HP Reports Q1 Results: Imaging and Printing Revenue Flat at $5.6 billion
Press release from the issuing company
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Feb. 25, 2003 -- HP today reported financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2003. The company reported first quarter revenue of $17.9 billion, compared to $18.0 billion in the prior quarter. Revenue reflected ongoing weakness in commercial IT spending in the United States and Japan, while Europe and Asia-Pacific posted solid revenue growth quarter over quarter.
Non-GAAP(1) (formerly reported as pro forma) operating profit totaled $1.1 billion, up 25% sequentially. Non-GAAP operating profit was 6.2% of revenue, up from 4.9% of revenue in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter was 29 cents, compared to 24 cents in the fourth quarter, up 21% sequentially. Non-GAAP diluted EPS and operating profit reflect a $156 million adjustment on an after-tax basis, or 5 cents on a diluted per share basis. The pre-tax adjustment includes $138 million of amortization of purchased intangible assets, and $86 million for other acquisition-related items. All non-GAAP financial information in this release is reconciled in the "Non-GAAP Consolidated Condensed Statement of Earnings" table below.
GAAP operating profit for the quarter was $879 million, up 107% sequentially. GAAP operating profit was 4.9% of revenue, up from 2.4% in the prior quarter. GAAP diluted EPS was 24 cents per share, versus 13 cents last quarter, representing an improvement of 85% sequentially.
Gross margin increased from 25.9% to 26.5%, up 0.6 percentage points sequentially, reflecting continued improvement in HP's cost structures. Integration-related cost savings for the first quarter were $734 million, up from $482 million last quarter and 14% above first-quarter plan. Non-GAAP expenses as a percent of revenue were down sequentially from 21% to 20.3% of net revenue.
"HP is making good headway and continues to execute well," said Carly Fiorina, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "The first quarter was our best overall profit performance since the merger, demonstrating there is significant leverage in our operating model. We made good progress on cost structures, achieved sequential market share gains in each of our businesses, and continued to improve gross margins. Our revenue shortfalls were largely confined to the U.S. market, as weak commercial spending continued. Outside the U.S., revenues improved 3% sequentially with strong performance in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Personal Systems posted a profit for the quarter, and Enterprise Systems improved operating results by 36% sequentially.
"Today's world is full of uncertainty and predictions are difficult. We're staying focused on what we can control -- maximizing our operating model leverage, delivering the best possible products and services, accelerating market share gains, staying on the offense and investing in growth. Therefore, we're comfortable affirming analyst consensus estimates of $0.27 for the second quarter."
Summary of Financial Results
Q1 FY2003 Q4 FY2002
Revenue $17.9 billion $18.0 billion
GAAP Operating Margin 4.9% 2.4%
Non-GAAP Operating Margin(1) 6.2% 4.9%
GAAP diluted EPS $0.24 $0.13
Non-GAAP diluted EPS (1) $0.29 $0.24
* (1) All non-GAAP numbers (formerly reported as pro forma) have been adjusted to exclude certain items. A reconciliation of the specific adjustments to GAAP results for this quarter and the prior period is included in the non-GAAP income statement below. A description of HP's use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under the heading "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.
Regionally, Americas revenue declined 7% sequentially to $8.2 billion for the quarter, representing 46% of total revenue. Europe grew 6% sequentially to $7.1 billion, representing 40% of total revenue. Asia-Pacific grew 3% sequentially to $1.9 billion, representing 11% of total revenue. Japan declined 6% sequentially to $744 million in revenue, representing 4% of HP's total revenue.
In addition to posting a quarterly profit, Personal Systems grew sequentially in consumer PCs and handhelds, and reinforced HP's commitment to innovation with strong market acceptance of new Media Center PC, Tablet PC and iPAQ offerings. Imaging and Printing continued to post strong revenue and operating profit, with market share gains across key categories.
Enterprise Systems reduced its operating losses for the second quarter in a row and maintained its strong market position in servers, storage, software and supercomputers. HP Services maintained double-digit profitability during the quarter and posted double-digit sequential revenue growth in managed services.
HP's 20 largest new business contracts in the quarter -- with an average value of more than $100 million each -- represent a total long-term value of more than $2 billion.
