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HP Securities Analyst Meeting: Live updates from the event

Today, senior HP execs are meeting with financial analysts in San Francisco to talk about the state of the business, future plans, and strategy.  Beginning at 1pm PT, the event is being video broadcast live here on our investor relations website.


The event will include some forward-looking statements and non-GAAP financials; please read important disclosures about the information being presented at the bottom of this post.

We’ll post updates (including video, presentations, photos, and more) at the below liveblog here on Data Central throughout the day, so stay tuned.



HP provided guidance about it's 2011 revenue and earnings projections at the meeting today.  From the SEC filing:


"For the full fiscal year, HP expects revenue of approximately $131.5 billion to $133.5 billion, GAAP diluted earnings per share in the range of $4.35 to $4.45, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share in the range of $5.05 to $5.15."


All the executive's slides are available in PDF format on our IR site.







Forward-looking statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP 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 projections of revenue, margins, expenses, earnings, tax provisions, cash flows, benefit obligations, share repurchases, currency exchange rates, the impact of acquisitions or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, including the execution of cost reduction programs and restructuring plans; any statements concerning the expected development, performance or market share relating to products or services; 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 or disputes; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; execution and performance of contracts by HP and its suppliers, customers and partners; the challenge of managing asset levels, including inventory; the difficulty of aligning expense levels with revenue changes; assumptions related to pension and other post-retirement costs; expectations and assumptions relating to the execution and timing of cost reduction programs and restructuring plans; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in HP's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2009 and HP's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including HP's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2010. As in prior periods, the financial information set forth in this release, including tax-related items, reflects estimates based on information available at this time. While HP believes these estimates to be meaningful, these amounts could differ materially from actual reported amounts in HP's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2010. In particular, determining HP's actual tax balances and provisions as of July 31, 2010 requires extensive internal and external review of tax data (including consolidating and reviewing the tax provisions of numerous domestic and foreign entities), which is being completed in the ordinary course of preparing HP's Form 10-Q. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.


Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

HP has included non-GAAP financial measures in this presentation to supplement HP’s consolidated condensed financial statements presented on a GAAP basis. Definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included elsewhere in this presentation.


HP’s management uses non-GAAP operating expense, non-GAAP OI&E, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, and HP’s non-GAAP tax rate to evaluate and forecast HP’s performance before gains, losses or other charges that are considered by HP’s management to be outside of HP’s core business segment operating results. Gross cash, net cash and free cash flow are liquidity measures that provide useful information to management about the amount of cash available for investment in HP’s businesses, funding strategic acquisitions, repurchasing stock and other purposes.


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. Items such as amortization of purchased intangible assets, though not directly affecting HP’s cash position, represent the loss in value of intangible assets over time. The expense associated with this loss in value is not included in non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and HP’s non-GAAP tax rate and therefore does not reflect the full economic effect of the loss in value of those intangible assets. In addition, items such as restructuring charges that are excluded from non-GAAP operating expense, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and HP’s non-GAAP tax rate can have a material impact on cash flows and earnings per share. HP may not be able to liquidate the long-term investments included in gross cash immediately, which may limit the usefulness of gross cash as a liquidity measure. In addition, free cash flow does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance for the period. The non-GAAP financial information that we provide also may differ from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies.


We compensate for the limitations on our use of these non-GAAP financial measures by relying primarily on our GAAP financial statements and using non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally. We also provide robust and detailed reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, and we encourage investors to review carefully those reconciliations.


We believe that providing these non-GAAP financial measures 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. We further believe that providing this information better enables investors HP’s operating performance and to evaluate the 3 August 19, 2010 to understand HP s efficacy of the methodology and information used by management to evaluate and measure such performance.



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