• Fourth quarter net revenue of $7.9 billion, up 4% from the prior-year period, and up 3% when adjusted for currency
  • Fourth quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share of ($0.52), below the previously provided outlook of $0.16 to $0.21 per share, primarily related to the impact of U.S. Tax Reform
  • Fourth quarter non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $0.45, above the previously provided outlook of $0.39 to $0.44 per share, and up 55% from the prior-year period’s net earnings per share from continuing operations
  • Fiscal 2018 net revenue of $30.9 billion, up 7% from fiscal 2017, and up 5% when adjusted for currency
  • Fiscal 2018 GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $1.23, below the previously provided outlook of $1.85 to $1.90 per share, primarily related to the impact of U.S. Tax Reform
  • Fiscal 2018 non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $1.56, above the previously provided outlook of $1.50 to $1.55 per share, and up 63% from the prior-year period’s net earnings per share from continuing operations
  • Returned $4.1 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends in  fiscal 2018, up 39% from the prior-year period
  • Maintains fiscal 2019 GAAP diluted net earnings per share outlook of $0.73 to $0.83 and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share outlook of $1.51 to $1.61, up 8% year-over-year at the mid-point of the range, from the fiscal 2018 non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share, adjusted for pension accounting and taxes, of $1.45

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 and the fourth quarter, ended October 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results
Fourth quarter net revenue of $7.9 billion was up 4% from the prior-year period and up 3% when adjusted for currency.

Fourth quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share (“EPS”) from continuing operations was ($0.53), down from GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations of $0.23 in the prior-year period.

Fourth quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations was $0.45, up from non-GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations of $0.29 in the prior-year period. Fourth quarter non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations exclude after-tax adjustments of $1.4 billion and $0.98 per diluted share, respectively, primarily related to the impact of U.S. tax reform, impairment of goodwill, amortization of intangible assets, an adjustment to earnings from equity interests and tax indemnification adjustments.

Fiscal 2018 Full-Year Results
Fiscal 2018 net revenue of $30.9 billion was up 7% from the prior-year period and up 5% when adjusted for currency.

Fiscal 2018 GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations was $1.30, up from GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations of $0.26 in the prior-year period.

Fiscal 2018 non-GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations was $1.56, up from non-GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations of $0.96 in the prior year. Fiscal 2018 non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted net EPS from continuing operations exclude after-tax adjustments of $406 million and $0.26 per diluted share, respectively, primarily related to the impact of U.S. tax reform, transformation costs, amortization of intangible assets, an adjustment to earnings from equity interests, tax indemnification adjustments and income tax valuation allowances. Fiscal 2018 adjusted non-GAAP diluted net EPS of $1.45 excludes $0.08 for certain non-service pension costs/(benefits), and $0.03 for changes in non-GAAP effective tax rate.

“Hewlett Packard Enterprise delivered another impressive quarter in Q4, concluding a very successful fiscal year 2018 marked by significant transformation and achievement,” said Antonio Neri, President and CEO of HPE. “We excelled in delivering differentiated new capabilities for our customers that drove meaningful top line growth while expanding margins that fueled strong cash flow and shareholder returns. As we close my first fiscal year as CEO, I am incredibly proud of where we stand in the marketplace and of our innovative culture. In 2019, I have great confidence that our experienced global team and proven strategy will accelerate what comes next for our customers from edge to cloud.”

HPE fiscal 2018 full-year and fourth quarter continuing operations financial
performance

 FY18
 FY17
 Y/Y
 Q4 FY18
 Q4 FY17Y/Y
 
GAAP net revenue ($B)$30.9 $28.9  6.9%$7.9 $7.7  3.7%
GAAP operating margin 6.0% 2.2%3.8 pts. 8.6% (2.9%)11.5 pts.
GAAP net earnings ($B)$2.0 $0.4  361.5%$(0.8)$0.4  (304.2%)
GAAP diluted net earnings per share$1.30 $0.26  400.0%$(0.53)$0.23  (330.4%)
Non-GAAP operating margin 9.0% 7.6%1.4 pts 10.1% 8.2%1.9 pts.
Non-GAAP net earnings ($B)$2.4 $1.6  50.4%$0.7 $0.5  40.6%
Non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share$1.56 $0.96  62.5%$0.45 $0.29  55.2%
Cash flow from operations ($B)$3.0 $1.3 $1.7 $1.3 $0.9 $0.4 

Information about HPE’s use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under “Use of non-GAAP financial information” below.

Outlook
For the fiscal 2019 first quarter, Hewlett Packard Enterprise estimates GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.19 to $0.23 and non-GAAP diluted net EPS to be in the range of $0.33 to $0.37. Fiscal 2019 first quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.14 per diluted share, primarily related to transformation costs and the amortization of intangible assets.

For fiscal 2019 full-year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise maintains the GAAP diluted net EPS range of $0.73 to $0.83 and the non-GAAP diluted net EPS range of $1.51 to $1.61. Fiscal 2019 non-GAAP diluted net EPS estimates exclude after-tax costs of approximately $0.78 per diluted share, primarily related to transformation costs, the amortization of intangible assets, and an adjustment to earnings from equity interests. 

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Segment Results

  • Intelligent Edge revenue was $814 million, up 17% year over year and up 15% when adjusted for currency, with 10.1% operating margin. HPE Aruba Product revenue was up 17%, up 15% when adjusted for currency, and HPE Aruba Services revenue was up 16%, up 16% when adjusted for currency. 
  • Hybrid IT revenue was $6.4 billion, up 5% year over year and up 4% when adjusted for currency, with 11.9% operating margin. Compute revenue was up 9%, up 7% when adjusted for currency, Storage revenue was up 6%, up 4% when adjusted for currency, DC Networking revenue was up 2%, down 1% when adjusted for currency, and HPE Pointnext revenue was down 3%, down 3% when adjusted for currency.  
  • Financial Services revenue was $939 million, down 7% year over year and down 5% when adjusted for currency, net portfolio assets were flat year over year, and financing volume was up 8% year over year. The business delivered an operating margin of 7.8%.

