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Stock of predecessor companies   (Updated Oct 9, 2020.) Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org


Time to untangle your stock! With any employer, no one but you really cares about your employment-related stock. Due to the HP Breakup, you may have stock in up to seven HP-related companies. It may not all be held in the same place. Many find stray accounts -- or need to retrieve stock or dividends turned over to a state as "unclaimed." With each spinoff, the cost basis for your shares changed. You could pay taxes twice on the same income. 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

If you received a "Potential Private Retirement Benefit Information" notice from Social Security, it is usually based on outdated information about a retirement plan or an employee stock fund. Note the "Year Reported" date on the form included in the body of the notice. Here's how to decode it: https://www.hpalumni.org/PotentialBenefitLetter

How to check for lost stock, dividends, and other unclaimed property https://www.hpalumni.org/Unclaimed


The Hewlett-Packard Company, predecessor to HPInc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) had a page on their financial website entitled "Q and A," which linked to FAQs giving details for stockholders of companies that HP had acquired. The FAQs are no longer on the HPInc financial website -- and the FAQs about acquisitions that became part of HPE on Nov 1, 2015 are not on the HPE financial website.

We have a workaround. The non-profit Internet Archive "Wayback Machine" has been automatically crawling the World Wide Web since 1996. The most recent copy of the HP financial "Q and A" page in the Wayback Machine was collected on Jan 9, 2017 -- and it has links to a copy of each FAQ:  https://web.archive.org/web/20190109232600/http://h30261.www3.hp.com/faq.aspx 

The stock in these predecessor companies is no longer traded. The shareholders -- including former employees who had stock or options -- were paid off in cash or HP stock at the time of the acquisition.

FWIW, here are the key points from the FAQs that are relevant to former employees and stockholders:

Autonomy. HPAA member advice for former Autonomy employee shareholders https://www.hpalumni.org/Autonomy

Compaq. HPAA member advice for former CPQ employee shareholders -- including detailed instructions that CPQ shareholders received at the time. https://www.hpalumni.org/StockCompaq

EDS. "Per our signed agreement of May 13 [2008], HP has acquired EDS for $25.00 per share in cash, for an enterprise value of $13.9 billion." Details and HPAA advice for former EDS employee shareholders

Indigo. "In March 2002, an HP subsidiary... completed an exchange offer to acquire the outstanding shares of Indigo... On May 8, 2008, the Dutch Court rendered its judgment in this proceeding and awarded HP Europa the right to compulsorily acquire the Outstanding Shares. The Dutch Court set the acquisition price for the Outstanding Shares at US$ 6.39 per share..."

Mercury. "On November 2, 2006, HP completed the tender offer. Pursuant to the terms of the tender offer, Mercury stockholders who tendered their shares prior to the expiration of the offer received, in exchange for their Mercury shares, $52.00 per share in cash, without interest, less required withholding taxes."

Opsware. "HP will acquire Opsware through a cash tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Opsware, followed by a merger or Opsware with an HP subsidiary. We expect the acquisition to close in HP's fourth fiscal quarter of 2007." [Cash paid per-share not given in the FAQ. It should be findable via Google search or search of SEC filings.]

Peregrine. "The acquisition was a cash merger and closed December 19, 2005 after meeting Peregrine stockholder approval and customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals." [Cash paid per-share not given in the FAQ. It should be findable via Google search or search of SEC filings.]


HPAA's unofficial directory of 163 acquisitions -- and 30 divestitures and spinoffs -- by HP and HPE since 1958.


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