Hewlett Packard Enterprise Provides Business Updates and Announces FY19 Outlook

  • Provides FY19 non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share outlook of $1.51-$1.61
  • Reiterates commitment to returning approximately $2.9 billion to shareholders in FY19 in the form of share repurchases and dividends
  • Expects free cash flow to increase 50% year-over-year to $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion in FY19
  • Free cash flow anticipated to double to $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion over FY18 to FY20


NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today held its annual Securities Analyst Meeting and provided strategy and financial updates from president and CEO Antonio Neri, executive vice president and CFO Tarek Robbiati, and other business leaders.  The webcast and presentations can be found on the HPE Investor Relations Website: hpe.com/investor/SAM2018

HPE Strategy & Market Opportunity

Neri discussed the forces driving HPE’s performance, as well as the company’s vision, outlook and strategy.

“HPE is committed to developing the breakthrough technology solutions that will advance the way we live and work, and drive our customers’ businesses forward,” said Neri. “With improved execution and a simplified operating model, we’re on track to significantly exceed our financial commitments in fiscal year 2018, and we continue to be well-positioned to create attractive value for our shareholders. Our priorities in fiscal year 2019 are to accelerate growth in the Intelligent Edge, deliver profitable growth in Hybrid IT, and grow overall operating profits and expand margins.”

To transform customers’ technology, HPE is providing the products to create a software-defined, hybrid operating model that spans any cloud to multi-cloud, on and off-premises and at the edge.  HPE is leveraging its HPE Pointnext services offering to help customers foster a culture of innovation for their employees.  To drive change in customers’ economics and technology investment strategy, HPE helps customers unlock capital trapped in underutilized fixed assets and explore as-a-service consumption models to optimize IT investments through the HPE Financial Services business.

Delivering Operating Profit Growth and Expanding Margins

Neri shared an update on the progress of HPE Next, the company’s initiative to re-architect HPE from the ground up, with the goal of driving better operational efficiency and effectiveness. For example, in FY18, the company reduced more than 26 platforms to 10 platforms in the Volume product category and simplified more than 400 sales compensation plans to just 25.  The company’s FY19 HPE Next priorities will include decreasing manufacturing locations, narrowing the company’s geographic footprint, and optimizing processes and IT systems.

In addition, Neri discussed how the company has increased its focus on higher-growth markets and higher-value offerings, such as high-performance compute, hyperconverged and all-flash storage arrays. 

“HPE Next has delivered significant value in FY18 and is on track to drive earnings per share (EPS) growth well into the future,” said Neri. “By streamlining operations and investing in areas of greatest importance to our customers as they evolve their businesses, we are doing more than anticipating what comes next. We are actually building what comes next.”

Financial Update

Tarek Robbiati, executive vice president and CFO, provided a financial update, including an outlook for FY19.

FY18 Expectations
Revenue in FY18 is expected to grow approximately 7% year-over-year, when adjusted for sales to tier-1 service providers.  As previously disclosed in HPE’s third quarter earnings call, non-GAAP diluted net EPS is expected to be approximately $1.50 to $1.55.

HPE expects to return $4.1 billion in cash to shareholders in FY18 through $3.5 billion in share repurchases and $600 million in dividend payments.

FY19 Outlook
HPE provided its outlook for FY19.  The company expects net revenue growth when adjusted for currency fluctuations and sales to tier-1 service providers.

HPE expects its non-GAAP operating profit growth to be approximately 6-8% year-over-year.  With Other Income & Expense of approximately $250 million of an expense, a non-GAAP tax rate of 13% and a share count of approximately 1.41 billion to 1.43 billion shares outstanding, it expects non-GAAP diluted net EPS of $1.51 to $1.61.  GAAP diluted net EPS is expected to be approximately $0.73 to $0.83.

Free cash flow is expected to grow 50% year-over-year to $1.4-$1.6 billion. On a normalized basis that excludes one-time items, free cash flow is expected to be approximately $2.1-$2.3 billion.

Given HPE’s strong net cash position today and the underlying strength of its free cash flow engine, HPE reiterated its commitment to returning approximately $2.9 billion in total to shareholders in FY19, consisting of $2.3 billion in share repurchases and approximately $600 million in dividends.

Long-Term Financial Profile
HPE provided its long-term financial model. The company expects to accelerate growth in the Intelligent Edge segment and drive profitable growth in the Hybrid IT segment. The company expects operating profit to grow approximately 4-5% annually driven by investments in key growth areas and optimized operating model. EPS is expected to grow at a higher rate of approximately 7-9% annually driven by share count reductions over time.  Free cash flow is expected to trend towards normalized levels in FY20 and track earnings over time.

Webcast details

A webcast of today’s event, along with management presentations and other materials, are available on the Investor Relations website at investors.hpe.com.

This press release contains only a summary of some of the information presented at today’s event and should be read in conjunction with the management presentations and other materials made available on that website.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global technology leader focused on developing intelligent solutions that allow customers to capture, analyze and act upon data seamlessly from edge to cloud.  HPE enables customers to accelerate business outcomes by driving new business models, creating new customer and employee experiences, and increasing operational efficiency today and in to the future.

Use of non-GAAP financial information

To supplement Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s financial information presented on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides forecasts of revenue adjusted for tier-1, divestitures and currency, as well as non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP measure of earnings/loss from equity interests, non-GAAP income tax rate, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share, free cash flow and normalized free cash flow financial measures.  Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures, where available, are included in the slides presented at the 2018 Securities Analyst Meeting, which will be available for a period of one year thereafter at http://hpe.com/investor/sam2018.  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 useful information to investors is included under “Use and economic substance of non-GAAP financial measures used by Hewlett Packard Enterprise” below. This additional non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for revenue, operating margin, diluted net earnings per share, cash flow from operations in accordance with GAAP.

Use and economic substance of non-GAAP financial measures used by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for purposes of evaluating Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s historical and prospective financial performance, as well as Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s performance relative to its competitors. Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management also uses these non-GAAP measures to further its own understanding of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s segment operating performance.  Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes that excluding the items mentioned above from these non-GAAP financial measures allows Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management to better understand Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s consolidated financial performance in relation to the operating results of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s segments, as Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management does not believe that the excluded items are reflective of ongoing operating results.

Material limitations associated with use of non-GAAP financial measures

These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and these measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s results as reported under GAAP.

Compensation for limitations associated with use of non-GAAP financial measures

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