About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global technology leader focused on developing intelligent solutions that allow customers to capture, analyze and act upon data seamlessly from edge to cloud. HPE enables customers to accelerate business outcomes by driving new business models, creating new customer and employee experiences, and increasing operational efficiency today and into the future.

Use of non-GAAP financial information

To supplement Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s condensed consolidated financial statement information presented on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides revenue on a constant currency basis and revenue adjusted for divestitures and currency, as well as non-GAAP operating expense, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP income tax rate, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations, adjusted non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations, gross cash, free cash flow, net capital expenditures, net debt, net cash, operating company net debt and operating company net cash financial measures. Hewlett Packard Enterprise also provides forecasts of non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share and free cash flow. A reconciliation of adjustments to GAAP financial measures for this quarter and prior periods is included in the tables below or elsewhere in the materials accompanying this news release. In addition, an explanation of the ways in which Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to evaluate its business, the substance behind Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s decision to use these non-GAAP measures, the material limitations associated with the use of these non-GAAP measures, the manner in which Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management compensates for those limitations, and the substantive reasons why Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors is included under “Use of non-GAAP financial measures” further below. This additional non-GAAP financial information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for revenue, operating profit, operating margin, net earnings from continuing operations, net earnings from discontinued operations, diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations, diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations, cash and cash equivalents, cash flow from operations, investments in property, plant and equipment, or total company debt prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If the risks or uncertainties ever materialize or the assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Hewlett Packard Enterprise may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to any projections of revenue, margins, expenses, effective tax rates, the impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017, including the effect on deferred tax assets and the one-time transition tax on unremitted foreign earnings, net earnings, net earnings per share, cash flows, benefit plan funding, deferred tax assets, share repurchases, currency exchange rates or other financial items; any projections of the amount, timing or impact of cost savings or restructuring charges; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, as well as the execution of transformation and restructuring plans and any resulting cost savings, revenue or profitability improvements; any statements concerning the expected development, performance, market share or competitive performance relating to products or services; any statements regarding current or future macroeconomic trends or events and the impact of those trends and events on Hewlett Packard Enterprise and its financial performance; any statements regarding pending investigations, claims or disputes; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing.

Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the need to address the many challenges facing Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s businesses; the competitive pressures faced by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s businesses; risks associated with executing Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s strategy; the impact of macroeconomic and geopolitical trends and events; the need to manage third-party suppliers and the distribution of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s products and the delivery of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s services effectively; the protection of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s intellectual property assets, including intellectual property licensed from third parties and intellectual property shared with its former Parent; risks associated with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s international operations; the development and transition of new products and services and the enhancement of existing products and services to meet customer needs and respond to emerging technological trends; the execution and performance of contracts by Hewlett Packard Enterprise and its suppliers, customers, clients and partners; the hiring and retention of key employees; integration and other risks associated with business combination and investment transactions; and the execution, timing and results of any transformation or restructuring plans, including estimates and assumptions related to the cost (including any possible disruption of Hewlett Packard Enterprise's business) and the anticipated benefits of  the transformation and restructuring plans; the effects of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and related guidance and regulations that may be implemented; the resolution of pending investigations, claims and disputes; and other risks that are described in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2017 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

As in prior periods, the financial information set forth in this press release, including tax-related items, reflects estimates based on information available at this time. While Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes these estimates to be reasonable, these amounts could differ materially from reported amounts in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2018. Hewlett Packard Enterprise assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

 

 
HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
  
 Three months ended
 October 31,
2018
 July 31,
2018
 October 31,
2017
Net revenue$7,946  $7,764  $7,660 
Costs and expenses:     
Cost of sales5,489  5,384  5,383 
Research and development439  434  364 
Selling, general and administrative1,219  1,203  1,288 
Amortization of intangible assets72  72  86 
Impairment of goodwill88     
Restructuring charges5  2  113 
Transformation costs(74) 131  328 
Disaster Charges    93 
Acquisition and other related charges12  24  53 
Separation costs12  (2) 202 
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)    (26)
Total costs and expenses7,262  7,248  7,884 
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations684  516  (224)
Interest and other, net(111) (64) (76)
Tax indemnification adjustments(a)(12) 2  (2)
Earnings from equity interests15  11  1 
Earnings (loss) from continuing operations before taxes576  465  (301)
(Provision) benefit for taxes(b)(1,348) (13) 679 
Net (loss) earnings from continuing operations(772) 452  378 
Net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations15  (1) 146 
Net (loss) earnings$(757) $451  $524 
Net (loss) earnings per share:     
Basic     
Continuing operations$(0.53) $0.30  $0.23 
Discontinued operations0.01    0.09 
Total basic net (loss) earnings per share$(0.52) $0.30  $0.32 
Diluted     
Continuing operations$(0.53) $0.29  $0.23 
Discontinued operations0.01    0.09 
Total diluted net (loss) earnings per share$(0.52) $0.29  $0.32 
Cash dividends declared per share$0.1125  $0.1125  $ 
Weighted-average shares used to compute net (loss) earnings per share:     
Basic1,459  1,513  1,618 
Diluted1,459  1,531  1,647 

(a) Represents the settlement of certain pre-separation Hewlett-Packard Company income tax liabilities indemnified through the Tax Matters Agreement with HP Inc.

(b) For the three months ended October 31, 2018, this amount primarily includes $1.3 billion expense as a result of the impact of U.S. tax reform.

For the three months ended October 31, 2017, this amount primarily includes the income tax benefit related to U.S. foreign tax credits generated in connection with the spin-off of the enterprise services business, Everett SpinCo Inc. ("Everett Transaction") and the software business, Seattle SpinCo, Inc, ("Seattle Transaction").


