Bold move as HP sells control of China networking business

"HP is making a bold move to win in today's China."

Hewlett-Packard and state-owned Chinese tech company, Tsinghua Holdings ,has jointly announced a partnership that will bring together Chinese enterprise technology assets of HP and China's Tsinghua University to create the leading Chinese provider of technology infrastructure.

Under the definitive agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, will purchase a 51 per cent stake in a new business called H3C, comprising H3C Technologies and HP's China-based server, storage and technology services businesses, for approximately $US2.3 billion, valuing the total business at $US4.5 billion.

Combining these two entities, HP says the new H3C will be a “technology powerhouse” in China with a “market-leading portfolio” that will be no.1 in networking and a leader in servers, storage and technology services.

HP sees continued long-term growth opportunities in China, and HP China will maintain 100 per cent ownership of its existing China-based Enterprise Services, Software, HP Helion Cloud, Aruba Networks, Printing and Personal Systems businesses.

“HP is making a bold move to win in today's China," says Meg Whitman, Chairman and CEO, HP.

"Partnering with Tsinghua, one of China's most respected institutions, the new H3C will be able to drive even greater innovation for China, in China.

“The combined company will build upon an extensive and valuable patent portfolio, best-in-class products and customer focus, and Tsinghua's world-class research capability.

“In one move, we have repositioned HP and H3C to accelerate overall performance and better serve our customers and partners.”

With approximately 8000 employees and approximately $US3.1 billion in annual revenue, Whitman says the new H3C will be the “leading provider of converged infrastructure solutions and technology services” in the China market.

The company will offer customers a portfolio of enterprise IT solutions, including networking, servers, storage and services, and will maintain H3C's current localised service model.

The new H3C will build off of its legacy of innovation, with over 5,700 patents and 2,500 engineers focused on developing differentiated technology solutions for the future of compute infrastructure.

Once the transaction closes, the new H3C will be the exclusive provider for HP's server, storage and networking portfolio, as well as HP's exclusive hardware support services provider in China, customised for that market.

“H3C is a leading networking provider in China and HP China is a leading provider of servers, storage and technology services,” adds Weiguo Zhao, Chairman, Tsinghua Unigroup and Unisplendour Corporation.

“Tsinghua and Unisplendour, as the majority shareholder of the new H3C, will embrace and welcome the new H3C to the family of the China domestic IT industry.

“The transaction for H3C will also release great potential in the China market. Tsinghua has enjoyed a long-term partnership with China HP and H3C.

“We see extensive synergies with the new H3C. Tsinghua University's leading R&D capability, wide domestic resources, and vast human capital resources will empower the new H3C's growth in the short-term, mid-term, and long-term.

“We are pleased to announce and look forward to a strong partnership with HP in the many years to come.”

Zhao says the new H3C will become a subsidiary of Unisplendour, a publicly traded operating subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings Co., Ltd., the asset management arm of prestigious Tsinghua University in China.

Unisplendour is currently among the top software vendors and system integrators in China, and has been in a long-term strategic distribution partnership with HP since 1999.

Until the close, Henry Tso will continue to lead H3C Technologies' networking business and Ye Jian will continue to lead HP China's Server, Storage and Technology Services businesses.

Separately, Robert Mao will remain the chairman of HP China, which will include HP's Enterprise Services, Software and Cloud businesses in China.

All three leaders will be actively involved in determining the most effective management team for the new organisation.

The transaction is expected to close near the end of 2015, subject to Unisplendour shareholder vote, regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

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