HP Announces LYONs Repurchase Program
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 19, 2000
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) today announced that it has adopted a repurchase program for its Liquid Yield Option Notes (LYONs) due 2017. Under the repurchase program, HP may purchase the LYONs from time to time at varying prices.
HP issued and sold $2 billion aggregate principal amount at maturity of the LYONs pursuant to an Indenture, dated as of Oct. 14, 1997, as amended March 16, 2000, between HP and The Chase Manhattan Bank and Trust Company National Association, as Trustee. The LYONs do not pay any current interest and the principal amount accretes at the rate of 3.125% per annum.
The terms of the Indenture permit redemption of all or any part of the LYONs at the option of HP on or after Oct. 14, 2000 at the redemption prices set forth in the LYONs. In addition, according to the terms of the LYONs, the security holders have the right to convert the LYONs at any time on or prior to the close of business on the date of redemption by HP. Upon conversion, HP may elect to deliver common stock or cash in lieu of common stock in accordance with the Indenture. The number of shares of common stock currently issuable upon the conversion per $1,000 principal amount of LYONs is 15.09.
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