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
  
 Twelve months ended October 31,
 2018 2017
Net revenue$30,852  $28,871 
Costs and expenses:   
Cost of sales21,560  20,177 
Research and development1,663  1,486 
Selling, general and administrative4,851  5,006 
Amortization of intangible assets294  321 
Impairment of goodwill88   
Restructuring charges19  417 
Transformation costs425  359 
Disaster Charges  93 
Acquisition and other related charges82  203 
Separation costs12  248 
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)  (64)
Total costs and expenses28,994  28,246 
Earnings from continuing operations1,858  625 
Interest and other, net(274) (327)
Tax indemnification adjustments(a)(1,354) (3)
Earnings (loss) from equity interests38  (23)
Earnings from continuing operations before taxes268  272 
Benefit for taxes(b)1,744  164 
Net earnings from continuing operations2,012  436 
Net loss from discontinued operations(104) (92)
Net earnings$1,908  $344 
Net earnings (loss) per share:   
Basic   
Continuing operations$1.32  $0.26 
Discontinued operations(0.07) (0.05)
Total basic net earnings per share$1.25  $0.21 
Diluted   
Continuing operations$1.30  $0.26 
Discontinued operations(0.07) (0.05)
Total diluted net earnings per share$1.23  $0.21 
Cash dividends declared per share$0.4875  $0.2600 
Weighted-average shares used to compute net earnings (loss) per share:   
Basic1,529  1,646 
Diluted1,553  1,674 

(a) Represents the settlement of certain pre-separation Hewlett-Packard Company income tax liabilities indemnified through the Tax Matters Agreement with HP Inc.

(b) For the twelve months ended October 31, 2018, the amount primarily includes $2.0 billion benefit in connection with the settlement of certain pre-separation Hewlett-Packard Company income tax liabilities indemnified through the Tax Matters Agreement with HP Inc. Further, as a result of the impact of U.S. Tax Reform, it also includes $2.0 billion tax benefit from the application of the new tax rules including a lower federal tax rate to deferred tax assets and liabilities, partially offset by a provisional estimate of $1.7 billion of transition tax expense on accumulated non U.S. earnings, and a provisional estimate of $687 million of tax expense on valuation allowance on foreign tax credits. In connection with the Everett Transaction, for the twelve months ended October 31, 2018, this amount also includes $208 million benefit primarily from foreign tax credits and from the release of non U.S. valuation allowances on deferred taxes established in connection with the Everett Transaction, following changes in foreign tax laws.

For the twelve months ended October 31, 2017, the amount primarily includes the income tax benefit related to the U.S. foreign tax credits generated as a result of the Everett and Seattle Transactions, partially offset by income tax expense as a result of recording valuation allowance on certain U.S. deferred tax assets.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
ADJUSTMENTS TO GAAP NET EARNINGS, EARNINGS FROM OPERATIONS,
OPERATING MARGIN AND DILUTED NET EARNINGS PER SHARE
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except percentages and per share amounts)
            
 Three months
ended
October 31, 2018
 Diluted net
earnings
per share
 Three months
ended
July 31, 2018
 Diluted net
earnings
per share
 Three months
ended
October 31, 2017
 Diluted net
earnings
per share
GAAP net (loss) earnings from continuing operations$(772) $(0.53) $452  $0.29  $378  $0.23 
            
Non-GAAP adjustments:           
Amortization of intangible assets72  0.05  72  0.05  86  0.05 
Impairment of goodwill88  0.06         
Restructuring charges5    2    113  0.07 
Transformation costs(a)(54) (0.04) 131  0.09  328  0.20 
Disaster Charges        93  0.06 
Acquisition and other related charges12  0.01  24  0.02  53  0.03 
Separation costs12  0.01  (2)   202  0.12 
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)        (26) (0.02)
Tax indemnification adjustments(b)12  0.01  (2)   2   
Loss from equity interests(c)38  0.03  38  0.02  43  0.03 
Adjustments for taxes(d)1,252  0.85  (45) (0.03) (799) (0.48)
Non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations$665  $0.45  $670  $0.44  $473  $0.29 
            
GAAP earnings (loss) from continuing operations$684    $516    $(224)  
            
Non-GAAP adjustments related to continuing operations:           
Amortization of intangible assets72    72    86   
Impairment of goodwill88           
Restructuring charges5    2    113   
Transformation costs(74)   131    328   
Disaster Charges        93   
Acquisition and other related charges12    24    53   
Separation costs12    (2)   202   
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)        (26)  
Non-GAAP earnings from continuing operations$799    $743    $625   
            
GAAP operating margin from continuing operations9%   7%   (3)%  
Non-GAAP adjustments from continuing operations1%   3%   11%  
Non-GAAP operating margin from continuing operations10%   10%   8%  
            
GAAP net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations$15  $0.01  $(1) $  $146  $0.09 
            
Non-GAAP adjustments related to discontinued operations:           
Amortization of intangible assets        10  0.01 
Restructuring charges        (2)  
Separation costs        70  0.04 
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)        (1)  
Interest expense on Seattle debt        8   
Tax indemnification adjustments(11) (0.01)     15  0.01 
Adjustments for taxes(e)(4)   1    (216) (0.13)
Non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations$  $  $  $  $30  $0.02 
            
Total GAAP net (loss) earnings$(757) $(0.52) $451  $0.29  $524  $0.32 
Total Non-GAAP net earnings$665  $0.45  $670  $0.44  $503  $0.31 

(a) Includes transformation costs of $20 million related to cumulative translation adjustments resulting from country exits associated with the HPE Next initiative, which was recorded within Interest and other, net.

(b) Represents the settlement of certain pre-separation Hewlett-Packard Company income tax liabilities indemnified through the Tax Matters Agreement with HP Inc.