According to the latest third-party market reports, HP continues to maintain its broad leadership position with sequential share gains across the business. During the fourth calendar quarter, HP grew its No. 1 share of overall server shipments worldwide to 30%, and grew server revenue sequentially (Gartner Dataquest, Q4'02). Specifically, HP increased its share of UNIX revenue sequentially by 2.2% worldwide, and 7.2% in the United States, displacing Sun as the No. 1 UNIX vendor worldwide. HP also sequentially increased its No. 1 revenue and unit share of Industry Standard Servers worldwide, and grew twice as fast as the nearest competitor in the United States and worldwide. Additionally, HP increased its share of Linux server revenue to 32.8% worldwide (excluding mainframes), up 4.2% sequentially. (All Gartner Dataquest, Q4'02.) In storage, HP grew its No. 1 position in worldwide disk storage revenue to a 27% share, and achieved sequential growth in external RAID, storage software and SAN units shipped (IDC, Q3'02). HP's managed services business is growing faster sequentially than major competitors.
In Personal Systems, HP re-gained the No. 1 position in worldwide PC shipments with sequential unit share gains in total PC clients -- including both home and business PC clients, as well as desktop and notebook PCs (all IDC, Q4'02). In Imaging and Printing, HP extended its market share leadership in the overall U.S. printer market for the third consecutive quarter, where HP holds 59% share (IDC, Q4'02). HP grew unit share by 7% sequentially in both total inkjet printers and laser color printers in the United States, growing faster than the nearest two competitors (IDC, Q4'02). HP also has increased all-in-one inkjet shipments with worldwide share up 20 points from August to December (NPD Intelect).
Business Segment Results
As a standard part of HP's business review process, the company has moved certain items between its core business segments and "other." While these movements have some impact on results of the company's other segments, all periods have been restated for comparative purposes.
Personal Systems revenue totaled $5.1 billion, reflecting 2% sequential growth. Operating profit was $33 million, compared to a loss of $68 million last quarter.
First quarter revenues reflect significant sequential increases in consumer PC and handheld revenue, driven by new product introductions and normal seasonality, while notebooks, commercial PCs and workstations declined sequentially. Revenue declines reflect persistent softness in corporate IT spending and intense competition.
Personal Systems operating profit was 0.6% of revenue, compared to negative 1.4% last quarter. Operating margin improvements reflect significant business model enhancements, re-engineered channel programs, competitive new product introductions and continued execution improvements. During the quarter, HP maintained worldwide commercial channel inventories at 3.1 weeks and managed consumer channel inventories down sequentially from 6.3 weeks to 4.9 weeks.
During the fourth quarter, HP introduced several innovative products including the Tablet PC, the HP Media Center PC, two new HP iPAQ Pocket PCs, a breakthrough Digital Media Receiver product for consumers, and several low-priced notebook and desktop PC offerings. HP also achieved a significant milestone in handhelds, reaching the 3 million unit sales mark.
Recent Personal Systems wins include SBC's selection of HP to deploy 14,000 desktops, 4,600 notebooks and 400 technical workstations supported by an HP service warranty, and a three-year, $100 million contract with the Internal Revenue Service to provide more than 30,000 desktop and notebook PCs.
Enterprise Systems made significant progress improving its cost structure and improved HP's market share sequentially in a difficult IT spending environment. Revenue was $3.7 billion, down 6% sequentially, reflecting continued soft demand in the United States and Latin America. Enterprise Systems reduced its operating loss to $83 million during the quarter, from $129 million last quarter.
Enterprise Systems operating profit was negative 2.2% of revenue, compared to negative 3.2% last quarter. Business-critical server revenue was down 12% sequentially, reflecting a weak UNIX market and a tough quarter for NonStop servers in the telecommunications and finance industries. Industry-standard server revenue was down 5% sequentially, reflecting soft market demand. Storage revenue was down 5% sequentially. Software revenue was flat sequentially.
The quarter's highlights included record worldwide shipments of ProLiant industry standard servers and another quarter of record Superdome shipments. During the quarter, HP continued shipping what is now into the thousands of Itanium 2-based systems and launched new AlphaServers, new ProLiant servers and 2- and 4-way blade servers. OpenView management software license revenue increased 15% sequentially. HP announced its Adaptive Management software platform with 30 new OpenView and Opencall products. HP also unveiled the industry's first network storage virtualization framework, 33 new storage products and expanded relationships with Brocade and Microsoft.
