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HP Announces Preliminary Second Quarter Results;
HP today announced preliminary results for the second fiscal quarter 2008, with revenue of $28.3 billion compared with $25.5 billion one year ago.
In the second quarter, preliminary GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.80 and non-GAAP diluted EPS were $0.87, compared with second quarter fiscal 2007 GAAP diluted EPS of $0.65 and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.70. Non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangible assets of approximately $0.07 per share and $0.05 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2007, respectively.
The second quarter results were highlighted by solid performance across HP's business segments and strong cash flow from operations.
For the third fiscal quarter of 2008, HP estimates revenue of approximately $27.3 billion to $27.4 billion, GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.76 to $0.77, and non-GAAP diluted EPS in the range of $0.82 to $0.83. Non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance excludes after-tax costs of approximately $0.06 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangible assets.
HP estimates full-year FY08 revenue will be approximately $114.2 billion to $114.4 billion, up from its previous estimate of $113.5 billion to $114 billion. FY08 GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.30 to $3.34, up from its previous estimate of $3.26 to $3.30, and FY08 non-GAAP diluted EPS is expected to be in the range of $3.54 to $3.58, up from its previous estimate of $3.50 to $3.54. FY08 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.24 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles. These estimates for both the third quarter and full year of fiscal 2008 do not reflect the potential impact of the acquisition of EDS that HP announced today.
HP is issuing this preliminary earnings announcement to facilitate communications with investors regarding today's announcement that HP has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire EDS (see "HP to Acquire EDS for $13.9 billion" for details).
Updated earnings announcement date
In conjunction with today's announcement of the acquisition of EDS, HP is now scheduled to release its final results for the second fiscal quarter on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, with a conference call scheduled for 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT that day to provide additional details. An audio webcast of the conference call will be available at http://www.hp.com/investor/q22008webcast. A replay of the audio webcast will be available at the same website shortly after the call.
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Use of non-GAAP financial information
To supplement HP's historical and forecasted financial results presented on a GAAP basis, HP provides non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is defined to exclude the effects of any restructuring charges, charges relating to the amortization of purchased intangible assets, pension curtailment gains and in-process research and development charges recorded during the relevant period. In addition, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share are adjusted by the amount of additional taxes or tax benefit associated with each non-GAAP item. HP's management uses non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for purposes of evaluating and forecasting HP's financial performance. HP believes that providing non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to investors in addition to the related GAAP measure provides investors with greater transparency to the information used by HP's management in its financial and operational decision-making and allows investors to see HP's results "through the eyes" of management. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share may have limitations as an analytical tool, and this additional non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for diluted earnings per share prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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