The combined organization will offer a leading portfolio of hybrid work solutions to drive long-term sustainable growth
PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) today announced it has completed the acquisition of Poly, a global leader in workplace collaboration solutions.
The transaction is expected to accelerate HP’s strategy to create a more growth-focused portfolio, further strengthen its industry opportunity in hybrid work solutions, and position the combined organization for long-term sustainable growth and value creation. HP expects the transaction, which was first announced in March, to result in fiscal 23 post-merger revenue growth, non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP EPS.
“This is a historic day for our company as we mark the merger of two legendary companies that are innovating at the heart of hybrid work,” said Enrique Lores, HP President and CEO. “Poly brings incredibly strong talent, differentiated technology and a complementary go-to-market system that we believe will further strengthen our position in large and growing markets. Together we will have tremendous opportunities to innovate for customers and grow our business as we continue to build a stronger HP.”
The HP and Poly merger comes as companies and their employees focus on finding better ways to work and collaborate in the hybrid world. Approximately 75% of office workers invest in improving their home furnishings1. Traditional office spaces are also being reconfigured to support hybrid working and collaboration, with a focus on meeting room solutions. There are currently more than 90 million rooms, less than 10% of which are video enabled2. As a result, the meeting room office solutions segment is expected to triple by 2024.
Poly brings industry-leading video conferencing solutions, cameras, headsets, voice and software to HP, enabling customers to create meeting equity between those in the room and those not present. The combined organization will provide a complete ecosystem of devices, software and digital services to create best-in-class employee experiences, improve employee productivity and provide enterprise customers with better visibility, insights, security and manageability across their hybrid IT environments.
“As perceptions of the role of the traditional office continue to evolve, there is a critical need for organizations to enable rich collaboration experiences between on-site and remote workers,” said Patrick Moorhead, CEO and principal analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy . “The combination of Poly and HP is a win-win for both organizations. More importantly, bringing these two companies together will provide end users with the essential hardware, software and services needed to successfully navigate hybrid work environments now and into the future.”
The addition of Poly will help HP drive innovation and scale in two of its key growth areas: peripherals and workforce solutions. Peripherals represent a $110 billion segment opportunity growing at 9% annually, driven by the need for more immersive experiences2. Workforce solutions represent a $120 billion segment opportunity, growing at 8% annually as organizations invest in digital services to deploy, manage, and secure more distributed IT ecosystems 2.
Upon closing of the transaction, Poly CEO Dave Shull will join HP effective November 1 as President, Workforce Services & Solutions. Shull will lead the newly formed organization focused on driving a more expansive growth agenda across HP’s commercial services business. He brings extensive global experience in technology, digital media, operational transformation and business development to the role. Shull will join HP’s leadership team and report to Lores.
Andy Rhodes will lead the combined HP-Poly business as General Manager, Hybrid Work Solutions & Peripherals. Rhodes, who joined HP in 2018, previously led the company’s commercial personal systems business and built the global peripherals organization. Prior to HP, he held a variety of leadership positions at Dell. Rhodes will continue to report to HP Personal Systems President Alex Cho.
HP completed the transaction as an all cash transaction at $40 per share, implying an aggregate enterprise value of approximately $3.3 billion including Poly’s net debt. The transaction was funded through a combination of on-balance sheet cash and new debt.
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1 Proprietary HP Survey
2 Frost & Sullivan, State of the Global Video Conferencing Equipment Market
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