Those cash strapped dot-coms sure are a resilient bunch -- for now. Instead of going out of business quietly, struggling dot-coms are raising more money in hopes fighting on. Unfortunately, the new money only puts off their inevitable demise.
It's like putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound.
Will dot-coms' new financing pay off?
In recent weeks, many struggling dot-coms have announced cash infusions. And plenty of others are on deck.
Is this good news in the big picture? No. For the long-suffering shareholders of these companies, it means they could suffer a little longer until a buyer comes along. It's also bad news for the Net sector overall. There are too many Internet look-a-likes. Until the also-rans consolidate or go under the glut will continue.
"We all know there are way too many Internet companies, most of which have limited points of differentiation," said Lauren Cooks Levitan, of Robertson Stephens. Levitan said consolidation needs to pick up, and that many companies are pursuing "Band-Aid financing."
Here are the companies that are buying a few more days on life support:
What's next? Drkoop.com (Nasdaq: KOOP) is looking for financing or a buyer. Like CDNow, Drkoop.com has the eyeballs and content to attract a buyer, but there's baggage.
"Companies should be driving toward more permanent solutions, which may mean the end of their independent existence," said Levitan.
HP: Are you a believer?
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP) is delivering on its revenue growth promise.
After the closing bell, HP reported second quarter earnings of 87 cents a share, a nickel better than First Call Corp. consensus estimates. The results exclude one-time items such as equity gains and charges.
Revenue from continuing operations jumped 15 percent for the quarter ending April 30. Revenue from continuing operations was $12 billion, up from $10.5 billion a year ago.
More importantly, HP reported some strong growth in key areas.
HP said printer and imaging device sales surged 13 percent. Computing systems sales were up 19 percent from a year ago. Unix server revenue was up 26 percent with orders gaining 32 percent. Home PC sales were up 85 percent. Services sales were up 12 percent.
These aren't exactly Dell's numbers, but they're a big step for HP.
So what's the problem? Analysts may fret that HP is getting most of its bottom line from low-margin products. Meanwhile, HP's Unix growth is an easy comparison.
The third quarter will be telling for HP -- it won't have an easy year-over-year comparison.
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