HP Releases Solid Fiscal Numbers After 3Com Announcement

HP released preliminary fiscal fourth-quarter numbers in the wake of its announcement that it is buying networking equipment vendor 3Com for $2.7 billion. HP officials say revenues for the quarter will be 12 percent higher than the previous quarter, but 8 percent less than the same period last year. HP is scheduled to release its final quarterly numbers Nov. 23.

On the heels of the announcement that it is buying networking equipment vendor 3Com, Hewlett-Packard is releasing preliminary fiscal fourth-quarter financial numbers that show revenues up 12 percent over the previous quarter.

HP is scheduled to release final quarterly figures Nov. 23, but released the preliminary numbers Nov. 11 to open communications with investors after announcing that it is buying 3Com for $2.7 billion.

"Solid execution drove exceptional performance for HP this quarter, fueled by significant growth in China," HP Chairman and CEO Mark Hurd said in a statement. "We are delivering on our strategy and are well positioned going into 2010."

According to HP, the company generated $30.8 billion in revenue, which was a significant jump over third-quarter figures but an 8 percent drop over the same period last year.

Looking forward, HP is projecting fiscal first-quarter 2010 revenues of $29.6 billion to $29.9 billion, and full fiscal year revenue of $118 billion to $119 billion, a jump from previous estimates of $117 billion to $118 billion.

Those numbers don't include any impact from the 3Com acquisition, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and which officials expect to close in the first half of 2010.

Industry analysts have said that HP's deal for 3Com will fill a number of holes in its ProCurve networking portfolio-it will give HP solid core networking switch products, for example-and will enable the company to compete better against Cisco Systems.

Such capabilities also will be key as HP competes with Cisco, Dell and others in developing converged data center solutions, which tightly integrate compute, storage, networking and management software.

The deal also will give HP greater unified communications products and a larger presence in China, where 3Com is headquartered.