HP Enterprise Forecasts Profit That Beats Analysts' Estimates
(Bloomberg) -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. rose after giving a profit forecast that topped analysts’ estimates, signaling that it’s starting to benefit from cost cuts and a push into higher-margin businesses, such as networking and services.
- The results were boosted by services and sales of higher-margin servers, showing that Chief Executive Officer Antonio Neri is making early progress on a turnaround.
- The company expects profit of 39 to 44 cents a share in its fiscal fourth quarter. Analysts estimated 42 cents on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
- Sales came in at $7.8 billion in the period ended July 31. That beat Wall Street expectations, too.
- Tarek Robbiati, former chief financial officer at Sprint Corp., will succeed Tim Stonesifer as HPE’s CFO. Stonesifer will depart in October.
- Shares rose about 1 percent in extended trading after closing at $16.74 in New York. The stock has climbed more than 15 percent this year.
- “IT spending is continuing to be solid and we are executing better,” Neri said. “We have the right strategy and the right portfolio in an area that’s rapidly growing, intelligent edge.”
- Neri’s talking about a $4 billion bet on “intelligent edge” computing products that crunch data closer to where information is generated.
The Raw Numbers
- HPE expects full-year adjusted earnings of $1.50 to $1.55 a share. Wall Street was looking for $1.47.
- Fiscal third-quarter adjusted earnings came in at 44 cents a share, also beating analysts’ estimates.
- HPE’s adjusted operating margin was 9.6 percent, up from 6.9 percent a year earlier.
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