It was business as usual at HP late Thursday, meaning the computing hardware/software company announced another round of job cuts and suffered the embarrassment of news being released earlier than planned.
HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) CEO Meg Whitman said during the company's second-quarter earnings call that HP is planning to cut up to 16,000 more jobs on top of 34,000 cuts already announced as part of a corporate restructuring program. This is the second time in two years the number of planned job cuts has jumped -- it started at 27,000. HP launched a major corporate turnaround strategy in October 2012. (See HP to Axe 27,000 Staff and HP Gives 2013 Outlook, Details Revamp.)
It is unclear which units and areas of expertise will be most affected by the latest cuts. HP has been widely criticized for continuing attempts to squeeze more money out of the fading PC hardware market, but it recently has made a concerted effort to become more of an SDN player. Software could remain a point of opportunity if HP doesn't put too many software-related jobs on its cut list. (See HP Shines Brighter on OpenDaylight and HP Beefs Up Its SDN Portfolio.)
HP declined further comment in an email exchange with Light Reading.
The second-quarter results actually met analysts' estimate with earnings of $0.88 per share. Overall revenue slipped about 1% from the same quarter last year to about $27.3 billion. However, if those numbers were not completely overshadowed news of the job cuts, they also were overshadowed by the fact that they became available while stock markets were still open, rather than after the closing bell. This was initially thought to be another of HP's infamous leaks, but later reports suggested the earnings release went public early by accident.
— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading