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HP Reports Record Revenue in Q1

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PALO ALTO, Calif.--Feb. 16, 2005-- HP today reported financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2005. First quarter revenue increased 10% year-over-year to $21.5 billion. Non-GAAP(1) operating profit was $1.3 billion, with non-GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.37, up 6% from $0.35 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP diluted EPS and non-GAAP net earnings for the first quarter reflect a $135 million adjustment on an after-tax basis, or $0.05 per diluted share. GAAP operating profit for the first quarter was $1.2 billion. GAAP diluted EPS was $0.32 per share, up 7% from $0.30 in the prior-year period. On Jan. 21, 2005, HP announced it had settled all ongoing patent litigation with Intergraph Corporation. This settlement had an impact of approximately $0.03 per share on first quarter 2005 GAAP and non-GAAP net earnings. HP benefited during the quarter from a reduced non-GAAP tax rate of 13.3%, which reflects the tax impact of the Intergraph settlement and the resolution of prior-period tax items. "HP had a solid first quarter, highlighted by strong growth and profit in our Personal Systems Group, strong revenue growth in our Services business and cash flow from operations of $1.6 billion," said Robert Wayman, HP chief executive officer and chief financial officer. "While we continue to make progress in growing our top line, there is work to be done to improve our profitability. As the board conducts a CEO search, our management team is focused on driving improved execution to serve our customers, strengthen our competitiveness and improve shareholder value," Wayman said. During the quarter, on a year-over-year basis, revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) grew 12% to $9.3 billion, in Americas grew 6% to $8.9 billion and in Asia Pacific/Japan grew 15% to $3.3 billion. On a consolidated basis, when adjusted for the effects of currency, first quarter 2005 revenue grew 5% year-over- year. Imaging and Personal Systems Group The Imaging and Personal Systems Group (IPSG), which was formed in mid-January, consists of the Personal Systems Group (PSG) and the Imaging and Printing Group (IPG). IPSG reported first quarter revenue of $12.9 billion, up 7% year-over-year. Operating profit for the first quarter totaled $1.1 billion, or 8.3% of revenue, compared to $1.0 billion, or 8.5% of revenue, in the prior-year period. "The formation of the Imaging and Personal Systems Group provides us with a unique opportunity to leverage the strengths of both groups into one unified business," said Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Personal Systems Group, HP. "Today, our combined organization has a stronger focus on business and customer solutions that enables us to accelerate profitable growth and strengthen our market position." Personal Systems Group PSG revenue grew 11% year-over-year to $6.9 billion. Unit shipments increased 12% year-over-year, reflecting stable average selling prices. On a year-over-year basis, desktop revenue increased 8%, notebook revenue grew 9% and handhelds revenue grew 15%. Revenue for commercial clients, which includes workstations, grew 11% over the prior-year period, while consumer clients revenue grew 7%. PSG reported an operating profit of $147 million, or 2.1% of revenue, up $86 million year-over- year. Imaging and Printing Group IPG posted quarterly revenue of $6.1 billion, up 3% year-over-year. On a year-over- year basis, supplies revenue grew 8%, fueled by strong growth in color printing. Commercial hardware revenue grew 4%, driven by strength in color laser, multi- function printers and digital press. Consumer hardware revenue decreased 13%. During the quarter, HP shipped 12 million printers. IPG reported an operating profit of $932 million, or 15.4% of revenue, down $35 million year-over-year. Technology Solutions Group The Technology Solutions Group (TSG) consists of Enterprise Storage and Servers, Software and HP Services. The group reported revenue of $8.1 billion, up 14% from the prior-year period. Operating profit for the quarter totaled $312 million, or 3.9% of revenue, down from $365 million, or 5.2% of revenue, year-over-year. "TSG posted strong top line results for the quarter, but we continue to face ongoing margin pressure due to pricing and product mix, as well as costs associated with workforce reductions. We are actively managing our cost structure to achieve improved profitability," said Ann Livermore, Executive Vice President, HP's Technology Solutions Group. "In this highly competitive environment, I'm especially proud of the strong top line we achieved in HP Services, which continues to grow faster than the market and our leading competitors." Enterprise Storage and Servers Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS) reported revenue of $4.0 billion, up 9% over the prior-year period. On a year-over-year basis, industry-standard server revenue increased 19%, business-critical systems (BCS) revenue declined 2% and networked storage revenue was down 1%. Within BCS, HP-UX revenue growth of 3% year-over-year was more than offset by NonStop declines of 19% and ongoing declines in AlphaServer sales. ESS reported operating profit of $71 million for the quarter, or 1.8% of revenue, down from $153 million in the prior-year period. HP Services HP Services (HPS) revenue grew 20% year-over-year to a record $3.8 billion. On a year-over-year basis, Managed Services revenue grew 44%, Consulting and Integration grew 20% and Technology Services grew 14%. Operating profit was $281 million, or 7.4% of revenue, compared with $261 million in the prior-year period. Software Software reported quarterly revenue of $240 million, an increase of 18% year-over- year. HP OpenView revenue increased 16% year-over-year. HP OpenCall revenue was up 22%. Software reported an operating loss of $40 million, compared with a loss of $49 million in the prior-year period. Financial Services HP Financial Services (HPFS) reported revenue of $555 million, up 26% year-over- year. Finance volume, a leading indicator of future revenue, grew 25% over the prior-year period and net portfolio assets increased by 3% to $7.2 billion. Operating profit was $45 million, or 8.1% of revenue, up from $29 million in the prior-year period. Asset management Inventory ended the quarter at $7.1 billion, essentially flat sequentially and up $633 million year-over-year. Accounts receivable declined $1.6 billion sequentially and increased $344 million over the prior-year period to $8.7 billion. HP's dividend payment of $0.08 per share in the first quarter resulted in a cash usage of $233 million. In addition, HP utilized $637 million of cash during the first quarter in connection with stock repurchases. HP exited the quarter with $13.6 billion in gross cash, which includes cash and cash equivalents of $13.3 billion and short- and certain long-term investments of $0.3 billion. Outlook HP estimates Q2 FY05 revenue will be in the range of $21.2 billion to $21.6 billion, with non-GAAP earnings per share in the range of $0.35 to $0.37. The non-GAAP EPS expectations assume after-tax exclusion for charges of approximately $0.04 per share from amortization of purchased intangible assets.