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Analysts: Why An HP Acquisition Of EMC Would Work

While Hewlett-Packard is widely believed to have talked with EMC about acquiring the storage vendor last year, the chances of such a deal happening this year are much higher, according to a couple of the IT industry's top financial analysts.

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Crunching The Numbers, Noting The Trends

There is a strong chance that Hewlett-Packard will acquire leading storage and cloud vendor EMC, according to a research report released this week by financial analysts Brian Alexander and Adam Trindle of financial powerhouse Raymond James.

Such a merger is now more likely than when it was first proposed last year, given activist pressure on EMC to sell all or part of itself by year's end at the same time that HP is splitting up into two separate companies, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc., according to the analysts.

The analysts wrote that they expect the deal to be announced before HP's securities analyst meeting, which will be held Sept. 15, with the deal perhaps closing after HP fully separates Nov. 1.

"We believe shareholders of both companies would earn substantial returns if a deal is consummated," the analysts wrote.

Turn the page for the financial and enterprise reasons why the analysts say such an acquisition could work.

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