HP mejora los resultados del primer trimestre

HP ha tenido un beneficio neto de 2.300 millones de dólares, o 96 centavos por acción, en su primer trimestre fiscal que concluye el 31 de enero, sustancialmente mejor que los 1.900 millones de dólares, o 75 centavos por acción, del mismo trimestre del ejercicio anterior.

Los ingresos netos aumentaron un 8 por ciento hasta 31.200 millones de dólares, cuando lo esperado estaba en 30.000 millones de dólares.

Estos buenos resultados han ido amparados por una mejora en sus proyecciones para el 2010, que ha aumentado sus previsiones de beneficio a entre 4,37 y 4,44 dólares por acción y los ingresos entre 121.500 y 122.500 millones de dólares.

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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Hewlett-Packard Co. on Wednesday reported a fiscal first-quarter profit that rose 25% from the year-ago period as sales of personal computers, printing and servers improved.

H-P /quotes/comstock/13*!hpq/quotes/nls/hpq (HPQ 50.55, +0.43, +0.86%) said it earned $2.3 billion, or 96 cents a share, on revenue of $31.2 billion. During the year-ago quarter, the computer and printing giant earned $1.9 billion, or 75 cents a share, on $28.8 billion in sales.

Excluding one-time items, H-P would have earned $1.10 a share. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had forecast the company to earn $1.06 a share on $30 billion in revenue.

On a conference call to discuss H-P’s results, Chief Executive Mark Hurd highlighted improvements in the company’s imaging and printing business and the performance of the company’s PC sales.

“Customers vote with their wallet,” Hurd said, adding that H-P’s share of the U.S. PC market grew by 4% in the quarter, as the company’s PC revenue rose 20% from the prior year to $10.6 billion. Notebook sales rose 25% while desktop revenue climbed 16% from last year’s first quarter.

Imaging and printing also put in a strong performance, rising to $6.2 billion, up 4% from the prior year’s first quarter. Consumer printing hardware sales rose 21% and commercial sales increased by 4% from a year ago. Total printer unit shipments rose by 16%.

H-P said sales of its enterprise storage and servers climbed 11% to $4.4 billion from the year-ago period.

For its second quarter, H-P estimates it will earn 89 cents to 91 cents a share on sales in a range of $29.4 billion to $29.7 billion. Excluding one-time items, H-P estimates it will earn $1.03 and $1.05 a share.

The company also raised its 2010 earnings forecast to between $3.79 and $3.86 a share, up from an estimate of $3.65 to $3.75 a share. Excluding one-time items, H-P estimates it will earn between $4.37 and $4.44 a share, while it had earlier forecast a profit of $4.25 to $4.35 a share.

H-P also raised its revenue outlook to between $121.5 billion and $122.5 billion from an earlier forecast of $118 billion to $119 billion