HP reports fiscal 2023 full year, Q4 earnings, with Printing net revenue down 3% year-over-year to US$4.4B, Consumer Printing net revenue down 21%, Commercial Printing net revenue down 4%; total hardware units down 19%

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PALO ALTO, California , November 21, 2023 (press release) –

  • Fiscal 2023 GAAP diluted net earnings per share ("EPS") of $3.26, above the previously provided outlook of $2.95 to $3.07 per share
  • Fiscal 2023 non-GAAP diluted net EPS of $3.28, within the previously provided outlook of $3.23 to $3.35 per share
  • Fiscal 2023 net revenue of $53.7 billion, down 14.6% from the prior-year period
  • Fiscal 2023 net cash provided by operating activities of $3.6 billion, free cash flow of $3.1 billion
  • Fiscal 2023 returned $1.1 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases
  • Fiscal 2023 retired $1.6 billion in long term debt
  • Fourth quarter GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.97, above the previously provided outlook of $0.65 to $0.77 per share
  • Fourth quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS of $0.90, within the previously provided outlook of $0.85 to $0.97 per share
  • Fourth quarter net revenue of $13.8 billion, down 6.5% from the prior-year period
  • Fourth quarter net cash provided by operating activities of $2.0 billion, free cash flow of $1.9 billion
  • Fourth quarter returned $0.3 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends

Notes for Table Above

Information about HP Inc.'s use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under "Use of non-GAAP financial information" below. 


Net revenue and EPS results

HP Inc. and its subsidiaries (“HP”) announced fiscal 2023 net revenue of $53.7 billion, down 15% (down 12% in constant currency) from the prior-year period.

 

Fiscal 2023 GAAP diluted net EPS was $3.26, up from $2.98 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $2.95 to $3.07. Fiscal 2023 non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $3.28, down from $3.98 in the prior-year period and within the previously provided outlook of $3.23 to $3.35. Fiscal 2023 non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax adjustments of $14 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition and divestiture charges, amortization of intangible assets, debt extinguishment benefit, non-operating retirement-related credits, and tax adjustments.

 

Fourth quarter net revenue was $13.8 billion, down 6% (down 5% in constant currency) from the prior-year period.

 

Fourth quarter GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.97, up from $(0.02) in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $0.65 to $0.77. Fourth quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.90, up from $0.82 in the prior-year period and within the previously provided outlook of $0.85 to $0.97. Fourth quarter non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax adjustments of $72 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition and divestiture charges, amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related credits, and tax adjustments.

 

“2023 was a year of steady progress. We executed well in a tough market and innovated in our key growth areas to finish the year with good momentum,” said Enrique Lores, HP President and CEO. “Our Future Ready plan is positioning us well to capitalize on attractive opportunities across our portfolio and deliver long-term sustainable growth.”


“Q4 was a solid quarter of sequential growth and strong free cash flow as we continued to improve the performance of the company,” said Marie Myers, HP CFO. “We are entering FY24 with a relentless focus on driving profitable growth, reducing our structural costs and returning 100% of our free cash flow to shareholders."

 

Asset management

HP generated $3.6 billion in net cash provided by operating activities and $3.1 billion of free cash flow in fiscal 2023. Free cash flow includes net cash provided by operating activities of $3.6 billion adjusted for net investments in leases of $110 million and net investments in property, plant and equipment of $593 million. HP utilized $100 million of cash during fiscal 2023 to repurchase approximately 3.6 million shares of common stock in the open market. When combined with the $1.0 billion of cash used to pay dividends, HP returned 37% of its free cash flow to shareholders in fiscal 2023.

 

HP’s net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 was $2.0 billion. Accounts receivable ended the quarter at $4.2 billion, down 2 days quarter over quarter to 28 days. Inventory ended the quarter at $6.9 billion, down 5 days quarter over quarter to 57 days. Accounts payable ended the quarter at $14.0 billion, down 6 days quarter over quarter to 117 days.

