HP-Palm Merger

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Case Code : BSTR383
Case Length : 27 Pages
Period : 2009-2010
Pub Date : 2011
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Hewlett-Packard / Palm, Inc
Industry : Information Technology / Electronics
Countries : Global; US

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Background Note


HP, the world's second largest technology company , was founded by William Hewlett (William) and Dave Packard (Dave) on January 1, 1939, in Palo Alto, California, USA, under the mentorship of Fred Terman, their professor at Stanford University...

Palm Inc.

Palm Computing Inc. (Palm Computing) was founded in January 1992 by Jeff Hawkins (Hawkins) aided by Donna Dubinsky (Dubinsky). Merill, Pickard, Anderson & Eyre (MPAE), a venture capital firm owned by Bruce Dunlevie (Dunlevie), agreed to invest in Hawkins's ideas...

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Pre-Merger Challenges

In November 2009, as part of its iPaq line of smartphones, HP launched the iPaq Glisten in the US through carrier AT&T. This device ran on Windows Mobile 6.5. Glisten, according to both HP and AT&T, was designed with the business user and 'prosumer' in mind...

In a public declaration in February 2010, Palm apprehended that revenues for FY 2010 would be much lower than the previously set target of between US$ 1.6 billion and US$ 1.8 billion. Following this announcement, in March 2010, Palm declared its financial results for the FY 2010 third quarter ending February 2010...

HP Buys Palm

In March 2010, rumors regarding Palm's acquisition by a larger corporation keen to enter or strengthen its position in the smartphone market started to gain momentum. Valued at US$ 870.8 million in April 2010, it was said that potential buyers would be attracted toward taking over Palm mainly because of its operating system - webOS...

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