HP Inc. Reports Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Results

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HP Inc. (“HP”) announced fiscal 2019 third quarter net revenue of $14.6 billion, up 0.1% (up 2% in constant currency) from the prior-year period.

Related: HP Inc. announced that its board of directors has unanimously appointed Enrique Lores, currently President of HP’s Imaging, Printing and Solutions business, to succeed Dion Weisler as the company’s President and CEO, effective November 1.

Third quarter GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.78, up from $0.54 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $0.49 to $0.52. Third quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.58, up from $0.52 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $0.53 to $0.56. Third quarter non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax adjustments of $299 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition-related charges (credits), amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related (credits)/charges, and tax adjustments.

“We continued to deliver strong free cash flow and non-GAAP EPS growth, while raising our non-GAAP EPS outlook,” said Dion Weisler, HP’s President and CEO. “We are delivering industry leading innovation across our portfolio, and I am confident we are taking the right actions to position HP for the future.”

Asset management
HP’s net cash provided by operating activities in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 was $2.3 billion. Accounts receivable ended the quarter at $5.3 billion, down 2-days quarter over quarter to 33 days. Inventory ended the quarter at $5.7 billion, up 1-day quarter over quarter to 44 days. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $14.6 billion, up 3 days quarter over quarter to 113 days.

HP generated $2.2 billion of free cash flow in the third quarter. Free cash flow includes net cash provided by operating activities of $2.3 billion less net investments in and proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment of $172 million.

HP’s dividend payment of $0.1602 per share in the third quarter resulted in cash usage of $0.2 billion. HP also utilized $0.5 billion of cash during the quarter to repurchase approximately 26.5 million shares of common stock in the open market.  As a result, HP returned 36% of its third quarter free cash flow to shareholders. HP exited the quarter with $4.9 billion in gross cash, which includes cash and cash equivalents.

Fiscal 2019 third quarter segment results

  • Personal Systems net revenue was up 3% year over year (up 6% in constant currency) with a 5.6% operating margin. Commercial net revenue increased 10% and Consumer net revenue decreased 11%. Total units were up 5% with Notebooks units up 2% and Desktops units up 11%.
  • Printing net revenue was down 5% year over year (down 5% in constant currency) with a 15.6% operating margin. Total hardware units were down 9% with Commercial hardware units down 4% and Consumer hardware units down 10%. Supplies net revenue was down 7% (down 7% in constant currency).

Outlook
For the fiscal 2019 fourth quarter, HP estimates GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.51 to $0.55 and non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.55 to $0.59. Fiscal 2019 fourth quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude $0.04 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 $2.31 to $2.35 and revises its previous estimate of non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $2.18 to $2.22.  Fiscal 2019 non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude $0.13 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.

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.

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