 

HP generated $1.9 billion of free cash flow in the fourth quarter. Free cash flow includes net cash provided by operating activities of $2.0 billion adjusted for net investments in leases of $28 million and net investments in property, plant and equipment of $134 million.

 

HP’s dividend payment of $0.2625 per share in the fourth quarter resulted in cash usage of $0.3 billion. HP returned 14% of its fourth quarter free cash flow to shareholders. HP exited the quarter with $3.2 billion in gross cash, which includes cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash and short-term investments of $3 million included in other current assets.  Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash includes $125 million of restricted cash related to amounts collected and held on behalf of a third party for trade receivables previously sold.

 

The HP board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.2756 per share on the company’s common stock, payable on January 4, 2024.  This is an increase of 5% from the prior dividend.

 

Fiscal 2023 fourth quarter segment results

  • Personal Systems net revenue was $9.4 billion, down 8% year over year (down 7% in constant currency) with a 6.7% operating margin. Consumer PS net revenue was down 1% and Commercial PS net revenue was down 11%. Total units were flat with Consumer PS units up 9% and Commercial PS units down 6%.
  • Printing net revenue was $4.4 billion, down 3% year over year (down 2% in constant currency) with a 18.9% operating margin. Consumer Printing net revenue was down 21% and Commercial Printing net revenue was down 4%. Supplies net revenue was up 3% (up 4% in constant currency). Total hardware units were down 19% with Consumer Printing units down 18% and Commercial Printing units down 24%. 


Outlook

For the fiscal 2024 first quarter, HP estimates GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.60 to $0.70 and non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.76 to $0.86. Fiscal 2024 first quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude $0.16 per diluted share, primarily related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition and divestiture charges, amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related credits, tax adjustments and the related tax impact on these items.

 

For fiscal 2024, HP estimates GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $2.68 to $3.08 and non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $3.25 to $3.65. Fiscal 2024 non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude $0.57 per diluted share, primarily related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition and divestiture charges, amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related credits, tax adjustments and the related tax impact on these items. For fiscal 2024, HP anticipates generating free cash flow in the range of $3.1 to $3.6 billion.

 

More information on HP's earnings, including additional financial analysis and an earnings overview presentation, is available on HP's Investor Relations website at investor.hp.com.

 

HP's FY23 Q4 earnings conference call is accessible via audio webcast at www.hp.com/investor/2023Q4Webcast.



About HP Inc.

HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) is a global technology leader and creator of solutions that enable people to bring their ideas to life and connect to the things that matter most. Operating in more than 170 countries, HP delivers a wide range of innovative and sustainable devices, services and subscriptions for personal computing, printing, 3D printing, hybrid work, gaming, and more. For more information, please visit: http://www.hp.com. 

 

Use of non-GAAP financial information

To supplement HP’s consolidated condensed financial statements presented on a generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) basis, HP provides net revenue on a constant currency basis, non-GAAP total operating expense, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP tax rate, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted net EPS, free cash flow, gross cash and net cash (debt) financial measures. HP also provides forecasts of non-GAAP diluted net EPS and free cash flow. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the tables below or elsewhere in the materials accompanying this news release. In addition, an explanation of the ways in which HP’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate its business, the substance behind HP’s decision to use these non-GAAP measures, the material limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP measures, the manner in which HP’s management compensates for those limitations, and the substantive reasons why HP’s management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors is included under “Use of non-GAAP financial measures” after the tables below. This additional non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net revenue, operating expense, operating profit, operating margin, tax rate, net earnings, diluted net EPS, cash provided by operating activities or cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash prepared in accordance with GAAP. 

 

Forward-looking statements

This document contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, they could affect the business and results of operations of HP Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries which may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions.

