Xerox Holdings Corp. increased its offer price for HP Inc. to US$24 a share, boosting the bid by US$2 a share in an effort to win control of the computer hardware maker, which has previously refused to engage in takeover talks because it said the offer was too low.
Xerox said in a statement Monday it plans to launch a tender offer “on or around March 2” comprised of US$18.40 in cash and 0.149 Xerox shares for each HP share. The offer won’t be subject to any conditions related to financing or due diligence. The offer represents a 41 per cent premium to HP’s 30-day volume weighted average trading price of US$17.00, Xerox said.
The iconic, but struggling, printer maker said last month it planned to nominate 11 directors to replace the HP board in an effort to push the merger through.
HP’s shareholders “consistently state that they want the enhanced returns, improved growth prospects and best-in-class human capital that will result from a combination of Xerox and HP,” Xerox said in the statement. The two hardware giants have withered in a world increasingly driven by software, and Xerox has argued the tie-up would revive both companies and unlock about US$2 billion in synergies.
A representative for HP wasn’t immediately available for comment. HP shares rose 4.7 per cent in early trading in New York.