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HP Expects Lower Q2 Earnings, Says Europe is Slowing

Thursday, April 19, 2001

Press release from the issuing company

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 18, 2001 Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced that due primarily to rapid deterioration in consumer information technology (IT) spending around the world, the company now expects to report a revenue decline of between two and four percent both sequentially and year-over-year for its second fiscal quarter ending April 30, 2001. The company said the results also reflect an approximately four percent adverse currency effect, as expected currency improvements did not materialize during the quarter. Based on the slowdown in consumer IT spending globally, the company expects earnings per share to be in the range of 13 to 17 cents for the quarter. This estimate includes approximately $150 million of one-time inventory and capacity write-downs associated with some of the company's consumer products. "When we issued our previous second fiscal quarter guidance, we had limited visibility into the extent of the U.S. consumer and commercial downturn, its potential impact on other regions and the continuation of adverse currency effects. At this time, it is quite clear that the U.S. downturn in the consumer market is now spreading to other regions, notably Europe," said Carly Fiorina, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Recent European PC market data suggests the European slowdown is beginning to mirror the pattern we saw in the U.S. -- growing softness in the retail sector and increasingly competitive pricing moves followed by a more subtle but just as meaningful slowdown in the enterprise space. "Despite this difficult climate, on a global basis, we're seeing a slight improvement in our enterprise business. In contrast with the increasing weakness in the consumer space, revenues from our enterprise business are expected to be flat or up slightly on a sequential basis. "In this challenging environment, we're staying focused on our strategy and working hard to achieve the right balance between adjusting costs and expenses downward to address current business conditions, while continuing to make the necessary investments in areas such as R&D to assure that we come out of this slowdown strong and well-positioned," said Fiorina.

 

 

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