 

All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, any statements regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; projections of net revenue, margins, expenses, effective tax rates, net earnings, net earnings per share, cash flows, benefit plan funding, deferred taxes, share repurchases, foreign currency exchange rates or other financial items; any projections of the amount, timing or impact of cost savings or restructuring and other charges, planned structural cost reductions and productivity initiatives; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, including, but not limited to, our business model and transformation, our sustainability goals, our go-to-market strategy, the execution of restructuring plans and any resulting cost savings (including the fiscal 2023 plan), net revenue or profitability improvements or other financial impacts; any statements concerning the expected development, demand, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products or services; any statements concerning potential supply constraints, component shortages, manufacturing disruptions or logistics challenges; any statements regarding current or future macroeconomic trends or events and the impact of those trends and events on HP and its financial performance; any statements regarding pending investigations, claims, disputes or other litigation matters; any statements of expectation or belief as to the timing and expected benefits of acquisitions and other business combination and investment transactions (including the recent acquisition of Plantronics, Inc. (“Poly”)); and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.  Forward-looking statements can also generally be identified by words such as “future,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “predicts,” “projects,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “can,” “may,” and similar terms.

 

Risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could affect our business and results of operations include factors relating  to the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends, changes and events, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, tension across the Taiwan Strait, the Israel-Hamas conflict and the regional and global ramifications of these events; recent volatility in global capital markets, increases in benchmark interest rates, the effects of inflation and instability of financial institutions; risks associated with HP’s international operations; the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers, clients and partners, including logistical challenges with respect to such execution and performance; changes in estimates and assumptions HP makes in connection with the preparation of its financial statements; the need to manage (and reliance on) third-party suppliers, including with respect to component shortages, and the need to manage HP’s global, multi-tier distribution network, limit potential misuse of pricing programs by HP’s channel partners, adapt to new or changing marketplaces and effectively deliver HP’s services; HP’s ability to execute on its strategic plans, including the previously announced initiatives, business model changes and transformation; execution of planned structural cost reductions and productivity initiatives; HP’s ability to complete any contemplated share repurchases, other capital return programs or other strategic transactions; the competitive pressures faced by HP’s businesses; risks associated with executing HP’s strategy and business model changes and transformation; successfully innovating, developing and executing HP’s go-to-market strategy, including online, omnichannel and contractual sales, in an evolving distribution, reseller and customer landscape; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet evolving customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; successfully competing and maintaining the value proposition of HP’s products, including supplies; challenges to HP’s ability to accurately forecast inventories, demand and pricing, which may be due to HP’s multi-tiered channel, sales of HP’s products to unauthorized resellers or unauthorized resale of HP’s products or our uneven sales cycle; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; the results of our restructuring plans (including the fiscal 2023 plan), including estimates and assumptions related to the cost (including any possible disruption of HP’s business) and the anticipated benefits of our restructuring plans; the protection of HP’s intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties; the hiring and retention of key employees; disruptions in operations from system security risks, data protection breaches, cyberattacks, extreme weather conditions or other effects of climate change, medical epidemics or pandemics such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and other natural or manmade disasters or catastrophic events; the impact of changes to federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations, including environmental regulations and tax laws; our aspirations related to environmental, social and governance matters; potential impacts, liabilities and costs from pending or potential investigations, claims and disputes; the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting and other risks that are described in HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2022 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

As in prior periods, the financial information set forth in this document, including any tax-related items, reflects estimates based on information available at this time. While HP believes these estimates to be reasonable, these amounts could differ materially from reported amounts in HP’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the fiscal years ending October 31, 2023 and October 31, 2024, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending January 31, 2024, and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements in this document are made as of the date of this document and HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

 

HP’s Future Ready plan includes HP's efforts to take advantage of future growth opportunities, including but not limited to, investments to drive growth, investments in our people, improving product mix, driving structural cost savings and other productivity measures.  Structural cost savings represent gross reductions in costs driven by operational efficiency, digital transformation, and portfolio optimization. These initiatives include but are not limited to workforce reductions, platform simplification, programs consolidation and productivity measures undertaken by HP, which HP expects to be sustainable in the longer-term. These structural cost savings are net of any new recurring costs resulting from these initiatives and exclude one-time investments to generate such savings. HP’s expectations on the longer-term sustainability of such structural cost savings are based on its current business operations and market dynamics and could be significantly impacted by various factors, including but not limited to HP’s evolving business models, future investment decisions, market environment and technology landscape.


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