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Dell Technologies Beats Profit Estimates in Q1
Despite a challenging market environment, Dell's revenue for the first quarter reached USD 20.92 billion, surpassing analysts' expectations of USD 20.27 billion
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Dell Technologies has outperformed analysts' profit estimates for the first quarter of fiscal year 2024, showcasing its resilience amidst a challenging market landscape.
While Dell's results contrasted with its rivals HP Inc and Lenovo Group, indicating a relative advantage, the path to a full recovery remains a work in progress. The company provided a cautious outlook, forecasting current-quarter revenue below Wall Street targets and anticipating continued conservative IT spending. As a result, Dell's shares experienced a 2 per cent decline after the bell, reversing earlier gains of 5 per cent.
Chuck Whitten, co-chief operating officer of Dell, attributed the company's success to maintaining pricing discipline, reducing operating expenses, and the resilience of its supply chain, which performed well compared to competitors. Total operating expenses decreased by 6 per cent to USD 3.57 billion during the first quarter.
Despite a challenging market environment, Dell's revenue for the first quarter reached USD 20.92 billion, surpassing analysts' expectations of USD 20.27 billion, according to Refinitiv data. This 20 per cent decline in revenue can be attributed to the slump in demand for desktops and laptops following the pandemic-induced surge in work-from-home equipment purchases, resulting in an inventory build-up amid economic uncertainty.
The results highlight Dell's ability to control costs effectively, marking a positive sign for the PC industry after months of plummeting demand.
Within Dell's business segments, the client solutions unit, encompassing its consumer and enterprise PC business, experienced a 23 per cent decrease in sales. Meanwhile, the infrastructure solutions unit, which includes servers, storage devices, and networking hardware, saw an 18 per cent decline in revenue.
On an encouraging note, Dell's cost management efforts paid off, as the company posted adjusted earnings of USD 1.31 per share, exceeding analysts' estimates of 86 cents per share.
Looking ahead, Dell anticipates second-quarter revenue to range between USD 20.2 billion and USD 21.2 billion, falling below the market's midpoint expectation of USD 21.2 billion. While acknowledging the challenges, Dell remains committed to driving innovation and growth, having successfully returned USD 5 billion to shareholders over the past six quarters, well ahead of its free cash flow return target.
Despite the cautionary outlook, Dell's ability to exceed profit estimates and effectively manage costs in a difficult market environment reflects its strategic resilience and commitment to maintaining a strong financial position.