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November 25, 2015

HP exits with 9% sales drop, outlook post-split disappoints

News: It is the last time HP has released financial results as one business unit.

By Joao Lima

In its last results ever results following the creation of two separate business arms, HP has reported a decline in fourth-quarter profit and revenues, with the decline blamed on the continued weak demand for PCs.

Revenue declined 9.5% to $25.71bn in Q4, compared to $28.4bn reported in Q4 last year.

The company posted quarterly net income of $1.32bn, or $0.73 per share, compared to $1.33bn, or $0.70 per share, for the same period last year.

Revenue from the enterprise services division declined 9% in the quarter, while revenue from the enterprise group rose 2%.

Personal systems revenue declined 14% year-over-year, while software revenue dropped 7%. HP Financial Services revenue fell 11% year-over-year.

HPE also posted results, seperate from the enterprise group, reporting revenues up to $7.4 billion. This was up 2% YoY, up 9% in constant currency, and with a 14.0% operating margin.

Industry standard servers revenue was up 5%, but storage revenue were down 7%.

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A lack of growth was also seen in HPE’s enterprise services revenue, down 9% at $5 billion, as well as revenue from software which was down 7% yoy at $958m.

Readjusted outlook as results fail to impress

For the fiscal 2016 first quarter, lowered its 2016 adjusted earnings outlook to $1.59 to $1.69 per share, when compared to previous estimate of $1.67 to $1.77 per share.

HP Inc. anticipates generating cash flow from operations of approximately $3.0 to $3.3 billion in fiscal 2016. With about $0.5 billion in net capital expenditures, free cash flow outlook is in the range of $2.5 to $2.8 billion for fiscal 2016.

HP CEO Dion Weisler said: "In these challenging markets, we are taking decisive actions that will protect our core business which generates the majority of our cash flows.

"We firmly believe in our strategy and, given our scale, innovation, channel reach and brand, we are well positioned to gain profitable share in the markets where we choose to play."

For Q1 2016, HPE estimates non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $1.85 to $1.95 and GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.75 to $0.85.

HPE also estimates non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.37 to $0.41 and GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.09 to $0.13.

Meg Whitman, CEO of HPE, said: "The new company’s business segments delivered a second consecutive quarter of constant currency revenue growth in Q4, and we believe that momentum will accelerate into FY16."


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