Recent Enterprise Systems wins include: a multi-year contract with Delphi Corporation for ProLiant and HP-UX servers, StorageWorks systems and HP managed services to support Delphi's global SAP solutions; a $55 million contract with InSite One, Inc. to deliver a pay-per-use medical imaging and archiving solution based on ProLiant and StorageWorks systems; completion of a second multi-million dollar contract with DGI (France's tax administration department) for HP-UX servers, storage and nearly 40,000 PCs; and a contract with General Motors Corporation to upgrade its dealer technology nationwide with HP ProLiant servers for 7,600 dealerships and fleet customers.
HP Services maintained double-digit profit margins during the quarter and grew above market rates in the managed services business, despite a continued weak IT services market. Revenue was $3.0 billion, down 3% sequentially. Operating profit was $341 million or 11.5% of revenue, down 6% sequentially.
Customer support revenue was down 3% sequentially, reflecting lengthening customer renewal cycles. Managed services revenue was up 11% sequentially, reflecting comprehensive deals closed in fiscal 2002 and new helpdesk and desktop contracts as customers use outsourcing to reduce IT costs. This business was profitable for the second quarter in a row. Consulting and integration revenue was down 12% sequentially, as HP focuses its consulting efforts more tightly for improved profitability.
Highlights for HP Services in the quarter included strong demand for enterprise Microsoft services, enterprise resource planning and supply chain services, helpdesk and desktop services, SAN implementation services and data center infrastructure management. Recent wins include a five-year, $240 million managed services agreement with Telecom Italia to manage 90,000 seats including help desk, onsite services and the overall IT environment; a five-year agreement with DIRECTV, Inc. to provide computing infrastructure and ongoing management services and support for DIRECTV's 24x7 billing environment; a five-year contract with Critical Path to manage three existing data centers and helpdesk services worldwide; and a four-year agreement to provide the Swedish Parliament with a secure IT and communications infrastructure.
Imaging and Printing
Imaging and Printing revenue totaled $5.6 billion, flat sequentially following a seasonally strong fourth quarter, and representing strong year-over-year growth. Operating profit was $907 million, down 4% sequentially. As a percent of revenue, operating profit for the segment was 16.2%, compared to 16.8% last quarter. Normal seasonal gross margin declines were partially offset by continued operational efficiencies.
Imaging and Printing's revenue reflects strong holiday sales in digital imaging, home printers and solid supplies sales, offset by continued weakness in enterprise IT spending. Digital imaging revenue increased 7% sequentially, as digital photography continues to move mainstream. Home hardware revenue decreased 3% sequentially. Supplies revenue decreased 2% sequentially following a record quarter, but was up 14% year over year with continued strong sales in toner, ink and photo media. Business hardware revenue increased 1% sequentially, fueled by demand for HP's color and personal LaserJet printers and gains in digital publishing.
The quarter's highlights include strong continued response to roughly 50 new "Big Bang" consumer and business products, as well as the first sub-$1,000 color LaserJet printer and new midrange LaserJet printers. HP's imaging and printing products won more than 75 industry awards during the quarter.
HP Financial Services offers leasing and financial asset management services to HP customers worldwide, operating as a wholly owned subsidiary. Revenue was $517 million, down 4% sequentially. Operating results showed significant improvement, with operating profit of $14 million for the quarter versus a $101 million loss last quarter. The improvement reflects reductions of bad debt expense incurred in the prior quarter, primarily in Latin America and EMEA. Operating profit was 2.7% of revenue, compared to negative 18.8% last quarter. Portfolio assets were down 2% quarter to quarter, reflecting soft market conditions.
HP exited the quarter with $13.2 billion in gross cash, which includes cash and cash equivalents of $12.6 billion and short- and certain long-term investments of $600 million. Inventory ended the quarter at $6.1 billion, a sequential increase of $294 million over Q4. Trade receivables decreased $590 million from the prior quarter to $7.9 billion. Cash generated from operations for the quarter was $791 million, and the company added $1.3 billion in net short- and long-term debt throughout the quarter. HP's dividend of $0.08 in the fourth quarter resulted in a cash use of $245 million. In addition, HP repurchased $155 million of stock.
For the second quarter 2003, HP affirmed Wall Street consensus estimates of $0.27 earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis, taking into account normal seasonal revenue patterns.
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