Below are a number of articles I feel are worth reading on the Hewlett Packard acquisition of Autonomy and the accounting scandal associated with writedowns from that acquisition. I want to briefly analyse the fallout from this episode from a number of different levels from the economy-wide macro to the company specific and investing.
First, looking at the autonomy acquisition from an economy-wide perspective, HP's quarterly report is interesting. Here's how Tech Crunch reported the earnings report:
HP’s earnings for Q4 ending on October 31 show a gloomy quarter. Revenue is down 7 percent to $30 billion compared to Q4 2011. But the real problem comes from GAAP net income, with a net loss of $6.9 billion, or $3.49 per share, compared to a slim net profit of $0.2 billion for Q4 2011. Non-G...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.