This excerpt taken from the HPQ 10-K filed Jan 14, 2005.
In March 2002, HP acquired substantially all of the outstanding stock of Indigo N.V. ("Indigo"), not previously owned by HP in exchange for HP common stock and non-transferable contingent value rights ("CVRs") and the assumption of options to purchase Indigo common stock. This acquisition has strengthened HP's printer offerings by adding high performance digital color printing systems. The total purchase price for Indigo was approximately $719 million, which included the fair value of HP common stock issued and options assumed to purchase HP stock, as well as direct transaction costs and the cost of an equity investment made by HP in Indigo in October 2000. HP issued approximately 32 million shares of HP common stock, and a consolidated subsidiary of HP issued approximately 53 million
CVRs, which HP guaranteed, in connection with this transaction. HP recorded approximately $499 million of goodwill and $153 million of amortizable purchased intangible assets in conjunction with the acquisition and the previous equity investment. HP is amortizing the purchased intangible assets over their estimated useful lives ranging from five to eight years. In addition, HP recorded a pre-tax charge of approximately $58 million for IPR&D at the completion of the acquisition because technological feasibility had not been established and no future alternative uses existed.
The CVRs issued in conjunction with this acquisition entitle each holder to a one-time contingent cash payment of up to $4.50 per CVR, based on the achievement of certain cumulative revenue results over a three-year period. Any liability related to the CVRs will be recorded as additional goodwill as payout thresholds are achieved. The future cash pay-out, if any, of the CVRs will be payable after a three-year period that began on April 1, 2002 and could result in a maximum obligation of $237 million. HP has not incurred a liability associated with the CVRs as of October 31, 2004.