Here’s a timeline of some key events in that deal.
_ Aug. 18, 2011: HP announces it is buying Autonomy for $42.11 a share, or 64 percent higher than its previous closing price. The $10 billion price tag for the Autonomy shares is 11 times greater than Autonomy’s annual revenue of $870 million. The announcement comes on the same day that HP says will discontinue its tablet computer and smartphone products and may sell or spin off its PC division (it later decided to keep the PCs).
_ Nov. 20: HP says it’s the victim of a multi-billion dollar fraud at the hands of Autonomy. HP says executives at Autonomy “willfully” boosted the company’s figures through various accounting tricks. HP is taking an $8.8 billion charge to align Autonomy’s purchase price with what HP now says is its real value. HP says more than $5 billion of that charge is due to false accounting. Lynch says HP’s allegations are false.
_ Thursday: HP discloses that it was informed on Nov. 21 that the Justice Department has opened an investigation.
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