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Hewlett Packard Enterprise Reports Fiscal 2024 Second Quarter Results

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended April 30, 2024. "HPE delivered very solid results in Q2, exceeding revenue and non-GAAP EPS guidan...

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AI systems revenue doubled sequentially, beating Q2 revenue guidance

HOUSTON: Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended April 30, 2024.

"HPE delivered very solid results in Q2, exceeding revenue and non-GAAP EPS guidance. AI systems revenue more than doubled from the prior quarter, driven by our strong order book and better conversion from our supply chain,” said Antonio Neri, president and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Our deep expertise in designing, manufacturing, and running AI systems at scale fueled growth of cumulative AI systems orders to $4.6 billion, with enterprise AI orders representing more than 15%. HPE’s AI advantage, increased HPE GreenLake adoption, and leading infrastructure portfolio, as well as an improved supply chain environment, set us up very well to deliver a strong second half.”

“Stronger AI systems order conversion, prudent cost discipline, and higher-than-expected free cash flow drove a very solid performance in Q2. Because of our robust AI systems order momentum and disciplined execution across our entire portfolio, we are raising our revenue and non-GAAP EPS guidance for the full year,” said Marie Myers, executive vice president and CFO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “We are driving profitable growth as we convert customer demand to revenue, particularly for HPE’s AI systems. The long-term trends across hybrid cloud and networking also position us well for the future.”

Second Quarter Fiscal 2024 Financial Results

  • Revenue: $7.2 billion, up 3% from the prior-year period in actual dollars and 4% in constant currency(1)
  • Annualized revenue run-rate (“ARR”)(2): $1.5 billion, up 37% from the prior-year period and 39% in constant currency(1)
  • Gross margins:
    • GAAP of 33.0%, down 300 basis points from the prior-year period and down 340 basis points sequentially
    • Non-GAAP(1) of 33.1%, down 310 basis points from the prior-year period and sequentially
  • Diluted net earnings per share (“EPS”):
    • GAAP of $0.24, down 25% from the prior-year period and down 17% sequentially, within our guidance range of $0.20 to $0.25
    • Non-GAAP(1) of $0.42, down 19% from the prior-year period and down 13% sequentially, above our guidance range of $0.36 to $0.41
  • Cash flow from operations: $1,093 million, an increase of $204 million from the prior-year period
  • Free cash flow (“FCF”)(1)(3): $610 million, an increase of $322 million from the prior-year period
  • Capital returns to shareholders: $214 million in the form of dividends and share repurchases

Second Quarter Fiscal 2024 Segment Results

  • Server revenue was $3.9 billion, up 18% from the prior-year period in actual dollars and in constant currency(1), with 11.0% operating profit margin, compared to 14.4% from the prior-year period.
  • Intelligent Edge revenue was $1.1 billion, down 19% from the prior-year period in actual dollars and in constant currency(1), with 21.8% operating profit margin, compared to 24.7% in the prior-year period.
  • Hybrid Cloud revenue was $1.3 billion, down 8% from the prior-year period in actual dollars and 9% in constant currency(1), with 0.8% operating profit margin, compared to 1.9% from the prior-year period.
  • Financial Services revenue was $867 million, up 1% from the prior-year period in actual dollars and in constant currency(1), with 9.3% operating profit margin, compared to 8.9% from the prior-year period. Net portfolio assets of $13.2 billion, down 1.1% from the prior-year period in actual dollars and up 0.3% in constant currency(1). The business delivered return on equity of 18.0%, up 3.0 points from the prior-year period.

Dividend

The HPE Board of Directors declared a regular cash dividend of $0.13 per share on the company’s common stock, payable on July 18, 2024, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on June 19, 2024.

Fiscal 2024 Third Quarter Outlook

HPE estimates revenue to be in the range of $7.4 billion to $7.8 billion. HPE estimates GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.29 to $0.34 and non-GAAP diluted net EPS(1) to be in the range of $0.43 to $0.48. Fiscal 2024 third quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS excludes net after-tax costs of approximately $0.14 per diluted share primarily related to stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets and acquisition, disposition and other related charges.

Fiscal 2024 Outlook

HPE estimates fiscal 2024 revenue growth to grow 1 to 3%, in constant currency(1)(5), and fiscal 2024 GAAP operating profit growth to be in the range of 2% to 6% and non-GAAP operating profit(1)(4) growth to be flat to 2%. HPE estimates GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $1.61 and $1.71 and non-GAAP diluted net EPS(1) to be in the range of $1.85 and $1.95. Fiscal 2024 non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude net after-tax adjustments of approximately $0.24 per diluted share, primarily related to stock-based compensation expense, acquisition, disposition and other related charges, amortization of intangible assets, structural tax-rate adjustments, adjustments related to the sale of H3C and a portion of the H3C income. HPE estimates free cash flow(1)(3)(5) to be at least $1.9 billion.

1 A description of HPE’s use of non-GAAP financial information is provided below under “Use of non-GAAP financial information and key performance metrics.”

