(AOF) – On the occasion of the publication of its fourth quarter accounts, HP Inc announced its intention to cut between 4,000 and 6,000 jobs by the end of the fiscal year 2025. The computer firm thus intends to save at least $1.4 billion annually. This restructuring will cost it around 1 billion dollars in restructuring charges, including 0.6 billion in the 2023 financial year, in progress, and the balance in the following two. HP Inc is facing a weak PC market.
In the fourth quarter, which ended at the end of October, HP Inc recorded a net loss of $2 million against a profit of $3.1 billion a year earlier. Excluding exceptional items, the group posted a profit of 85 cents per share, beating the consensus by 1 cent. Its revenue fell 11.2% to $14.8 billion against the market forecast of $14.69 billion.
In detail, PCs saw their revenues fall by 13% (-9% at constant exchange rates) to $10.3 billion. Revenue from consumer PCs in particular fell 25%.
HP Inc.’s printer business recorded sales down 7% (-6% at constant exchange rates) to 4.5 billion
For fiscal 2023, the PC and printer maker is targeting adjusted earnings per share of between $3.20 and $3.60 per share. Wall Street is targeting $3.61 per share.
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