HP kicked off this morning's Q2 earnings call citing a leaked company memo that recently popped up at Bloomberg. That memo, which had the outfit's CEO, Leo Apotheker warning of "another tough quarter," resulted in a five percent drop in HP shares in after-hours trading Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal, and prompted the release of the outfit's Q2 earning a day ahead of schedule -- an earnings call was originally slated for Wednesday. According to the report, the company managed to pull in $31.6 billion in revenue and $2.3 billion in earnings, compared to $30.8 billion in revenue and $2.2 billion in earnings the same time last year.

So what brought about the pot-stirring internal memo? Well, it seems HP's struggled to keep up with the competition when it comes to consumer computer sales. Despite an increase in revenue in every other segment of the company's business, HP's Personal Systems Group (which covers enterprise and consumer sales) saw revenue decline five percent year-over-year, with the portion covering consumer computers down 23 percent. That might seem like a big dip, and it is, but Apotheker says the company is "excited by the tablet opportunities," continuing on to say that the impending release of the company's TouchPad "will be an exciting product release for HP." For now, we'll just have to sit back and see if the webOS slate has the stuff to pull HP out of the consumer computer lurch. Full PR after the break.
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HP Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2011. Net revenue of $31.6 billion was up 3% from the prior-year period as reported and up 1% when adjusted for the effects of currency.

GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $1.05, up 15% from $0.91 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $1.24, up 14% from $1.09 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax costs of approximately $0.19 per share and $0.18 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2011 and 2010, respectively, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges. Information about HP's use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under "Use of non-GAAP financial information" below.

"HP executed well and delivered a solid quarter," said Léo Apotheker, HP president and chief executive officer. "Our enterprise strategy, with services at its core, is focused on higher value-added solutions. Today we are accelerating our efforts to align our services business model to our long-term strategy to deliver unprecedented value to our customers and a better return for our shareholders."

"In the second quarter, we saw continued strength in the enterprise with combined revenue from our commercial businesses up 8% year over year," said Cathie Lesjak, HP executive vice president and chief financial officer. "We again expanded our margins and increased both earnings per share and cash flow from operations double digits year over year."

Trends and regional performance

Results were largely driven by performance in the commercial sector as businesses continued to spend on technology. HP experienced uneven consumer performance across its product categories during the quarter with continued softness in consumer PCs across all geographies.

Second quarter revenue was up 2% year over year in the Americas to $13.8 billion. Revenue was down 1% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and up 10% in Asia Pacific to $11.7 billion and $6.1 billion, respectively. When adjusted for the effects of currency, revenue was up 1% in the Americas, flat in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and up 4% in Asia Pacific. Revenue from outside of the United States in the second quarter accounted for 66% of total HP revenue. HP saw accelerated growth in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) with revenue increasing 19% while accounting for 12% of total HP revenue.

Business group highlights

Personal Systems Group (PSG) revenue declined 5% year over year with a 5.7% operating margin. PSG remains the PC market leader in terms of units, revenue and profit share. PSG maintained its market leadership position in Commercial PCs, with Commercial Client revenue growth of 13% outpacing Consumer Client revenue decline of 23% in the quarter.
Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) revenue grew 5% year over year with a 17.0% operating margin. IPG continued to deliver strong performance across the business with share gains in all printing categories and 41% year-over-year growth in commercial printer hardware units. IPG continued to drive innovation and momentum with the new ePrint platform, graphic arts and other commercial print solutions.
Services revenue grew 2% year over year with a 15.2% operating margin. To improve long-term performance, HP is accelerating alignment of the services business with the company's overall strategy, including making investments to drive more value-added solutions and migration to the cloud.
Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking (ESSN)revenue grew 15% year over year with a 13.8% operating margin. ESSN delivered a solid quarter with HP's innovative converged infrastructure products winning in the data center. HP gained momentum in cloud with strong interest in and the successful launch of HP CloudSystem.
HP Software revenue grew 17% year over year with a 20.2% operating margin. HP Software revenue was driven by strong growth in licenses and services of 29% and 22%, respectively.
HP Financial Services revenue grew 17% year over year with a 9.4% operating margin. Financial Services continued to see its strong performance driven by both double-digit growth in lease volume and a healthy improvement in portfolio assets.

Asset management

HP generated $4.0 billion in cash flow from operations in the second quarter. Inventory ended the quarter at $6.8 billion, with days of inventory up 1 day year over year at 26 days. Accounts receivable of $18.6 billion was up 10 days year over year at 53 days. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $14.2 billion, up 3 days from the prior-year period. HP's dividend payment in the second quarter resulted in cash usage of $182 million. HP also utilized $2.7 billion of cash during the quarter to repurchase approximately 64 million shares of common stock in the open market. HP exited the quarter with $12.8 billion in gross cash.

Outlook

HP's revised outlook for the third quarter and the full year fiscal 2011 reflects an expected near-term impact from the Japan earthquake and related events, continued softness in sales of consumer PCs, and reduced operating profit expectations for Services.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2011, HP estimates revenue of approximately $31.1 billion to $31.3 billion, GAAP diluted EPS of approximately $0.90, and non-GAAP diluted EPS of approximately $1.08.

Third quarter fiscal 2011 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.18 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

HP expects full year fiscal 2011 revenue in the range of $129 billion to $130 billion, GAAP diluted EPS of at least $4.27, and non-GAAP diluted EPS of at least $5.00.

Full year fiscal 2011 non-GAAP diluted EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.73 per share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

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