HP Reports First Quarter 2008 Results

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 2008--HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2008, with net revenue of $28.5 billion, up 13% from a year earlier and up 8% when adjusted for the effects of currency.



In the first quarter, GAAP operating profit was $2.6 billion and GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.80, up from $0.55 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP operating profit was $2.8 billion, with non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.86 up from $0.65 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP financial information excludes $158 million of adjustments on an after-tax basis, or $0.06 per diluted share, related primarily to amortization of purchased intangibles.



"We are raising our guidance yet again, reflecting our confidence in anticipated cost reductions and share gains in key markets," said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "We added more than 2,000 sales positions in the past year through acquisitions and hiring. HP remains well positioned for profitable growth as we continue to focus on our numerous cost initiatives and improve our market coverage."





                              Q1 FY08       Q1 FY07        Y/Y                             --------------------------------------- Net revenue ($B)            $     28.5   $       25.1           13%                             ------------ ------------- ------------ GAAP operating margin              9.2%           7.3%      1.9 pts                             ------------ ------------- ------------ GAAP net earnings ($B)      $      2.1   $        1.5           38%                             ------------ ------------- ------------ GAAP diluted EPS            $     0.80   $       0.55           45%                             ------------ ------------- ------------ Non-GAAP operating margin          9.9%           8.6%      1.3 pts                             ------------ ------------- ------------ Non-GAAP net earnings ($B)  $      2.3   $        1.8           25%                             ------------ ------------- ------------ Non-GAAP diluted EPS        $     0.86   $       0.65           32%                             ------------ ------------- ------------



Information about HP's use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under "Use of non-GAAP financial information" below.



Revenue in the Americas grew 8% on a year-over-year basis to $11.2 billion. Revenue grew 15% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to $12.3 billion. Revenue grew 22% in Asia Pacific to $4.9 billion. When adjusted for the effects of currency, revenue in the Americas grew 7%, revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew 7%, and revenue in Asia Pacific grew 16%. Revenue from outside of the United States in the first quarter was 69%, with revenue in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) growing 35% over the prior-year period and accounting for 9% of total revenue.



Personal Systems Group



Personal Systems Group (PSG) revenue grew 24% year over year to $10.8 billion, with unit shipments up 27% on a year-over-year basis. Notebook revenue for the quarter grew 37% over the prior-year period, while desktop revenue grew 15%. Commercial client revenue grew 22% year over year, while Consumer client revenue increased 29%. Operating profit was $628 million, or 5.8% of revenue, up from $414 million, or 4.7% of revenue, in the prior-year period.



Imaging and Printing Group



Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) revenue grew 4% year over year to $7.3 billion. On a year-over-year basis, supplies revenue grew 6%, Commercial hardware revenue grew 7% and Consumer hardware revenue declined 5%. Printer unit shipments increased 1% year over year, with Consumer printer hardware units down 2% and Commercial printer hardware units up 13%. Momentum in key growth initiatives continued, with solid growth in both the Graphic Arts and the Enterprise businesses. Operating profit was $1.2 billion, or 15.7% of revenue, up from $1.1 billion, or 15.3% of revenue, in the prior-year period.



Enterprise Storage and Servers



Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS) reported revenue of $4.8 billion, up 9% over the prior-year period fueled by ESS blades, which grew 81%. On a year-over-year basis, industry-standard server revenue increased 11%. Storage revenue grew 10%, with revenue growth of 14% in the midrange EVA line. Business critical systems revenue increased 1%, with Integrity systems growth of 37% offset by declines in PA-RISC and Alpha. Operating profit was $673 million, or 14.0% of revenue, up from $453 million, or 10.2% of revenue, in the prior-year period.



HP Services



HP Services (HPS) revenue increased 11% year over year to $4.4 billion. Revenue in Outsourcing Services grew 15%, followed by Consulting and Integration and Technology Services, which grew 13% and 9%, respectively, over the prior-year period. Operating profit was $489 million, or 11.2% of revenue, up from $406 million, or 10.3% of revenue, in the prior-year period.



