HPE Marks Earnings Beat

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) reported upbeat results for its third quarter and issued strong guidance for the current quarter. The company also announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from Silicon Valley to Houston.

Net revenue was $7.2 billion, flat from the prior-year period. Revenue grew 6% sequentially or 5% when adjusted for currency to pre-pandemic levels as our growth businesses of HPC & MCS and Intelligent Edge executed strongly.

Annualized revenue run-rate (ARR) was$585 million, up 30% from the prior-year period. Based on strong customer demand and recent wins, the company says it is reiterating its 2019 Securities Analyst Meeting ARR guidance of 30-40% Compounded Annual Growth Rate from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2022.

GAAP gross margins of 30.6%, down 260 basis points from the prior-year period and Non-GAAP of 30.6%, down 270 basis points from the prior-year period.

GAAP diluted net earnings per share ("EPS") proved to be $0.12, compared to $0.36 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $0.02 to $0.06 per share.

Non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.37, compared to $0.49 in the prior-year period and above the previously provided outlook of $0.32 to $0.36 per share.

Fourth-quarter non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax adjustments of $329 million and $0.25 per diluted share, respectively, primarily related to transformation costs and amortization of purchased intangible assets.

Cash flow from operations of $747 million, down $685 million from the prior-year period.

HPE shares lost 17 cents, or 1.5%, to $11.03.