(c) Represents the amortization of basis difference adjustments related to the H3C divestiture.

(d) Includes tax amounts in connection with the Everett and Seattle Transactions, tax amounts related to U.S. tax reform, tax amounts related to the settlement of certain pre-separation Hewlett-Packard Company income tax liabilities indemnified through the Tax Matters Agreement with HP Inc., and excess tax benefits associated with stock-based compensation. For the three months ended October 31, 2018, this amount primarily includes $1.3 billion expense as a result of U.S. tax reform. 

For the three months ended October 31, 2017, this amount primarily includes the income tax benefit related to U.S. foreign tax credits generated in connection with the Everett and Seattle Transactions.

(e) For the three months ended October 31, 2017, this amount primarily includes the income tax benefit related to U.S. foreign tax credits generated as a result of the Everett and Seattle Transactions included in discontinued operations.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
ADJUSTMENTS TO GAAP NET EARNINGS, EARNINGS FROM OPERATIONS,
OPERATING MARGIN AND DILUTED NET EARNINGS PER SHARE
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except percentages and per share amounts)
        
 Twelve months
ended
October 31, 2018
 Diluted net
earnings
per share
 Twelve months
ended
October 31, 2017
 Diluted net
earnings
per share
GAAP net earnings from continuing operations$2,012  $1.30  $436  $0.26 
        
Non-GAAP adjustments:       
Amortization of intangible assets294  0.19  321  0.19 
Impairment of goodwill88  0.06     
Restructuring charges19  0.01  417  0.25 
Transformation costs(a)445  0.29  359  0.21 
Disaster Charges    93  0.06 
Acquisition and other related charges82  0.05  203  0.12 
Separation costs12  0.01  248  0.15 
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)    (64) (0.04)
Tax indemnification adjustments(b)1,354  0.87  3   
Loss from equity interests(c)151  0.10  155  0.09 
Adjustments for taxes(d)(2,039) (1.32) (563) (0.33)
Non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations$2,418  $1.56  $1,608  $0.96 
        
GAAP earnings from continuing operations$1,858    $625   
        
Non-GAAP adjustments related to continuing operations:       
Amortization of intangible assets294    321   
Impairment of goodwill88       
Restructuring charges19    417   
Transformation costs425    359   
Disaster Charges    93   
Acquisition and other related charges82    203   
Separation costs12    248   
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)    (64)  
Non-GAAP earnings from continuing operations$2,778    $2,202   
        
GAAP operating margin from continuing operations6%   2%  
Non-GAAP adjustments from continuing operations3%   6%  
Non-GAAP operating margin from continuing operations9%   8%  
        
GAAP net loss from discontinued operations$(104) $(0.07) $(92) $(0.05)
        
Non-GAAP adjustments related to discontinued operations:       
Amortization of intangible assets    116  0.07 
Restructuring charges    251  0.15 
Acquisition and other related charges    1   
Separation costs51  0.03  1,037  0.62 
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)    (9) (0.01)
Interest expense on Seattle debt    19  0.01 
Tax indemnification adjustments58  0.04  15  0.01 
Adjustments for taxes(e)(5)   (587) (0.35)
Non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations$  $  $751  $0.45 
        
Total GAAP net earnings$1,908  $1.23  $344  $0.21 
Total Non-GAAP net earnings$2,418  $1.56  $2,359  $1.41 

(a) Includes transformation costs of $20 million related to cumulative translation adjustments resulting from country exits associated with the HPE Next initiative, which was recorded within Interest and other, net.

(b) Represents the settlement of certain pre-separation Hewlett-Packard Company income tax liabilities indemnified through the Tax Matters Agreement with HP Inc.

(c) Represents the amortization of basis difference adjustments related to the H3C divestiture.

(d) Includes tax amounts in connection with the Everett and Seattle Transactions, tax amounts related to U.S. tax reform, tax amounts related to the settlement of certain pre-separation Hewlett-Packard Company income tax liabilities indemnified through the Tax Matters Agreement with HP Inc., and excess tax benefits associated with stock-based compensation.

For the twelve months ended October 31, 2018, the amount includes $2.0 billion benefit in connection with the settlement of certain pre-separation Hewlett-Packard Company income tax liabilities indemnified through the Tax Matters Agreement with HP Inc. Further, as a result of the impact of U.S. Tax Reform, it also includes $2.0 billion tax benefit from the application of the new tax rules including a lower federal tax rate to deferred tax assets and liabilities, partially offset by a provisional estimate of $1.7 billion of transition tax expense on accumulated non U.S. earnings, and a provisional estimate of $687 million of tax expense on valuation allowance on foreign tax credits. In connection with the Everett Transaction, for the twelve months ended October 31, 2018, this amount also includes $208 million benefit primarily from foreign tax credits and from the release of non U.S. valuation allowances on deferred taxes established in connection with the Everett Transaction, following changes in foreign tax laws.

For the twelve months ended October 31, 2017, the amount primarily includes the income tax benefit related to the U.S. foreign tax credits generated as a result of the Everett and Seattle Transactions, partially offset by income tax expense as a result of recording valuation allowance on certain U.S. deferred tax assets.

