Hewlett-Packard Sales, Profit Forecasts Miss Estimates on Consumer Slump
Sales for the period ending in October will be $32.1 billion to $32.5 billion, Palo Alto, California-based Hewlett- Packard said in a statement today. That missed the average $34 billion estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Earnings excluding some items will be $1.12 to $1.16 a share, compared with analysts’ $1.31 average estimate.
For the full fiscal year, revenue will be $127.2 billion to $127.6 billion, compared with an average estimate of $129 billion. Earnings excluding some items will be $4.82 to $4.86, missing the average $5 estimate.
Hewlett-Packard confirmed it’s considering a spinoff for its PC business and that it has agreed to buy software maker Autonomy Corp. for $42.11 a share, or $10.3 billion. The company also said it is discontinuing products running WebOS software, including smartphones and tablet computers, and will explore options for that business.
Chief Executive Officer Leo Apotheker, who took the helm in November, has said he wants to expand in software and so-called cloud services, which help customers perform computing tasks over the Internet. Hewlett-Packard has been aiming to lessen its dependence on PCs, where growth has stalled as consumers flock to smartphones and tablet-style computers like those made by Apple Inc.
Third-quarter net income rose to $1.93 billion, or 93 cents a share, from $1.77 billion, or 75 cents, a year earlier. Profit excluding some items was $1.10, beating the average $1.09 analyst estimate. Revenue rose 1.5 percent to $31.2 billion, matching estimates.
Hewlett-Packard shares fell $1.88, or 6 percent, to $29.51 on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock has declined 30 percent this year.
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