4. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) sells computer hardware and servers as well as consulting services.
Quarter: Fiscal fourth-quarter net income ascended 5.2% to $2.5 billion. Earnings per share increased 11% to $1.10, helped by a smaller float. Revenue grew 8.1% to $33 billion. The gross margin extended from 26% to 27%, but the operating margin hovered at 11%. The balance sheet stored $11 billion of cash and $22 billion of debt at quarter's end, converting to quick ratio of 0.7 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.6. HP's 12-month sales have grown 10%.
Valuation: HP's stock sells for a forward earnings multiple of 7.4, a book value multiple of 2.4, a sales multiple of 0.8 and a cash flow multiple of 8.2, 52%, 49%, 76% and 38% discounts to computers and peripherals industry averages. Its PEG ratio of 0.3 reflects a 70% discount to estimated fair value. HP's trailing earnings multiple of 12 represents a 46% discount to the industry average and a 23% discount to the five-year average earnings multiple of 15.Dividend: Hewlett-Packard pays a quarterly dividend of eight cents, converting to a one-year yield of 0.8% with a payout ratio of just 9%. The board has kept the quarterly dividend steady at eight cents since 1998.
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