This excerpt taken from the HPQ 10-K filed Jan 14, 2005.
2003 Compared to 2002
The increase in net cash provided by operations in fiscal 2003 as compared to fiscal 2002 resulted primarily from higher earnings compared to a loss in fiscal 2002, as well as an increase in accounts payable. Improved management of the payables function and a contract manufacturing transition for some of our laptop products to China contributed to the increase in accounts payable at the end of fiscal 2003. Increases in inventory, continued severance payments through our restructuring programs, pension contributions and increases in receivables from contract manufacturers offset partially the increases in cash flow provided from operations.
The change in net cash flows from investing activities from fiscal 2003 as compared to fiscal 2002 was due primarily to the $3.6 billion of cash acquired in the Compaq acquisition in fiscal 2002, as well as $879 million recorded upon the dissolution of our equity method investment in Liquidity Management Corporation ("LMC"), when it became a wholly-owned subsidiary on November 1, 2001. In addition, net capital expenditures were $1.6 billion in fiscal 2003 as compared to $1.3 billion in fiscal 2002. Capital expenditure increases in fiscal 2003 related mainly to assets under lease by HPFS to third parties and to continued investment in IPG manufacturing equipment. In fiscal 2002, capital expenditures related primarily to financing assets and manufacturing investments across our businesses. HPFS capital expenditures in fiscal 2003 and fiscal 2002 increased primarily as a result of the acquisition of Compaq in the third quarter of fiscal 2002.
The slight decrease in net cash used in financing activities in fiscal 2003 as compared to fiscal 2002 was due primarily to a decrease in net repayments of total debt to approximately $303 million in fiscal 2003 compared to net repayments of $472 million in fiscal 2002 and, to a lesser extent, from an increase in cash generated by issuances of common stock under various employee stock plans. These increases were offset in part by an increase in repurchases of approximately 40 million shares for $751 million in fiscal 2003 and 40 million shares for $671 million in fiscal 2002.