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Dell revenue rises nine per cent

Dell revenue rises nine per cent

In first report back as public company

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Dell Technologies has topped Street estimates for quarterly revenue in the computer maker's first earnings report since a return to public markets and also forecast annual revenue above estimates, lifted by demand for its servers and network devices.

Dell, one of the top players in the PC market, returned to public markets on 28 December after it bought back interest tied to the performance of software maker VMware, and shares have risen more than 22 per cent since then.

Revenue in its Infrastructure Solutions Group, which houses its servers and network device business, rose 10 per cent to US$9.9 billion. Servers and networking revenue rose 14 per cent to US$5.3 billion.

Client Solutions Group segment revenue rose 4 per cent to US$10.9 billion. The unit holds its desktop PCs, notebooks and tablets, as well as branded peripherals business.

Excluding some items, Dell expects full-year 2020 revenue between US$93 billion and US$96 billion, mostly above analysts' estimate of US$94.11 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Its expectations for annual adjusted earnings per share between US$6.05 and US$6.70 falls below Street estimates of US$6.81.

Dell did not report earnings per share for fiscal 2019 due to certain transactions.

Dell chief financial officer Tom Sweet referenced the dynamic macroeconomic environment in an interview to Reuters and said, "I don't think full-year 2020 will be quite as strong from a year-over-year revenue growth perspective, but I do think that we will continue to improve profitability over the course of the year."

Excluding impact of purchase accounting of US$167 million, the company posted total revenue of US$24 billion, above estimates of US$23.83 billion.

For the fourth quarter ended 1 February, net loss attributable to Dell jumped nearly three-fold to US$299 million. Operating expenses surged 13.7 per cent to US$6.78 billion.

Competitor VMware Inc beat fourth-quarter revenue and profit estimates on strong demand for its software to boost cloud computing efficiency, sending its shares up 3 per cent.

Forrester analyst Glenn O'Donnell is bullish on both Dell and VMWare.

"The companies have more than their share of critics, but both are executing well in ruthlessly competitive markets. You won’t see AWS-like growth numbers, but anyone who suggests these companies are dinosaurs - is just wrong," he said, referring to Inc's Amazon Web Services (AWS).

HP Inc on Wednesday reported quarterly revenue that fell short of estimates, due to weak demand in its printer as well as in its personal systems businesses.

(Reporting by Vibhuti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Lisa Shumaker)

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