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Two's company: eBay, Symantec, and Hewlett-Packard to restructure

  • October 2014
  • 32 pages
  • MarketLine
Report ID: 2453114


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In the space of just 10 days in late September/early October 2014, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, and Symantec all announced that they are to split into two independent, publicly traded companies. This case study analyzes the three companies' recent financial performance, looks at the details of the splits and what they will mean, and also examines the reasons behind such a bold move.

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* Provides an in-depth analysis of each company's recent financial performance
* Examines the logistics of the three splits
* Analyzes and explains the factors driving the three companies' split strategies


In September 2014, e-commerce giant eBay announced that it is to spin off PayPal in a move that will see the two become what the company calls 'pure play industry leaders.' PayPal's growth has reached a level that easily outstrips that of eBay and its reliance on eBay has reduced in recent years, leading the company's management to decide to split
In October 2014, Symantec announced a split of its business to create two companies, one with a focus on security, the other on information management. The recent performance of its storage and backup business lends weight to investors' claims that the two areas of the business are not mutually beneficial and that a split is the best solution.
On October 6, 2014, Hewlett-Packard declared its intention to split its business and form two independent companies, one with a focus on personal systems and printing, the other on enterprise services. The company's financial performance has disappointed in recent years and management has decided that a division is the best way to proceed.

Your key questions answered

* How and why is eBay Inc. spinning off PayPal?
* How and why is Symantec splitting into two independent companies?
* How and why is Hewlett-Packard dividing its business?
* What are the differences and similarities between the three companies' split strategies?

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