HP Board Declares Regular Dividend, Adopts New Policies
PALO ALTO, CALIF., JULY 21, 2003
The board of directors of HP (NYSE:HPQ) today declared a regular cash dividend. The board also adopted new policies for senior executive severance agreements and shareowner rights plans (also known as poison pills).
HP's board declared a regular cash dividend of 8 cents per share on the company's common stock. The dividend, the fourth in HP's fiscal year 2003, is payable on Oct. 8, 2003, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Sept. 17, 2003. HP has approximately 3 billion shares of common stock outstanding.
The new policies are a result of a process that began following the company's annual meeting of shareowners held in April. At the meeting, advisory shareowner proposals relating to severance agreements and poison pills were approved by a majority of shares present and entitled to vote, and HP announced that it would duly consider these recommendations.
Under the new severance policy, HP will seek shareowner approval for future severance agreements, if any, with senior executive officers that provide specified benefits in an amount exceeding 2.99 times the sum of the executive's base salary plus bonus.
HP also announced that its board will submit any poison pill to a shareowner vote, unless the Board, exercising its fiduciary duties under Delaware law, determines that such a submission would not be in the interests of shareowners under the circumstances. HP does not have a poison pill in place.
HP delivers vital technology for business and life. The company's solutions span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing for consumers, enterprises and small and medium business. For the last four quarters, HP revenue totaled $70.4 billion. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.
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