(e) For the twelve months ended October 31, 2017, this amount primarily includes the income tax benefit related to U.S. foreign tax credits generated as a result of the Everett and Seattle Transactions included in discontinued operations.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except par value)
  
 As of
 October 31, 2018 October 31, 2017
ASSETS   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$4,880  $9,579 
Accounts receivable3,263  3,073 
Financing receivables3,396  3,378 
Inventory2,447  2,315 
Assets held for sale6  14 
Other current assets3,280  3,085 
Total current assets17,272  21,444 
Property, plant and equipment6,138  6,269 
Long-term financing receivables and other assets11,359  12,600 
Investments in equity interests2,398  2,535 
Goodwill and intangible assets18,326  18,558 
Total assets$55,493  $61,406 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   
Current liabilities:   
Notes payable and short-term borrowings$2,005  $3,850 
Accounts payable6,092  6,072 
Employee compensation and benefits1,412  1,156 
Taxes on earnings378  429 
Deferred revenue3,177  3,128 
Accrued restructuring294  445 
Other accrued liabilities3,840  3,844 
Total current liabilities17,198  18,924 
Long-term debt10,136  10,182 
Other non-current liabilities6,885  8,795 
Stockholders’ equity   
HPE stockholders’ equity:   
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value (300 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding at October 31, 2018)   
Common stock, $0.01 par value (9,600 shares authorized; 1,423 and 1,595 issued and outstanding at October 31, 2018 and October 31, 2017, respectively)14  16 
Additional paid-in capital30,342  33,583 
Accumulated deficit(5,899) (7,238)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(3,218) (2,895)
Total HPE stockholders’ equity21,239  23,466 
Non-controlling interests35  39 
Total stockholders’ equity21,274  23,505 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$55,493  $61,406 



HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In millions)
    
 Three months ended
October 31, 2018
 Twelve months ended
October 31, 2018
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net (loss) earnings$(757) $1,908 
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) earnings to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization645  2,576 
Impairment of goodwill88  88 
Stock-based compensation expense44  286 
Provision for doubtful accounts and inventory61  198 
Restructuring charges151  550 
Deferred taxes on earnings3,444  2,229 
(Earnings) loss from equity interests(15) (38)
Dividends received from equity investees117  164 
Other, net(213) (158)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:   
Accounts receivable(357) (220)
Financing receivables(138) (366)
Inventory285  (260)
Accounts payable(99) (27)
Taxes on earnings(2,245) (4,516)
Restructuring(107) (647)
Other assets and liabilities422  1,197 
Net cash provided by operating activities1,326  2,964 
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Investment in property, plant and equipment(827) (2,956)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment533  1,094 
Purchases of available-for-sale securities and other investments(1) (33)
Maturities and sales of available-for-sale securities and other investments2  98 
Financial collateral posted(229) (1,547)
Financial collateral returned134  1,467 
Payments made in connection with business acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (207)
Proceeds from business divestitures, net  13 
Net cash used in investing activities(388) (2,071)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Short-term borrowings with original maturities less than 90 days, net(79) 5 
Proceeds from debt, net of issuance costs1,563  2,457 
Payment of debt(1,600) (4,138)
Net proceeds related to stock-based award activities12  116 
Repurchase of common stock(983) (3,568)
Net transfer of cash and cash equivalents to Everett  (41)
Net transfer of cash and cash equivalents from Seattle  156 
Cash dividends paid to non-controlling interests  (9)
Cash dividends paid(164) (570)
Net cash used in financing activities(1,251) (5,592)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents(313) (4,699)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period5,193  9,579 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$4,880  $4,880 


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
(In millions)
   
  Three months ended
  October 31,
 2018
 July 31,
 2018
 October 31,
 2017
Net revenue:(a)      
Hybrid IT $6,436  $6,243  $6,155 
Intelligent Edge 814  785  697 
Financial Services 939  928  1,010 
Corporate Investments     3 
Total segment net revenue 8,189  7,956  7,865 
Elimination of intersegment net revenue and other (243) (192) (205)
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise consolidated net revenue $7,946  $7,764  $7,660 
       
Earnings from continuing operations before taxes:(a)(b)      
Hybrid IT $764  $661  $602 
Intelligent Edge 82  91  87 
Financial Services 73  73  77 
Corporate Investments (23) (24) (21)
Total segment earnings from operations 896  801  745 
       
Unallocated corporate costs and eliminations(b) (88) (44) (100)
Unallocated stock-based compensation expense(b) (9) (14) (20)
Amortization of intangible assets (72) (72) (86)
Impairment of goodwill (88)    
Restructuring charges (5) (2) (113)
Transformation costs 74  (131) (328)
Disaster charges     (93)
Acquisition and other related charges (12) (24) (53)
Separation costs (12) 2  (202)
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)     26 
Interest and other, net (111) (64) (76)
Tax indemnification adjustments (12) 2  (2)
Earnings from equity interests 15  11  1 
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise consolidated earnings (loss) from continuing operations before taxes $576  $465  $(301)

(a) Effective at the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company implemented organizational changes to align its segment financial reporting more closely with its current business structure. As a result, prior period numbers have been restated to conform with current period presentation.

(b) Effective at the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company implemented certain changes to its allocation methodology for stock-based compensation expense and certain corporate costs, which align to its segment financial reporting and are consistent with the manner in which the operating segments will be evaluated for performance on a prospective basis. As a result, prior period numbers have been restated to conform with current period presentation.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
(In millions)
   
  Twelve months ended October 31,
  2018 2017
Net revenue:(a)    
Hybrid IT $25,033  $23,627 
Intelligent Edge 2,929  2,584 
Financial Services 3,671  3,602 
Corporate Investments (1) 3 
Total segment net revenue 31,632  29,816 
Elimination of intersegment net revenue and other (780) (945)
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise consolidated net revenue $30,852  $28,871 
     
Earnings from continuing operations before taxes:(a)(b)    
Hybrid IT $2,654  $2,274 
Intelligent Edge 237  253 
Financial Services 290  299 
Corporate Investments (90) (106)
Total segment earnings from operations 3,091  2,720 
     
Unallocated corporate costs and eliminations(b) (240) (408)
Unallocated stock-based compensation expense(b) (73) (110)
Amortization of intangible assets (294) (321)
Impairment of goodwill (88)  
Restructuring charges (19) (417)
Transformation costs (425) (359)
Disaster charges   (93)
Acquisition and other related charges (82) (203)
Separation costs (12) (248)
Defined benefit plan settlement charges and remeasurement (benefit)   64 
Interest and other, net (274) (327)
Tax indemnification adjustments (1,354) (3)
Earnings (loss) from equity interests 38  (23)
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise consolidated earnings from continuing operations before taxes $268  $272 

(a) Effective at the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company implemented organizational changes to align its segment financial reporting more closely with its current business structure. As a result, prior period numbers have been restated to conform with current period presentation.

