Compaq Raises Guidance for Fiscal 2002
NEW YORK, January 25, 2002
Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ), a leading global provider of enterprise technology and solutions, today provided financial guidance for fiscal year 2002 of $0.32 earnings per share, an increase of $0.07 from previous analyst consensus of $0.25 per share. The company made the announcement at its regularly scheduled financial analyst meeting in New York City.
"Clearly, Compaq's fourth quarter showed continued customer acceptance. Our focus on execution in 2001particularly with regard to operating improvementsprovides Compaq with tremendous financial leverage in 2002 that will yield earnings per share growth," said Jeff Clarke, Compaq's chief financial officer. Clarke said the company anticipates revenues of $34 billion in 2002.
Compaq's strategic initiatives in 2002 include:
- Maintaining focus on Compaq's three key objectives: extending the company's enterprise capabilities, gaining critical mass in global services, and achieving profitability in the PC business in the third quarter
- Continuous improvement in asset management and cost structure
The company stated that demand drivers for 2002 include expanded requirements for enterprise storage and industry standard servers, increasing demand for infrastructure and security solutions, and expanded customer momentum for managed services.
Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation is a leading global provider of enterprise technology and solutions. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions and services, including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, and desktop and portable personal computers that are sold in more than 200 countries. Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at http://www.compaq.com.
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