2 Annualized Revenue Run-Rate (“ARR”) is a financial metric used to assess the growth of the Consumption Services offerings. ARR represents the annualized revenue of all net HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform services revenue, related financial services revenue (which includes rental income from operating leases and interest income from finance leases), and software-as-a-Service, software consumption revenue, and other as-a-Service offerings, recognized during a quarter and multiplied by four. We use ARR as a performance metric. ARR should be viewed independently of net revenue and is not intended to be combined with it.

3 Free cash flow represents cash flow from operations, less net capital expenditures (investments in property, plant & equipment (“PP&E”) less proceeds from the sale of PP&E), and adjusted for the effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash.​

4 FY24 non-GAAP operating profit excludes costs of approximately $1.0B primarily related to stock-based compensation expense, acquisition, disposition and other related charges, amortization of intangible assets, and transformation costs.

5 Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides certain guidance on a non-GAAP basis. In reliance on the exception provided by Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is unable to provide a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable efforts, as the Company cannot predict some elements that are included in such directly comparable GAAP financial measure. These elements could have a material impact on the Company’s reported GAAP results for the guidance period. Refer to the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures below for more information.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) is the global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Built on decades of reimagining the future and innovating to advance the way people live and work, HPE delivers unique, open and intelligent technology solutions as a service. With offerings spanning Cloud Services, Server, Intelligent Edge, Software, and Hybrid Cloud, HPE provides a consistent experience across all clouds and edges, helping customers develop new business models, engage in new ways, and increase operational performance. For more information, visit: www.hpe.com.

Use of non-GAAP financial information and key performance metrics

To supplement Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s condensed consolidated financial statement information presented on a generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) basis, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides financial measures, including revenue on a constant currency basis (including at the business segment level), non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross profit margin, non-GAAP operating profit (non-GAAP earnings from operations), non-GAAP operating profit margin (non-GAAP earnings from operations as a percentage of net revenue), non-GAAP income tax rate, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share and free cash flow (“FCF”). Hewlett Packard Enterprise also provides forecasts of revenue growth on a constant currency basis, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share, non-GAAP operating profit growth, and FCF. Reconciliations of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures for this quarter and prior periods are included in the tables below or elsewhere in the materials accompanying this news release. In addition an explanation of the ways in which Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate its business, the substance behind Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s decision to use these non-GAAP measures, the material limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP measures, the manner in which Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management compensates for those limitations, and the substantive reasons why Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide supplemental useful information to investors is included further below. This additional non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for revenue, gross profit, gross profit margin, operating profit (earnings from operations), operating profit margin (earnings from operations as a percentage of net revenue), net earnings, diluted net earnings per share, and cash flow from operations prepared in accordance with GAAP.

In addition to the supplemental non-GAAP financial information, Hewlett Packard Enterprise also presents annualized revenue run-rate (“ARR”) and as-a-Service (“AAS”) orders as performance metrics. ARR is a financial metric used to assess the growth of the Consumption Services offerings. ARR represents the annualized revenue of all net HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform services revenue, related financial services revenue (which includes rental income for operating leases and interest income from finance leases), and software-as-a-service (“SaaS”), software consumption revenue, and other as-a-service offerings, recognized during a quarter and multiplied by four. AAS orders are an overlay across all business segments contributing to HPE's consumption-based services (both recurring and non-recurring revenues), and includes hardware, as well as HPE GreenLake as-a-Service, Aruba SaaS, storage SaaS, and other software assets. ARR & AAS orders should be viewed independently of net revenue and deferred revenue and are not intended to be combined with any of these items.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and its consolidated subsidiaries ("Hewlett Packard Enterprise") may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. The words "believe", "expect", "anticipate", "optimistic", "intend", "guide", "will", "estimate", "may", "could", “aim”, "should", and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to any anticipated financial or operational benefits associated with the recent segment realignment; any projections, estimations, or expectations of addressable markets and their sizes, revenue (including annualized revenue run rate), margins, expenses (including stock-based compensation expenses), investments, effective tax rates, interest rates, investments, net earnings, net earnings per share, cash flows, liquidity and capital resources, inventory, order backlog, share repurchases, dividends, currency exchange rates, repayments of debts, amortization of intangible assets, or other financial items; any projections or estimations of future orders, including as-a-service orders; any statements of the plans, strategies, and objectives of management for future operations, as well as the execution and consummation of corporate transactions or contemplated acquisitions (including but not limited to our proposed acquisition of Juniper Networks, Inc.) and dispositions (including but not limited to the disposition of our H3C shares and the receipt of proceeds therefrom), research and development expenditures, and any resulting benefit, cost savings, charges, or revenue or profitability improvements; any statements concerning the expected development, performance, market share, or competitive performance relating to products or services; any statements concerning technological and market trends, the pace of technological innovation, and adoption of new technologies, including artificial intelligence and products and services offered by Hewlett Packard Enterprise; any statements regarding current or future macroeconomic trends or events and the impact of those trends and events on Hewlett Packard Enterprise and our financial performance, including but not limited to supply chain, demand for our products and services, and access to liquidity, and our actions to mitigate such impacts on our business; any statements concerning the relationship between China and the U.S., and our actions in response thereto; any statements of expectation or belief, including those relating to future guidance and the financial performance of Hewlett Packard Enterprise; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.

Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing Hewlett Packard Enterprise's businesses; the competitive pressures faced by Hewlett Packard Enterprise's businesses; risks associated with executing Hewlett Packard Enterprise's strategy; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events, including but not limited to supply chain constraints, the use and development of artificial intelligence, the inflationary environment, the ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine and in the Middle East, and the relationship between China and the U.S.; the need to effectively manage third-party suppliers and distribute Hewlett Packard Enterprise's products and services; the protection of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties and intellectual property shared with its former parent; risks associated with Hewlett Packard Enterprise's international operations (including public health crises, such as pandemics or epidemics, and geopolitical events, such as, but not limited to, those mentioned above); the development of and transition to new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends (including the desirability of a unified hybrid cloud offering); the execution of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s transformation and mix shift of its portfolio of offerings; the execution and performance of contracts by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and its suppliers, customers, clients, and partners, including any impact thereon resulting from macroeconomic or geopolitical events, such as, but not limited to, those mentioned above; the prospect of a shutdown of the U.S. federal government; the hiring and retention of key employees; the execution, integration, consummation, and other risks associated with business combination, disposition, and investment transactions, including but not limited to the risks associated with the disposition of H3C shares and the receipt of proceeds therefrom and completion of our proposed acquisition of Juniper Networks, Inc. and our ability to integrate and implement our plans, forecasts, and other expectations with respect to the consolidated business; the impact of changes to privacy, cybersecurity, environmental, global trade, and other governmental regulations; changes in our product, lease, intellectual property, or real estate portfolio; the payment or non-payment of a dividend for any period; the efficacy of using non-GAAP, rather than GAAP, financial measures in business projections and planning; the judgments required in connection with determining revenue recognition; impact of company policies and related compliance; utility of segment realignments; allowances for recovery of receivables and warranty obligations; provisions for, and resolution of, pending investigations, claims, and disputes; the impacts of tax law changes and related guidance or regulations; and other risks that are described herein, including but not limited to the risks described in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2023, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and in other filings made by Hewlett Packard Enterprise from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

As in prior periods, the financial information set forth in this press release, including tax-related items, reflects estimates based on information available at this time. While Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes these estimates to be reasonable, these amounts could differ materially from reported amounts in the filings made by Hewlett Packard Enterprise from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Hewlett Packard Enterprise assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by applicable law.

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

For the three months ended

 

April 30, 2024

 

January 31, 2024

 

April 30, 2023

 

In millions, except per share amounts

Net revenue

$

7,204

 

 

$

6,755

 

 

$

6,973

 

Costs and Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

4,828

 

 

 

4,298

 

 

 

4,461

 

Research and development

 

590

 

 

 

582

 

 

 

570

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

1,215

 

 

 

1,216

 

 

 

1,269

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

67

 

 

 

71

 

 

 

71

 

Transformation costs

 

33

 

 

 

20

 

 

 

60

 

Disaster charges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

Acquisition, disposition and other related charges

 

46

 

 

 

43

 

 

 

19

 

Total costs and expenses

 

6,779

 

 

 

6,230

 

 

 

6,453

 

Earnings from operations

 

425

 

 

 

525

 

 

 

520

 

Interest and other, net(1)

 

(22

)

 

 

(88

)

 

 

(47

)

Earnings from equity interests

 

42

 

 

 

46

 

 

 

49

 

Earnings before provision for taxes

 

445

 

 

 

483

 

 

 

522

 

Provision for taxes

 

(131

)

 

 

(96

)

 

 

(104

)

Net earnings

$

314

 

 

$

387

 

 

$

418

 

Net Earnings Per Share:

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.24

 

 

$

0.30

 

 

$

0.32

 

Diluted

$

0.24

 

 

$

0.29

 

 

$

0.32

 

Cash dividends declared per share

$

0.13

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

0.12

 

Weighted-average Shares Used to Compute Net Earnings Per Share:

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

1,311

 

 

 

1,301

 

 

 

1,304

 

Diluted

 

1,325

 

 

 

1,316

 

 

 

1,318

 

 

HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Earnings

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

For the six months ended

 

April 30, 2024

 

April 30, 2023

 

In millions, except per share amounts

Net revenue

$

13,959

 

 

$

14,782

 

Costs and Expenses:

 

 

 

Cost of sales

 

9,126

 

 

 

9,612

 

Research and development

 

1,172

 

 

 

1,193

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

2,431

 

 

 

2,526

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

138

 

 

 

144

 

Transformation costs

 

53

 

 

 

162

 

Disaster charges

 

 

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