(The following is a reformatted version of a statement
issued by HP and received via electronic mail. The document was
confirmed by the sender.) 
PALO ALTO, Calif., February 5, 2013 -- HP today issued the
following statement related to Dell’s announcement to enter into
an agreement to be acquired by Michael Dell and Silver Lake: 
“Dell has a very tough road ahead.  The company faces an
extended period of uncertainty and transition that will not be
good for its customers.  And with a significant debt load,
Dell’s ability to invest in new products and services will be
extremely limited.  Leveraged buyouts tend to leave existing
customers and innovation at the curb.  We believe Dell’s
customers will now be eager to explore alternatives, and HP
plans to take full advantage of that opportunity.” 
Michael Thacker
Global Media Relations
T +1 650 857 2254 
(bjh) NY 
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