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Analyst: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Has 'Zero Chance Of Remaining Relevant'

Analyst: Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE Has 'Zero Chance Of Remaining Relevant'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co HPE 1.83% shares are up 2.14 percent after the company reported Q4 revenue of $12.5 billion on EPS of $0.61. The revenue number fell short of Wall Street’s $12.85 estimate, but EPS was a slight beat versus expectations of $0.60.

Chowdhry Responds

According to Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry, Hewlett Packard’s earnings beat and forward guidance mean “nothing.”

Chowdhry believes the company will inevitably fall victim to competition from, Inc. AMZN 0.99%, Microsoft Corporation MSFT 1.39% and other competitors in the era of “SuperClouds.”

“Investors are having a false hope for a miracle to happen in HPE, but sadly we don’t see any recovery in the business,” Chowdhry explained.

He pointed out that the turnaround efforts of Hewlett Packard’s current management have been underway for five years, and the company has made very little progress.

“HPE has zero chance of even remaining relevant in the era of SuperClouds,” Chowdhry concluded.

Citi's Take

Citi analyst Jim Suva sees things a bit differently. On Thursday, Suva reiterated his Buy rating on the stock and upped his price target from $25 to $27 on the strength of the company’s free cash flow.

So far in 2016, shares have surged 52.3 percent, outpacing both Amazon (+14.5 percent) and Microsoft (+8.9 percent).

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