Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) reported a mixed second quarter on Thursday due to a decline in its hybrid IT unit. The quarterly revenue for the group is down 4 percent to $5.6 billion, read more about HPE’s Q2 News at ZDNet.com.
Analyst Take: HPE reported a mixed quarter, beating the streets from an earnings standpoint while actually coming up short on the revenue expectations. Perhaps the area for greater exploration is the continuation of revenue shortfalls in investment/growth areas including Pointnext services and Intelligent Edge. Given the strategic nature of these and other business units like Hybrid IT, CEO Antonio Neri’s comments around the elongated sales cycle makes sense. Frankly, I believe many businesses wind up pulling revenue forward to meet earnings; often at a cost to the bottom line of the business.
Overall, the profitability on revenue is encouraging, as the returns to shareholders is always a critical number to watch. However, going forward, I am eager to see if HPE can capitalize on their focus areas, as mentioned, including their service business, edge compute and hybrid IT. Aruba is another interesting area to watch. Their strong service revenue growth is encouraging, however, the sharp decline in revenue (8 percent), gives pause.
Lastly, the Cray acquisition will be something to keep an eye on. This acquisition will expand HPE’s footprint in high performance compute, and a quick integration into the business upon close will provide a bump in revenue and access to new customers outside of HPE’s current purview.
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