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HP Enterprise misses revenue estimates, cuts FY profit forecast

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, the corporate hardware and enterprise software business of Hewlett-Packard Co, reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue and cut its full-year profit forecast.

The company’s shares were down 5.6 percent at $23.22 in after-market trading on Thursday.

HPE said it expected full-year adjusted profit of between $1.88-$1.98 per share, down from $2-$2.10 it forecast earlier.

Analysts on average were expecting a profit of $2.05 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

HPE cited increased pressure from a strong dollar, higher commodities pricing and some near-term execution issues for the cut in full-year profit forecast.

The Palo Alto, California-based company, which has been struggling with sluggish demand for its servers and storage equipment, forecast current-quarter adjusted profit in the range of 41 cents-45 cents per share.

Analysts were expecting a profit of 47 cents.

HPE has sold off most of its traditional software businesses since being spun off from Hewlett-Packard Co in 2015, while focusing on adding muscle to its cloud-related hardware businesses, pitting it against much bigger and established companies such as Cisco Systems Inc.

Revenue from its enterprise group, which is HPE’s biggest and offers servers, storage and networking services, fell nearly 12 percent to $6.32 billion in the first quarter ended Jan. 31.

The company’s net income was flat at $267 million.

On a per share basis, the company’s net income rose by 1 cent to 16 cents per share from a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned 45 cents per share.

Revenue fell 10.4 percent to $11.41 billion.

Analysts on average had expected a profit of 44 cents per share and revenue of $12.07 billion.

Up to Thursday’s close, HPE’s shares had risen nearly 88 percent in the past 12 months.

(Reporting by Rishika Sadam in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)