(b) Effective at the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company implemented certain changes to its allocation methodology for stock-based compensation expense and certain corporate costs, which align to its segment financial reporting and are consistent with the manner in which the operating segments will be evaluated for performance on a prospective basis. As a result, prior period numbers have been restated to conform with current period presentation.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT/BUSINESS UNIT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except percentages)
    
 Three months ended Change (%)
 October 31,
2018
 July 31,
2018
 October 31,
2017
 Q/Q Y/Y
Net revenue:(a)         
Hybrid IT         
Hybrid IT Product         
Compute$3,608  $3,510  $3,321  3% 9%
Storage959  887  905  8% 6%
DC Networking58  59  57  (2%) 2%
Total Hybrid IT Product4,625  4,456  4,283  4% 8%
HPE Pointnext1,811  1,787  1,872  1% (3%)
Total Hybrid IT6,436  6,243  6,155  3% 5%
Intelligent Edge         
HPE Aruba Product729  706  624  3% 17%
HPE Aruba Services85  79  73  8% 16%
Total Intelligent Edge814  785  697  4% 17%
Financial Services939  928  1,010  1% (7%)
Corporate Investments    3  NM  (100%)
Total segment net revenue8,189  7,956  7,865  3% 4%
Elimination of intersegment net revenue and other(243) (192) (205) 27% 19%
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise consolidated net revenue$7,946  $7,764  $7,660  2% 4%

(a) Effective at the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company implemented organizational changes to align its segment financial reporting more closely with its current business structure. As a result, prior period numbers have been restated to conform with current period presentation.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT/BUSINESS UNIT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except percentages)
  
 Twelve months ended October 31,
 2018 2017 Y/Y
Net revenue:(a)     
Hybrid IT     
Hybrid IT Product     
Compute$13,823  $12,837  8%
Storage3,706  3,280  13%
DC Networking225  214  5%
Total Hybrid IT Product17,754  16,331  9%
HPE Pointnext7,279  7,296   
Total Hybrid IT25,033  23,627  6%
Intelligent Edge     
HPE Aruba Product2,619  2,307  14%
HPE Aruba Services310  277  12%
Total Intelligent Edge2,929  2,584  13%
Financial Services3,671  3,602  2%
Corporate Investments(1) 3  (133%)
Total segment net revenue31,632  29,816  6%
Elimination of intersegment net revenue and other(780) (945) (17%)
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise consolidated net revenue$30,852  $28,871  7%

(a) Effective at the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company implemented organizational changes to align its segment financial reporting more closely with its current business structure. As a result, prior period numbers have been restated to conform with current period presentation.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT OPERATING MARGIN SUMMARY DATA
(Unaudited)
     
  Three months ended Change in Operating
Margin (pts)
  October 31, 2018 Q/Q Y/Y
Segment operating margin:(a)      
Hybrid IT 11.9% 1.3 pts 2.1 pts
Intelligent Edge 10.1% (1.5) pts (2.4) pts
Financial Services 7.8% (0.1) pts 0.2 pts
Corporate Investments(b) NM  NM NM
Total segment operating margin 10.9% 0.8 pts 1.4 pts

(a) Effective at the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company implemented organizational changes to align its segment financial reporting more closely with its current business structure. As a result, prior period numbers have been restated to conform with current period presentation.

(b) “NM” represents not meaningful.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CALCULATION OF DILUTED NET EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
  
 Three months ended
 October 31,
 2018
 July 31,
 2018
 October 31,
 2017
Numerator:     
GAAP net (loss) earnings from continuing operations$(772) $452  $378 
GAAP net earnings (loss) from discontinued operations$15  $(1) $146 
Non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations$665  $670  $473 
Non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations$  $  $30 
      
Denominator:     
Weighted-average shares used to compute basic net (loss) earnings per share and diluted net earnings (loss) per share1,459  1,513  1,618 
Dilutive effect of employee stock plans(a)17  18  29 
Weighted-average shares used to compute diluted net earnings (loss) per share1,476  1,531  1,647 
      
GAAP net (loss) earnings per share from continuing operations     
Basic$(0.53) $0.30  $0.23 
Diluted(a)$(0.53) $0.29  $0.23 
      
GAAP net earnings per share from discontinued operations     
Basic$0.01  $  $0.09 
Diluted(a)$0.01  $  $0.09 
      
Non-GAAP net earnings per share from continuing operations     
Basic$0.46  $0.44  $0.29 
Diluted(b)$0.45  $0.44  $0.29 
      
Non-GAAP net earnings per share from discontinued operations     
Basic$  $  $0.02 
Diluted(b)$  $  $0.02 
      
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise GAAP basic net (loss) earnings per share$(0.52) $0.30  $0.32 
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise GAAP diluted net (loss) earnings per share$(0.52) $0.29  $0.32 
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise Non-GAAP basic net earnings per share$0.46  $0.44  $0.31 
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise Non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share$0.45  $0.44  $0.31 

(a) GAAP diluted net earnings per share reflects any dilutive effect of restricted stock awards, stock options and performance-based awards, but the effect is excluded when calculating GAAP diluted net (loss) per share because it would be anti-dilutive.

(b) Non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share reflects any dilutive effect of restricted stock awards, stock options and performance-based awards.


HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CALCULATION OF DILUTED NET EARNINGS (LOSS) PER SHARE
(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
  
 Twelve months ended October 31,
 2018 2017
Numerator:   
GAAP net earnings from continuing operations$2,012  $436 
GAAP net loss from discontinued operations$(104) $(92)
Non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations$2,418  $1,608 
Non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations$  $751 
    
Denominator:   
Weighted-average shares used to compute basic net earnings (loss) per share and diluted net earnings (loss) per share1,529  1,646 
Dilutive effect of employee stock plans(a)24  28 
Weighted-average shares used to compute diluted net earnings (loss) per share1,553  1,674 
    
GAAP net earnings per share from continuing operations   
Basic$1.32  $0.26 
Diluted(a)$1.30  $0.26 
    
GAAP net loss per share from discontinued operations   
Basic$(0.07) $(0.05)
Diluted(a)$(0.07) $(0.05)
    
Non-GAAP net earnings per share from continuing operations   
Basic$1.58  $0.98 
Diluted(b)$1.56  $0.96 
    
Non-GAAP net earnings per share from discontinued operations   
Basic$  $0.45 
Diluted(b)$  $0.45 
    
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise GAAP basic net earnings per share$1.25  $0.21 
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise GAAP diluted net earnings per share$1.23  $0.21 
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise Non-GAAP basic net earnings per share$1.58  $1.43 
Total Hewlett Packard Enterprise Non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share$1.56  $1.41 

(a) GAAP diluted net earnings per share reflects any dilutive effect of restricted stock awards, stock options and performance-based awards, but the effect is excluded when calculating GAAP diluted net (loss) per share because it would be anti-dilutive.

(b) Non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share reflects any dilutive effect of restricted stock awards, stock options and performance-based awards.

Use of non-GAAP financial measures

To supplement Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s condensed consolidated financial statement information presented on a GAAP basis, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides revenue on a constant currency basis, revenue adjusted for divestitures and currency, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP income tax rate, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations, adjusted non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations, gross cash, free cash flow, net capital expenditures, net debt, net cash, operating company net debt and operating company net cash financial measures. Hewlett Packard Enterprise also provides forecasts of non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share and free cash flow.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not computed in accordance with, or as an alternative to, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to revenue on a constant currency basis is revenue. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to revenue adjusted for divestitures and currency is revenue. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP operating expense is total costs and expenses. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP operating profit is earnings from operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP operating margin is operating margin. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP income tax rate is income tax rate. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations is net earnings from continuing operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations is net earnings from discontinued operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations is diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to the adjusted non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share is diluted net earnings per share. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations is diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to gross cash is cash and cash equivalents. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to free cash flow is cash flow from operations. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to net capital expenditures is investment in property, plant and equipment. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to net debt and operating company net debt is total company debt. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to each of net cash and operating company net cash is cash and cash equivalents. Reconciliations of each of these non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP information are included in the tables above or elsewhere in the materials accompanying this news release.

Use and economic substance of non-GAAP financial measures used by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Revenue on a constant currency basis assumes no change in the foreign exchange rate from the prior-year period. Revenue adjusted for divestitures and currency excludes revenue resulting from business divestitures in fiscal 2017 and 2016 and also assumes no change in the foreign exchange rate from the prior-year period. Non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating profit, and non-GAAP operating margin are defined to exclude any charges relating to the amortization of intangible assets, impairment of goodwill, restructuring charges, charges relating to the separation transactions, transformation costs, acquisition and other related charges, disaster charges and defined benefit plan settlement and remeasurement charges. Non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations consist of net earnings or diluted net earnings per share excluding those same charges, as well as an adjustment to earnings in equity interests, tax indemnification adjustments, income tax valuation allowances and separation taxes, the impact of U.S. tax reform and excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation. Adjusted non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share consists of non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations adjusted for pension accounting and taxes. Non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations consist of net earnings from discontinued operations or diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations excluding those same charges, as applicable to discontinued operations. In addition, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations are adjusted by the amount of additional taxes or tax benefits associated with each non-GAAP item.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for purposes of evaluating Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s historical and prospective financial performance, as well as Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s performance relative to its competitors. Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management also uses these non-GAAP measures to further its own understanding of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s segment operating performance. Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes that excluding the items mentioned above from these non-GAAP financial measures allows Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management to better understand Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s consolidated financial performance in relation to the operating results of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s segments, as Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management does not believe that the excluded items are reflective of ongoing operating results. More specifically, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management excludes each of those items mentioned above for the following reasons:

