Hewlett-Packard Enterprise said the spin-merge of its enterprise services business delivered a $13.5 billion value to shareholders while also lowering its earnings outlook to reflect the transaction.
HPE spun off and merged the enterprise services unit with Computer Sciences to focus on its faster-growing businesses. It announced Monday the transaction had been completed, creating a new company called DXC Technology.
“The close of this transaction leaves HPE with a crystal clear mission, tied directly to the solutions our customers and partners tell us they want most,” Meg Whitman, HPE’s chief executive officer, said in a news release. “I am also particularly proud that this transaction will deliver approximately $13.5 billion in value to HPE and its stockholders, which is almost sixty percent higher than when it was first announced last year.”
The value of the deal to shareholders includes an equity stake in DXC worth about $9.5 billion, a $3 billion special cash payment to HPE, and DXC’s assumption of $600 million of net pension liability and $400 million of existing debt.
“The spin-merge of the ES business unlocks a stronger, more focused HPE, well positioned to compete and win in today’s rapidly changing market,” the company said.
But in trading Monday, HPE shares declined just over 1.0% to $17.57 after the company lowered its adjusted earnings outlook for the second quarter and full year to reflect the partial-year contribution from enterprise services, which will no longer contribute to its financials.
HPE now expects fiscal 2017 second quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be $0.33 to $0.37, from its prior outlook of $0.41 to $0.45, and fiscal 2017 non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be $1.46 to $1.56, from its prior outlook of $1.88 to $1.98.
The company had previously said the spin-merge would impact second quarter EPS by about 8 cents a share and fiscal 2017 diluted net EPS by approximately 42 cents a share.