HP Expects to Report Revenue of $19.5 Billion and Non-GAAP EPS of $0.35 for First Fiscal Quarter
PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 11, 2004
HP today announced that it expects to report revenue of $19.5 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.35 for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2004, consistent with the guidance the company provided at the beginning of the quarter.
GAAP earnings per share is expected to be $0.30 to $0.31. This assumes approximately $0.04 to $0.05 per share of non-GAAP adjustments related primarily to amortization of purchased intangibles.
The company will announce first quarter earnings after close of market as scheduled on Feb. 19.
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the fiscal year ending on Oct. 31, 2003, HP revenue totaled $73.1 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
To supplement the company's consolidated condensed financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, HP uses non-GAAP additional measures of operating results, net earnings and earnings per share adjusted to exclude certain costs, expenses, gains and losses it believes appropriate to enhance an overall understanding of HP's past financial performance and also its prospects for the future. These adjustments to HP's GAAP results are made with the intent of providing both management and investors a more complete understanding of the underlying operational results and trends and the company's marketplace performance. For example, the non-GAAP results are an indication of HP's baseline performance before gains, losses or other charges that are considered by management to be outside of the company's core business segment operational results. In addition, these adjusted non-GAAP results are among the primary indicators management uses as a basis for planning and forecasting of future periods. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net earnings or diluted earnings per share prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.
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