HP_and_Compaq_Combined__In_Search_of_Scale_and_Scope

HP_and_Compaq_Combined_In_Search_of_Scale_and_Scope

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Unformatted text preview: the solutions to meet the growing technology needs of customers. Strategic Logic of the Merger: The View of an Internal Skeptic HP’s longtime CFO and 34-year company veteran, Robert R. Wayman, was an important early skeptic of the merger who became convinced it was the right move for HP. Wayman said: 13 “The Digital Dilemma,” Economist, July 20, 2000. This document is authorized for use by Xiaolei Cong, from 11/30/2012 to 2/28/2013, in the course: MGMT 237: 001 Management of Technology - Chaudhuri (Spring 2013), University of Pennsylvania. Any unauthorized use or reproduction of this document is strictly prohibited. HP and Compaq Combined: In Search of Scale and Scope, SM-130 p. 8 As CFO, I think one of my jobs is to be skeptical of major uses of capital, particularly mergers and acquisitions because they are so challenging and difficult. I usually just say ‘prove it to me.’ I get paid to make sure that the typical excitement of the business folks, once they get into something, doesn’t ignore the real economics, because they may have a problem to solve, or because they may want to be a bigger presence in the marketplace. Those are all real, legitimate issues, but they are not reasons to spend money on a bad purchase. This was a little different in that it came from the two CEOs. So it was very friendly, or potentially friendly from the beginning, on a higher level. But still, my initial reaction was, we’ll look at this for two to three weeks and bye-bye, move right on.14 As he looked further into the proposed merger, Wayman saw more and more that he liked. According to Wayman, the deal was a “consolidation merger, so cost synergies are potentially significant.” Because HP was already in the businesses it would acquire from Compaq, Wayman felt that HP was in a good position to evaluate the risks as opposed to “extension” mergers where companies acquire unfamiliar lines of business, enter new geographies. An important feature of the consolidation m...
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