HPE – Factors to Note Ahead of Hewlett Packard (HPE) Q2 Earnings
For the second quarter, Hewlett Packard projects non-GAAP earnings between 44 cents and 52 cents per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at 47 cents, indicating a year-over-year increase of 6.8%.
HPE expects second-quarter revenues between $7.1 billion and $7.5 billion. The consensus mark for quarterly revenues is pegged at $7.28 billion, suggesting an increase of 8.5% from the year-ago period.
The company’s earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate once in the trailing four quarters, matched twice and missed on one occasion, the average beat being 4.7%.
Factors to Note
HPE’s fiscal second-quarter performance is likely to have benefited from strong momentum in the as-a-service platform and significant contributions from growth businesses, such as high-performance computing & modular cooling systems and Intelligent Edge. At the end of first-quarter fiscal 2023, total as-a-service order value reached $10 billion, while the company shifted its business into a high-margin software-intensive as-a-service offering.
Accelerated digital transformation and higher demand for cloud networking due to the continuous hybrid working trend are likely to have contributed to the second quarter top line. Solid adoption of Aruba Edge Services Platform, which provides edge-to-cloud connectivity as a service and its cloud services arm, HPE GreenLake, might have driven the to-be-reported quarter’s revenues.
Hewlett Packard’s gross margin is likely to have improved during the quarter, driven by a strong pricing discipline that would have mitigated the logistic costs, benefits from an improving supply chain base, a positive mix shift toward high-margin software-rich businesses, cost takeouts and automation.
However, HPE expects to continue facing higher commodity costs, foreign-exchange headwinds and increased shipping fees for the next few quarters. These factors are likely to have negatively impacted its sales growth and profitability in the quarter under review.
What Our Model States
Our proven model does not conclusively predict an earnings beat for Hewlett Packard this season. The combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. But that’s not the case here.
Hewlett Packard has an Earnings ESP of 0.00% and a Zacks Rank #3 at present. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.
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