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Dell Technologies Beats Forecasts

March 1, 2021

Dell Technologies reported financial results for its fiscal 2021 fourth quarter and full year.

Full-year revenue was a record $94.2 billion, up 2% over the prior year. The company generated record operating income of $5.1 billion, a 96% increase over the prior year, and record non-GAAP operating income of $10.8 billion, up 6%. For the full year, net income was $3.5 billion and non-GAAP net income was $6.8 billion. Cash flow from operations was a record $11.4 billion. Full-year diluted earnings per share was $4.22, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $8.00.

Fourth quarter revenue was up 9% to $26.1 billion. The company generated operating income of $2.2 billion, a 204% increase over the same period in the prior year, and non-GAAP operating income of $3.3 billion, up 19%. Net income was $1.3 billion, non-GAAP net income was $2.3 billion and adjusted EBITDA was $3.8 billion. Cash flow from operations was $5.9 billion. Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share was $1.57 and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $2.70.

Dell's revenue of $26.1 billion bested the consensus forecast of $24.5 billion. The Big Tech noted Non-GAAP earnings of $2.70 a share which topped the $2.14 a share which was expected.

“In the past year, our team rallied to support our customers and partners worldwide as technology played a central role in keeping our society, economy and lives moving forward,” said Jeff Clarke, chief operating officer, Dell Technologies. “We generated record revenue of $94.2 billion this year by helping customers adapt to new work-and-learn-from-anywhere realities and are in an advantaged position to capitalize on the projected mid-single digits growth in IT spending in 2021.”

Dell Technologies ended the fiscal year with cash and investments of $15.8 billion and delivered on its fiscal 2021 core debt paydown target of $5.5 billion. The company ended the year with total deferred revenue of $30.8 billion, up $3 billion year-over-year. Recurring revenue, which includes deferred revenue amortization, utility and as-a-Service models was approximately $6 billion for the quarter, up 8% year-over-year, as the company’s aaS models give customers greater flexibility to scale IT to meet business needs and budgets.

“This year’s strong results are a testament to the flexibility of Dell Technologies’ business model and the resilience of our team,” said Tom Sweet, chief financial officer, Dell Technologies. “Focus on our people, customers, innovation and execution resulted in record cash flow from operations of $11.4 billion, and we’ll continue to deliver differentiated value for our all stakeholders.”

Operating segments summary

Client Solutions Group delivered record results, with revenue for the fourth quarter of $13.8 billion, up 17% year over year. This was driven by $9.9 billion in commercial revenue – a 16% increase – and $3.8 billion in consumer revenue – a 19% increase. Operating income was $1.0 billion or approximately 7.6% of Client Solutions Group revenue. For the full year, the Client Solutions Group delivered record revenue of $48.4 billion, up 5% versus the prior year. Client Solutions Group full-year operating income was $3.4 billion, a 7% increase.

Key highlights:

  • Shipped a record 50.3 million units during the 2020 calendar year1, an 8% increase year-over-year
  • Only big 3 vendor to gain Commercial PC share in calendar year 20201
  • Continued to see strong growth in Latitude and Precision notebooks and Commercial Chromebooks

Infrastructure Solutions Group revenue for the fourth quarter was $8.8 billion, flat year-over-year. Storage revenue was $4.4 billion – down 2% – while servers and networking revenue was $4.4 billion – up 3%. Operating income was a record $1.2 billion or approximately 13.5% of Infrastructure Solutions Group revenue. For the full year, revenue was $32.6 billion, with operating income of $3.8 billion.

Key highlights:

  • PowerStore orders up 4X quarter-over-quarter, as customers embrace the next generation of modern data center technology and applications
  • Strong year-over-year growth in PowerMax, HCI and PowerProtect Data Domain
  • Launch of new HCI, cloud, storage and data protection integration with latest VMware releases to help customers innovate across edge locations, data centers and hybrid clouds

VMware revenue for the fourth quarter was $3.3 billion, with operating income of $1.1 billion driven by broad-based strength across a diverse product portfolio. For the full year, VMware delivered $11.9 billion in revenue and $3.6 billion in operating income.

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