HP Software



HP Software revenue grew 11% over the prior-year period to $666 million, led by 19% growth in the Business Technology Optimization portfolio. Operating profit was $51 million, or 7.7% of revenue, up from $18 million, or 3.0% of revenue, in the prior-year period.



Financial Services



HP Financial Services (HPFS) reported revenue of $642 million, an increase of 17% year over year. Financing volume and net portfolio assets increased 5% and 14%, respectively, over the prior-year period. Operating margin was 6.7% of revenue, up from 5.9% in the comparable period last year.



Asset management



HP generated $3.2 billion in cash flow from operations for the quarter. Inventory ended the quarter at $7.9 billion, down 6 days over the prior year. Accounts receivable of $12.4 billion were up 2 days over the prior-year period. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $11.2 billion down 6 days from the prior-year period. HP's dividend payment of $0.08 per share in the first quarter resulted in cash usage of $206 million. HP utilized $3.3 billion of cash during the first quarter to repurchase approximately 72 million shares of common stock from the open market. HP exited the quarter with $10.1 billion in gross cash, which includes cash and cash equivalents of $9.9 billion, short-term investments of $73 million, and certain long-term investments of $116 million.



Outlook



HP estimates Q2 FY08 revenue will be approximately $27.7 billion to $27.9 billion.



Second quarter FY08 GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be approximately $0.77 to $0.78 and non-GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be approximately $0.83 to $0.84. Second quarter FY08 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.06 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles.



HP estimates FY08 revenue will be approximately $113.5 billion to $114.0 billion.



FY08 GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.26 to $3.30, and FY08 non-GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.50 to $3.54. FY08 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.24 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles.



More information on HP's quarterly earnings, including additional financial analysis and an earnings overview presentation, is available on HP's Investor Relations website at www.hp.com/investor/home.



More detailed information about the reclassification of HP's Business Intelligence and Information Management businesses from HP Services and ESS to HP Software and the reclassification of revenue among business units within PSG and IPG is included in the tables that follow this release. These reclassifications do not impact HP's previously reported consolidated net revenue, earnings from operations, net earnings or EPS.



HP's Q1 FY08 earnings conference call is accessible via an audio webcast at www.hp.com/investor/q12008webcast.



About HP



HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers - from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world's largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $107.7 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Jan. 31, 2008. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.



Use of non-GAAP financial information



To supplement HP's consolidated condensed financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, HP provides non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and gross cash. HP also provides forecasts of non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. A reconciliation of the adjustments to GAAP results for this quarter and prior periods is included in the tables below. In addition, an explanation of the ways in which HP management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate its business, the substance behind HP management's decision to use these non-GAAP measures, the material limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP measures, the manner in which HP management compensates for those limitations, and the substantive reasons why HP management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors is included under "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" after the tables below. This additional non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating profit, operating margin, net earnings, diluted earnings per share, or cash and cash equivalents prepared in accordance with GAAP.



Forward-looking statements



This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to any projections of revenue, margins, expenses, earnings, tax provisions, cash flows, benefit obligations, share repurchases or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies, and objectives of management for future operations, including execution of cost reduction programs and restructuring plans; any statements concerning the expected development, performance or market share relating to products or services; any statements regarding pending investigations, claims or disputes; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; execution and performance of contracts by suppliers, customers and partners; the challenge of managing asset levels, including inventory; the difficulty of aligning expense levels with revenue changes; assumptions related to pension and other post-retirement costs; expectations and assumptions relating to the execution and timing of cost reduction programs and restructuring plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007 and HP's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As in prior periods, the financial information set forth in this release, including tax-related items, reflects estimates based on information available at this time. While HP believes these estimates to be meaningful, these amounts could differ materially from actual reported amounts in HP's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2008. In particular, determining HP's actual tax balances and provisions as of January 31, 2008 requires extensive internal and external review of tax data (including consolidating and reviewing the tax provisions of numerous domestic and foreign entities), which is being completed in the ordinary course of preparing HP's Form 10-Q. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.



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