Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
HP has included non-GAAP financial measures in this document to supplement HP’s consolidated financial statements presented on a generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) basis. Definitions of these non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the press release announcing our fiscal 2019 full year and fourth quarter results. HP’s management uses net revenue on a constant currency basis, non-GAAP operating profit, non-GAAP net earnings, non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share, and other non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate and forecast HP’s performance before gains, losses or other charges that are considered by HP’s management to be outside of HP’s core business segment operating results. Free cash flow is a liquidity measure that provide useful information to management about the amount of cash available for investment in HP’s businesses, funding acquisitions, repurchasing stock and other purposes.
These and the other non-GAAP financial measures that HP uses may have limitations as analytical tools, and these measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of HP’s results as reported under GAAP. The non-GAAP financial information that we provide also may differ from the non-GAAP information provided by other companies. We compensate for the limitations on our use of these non-GAAP financial measures by relying primarily on our GAAP financial statements and using non-GAAP financial measures only supplementally. We also provide reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, and we encourage investors to review those reconciliations carefully.
We believe that providing these non-GAAP financial measures in addition to the related GAAP measures provides investors with greater transparency to the information used by HP’s management in its financial and operational decision-making and allows investors to see HP’s results “through the eyes” of management. We further believe that providing this information better enables investors to understand HP’s operating performance and financial condition and to evaluate the efficacy of the methodology and information used by HP’s management to evaluate and measure such performance and financial condition.
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