HP Reports Revenue Declines in Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results
HP Software revenue declined 16% to $967 million. Business Technology Optimization revenue declined 16% and Other Software revenue declined 15% over the prior-year period. Operating profit was $234 million, or 24.2% of revenue, up from $211 million, or 18.4% of revenue, in the prior-year period.
Personal Systems Group
Personal Systems Group (PSG) posted an increase of unit shipments of 8% and maintained the leading market share position in PCs worldwide. PSG revenue declined 12% to $9.9 billion. Notebook revenue for the quarter was down 8%, while Desktop revenue declined 16%. Commercial client revenue was down 15%, while Consumer client revenue decreased 8%. Operating profit was $460 million, or 4.7% of revenue, down from $616 million, or 5.5% of revenue, in the prior-year period.
HP Financial Services
HP Financial Services (HPFS) reported revenue of $726 million, up 5% from the prior-year period. Financing volume increased 6%, and net portfolio assets increased 21%. Operating margin was 9.1% of revenue, up from 7.4% in the prior-year period.
HP generated $3.4 billion in cash flow from operations for the fourth quarter. Inventory ended the quarter at $6.1 billion, down 4 days. Accounts receivable of $16.5 billion was up 3 days. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $14.8 billion, up 5 days. HP’s dividend payment of $0.08 per share in the fourth quarter resulted in cash usage of $190 million. HP utilized $2.1 billion of cash during the fourth quarter to repurchase approximately 46 million shares of common stock in the open market. HP exited the quarter with $13.4 billion in gross cash.
For the first fiscal quarter of 2010, HP estimates revenue of approximately $29.6 billion to $29.9 billion, GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.90 to $0.92, and non-GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $1.03 to $1.05. First fiscal quarter 2010 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.13 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.