HP reports revenue and profit up in Q2, but lowers forecasts

HP's full-year earnings per share could fall as low as $4.27. It had earlier forecast $4.45 to $4.54

Hewlett-Packard reported a small year-on-year increase in revenue and profit for the three months ended April 30, but lowered its forecast for its full fiscal year.

The company announced the results early Tuesday, a day earlier than previously planned, after the leak of an internal memo from CEO Léo Apotheker to senior managers asking them to reduce spending for the rest of the year.

The reason for that policy became clear on Tuesday, as HP cut its forecasts for the rest of its fiscal year. The effects of the earthquake in Japan on the supply chain, continued slow demand for PCs, and expectations of lower profit from services all contributed to HP's gloom, the company said. It now expects revenue of between $129 billion and $130 billion for its full fiscal year, where it had previously forecast revenue of between $130 billion and $131.5 billion. It also lowered its forecast for earnings per share, saying it could now be as low as $4.27, where it had previously said it would be in the range $4.46 to $4.54.

In its second fiscal quarter, however, HP reported net profit of US$2.3 billion [B] on revenue of $31.6 billion, up from a net profit of $2.2 billion and revenue of $30.8 billion a year earlier. Earnings per share rose 15 percent to $1.05 year-on-year.

The company's Personal Systems Group contributed the largest share of the revenue, $9.4 billion, down from $10 billion a year earlier, although operating profit in the group rose to $533 million from $456 million a year earlier.

HP's services revenue rose a little, to $9 billion from $8.8 billion a year earlier, but operating profit there slipped slightly to $1.36 billion from $1.4 billion a year earlier. The company warned that lower profitability in services would hurt its full-year results.

HP's Imaging and Printing Group took in $6.7 billion, up from $6.4 billion a year earlier, generating $1.14 billion in operating profit, up from $1.1 billion a year earlier.

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