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|HP Revises First Quarter Earnings Following Developments in Legacy EDS Litigation Matter|
|PALO ALTO, Calif., Mar 05, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today stated that it has revised its previously announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2010, following developments in litigation involving Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), a company that HP acquired in August 2008.
The revisions reflect an increase in the amount of the contingency reserve previously established in connection with the litigation and resulted in a negative impact on HP's first quarter net earnings of approximately $73 million, or $0.03 per diluted share.
EDS and one of EDS's subsidiaries are defendants in litigation filed in the United Kingdom by Sky Subscribers Services Limited and British Sky Broadcasting Limited (BSkyB) in 2004 relating to a customer relationship management project that was awarded to EDS in 2000. At a court hearing held on March 1, 2010, the court ordered EDS to make an interim payment to BSkyB of £70 million, or approximately $112 million, which is in addition to an interim payment of £200 million, or approximately $320 million, that HP made voluntarily to BSkyB in February 2010. Following that March 1 hearing, HP determined that it was appropriate to increase the contingency reserve. HP will continue to evaluate the reserve pending final resolution of the litigation.
The court's March 1 order followed an earlier decision in January 2010 that dismissed the majority of BSkyB's claims against EDS but found the company liable in certain areas. HP is seeking permission to appeal the ruling.
As these developments occurred after the end of HP's first fiscal quarter and before the company had filed its financial statements as part of its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, applicable accounting rules required HP to update its financial results for that quarter to reflect the impact of the increased contingency reserve. The updated financial results do not reflect any other changes or adjustments to HP's previously announced first quarter financial results.
As a result of the revisions, the company's GAAP net earnings for the quarter has been revised to $2.25 billion and GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) has been revised to $0.93 per share - down from GAAP net earnings of $2.32 billion and GAAP diluted EPS of $0.96 - as previously reported on Feb. 17, 2010.
Non-GAAP net earnings has been revised to $2.59 billion, with non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.07 - down from the previously reported non-GAAP net earnings of $2.67 billion and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.10. Non-GAAP financial information excludes $344 million of adjustments on an after-tax basis, or $0.14 per diluted share, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.
HP did not provide updated guidance for either its second fiscal quarter or the remainder of its 2010 fiscal year.
Below is updated financial information for HP's first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2010. Additional information on HP's updated first fiscal quarter earnings is available on HP's Investor Relations website at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/investor. Additional information about the litigation is included in HP's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Use of non-GAAP financial information
To supplement HP's consolidated condensed financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, HP provides non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and gross cash. HP also provides forecasts of non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. A reconciliation of the adjustments to GAAP results for this quarter and prior periods is included in the tables below. In addition, an explanation of the ways in which HP management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate its business, the substance behind HP management'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 management compensates for those limitations, and the substantive reasons why HP 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 operating profit, operating margin, net earnings, diluted earnings per share, or cash and cash equivalents prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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(a) Reflects the adoption of the accounting standard related to the presentation of noncontrolling interests in consolidated financial statements.
(a) Basic earnings per share was calculated based on net earnings and the weighted-average number of shares outstanding during the reporting period.
(b) Diluted earnings per share included any dilutive effect of outstanding stock options, performance-based restricted units, restricted stock units and restricted stock.
(a) Basic non-GAAP earnings per share was calculated based on non-GAAP net earnings and the weighted-average number of shares outstanding during the reporting period.
(b) Diluted non-GAAP earnings per share included any dilutive effect of outstanding stock options, performance-based restricted units, restricted stock units and restricted stock.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement HP's consolidated condensed financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, HP provides non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and gross cash. HP also provides forecasts of non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. These non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP operating profit is earnings from operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP operating margin is operating margin. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP net earnings is net earnings. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is diluted net earnings per share. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to gross cash is cash and cash equivalents. Reconciliations of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP information are included in the tables above.
Use and Economic Substance of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Used by HP
Non-GAAP operating profit and non-GAAP operating margin are defined to exclude the effects of any restructuring charges, charges relating to the amortization of purchased intangible assets, acquisition-related charges and in-process research and development charges recorded during the relevant period. Non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share consist of net earnings or diluted net earnings per share excluding those same charges. In addition, non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share are adjusted by the amount of additional taxes or tax benefit associated with each non-GAAP item. HP's management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for purposes of evaluating HP's historical and prospective financial performance, as well as HP's performance relative to its competitors. HP's management also uses these non-GAAP measures to further its own understanding of HP's segment operating performance. HP believes that excluding those items mentioned above from these non-GAAP financial measures allows HP management to better understand HP's consolidated financial performance in relationship to the operating results of HP's segments, as management does not believe that the excluded items are reflective of ongoing operating results. More specifically, HP's management excludes each of those items mentioned above for the following reasons:
Gross cash is a non-GAAP measure that is defined as cash and cash equivalents plus short-term investments and certain long-term investments that may be liquidated within 90 days pursuant to the terms of existing put options or similar rights. HP's management uses gross cash for the purpose of determining the amount of cash available for investment in HP's businesses, funding strategic acquisitions, repurchasing stock and other purposes. HP's management also uses gross cash for the purposes of evaluating HP's historical and prospective liquidity, as well as to further its own understanding of HP's segment operating results. Because gross cash includes liquid assets that are not included in GAAP cash and cash equivalents, HP believes that gross cash provides a more accurate and complete assessment of HP's liquidity and segment operating results.
Material Limitations Associated with Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
These non-GAAP financial measures may have limitations as analytical tools, and these measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of HP's results as reported under GAAP. Some of the limitations in relying on these non-GAAP financial measures are:
Compensation for Limitations Associated with Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
HP compensates for the limitations on its use of non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and gross cash by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally. HP also provides robust and detailed reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure within this press release and in other written materials that include these non-GAAP financial measures, and HP encourages investors to review carefully those reconciliations.
Usefulness of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to Investors
HP believes that providing non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and gross cash to investors in addition to the related GAAP measures provides investors with greater transparency to the information used by HP's management in its financial and operational decision-making and allows investors to see HP's results "through the eyes" of management. HP further believes that providing this information better enables HP's investors to understand HP's operating performance and to evaluate the efficacy of the methodology and information used by management to evaluate and measure such performance. Disclosure of these non-GAAP financial measures also facilitates comparisons of HP's operating performance with the performance of other companies in HP's industry that supplement their GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures that are calculated in a similar manner.