HP Reports 11% Revenue Growth, Commercial Printer Sales Jump
Enterprise Storage and Servers
Enterprise Storage and Servers (ESS) reported total revenue of $4.4 billion, up 19%. Industry Standard Server revenue increased 31%, while Storage revenue increased 10% and Business Critical Systems revenue declined 15%. ESS blade revenue was up 29%. Operating profit was $549 million, or 12.3% of revenue, up from $381 million, or 10.2% of revenue, in the prior-year period.
HP Software revenue increased 2% to $863 million. Business Technology Optimization revenue increased 3%, and Other Software revenue decreased 1%. Operating profit was $183 million, or 21.2% of revenue, up from $153 million, or 18.1% of revenue, in the prior-year period.
Personal Systems Group
Personal Systems Group (PSG) posted a 12% increase in unit shipments and maintained the leading market share position in PCs worldwide. PSG revenue increased 17% to $9.9 billion. Notebook revenue for the quarter was up 10%, while Desktop revenue increased 27%. Commercial client revenue was up 25%, while Consumer client revenue increased 12%. Operating profit was $469 million, or 4.7% of revenue, up from $387 million, or 4.6% of revenue, in the prior-year period.
ProCurve revenue increased 42%, and HP Networking overall increased 198% year over year including the impact of the 3Com acquisition.
HP Financial Services
HP Financial Services (HPFS) revenue increased 14% to $764 million. Financing volume increased 3%, and net portfolio assets increased 13%. Operating margin was 9.4%, up from 7.9% in the prior-year period.
HP generated $3.3 billion in cash flow from operations for the third quarter. Inventory ended the quarter at $7.2 billion, with days of inventory up to 28 from 25 in the prior-year period. Accounts receivable of $15.6 billion was down 2 days year over year. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $14.9 billion, up 2 days over the prior-year period. HP’s dividend payment of $0.08 per share in the third quarter resulted in cash usage of $205 million. HP also utilized $2.6 billion of cash during the quarter to repurchase approximately 55 million shares of common stock in the open market. HP exited the quarter with $14.8 billion in gross cash.