HP Flat on Q4 Beat

HP Inc (NYSE:HPQ) noticed shares barely moved in Wednesday’s first hour, on reporting better-than-expected results for its fourth quarter.

The Palo Alto, Calif-based company hailed fiscal 2019 net revenue of $58.8 billion, up 0.5% (up 2.0% in constant currency) from the prior-year period.

Fiscal 2019 GAAP diluted net EPS was $2.07, down from $3.26 in the prior-year period and below the previously provided outlook of $2.31 to $2.35. Fiscal 2019 non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $2.24, up from $2.02 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $2.18 to $2.22.

Fiscal 2019 non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax adjustments of $257 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, related to restructuring and other charges, acquisition-related charges, amortization of intangible assets, non-operating retirement-related credits/(charges), and tax adjustments.

HP generated $4.7 billion in net cash provided by operating activities and $4.0 billion of free cash flow in fiscal 2019. Free cash flow includes net cash provided by operating activities and net investments in property, plant and equipment of $0.7 billion.

HP utilized approximately $2.4 billion of cash during fiscal 2019 to repurchase approximately 118 million shares of common stock in the open market. When combined with the almost $1.0 billion of cash used to pay dividends, HP returned 85% of its free cash flow to shareholders in fiscal 2019.

HPQ shares dropped two cents, or 0.1%, to $20.04 Wednesday morning.