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Enrique Lores
President & CEO



Our letter to shareholders
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To All HP Employees

Team,

As I wrote to you last week, we are taking actions across HP in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. All of us on the leadership team are intently focused on navigating through this difficult period, and it has been inspiring to see so many of you stepping up to support our stakeholders and each other.

Our business touches every corner of the world, and we are committed to doing everything we can to help you and our communities during these uncertain times.

I’m writing to let you know about a letter we’ve just issued to our shareholders. In it we discuss the radical changes that have occurred in the global social, economic and financial environments since Xerox launched its unsolicited offer and nominated candidates for election to our Board of Directors.

Our primary responsibility in this difficult period is to focus on HP’s business and address the needs of our ecosystem of stakeholders around the world, including our shareholders, our millions of customers, our 250,000 partners, and our team of approximately 55,000 employees. We are actively managing many challenges, including assuring health and safety of our people, addressing supply chain disruptions, monitoring and addressing customer liquidity and, more broadly, ensuring HP is well-positioned to support people working remotely.

Under these circumstances, we believe we should not divert valuable time, attention and resources to dialogue with Xerox. Any complex, large-scale, highly leveraged transaction in the current economic environment could be disastrous for HP, its shareholders and our entire ecosystem. While we remain open-minded about M&A as a tool to add value for HP shareholders at the right time and on the right terms – it’s abundantly clear that now is not that time. Our duty now is to protect our organization, which is exactly what we are doing.



I also want you all to know that, in the event Xerox continues to advocate for its proposal despite current market conditions, we are fully prepared to defend the best interests of the stakeholders we serve.

We will continue to be guided by our mission and values in the coming weeks and months. We will remain resilient, focused and united behind the actions we must take as a company. We have a deep sense of responsibility and obligation to those who are counting on us, and we will not let them down.

Thank you for your continued contributions to HP and please stay safe.

Enrique

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This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. In response to the exchange offer commenced by Xerox, HP has filed a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC.  HP SHAREHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ HP’S SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT ON SCHEDULE 14D-9 BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Shareholders may obtain free copies of the solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9, as well as any other documents filed by HP with the SEC, without charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents from HP by directing a request to Investor Relations, 1501 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304, or by calling (650) 857-1501.
 
HP has filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, and a definitive proxy statement and a WHITE proxy card will be filed with the SEC and mailed to HP’s shareholders. HP SHAREHOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ ANY PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Shareholders may obtain free copies of these and other SEC filings made by HP (when available) without charge from the sources indicated above.
 
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