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise incurs charges relating to the amortization of intangible assets. Those charges are included in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s GAAP earnings from operations, operating margin, net earnings and diluted net earnings per share. Such charges are significantly impacted by the timing and magnitude of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s acquisitions and any related impairment charges. Consequently, Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes these charges for purposes of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, Communications and Media Services ("CMS") was identified as a separate reporting unit within Hybrid IT, which triggered an interim impairment test, resulting in an impairment of goodwill charge. Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes these charges for purposes of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • Restructuring charges are costs associated with a formal restructuring plan and are primarily related to (i) employee termination costs and benefits (ii) costs to vacate duplicative facilities and (iii) an accelerated employee stock compensation program. Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes these restructuring costs (and any reversals of charges recorded in prior periods) for purposes of calculating these non-GAAP measures because it believes that these historical costs do not reflect expected future operating expenses and do not contribute to a meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance or comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • Separation costs are expenses associated with HP Inc.’s (formerly known as “Hewlett-Packard Company” or “HP Co.”) separation into two independent publicly-traded companies and the spin-off and merger transactions of the Enterprise Services business with CSC ("Everett Transaction") and the Software business with Micro Focus (“Seattle Transaction”). The charges are primarily related to third-party consulting, contractor fees and other incremental costs incurred to complete the transactions. Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes these separation costs for purposes of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • Transformation costs represent net costs related to the HPE Next initiative and include restructuring charges, program design and execution costs, costs incurred to transform Hewlett Packard Enterprise's IT infrastructure and gains from the sale of real-estate identified as part of the initiative. For fiscal year 2018, transformation costs also include a cumulative translation adjustments resulting from country exits associated with the HPE Next Initiative. Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes that eliminating such expenses and gains for purposes of calculating these non-GAAP measures facilitates a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s past operating performance.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise incurs costs related to its acquisitions and divestitures, most of which are treated as non-cash or non-capitalized expenses. The charges are direct expenses such as professional fees and retention costs, as well as non-cash adjustments to the fair value of certain acquired assets such as inventory. Because non-cash or non-capitalized acquisition-related expenses are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are significantly impacted by the timing and nature of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s acquisitions and divestitures, Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes that eliminating such expenses for purposes of calculating these non-GAAP measures facilitates a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s past operating performance.
  • Disaster charges represent costs related to the damages sustained as a result of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, which includes the deductible related to the Company's insurance program as well as an impairment of the Company's facilities. Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes that eliminating these amounts for purposes of calculating non-GAAP operating profit facilitates a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise incurs defined benefit plan settlement and remeasurement charges relating to its defined pension plans. The charges are associated with the net settlement resulting from voluntary lump sum payments offered to certain terminated vested participants and remeasurement of plan assets in connection with the Everett and Seattle Transactions, resulting in a decrease to the net periodic pension expense. Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes these charges for the purpose of calculating these non- GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • Adjustment to earnings from equity interests includes the amortization of the basis difference in relation to the H3C divestiture and the resulting equity method investment in H3C. Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes that eliminating this amount for purposes of calculating non-GAAP operating profit facilitates a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • Tax indemnification adjustments are related to changes in the indemnification positions between Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc., DXC and Micro Focus that are recorded by the Company as pre-tax income or expense and not considered tax expense. Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes these charges and the associated tax impact for the purpose of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • Valuation allowances and separation taxes represent tax amounts in connection with the spin-off of the enterprise services business, Everett SpinCo, Inc., and the software business, Seattle SpinCo, Inc. Since these charges do not represent ongoing expenses, Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes these charges for the purpose of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • As a result of the recently enacted U.S. tax reform, during the first quarter of fiscal 2018, Hewlett Packard Enterprise recorded an estimated tax benefit from the provisional application of the new tax rules including a lower federal tax rate to deferred tax assets and liabilities, partially offset by a provisional estimate for transition tax expense on accumulated non-U.S. undistributed earnings, and a benefit as a result of the liquidation of an insolvent non U.S. subsidiary. During the current quarter, the Company recorded SAB118 adjustments in connection with U.S. tax reform primarily related to transition tax. Since these adjustments represent a one-time charge and do not represent ongoing expenses, Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes the charge for the purpose of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of the Company’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.
  • During the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company adopted ASU 2016-09 on a prospective basis, except for the statement of cash flows for which the statement was retrospectively adopted for the prior comparative periods. This standard requires excess tax benefits or tax deficiencies associated with stock-based compensation to be recognized as a component of the provision for income taxes in the Statement of Earnings rather than additional paid-in capital in the Balance Sheet.  Since the benefit or deficiency is the outcome of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s stock price at the time an award is converted to a share of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s stock, Hewlett Packard Enterprise excludes these benefits or deficiencies for the purpose of calculating these non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s current operating performance and comparisons to Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance in other periods.

Material limitations associated with use of non-GAAP financial measures

These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and these measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of the limitations in relying on these non-GAAP financial measures are:

  • Items such as amortization of intangible assets and impairment of goodwill, though not directly affecting Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s cash position, represent the loss in value of intangible assets over time. The expense associated with this loss in value is not included in non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations, and therefore does not reflect the full economic effect of the loss in value of those intangible assets.
  • Items such as restructuring charges, separation costs, transformation costs and disaster charges that are excluded from non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations can have a material impact on the equivalent GAAP earnings measure and cash flows.
  • Items such as tax indemnification adjustments, income tax valuation allowances and separation taxes, the impact of U.S. tax reform, excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation and the related tax impacts from other non-GAAP measures that are excluded from the non-GAAP tax rate, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP earnings from discontinued operations, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations can also have a material impact on the equivalent GAAP earnings measures and cash flows.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise may not be able to immediately liquidate the short-term and long-term investments included in gross cash, which may limit the usefulness of gross cash as a liquidity measure.
  • Other companies may calculate revenue on a constant currency basis, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations differently than Hewlett Packard Enterprise does, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparative purposes.

Compensation for limitations associated with use of non-GAAP financial measures

Hewlett Packard Enterprise compensates for the limitations on its use of non-GAAP financial measures by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using non-GAAP financial measures only as supplement. Hewlett Packard Enterprise also provides a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to its most directly comparable GAAP measure within this news release and in other written materials that include these non-GAAP financial measures, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise encourages investors to review carefully those reconciliations.

Usefulness of non-GAAP financial measures to investors

Hewlett Packard Enterprise believes that providing revenue on a constant currency basis, revenue adjusted for divestitures and currency, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP income tax rate, non-GAAP net earnings from continuing operations, non-GAAP net earnings from discontinued operations, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from continuing operations, adjusted non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share and non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share from discontinued operations, gross cash, free cash flow, net capital expenditures, net debt, net cash, operating company net debt and operating company net cash financial measures to investors in addition to the related GAAP measures provides investors with greater transparency to the information used by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management in its financial and operational decision making and allows investors to see Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s results “through the eyes” of management. Hewlett Packard Enterprise further believes that providing this information better enables Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s investors to understand Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance and to evaluate the efficacy of the methodology and information used by Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s management to evaluate and measure such performance. Disclosure of these non-GAAP financial measures also facilitates comparisons of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s operating performance with the performance of other companies in Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s industry that supplement their GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures that may be calculated in a similar manner.

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