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HP Reports Earnings, Revenue and Earnings Per Share Down

Press release from the issuing company

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 16, 2001 -- Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) today reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2001. The company reported second quarter revenue of $11.6 billion, compared to $12.0 billion in last year's second quarter, a decrease of 4% as reported (flat before the effects of foreign currency) and a decline of 3% sequentially. Pro forma earnings per share (EPS) on a diluted basis was 18 cents, compared to pro forma EPS from continuing operations of 43 cents in the prior-year period. Pro forma earnings this quarter included $155 million in extraordinary inventory and capacity write-downs in the consumer business. Without these write-downs, pro forma EPS would have been 6 cents higher. Actual EPS on a diluted basis before a 1 cent extraordinary gain on extinguished debt was 15 cents per share on approximately 2 billion shares of common stock and equivalents outstanding. Diluted EPS from continuing operations for the same period last year was 39 cents. "Our results continue to be impacted by significant macro-economic challenges and particular weakness in consumer and capital spending in the US and Europe," said Carly Fiorina, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "But we can't pin all of our issues on the economy. We've previously acknowledged the work we're doing in our enterprise business to reinvigorate channel and go-to-market programs. The systemic, structural changes we are making in these areas are not quick fixes, but we're making steady improvement day by day." "This was clearly a tough quarter, but there are also signs of real progress. In our consumer business, revenues declined 8%, but we maintained or gained share in every category in which we compete and remain profitable. Revenues in our enterprise business declined 1% year over year, but were up 2% sequentially. "As we move through this economic trough, we will continue to stay focused on the elements of our performance that we can control - world-class engineering, improved sales execution, and disciplined expense and asset management. We will stay the course on our strategy and reinvention. "Looking forward to the third quarter, we believe current consensus EPS estimates are reasonable. However, given continuing deterioration in key economic indicators and increasing global uncertainty, we think broadening the revenue range slightly from flat to flat to down 5% is prudent." Business Segment Results Imaging and Printing Systems The imaging and printing systems segment includes laser and inkjet printers, imaging devices and associated supplies. Revenues overall for the segment declined 3% (flat in local currency). Inkjet and LaserJet hardware revenues declined in the quarter, impacted by weak PC demand. The supplies business achieved customarily strong revenue growth rates in every region except Europe. In Europe, multiple pricing moves influenced by currency volatility caused channels to adjust inventories and held our worldwide revenue growth in supplies to 10%. "Our IPS franchise continues to lead the industry on every front. We successfully executed the largest product rollover in the history of the LaserJet business, introducing six new Web-based printers and associated services offerings. We're rapidly gaining momentum in the low-end Inkjet market, increasing our unit share in the sub-$100 segment in U.S. retail from 16% a year ago to 40% today," said Fiorina. Operating margin was 8.2% or 10.9% when adjusted for the inventory and capacity write-downs, compared to13.5% for the same period last year and 12.8% for last quarter. Computing Systems The computing systems segment includes a broad range of Internet infrastructure systems and solutions for businesses and professionals, including workstations, desktops, notebooks, UNIX? and PC servers, storage and software solutions. Overall revenues for the segment declined 7% year over year (declined 2% in local currency), down 5% sequentially. UNIX server revenues declined 13% year over year and 1% sequentially. HP's high-end UNIX business was up 3% year over year, 67% sequentially. Volume shipments of Superdome are ramping, and orders are strong with a growing sales funnel. HP's leading-edge XP storage business posted 60% revenue growth. Overall storage revenues grew a modest 4% due largely to slow growth in HP's mature tape business. HP's OpenView services management software, up 24%, continued to drive software revenues, which increased 9%. PC server revenues were down 4%. Commercial clients declined 4% year-over-year, and increased 3% sequentially. Home PC revenues declined 15% due primarily to weak demand and associated pricing pressures in North America. HP retained its No. 1 position in consumer PCs in U.S. retail. Additionally, notebooks experienced revenue growth of 18% and achieved meaningful market share gains worldwide. Operating margin in this business was a negative 2.8%, compared to a positive 3.7% for the same period last year and negative 0.4% for the last quarter. "Despite the disappointing financial results in this business, we've done heavy lifting over the last 20 months. We're investing in the right areas and making the tough decisions. And as a result of these efforts, we have a very powerful value proposition for customers and we're intent on demonstrating it in our results," said Fiorina. IT Services The IT services segment includes consulting, outsourcing, support and customer financing services. Revenues overall for the segment grew 9% (16% in local currency) with improving profitability. HP's consulting business achieved 33% revenue growth, driven by increased size and scope of engagements. Outsourcing revenues were up 23% worldwide, while support services grew at 7%. "Our IT services business turned in a solid quarter. Our increased focus is resulting in good successes and we believe this business is a significant growth engine for us," said Fiorina. Operating margin was 6.0%, compared to 6.6% for the same period last year and 5.3% for the last quarter. Costs and Expenses Cost of goods sold this quarter was 74.7% of net revenue, up from 71.2% on a pro forma basis in the year-ago period. Operating expenses grew 5% on a pro forma basis, and were 22.1% of net revenue. This compares to 20.3% on a pro forma basis for the same period last year. Asset Management Return on assets for the quarter was 8.9% on a pro forma basis, compared to 10.7% for the same period last year. This decline was due primarily to lower earnings this quarter. Inventory was 11.7% of revenue, down from 12.7% last quarter, while trade receivables were 11.7% of revenue compared to 12.2% last quarter. Net property, plant and equipment was 9.4% of revenue, essentially flat compared to last quarter but still at near-record lows. The steady decline in this ratio reflects the company's ongoing efforts to reduce infrastructure and streamline operations. "We achieved solid asset management this quarter with accounts receivable down $300 million and inventory down $400 million," said Robert Wayman, chief financial officer. "This contributed to strong operating cash generation of $1.1 billion -- an excellent outcome in this economic environment."