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HP CEO: PC demand remains a challenge, though AI computers are coming

HP Inc. CEO Enrique Lores says the stage is set for a recovery in PC demand later this year, even if the outlook for the first half of 2024 looks mixed at best.

"Demand has slowed down in commercial," Lores told Yahoo Finance Live on Wednesday, but he expects growth to return for the PC market in the second half of the year.

Lores's near-term caution in part reflects continued demand challenges in the computer and printer markets.

Laptop shipments fell 16% month over month in January, according to data from Citi analyst Christopher Danely. The trend was worse than the 14% quarter-on-quarter drop notched in the final three months of 2023.

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For its first fiscal quarter, HP saw sales decline in both personal systems and printers divisions, the company announced today. Its total revenue of $13.2 billion missed analyst estimates of $13.58 billion, while its full-year guidance of $3.25 earnings per share also came in below expectations.

Shares fell 2.5% in premarket trading on Thursday.

"We believe the PC recovery could moderate in 2024 given lackluster demand," Danely said.

The AI PC is coming, Lores told Yahoo Finance earlier this year, which could lift his company's top line. Until then, HP is maintaining a tight grip on costs to protect its margins.

As evidence of that, the company was able to expand quarterly profit margins year over year in both its divisions.

The earnings rundown

  • Net sales: $13.2 billion (-4.4% year over year) vs. $13.58 billion estimated

  • Personal systems sales: $8.8 billion (-4.4% year over year) vs. $9.2 billion estimated

  • Printers sales: $4.4 billion (-5% year over year) vs. $4.39 billion estimated

  • Diluted EPS: $0.81 (+11% year over year) vs. $0.81 estimated (guidance: $0.76-$0.86)

What else caught our attention

  • Fiscal second quarter EPS guidance: $0.76 to $0.86 vs. $0.82 estimated

  • Full-year EPS guidance: $3.25 vs. $3.65 estimated (previous guidance: $3.25-$3.65)

Brian Sozzi is Yahoo Finance's Executive Editor. Follow Sozzi on Twitter/X @BrianSozzi and on LinkedIn. Tips on deals, mergers, activist situations, or anything else? Email brian.sozzi@yahoofinance.com.

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