HP said it expects fiscal 2018 earnings per share to be in the range of $1.90 to $2.00, up from $1.75 to $1.85. That number was above the average analyst estimate of $1.81 per share.
HP personal systems business, which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the company’s total revenue, rose almost 15 percent to $9.44 billion, beating the average analyst estimate of $8.50 billion.
Companies such as HP are expected to benefit from demand for better quality in personal computers and the higher margins these bring.
HP completed the acquisition of Samsung Electronics' printer business last year, and said revenue from its printer business rose 13.7 percent to $5.08 billion, above the average analyst estimate of $4.76 billion.
Net earnings rose to $1.94 billion, or $1.16 per share, in the quarter ended Jan. 31, from $611 million, or 36 cents per share, a year earlier, benefiting from a one-time tax gain of $1.03 billion.
Revenue rose 14.5 percent to $14.52 billion. Excluding items, the company earned 48 cents per share. Analysts on average were expecting 42 cents per share and revenue of $13.49 billion, according to Thomson