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HP Reports Q4

PALO ALTO, Calif. — HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2010, with net revenue of $33.3 billion, up 8% from the prior-year period including a slight negative currency impact of about one percentage point.

In the fourth quarter, GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $1.10, up 11% from $0.99 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $1.33, up 17% from $1.14 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP financial information excludes after-tax costs of approximately $0.23 per share and $0.15 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 and 2009, respectively, related primarily to the amortization of purchased intangibles, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

“HP proved once again that it is able to execute given its market strengths and technology leadership,” said Léo Apotheker, HP president and chief executive officer. “I have seen firsthand that we have talented people who are focused on delivering value for our customers. Our market opportunity is vast, and I am confident that we will extend our leadership into the future.”

“HP continued to execute in the fourth quarter, delivering growth, expanding margins and increasing earnings per share double digits,” said Cathie Lesjak, HP executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We continue to invest in the business, in sales and in R&D, while driving further efficiencies.”

Information about HP's use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under “Use of non-GAAP financial information” below. Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates included in the narrative below reflect year-over-year comparisons.

Full Year Fiscal 2010

Net revenue for the full fiscal year 2010 was $126.0 billion, up 10% compared with the prior-year or up 8% when adjusted for the effects of currency. GAAP operating profit was $11.5 billion, and GAAP diluted EPS was $3.69, up from $3.14 in the prior year. Non-GAAP operating profit was $14.4 billion, and non-GAAP diluted EPS was $4.58, up from $3.85 in the prior-year. Non-GAAP financial information excludes $2.1 billion of adjustments on an after-tax basis, or $0.89 per diluted share, related to the amortization of purchased intangible assets, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2010

Fourth quarter revenue was up 10% in the Americas to $15.1 billion. Revenue was up 6% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and up 8% in Asia Pacific to $12.4 billion and $5.8 billion, respectively. When adjusted for the effects of currency, revenue was up 9% in the Americas, up 11% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and up 3% in Asia Pacific. Revenue from outside of the United States in the fourth quarter accounted for 64% of total HP revenue, with revenue in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) increasing 12% while accounting for 10% of total HP revenue.

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