HPE: IT Services Merger With CSC Is ‘Right Step’ For Customers

HPE lines up IT services unit for spin merger with CSC in move to refocus itself on mobile and cloud

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is spinning off its IT services business into Virginia-based IT company CSC.

The move is the latest in a string of adjustments designed to boost HPE’s service unit and it is claimed the the new ‘pure play’ IT services company will be worth $26 billion (£18bn) when the deal is completed by March 31 next year.

“The ‘spin-merger’ of HPE’s Enterprise Services unit with CSC is the right next step for HPE and our customers,” said HPE CEO Meg Whitman, who said the offload will help HPE refocus its efforts in the cloud and mobility space.

“Enterprise Services’ customers will benefit from a stronger, more versatile services business, better able to innovate and adapt to an ever-changing technology landscape.”

HP Enterprise ‘Stronger’

HPHPE will keep a 50 percent stake in the new company, receiving a tax free $1.5 billion cash dividend from CSC. HPE will also transfer $2.5 billion (£1.7bn) in debt.

As for HPE customers, nothing should change, said HPE. CSC boss Mike Lawrie said that his own company will become more powerful and versatile, and “well positioned to help clients succeed on their digital transformation journeys”.

“Together, CSC and HPE’s Enterprise Services will have the scale, foundation and next-generation technologies to innovate, compete and grow in a rapidly changing marketplace. We are excited by the great potential this merger brings to our people, clients, partners and investors, and by the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Hewlett Packard Enterprise,” he said.

HPE’s second quarter reaped revenue of $12.7 billion, up one percent from the same quarter one year ago. The quarter marked HPE’s first revenue growth in five years. However, in terms of pure enterprise services, the unit reported sales of $19.5 billion (£13.3bn), down 10 percent from the previous year.

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