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HP And Xerox’s Public Takeover Dance: Fighting Words And Love Letters

In an age of declining print, Xerox and HP have used a lot of it to explain why they love a deal that brings them together … and why they hate it.

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Doomed or destined?

The ongoing war of words between Hewlett Packard and Xerox has not slowed since HP published its first public missive, rejecting Xerox’s “unsolicited” $22 a share offer on Nov. 17.

Since then the boards, CEOs, and investors entangled in both companies have written open letters in a public courtship -- or public spurning – of the rival company.

While none of this is new for followers of Carl Icahn – the corporate raider who owns massive stakes in both companies and has posted his open letters online since 2013 -- the exchanges have shed light on the sticking points between the two sides with each of HP’s refusals met by renewed entreaties from Xerox. The copier remains unconvinced that HP is rejecting them, just as HP is steadfast in repeating that it is not interested.

Is it a star-crossed pairing, or the beginning of a beautiful relationship? Here are all the letters the companies have shared.

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