HP Inc. Reports Fiscal 2019 First Quarter Results

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  HP Inc. (“HP”) announced fiscal 2019 first quarter net revenue of $14.7 billion, up 1% (up 2% in constant currency) from the prior-year period.

First quarter GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.51, down from $1.16 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $0.46 to $0.49. First quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.52, up from $0.48 in the prior-year period and within the previously provided outlook of $0.50 to $0.53. First quarter non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax adjustments of $6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition-related charges, amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related credits/(charges), and tax adjustments.

“We continued to drive top and bottom line growth in Q1 and are reaffirming our non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow financial outlook for the year,” said Dion Weisler, HP’s President and CEO. “We are benefitting from our market-leading portfolio and accelerating our transformation with momentum in services, solutions and 3D printing as we reinvent HP and position the business for long-term sustainable growth.”

Asset management
HP’s net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 was $0.9 billion. Accounts receivable ended the quarter at $5.1 billion, up 1-day quarter over quarter to 31 days. Inventory ended the quarter at $5.6 billion, down 1-day quarter over quarter to 42 days. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $14.6 billion, up 3 days quarter over quarter to 108 days.

HP generated $0.7 billion of free cash flow in the first quarter. Free cash flow includes net cash provided by operating activities of $862 million less net investments in and proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment of $189 million.

HP’s dividend payment of $0.1602 per share in the first quarter resulted in cash usage of $0.2 billion. HP also utilized $0.7 billion of cash during the quarter to repurchase approximately 32.4 million shares of common stock in the open market.  As a result, HP returned 144% of its first quarter free cash flow to shareholders. HP exited the quarter with $3.8 billion in gross cash, which includes cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments of $0.4 billion included in other current assets.

Fiscal 2019 first quarter segment results

  • Personal Systems net revenue was up 2% year over year (up 3% in constant currency) with a 4.2% operating margin. Commercial net revenue increased 3% and Consumer net revenue increased 1%. Total units were down 3% with Notebooks units down 1% and Desktops units down 8%.
  • Printing net revenue was mostly flat year over year (down 0.7% in constant currency) with a 16.2% operating margin. Total hardware units were up 3% with Commercial hardware units up 4% and Consumer hardware units up 2%. Supplies net revenue was down 3% (down 3% in constant currency).

Outlook
For the fiscal 2019 second quarter, HP estimates GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.45 to $0.48 and non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.50 to $0.53. Fiscal 2019 second quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude $0.05 per diluted share, primarily related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition-related charges, defined benefit plan settlement charges, amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related credits/(charges), tax adjustments and the related tax impact on these items.

For fiscal 2019, HP is updating its estimate of GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $2.00 to $2.10 and reaffirms its previous estimate of non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $2.12 to $2.22.  Fiscal 2019 non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude $0.12 per diluted share, primarily related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition-related charges, defined benefit plan settlement charges, amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related credits/(charges), tax adjustments and the related tax impact on these items.  HP also reaffirms its previous estimate for fiscal 2019 free cash flow of at least $3.7 billion.

More information on HP’s earnings, including additional financial analysis and an earnings overview presentation, is available on HP’s Investor Relations website at investor.hp.com.

HP’s FY19 Q1 earnings conference call is accessible via an audio webcast at www.hp.com/investor/2019Q1Webcast.

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