This excerpt taken from the HPQ 10-K filed Jan 14, 2005.
HP Financial ServicesSupplemental Combined Company Information
We present a supplementary discussion of HPFS combined company results below:
HPFS combined company net revenue declined 8% in fiscal 2003. Lower lease originations during fiscal 2003 contributed to the decrease in net revenue. Strengthened credit controls and the ongoing weakness in the global economy resulted in the decrease in lease originations and the related decrease in revenue-generating assets. Decreases in ASPs of HP products also were a factor in the decrease in lease originations in fiscal 2003. Increased revenue from used equipment sales and other mid-term and end-of-term portfolio activities moderated the net revenue decrease.
Combined company earnings from operations as a percentage of net revenue were 4.1% in fiscal 2003 compared to a loss of 6.1% in fiscal 2002. In fiscal 2003, a reduction in bad debt expense for customer write-offs resulting from strengthened global credit standards and a stronger portfolio resulted in the majority of the operating profit ratio improvement. Lower interest costs as a percentage of net revenue also had a positive impact on the ratio.