28 November 2018

HP Inc tops revenue estimates on growth in personal systems business

HP Inc's quarterly revenue beat analysts' estimates on Thursday, driven by growth in its personal systems that sells notebooks and desktops and the acquisition of Samsung's printer business.

Shares of HP Inc, which houses the hardware business of former Hewlett-Packard Co, were marginally up in extended trading. Advertisement

The personal systems business, which accounts for more than 60 percent of HP Inc's total revenue, rose 11 percent to US$10.06 billion, beating analysts' average estimate of US$9.78 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

"On the PC side, we are impressed, particularly amidst a backdrop of reported 'CPU shortages' that are already well-known," said David Ryzhik, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group.

The Palo Alto, California-based company had the second position in worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter with a 22.8 percent market share, down from 23.9 percent in the preceding quarter, according to research firm International Data Corp's data https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44385418.

HP Inc said revenue from its printing business rose 9.1 percent to US$5.30 billion, falling slightly short of analysts' estimate of US$5.31 billion. Advertisement Advertisement

The company completed the acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's printer business for US$1.05 billion in November last year as a part of its efforts to strengthen the sluggish printer and copier business.

HP Inc said, in a post earnings call with analysts, it has not considered any impact from unannounced tariffs or any significant demand changes that may result from an increase in geopolitical uncertainties.

The company also forecast current-quarter adjusted profit between 50 cents to 53 cents per share. Analysts expect a profit of 52 cents per share.

Net earnings rose to US$1.45 billion, or 91 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, from US$660 million, or 39 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned 54 cents per share, in line with average analyst estimates.

The company said its fourth quarter adjusted earnings and profit exclude after-tax adjustments of US$586 million, or 37 cents per share, related to restructuring and other charges and acquisition-related charges.

Net revenue rose 10.3 percent US$15.37 billion. Analysts on an average had expected the company to report a revenue of US$15.1 billion.