Dell Revenues Decline. Servers Remain a Bright Spot
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Dell reported first quarter fiscal 2013 revenue late Tuesday that didn't deliver.
For the quarter, revenue was reported at $14.4 billion for a 4 percent year-over-year decline. Net Income also declined, coming in at $635 million, a 33 percent year-over-year decline.
"There are a few key causes to the shortfall," Brian Gladden, CFO of Dell said during the company's earnings call. "Our sales execution was not up to our expectations, and we've made changes to improve this as we head into the second quarter."
Gladden also noted that Dell has seen weaker demand in markets like EMEA and parts of Asia, in addition to public markets.
While Dell overall was down, one bright spot is the server space. For the quarter Dell's server and networking businesses grew by 2 percent. That growth was tempered by a pause in server purchases ahead of the launch of Dell's next-generation servers. Dell announced its new 12G servers at the end of February ahead of the Intel Xeon E5 launch.
"We exited the quarter with the 12th generation being a little over 25 percent of the server business, so it's off to a strong start." Michael Dell, CEO of Dell said."I think the benefits of this generation in terms of 10-gig ethernet and all the performance characteristics, the larger memory footprints going into bigger workloads, give us lots of opportunity to grow that."
Dell server performance is particularly noteworthy in contrast to its primary competitors, HP and IBM.
"We would highlight that IBM reported a revenue flat yr/yr growth in its System x (x86) servers for the March quarter," Analyst first Stifel Nicolaus Equity wrote in a research note. "We estimate HP's total enterprise storage and server revenue falling 12.5 percent yr/yr for the April quarter."