Dell's Q4 Revenue and Profits Decrease

Amid its $24.4 billion deal to go private, Dell's Q4 financial results has seen the company's revenue and profits decreasing.

The company generated revenue of $14.3 billion during 2012's fourth quarter, which, while it is a slight increase from Q3, it is a decrease of 11 percent from the same quarter in 2011. It made a net profit of $530 million, representing a 31 percent drop year-over-year.

Revenue for Dell's consumer division dropped by 24 percent year-over-year, and operating income decreased by 87 percent. Nearly every division within Dell experienced a drop in revenue and income except servers and networking, which saw an 18 percent growth with $2.6 billion.

For 2012 as a whole, Dell reported earnings of $2.37 billion, or $1.35 a share, on revenue of $56.94 billion, a decrease of 8 percent from 2011.

"We continued to execute our long-term strategy in Q4, and realized a 6 percent increase in our enterprise solutions and services business," said Dell CFO Brian Gladden. "We also continued to generate strong cash flow from operations of $1.4 billion in the quarter. Our strong balance sheet and cash position enabled the company to invest almost $5 billion in new capabilities and intellectual property this fiscal year, including great assets like Quest, SonicWall, Wyse and AppAssure."

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  • echondo
    Just bought a Dell U2312HM :D Not bad for $200 from Newegg, gonna be here in a day or two. Dell has amazing products, but it's a little pricey.
  • p05esto
    Dell high end products (Monitors, Laptops and servers) simply can't be beat. There are no better servers out there than Dell offers. Annd while my M6700 laptop cost almost $3k, it was worth every penny. With a 17.3 IPS (yea) screen and more power than most desktops this thing is a total BEAST. Love it.
  • Ro0ster
    Like someone said, Dell makes good high-end stuff that attracts the enthusiast. However thats a small niche and enterprise sales is where these companies make their money. Against HP, Dell needs to realize they're a good 2-5 points higher than what HP will sell at with similarly configured equipment.