Printer and PC giant HP Inc. reported its Q3 financials August 23 and there was mostly good news to announce. Our reading of the tea leaves indicates that PCs are gaining ground and printers are largely holding their own, although it is a little more complex than that.      

  • Total revenues exceeded $13B for the quarter – an 11 percent year-over-year increase in constant currency (cc)
  • $8.4B in revenues were brought in by the PC (Personal Systems) group – up a healthy 13 percent year-over-year (cc) in a category that has seen revenues eroding for a while – though IDC did report a relative uptick in PC activity in both Q1 and Q2 this year.
  • Printing delivered revenues of $6.98B, up 7 percent year-over-year (cc) – also in a category that has seen eroding revenues from many major makers for several years.
  • Non-GAAP operating income was just over $1B, 7.7 percent of revenues, down $109M and 1.7 percent from Q3 last year – 72 percent of which came from Printing
  • All three HP regional operations delivered revenue growth:
    • Americas up 8 percent year-over-year (cc)
    • EMEA up 10 percent year-over-year (cc)
    • APJ up an impressive 15 percent year-over-year (cc)
    • Non-U.S. net revenue = 61 percent of total net revenue
  • GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations and net earnings per share met or beat previous guidance.
  • The firm generated $1.7 billion in free cash flow and returned $524 million to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends.

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John McIntyre
John McIntyre

serves as a senior analyst for BPO Media. With more than 40 years of experience in the printing industry as an analyst, product developer, strategist, marketer, and researcher, he has covered the printing and supplies sectors for prominent market research firms such as Lyra Research, InfoTrends, and BIS Strategic Decisions, and served with major OEMs such as Samsung, NEC, and Diablo Systems/Xerox. McIntyre is the former managing editor of Lyra’s Hard Copy Supplies Journal and has conducted research and consulting engagements examining issues such as market and business strategies, product positioning, distribution channels, supplies marketing, and the impact of emerging technologies. Follow John on Twitter @John2001S