HPE beat EPS by 19% in fiscal Q3
In the previous part of this series, we saw that Hewlett Packard Enterprise stock has risen close to 18% this year. HPE has exceeded earnings estimates in the last four quarters, which has boosted the company’s stock.
HPE beat earnings estimates of $0.37 in fiscal Q3 by 19% with posted non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) EPS of $0.44. HPE also beat EPS estimates of $0.31 in Q2 by 9.7% with reported EPS of $0.34.
HPE reported EPS of $0.34 in fiscal Q1 2018 and beat estimates of $0.22 by 54.5%, while the company beat estimates of $0.28 by 10.7% in fiscal Q4 2017 when it reported earnings of $0.31.
During HPE’s earnings call, CEO Antonio Neri stated, “Our focus on shifting our mix to higher-value growth areas while optimizing our volume business is working. This is supported by excellent execution of HPE Next, our initiative to re-architect the Company from the ground up with a goal of driving better operational efficiency and effectiveness.”
Need to improve operational efficiency
HPE is operating in a mature networking business segment. Though the company is targeting high growth verticals and acquisitions to drive revenue, it needs to improve operational efficiency to offset a slow-growing business environment.
HPE reported an operating margin of 9.6% in Q3. Operating margins for peer storage and networking companies such as Cisco (CSCO), NetApp (NTAP), and Juniper (JNPR) are estimated at 31.3%, 21.8%, and 17.4%, respectively, for the current fiscal year.