stock Decoder.  (HPAA stock decoders: Compaq   DEC   HP   Tandem )

This page is one step of our Stock Recovery Process. There is a link to the next step at the end of this page. If you haven't gone through the previous steps to determine which of six HP-related stocks you should have, start here: Employee Stock

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

There are four dates associated with any stock event. The announcement date. The Record Date, specified in the announcement, the date used to determine the number of shares or amount of cash each shareholder receives. The next stock market business day is the Effective Date. The Distribution Date, usually weeks later, is the actual distribution of the additional shares or cash. This table is sorted by Effective Date.

Compare the date when you first acquired Compaq stock with the dates in the left-hand column. If you acquired DEC or Tandem stock before those companies were bought by Compaq, those batches of stock should be tracked separately. HPAA's detailed Stock Decoder tables for: DEC    Tandem 

HP's purchase of Compaq was closed on May 3, 2002. Compaq shareholders received 0.6325 share of HPQ in exchange for each CPQ share -- 18% over market price. CPQ stock was retired. HWP stock symbol changed to HPQ.

HP Inc. is the legal successor to Compaq.  Stockholder information and contact instructions: HPInc Investor Relations Site https://investor.hp.com/resources/contact-ir/default.aspx (scroll down)

For links and more detail on HP stock history, see our HP Stock Decoder

See also Details and HPAA advice for former CPQ employee shareholders

The table below is from the online system available to customers of one broker, Charles Schwab & Co. The HPAA member who contributed this table did not hold this stock before 1990.

Note: Stock plan administrators and stock brokerages vary (sometimes dramatically) in how they make gain/loss and cost basis calculations and in what they report to the IRS. Each of the 236 NYSE member firms -- and others around the world -- is expected to read SEC filings, analyze Corporate Action Notices, and update the records they maintain on behalf of their clients.

The same four splits are listed in the last pre-merger copy of Compaq's Investor Relations website in the Internet Archive. "Compaq stock has split four times since it began trading in 1983."

This table only covers stock HP/HPE events through 04/30/2019. See our HP Stock Decoder for subsequent HP-related stock events.

Corporate Action Summary    [Note: This is how broker Charles Schwab handled each event -- your broker may have handled some of them differently.]

Effective 
Date 

Corp
Action

 Target
 Symbol

 Target 
 CUSIP 

Target
Security Name

Rate 

Cash 

New
Symbol

 New 
 CUSIP 

New
Security Name

07/09/1990 

Stock Split

 CPQ

 204493100 

COMPAQ COMPUTER CORP

2:1 

 

 

  

 

06/08/1994 

Stock Split

 CPQ

 204493100 

COMPAQ COMPUTER CORP

3:1 

 

 

  

 

07/29/1997 

Stock Split

 CPQ

 204493100 

COMPAQ COMPUTER CORP

5:2 

 

 

  

 

01/21/1998 

Stock Split

 CPQ

 204493100 

COMPAQ COMPUTER CORP

2:1 

 

 

  

 

05/06/2002 

Merger

 CPQ

 204493100 

COMPAQ COMPUTER CORP

0.6325 

 

HWP

 428236103 

HEWLETT PACKARD CO

05/06/2002 

Name/Symbol Change

 HWP

 428236103 

HEWLETT PACKARD CO

 

 

HPQ

 428236103 

HEWLETT PACKARD CO

11/02/2015 

Distrib/Spin-Off

 HPQ

 428236103 

HEWLETT PACKARD CO

 

HPE

 42824C109 

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE

11/02/2015 

Exchange

 HPQ

 428236103 

HEWLETT PACKARD CO

 

HPQ

 40434L105 

HPInc

04/03/2017 

Distrib/Spin-Off

 HPE

 42824C109 

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE

0.0859 

 

DXC

 23355L106 

DXC TECHNOLOGY CO

09/01/2017 

Distrib/Spin-Off

 HPE

 42824C109 

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE

 

42824C992

 42824C992 

SEATTLE SPIN CO

09/01/2017 

Merger

 42824C992

 42824C992 

SEATTLE SPIN CO

0.1373 

 

MFGP

 594837304 

MICRO FOCUS INTERNATIONAL P

06/01/2018 

Distrib/Spin-Off

 DXC

 23355L106 

DXC TECHNOLOGY CO

0.5 

 

PRSP

 715347100 

PERSPECTA INC

04/30/2019 

Reverse Stock Split

 MFGP

 594837304 

MICRO FOCUS INTERNATIONAL P

185:223 

 

MFGP

 594837403 

MICRO FOCUS INTERNATIONAL P


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