Electronics maker HP has announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2012. For the quarter, net revenue of $29.7 billion was down 5% year-over-year and down 2% when adjusted for the effects of currency.
GAAP loss per share was $4.49, down from earnings per share (EPS) of $0.93 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $1.00, down 9% from the prior-year period.
Third quarter non-GAAP earnings information excludes after-tax costs of $10.8 billion, or $5.49 per diluted share, related to the amortization and impairment of purchased intangible assets, the impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges, acquisition-related charges and charges relating to the wind-down of certain retail publishing business activities – including the previously announced charges related to the impairment of goodwill within HP’s Services segment, the restructuring program announced in May 2012, and the impairment of the purchased intangible asset associated with the “Compaq” trade name.
“HP is still in the early stages of a multi-year turnaround, and we’re making decent progress despite the headwinds,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “During the quarter we took important steps to focus on strategic priorities, manage costs, drive needed organizational change, and improve the balance sheet. We continue to deliver on what we say we will do.”
Business Group Results
Personal Systems Group (PSG) revenue was down 10% year over year with a 4.7% operating margin. Commercial revenue decreased 9%, and Consumer revenue declined 12%. Desktop units were down 6%, notebook units were down 12% and total units were down 10%.
Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) revenue declined 3% year over year with a 15.8% operating margin. Commercial hardware revenue and units were up 4% year-over-year. Consumer hardware revenue was down 13% year over year with a 23% decline in printer units.
Services revenue declined 3% year-over-year with an 11.0% operating margin. Technology Services revenue was down 1% year-over-year, Application and Business Services revenue was flat, and IT Outsourcing revenue declined 6% year-over-year.
Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN) revenue declined 4% year-over-year with a 10.9% operating margin. Networking revenue was up 6%, Industry Standard Servers revenue was down 3%, Business Critical Systems revenue was down 16%, and Storage revenue was down 5% year-over-year.
Software revenue grew 18% year-over-year with an 18.0% operating margin, including the results of Autonomy. Software revenue was driven by 2% license growth, 16% support growth, and 65% growth in services.
HP Financial Services revenue was flat year-over-year as the 2% increase in net portfolio assets was offset by a 2% decrease in financing volume. The business delivered a 10.4% operating margin.
HP generated $2.8 billion in cash flow from operations in the third quarter. Inventory ended the quarter at $7.3 billion, with days of inventory up 1 day year-over-year to 29 days. Accounts receivable of $15.7 billion was down 4 days year-over-year to 48 days.
Accounts payable ended the quarter at $12.6 billion, down 4 days from the prior-year period to 50 days. HP’s dividend payment of $0.132 per share in the third quarter resulted in cash usage of $260 million. HP also utilized $365 million of cash during the quarter to repurchase approximately 16.5 million shares of common stock in the open market. HP exited the quarter with $9.9 billion in gross cash.
For fiscal 2012, HP now estimates non-GAAP diluted EPS to be in the range of $4.05 to $4.07, at the low end of the previously provided outlook.
Full year fiscal 2012 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $6.30 per share, related primarily to the amortization and impairment of purchased intangible assets, the impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.