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Money Nov 21, 2012

MphasiS tanks 6% on HP’s $8.8 billion write-down

Shares of MphasiS today tanked more than 6 percent in morning trade on bourses after its parent company HP took a $8.8 billion write-down linked to Autonomy Corp business, saying there were "accounting improprieties" before its 2011 acquisition of the company.

HP yesterday said that it has taken a $8.8 billion 'charge' on British software firm Autonomy as some former executives of the acquired company had "wilfully misrepresented" accounts.

AP

Reacting to the news which came after Indian markets had closed, the shares of IT services firm MphasiS opened on a weak note and then fell 4.23 percent to an early low of Rs 382 on the BSE.

A similar trend was seen on the National Stock Exchange as well, where the stock after opening at Rs 395, fell 6.52 per cent to an early low of Rs 373.90.

Market experts attributed the fall in the counter as a knee-jerk reaction to the development last night.

"HP is extremely disappointed to find that some former members of Autonomy's management team used accounting improprieties, misrepresentations and disclosure failures to inflate the underlying financial metrics of the company, prior to Autonomy's acquisition by HP," HP said in a statement yesterday.

These efforts appear to have been a "wilful effort" to mislead investors and potential buyers, and severely impacted HP management's ability to "fairly value" Autonomy at the time of the deal, it added.

PTI


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