Struggling Dell has lost its mojo while Apple shows rapid growth

“Dude, you got Dell stock? Well, poor you,” Jay Palmer writes for Barron’s. “Since mid-July, shares of Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Computer have tumbled 28%, from just under 42 to 29.76, the lowest level in roughly two-and-a-half years. Over the same period, long-scorned rival Hewlett-Packard has risen nearly 15% to 28.53 from 24.73. So what’s going on?”

“Well, last week’s news certainly has one wondering. Ahead of its third quarter results due out this Thursday, Dell issued a stark warning that its three-month revenues will be only 2% higher at $13.9 billion, well below its original guidance of $14.1 to $14.5 billion. Earnings (before a $450 million, or 14-cents-a-share one-time charge, mainly for replacing faulty parts) will be around 39 cents a share, up 18% from a year earlier but still at the very low end of recent projections,” Palmer writes.

“A single-quarter miss could be forgiven. But Dell’s revenue growth has now slowed for seven quarters in a row and, worse, this will be the fourth consecutive quarter that Dell has missed the market’s estimates. Not surprisingly, last week saw downgrades by analysts at several top firms, many of them questioning whether Dell can ever hit the ambitious 2008 sales target of $80 billion set last April, up from perhaps $56 billion this year,” Palmer writes. “‘Has Dell lost its mojo?’ asks Cindy Shaw at Moors & Cabot. ‘I think so, and that’s why I am downgrading the stock.’ At the stock’s current price, there are still more than a few die-hard fans. They argue that if there was ever a company capable of masterminding a return to growth, it’s Dell . That’s probably true, but it’s no longer enough. If Dell’s revenue fails to grow faster, and certainly if the company continues to miss earnings targets, it will be time to admit that Dell is past its best.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Why not just shut the company down and give the money back to shareholders, Mr. Dell?

In the last reported quarter, Apple boosted growth in total Mac shipments by 48%. Dell’s unit sales increased 17.6% in the same period according to Gartner Inc. Apple’s market cap is currently $50,387,216,880. Dell’s is currently $70,796,255,550.

“We’re coming after you, you’re in our sights.” – Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaking about Dell, November 10, 1997. (source)

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IDC: Apple shows rapid growth, holds 4.3% U.S. market share on 48% growth – October 17, 2005
Michael Dell say’s he’d be happy to sell Apple’s Mac OS X if Steve Jobs decides to license – June 16, 2005
Why buy a Dell when Apple ‘Macintel’ computers will run both Mac OS X and Windows? – June 08, 2005
Apple Macs are less expensive than Dell PCs – April 25, 2005
Dell CEO: Apple can’t just have one product and then say they’re the innovative leader of the world – February 22, 2005
BusinessWeek: Rather than dismissing Apple products as fads, Dell should try starting a few – January 31, 2005
Dismissive Dell CEO not impressed with Apple Mac mini, calls iPod a ‘one-product wonder’ and a ‘fad’ – January 17, 2005
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  1. Michael Dell should file for Chapter 11 and return whats left of his profits to the stock holders…

    And then, throw a chair, and maybe then he could polish off that day-old box of doughnuts !

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    MW= “left” … As in ..when all is said and done ..

  2. evert g.,

    It’s about as Lame as Michael Dell saying that the best ting Apple could do was close up shop and return the money back to its investors!

    Faced with a similar question on what he would do if he were acting chief executive Steve Jobs, Dell chief executive Michael Dell said, “I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.”

  3. Re: For evert g. – Memorable quote from 1985

    George McFly: “Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn’t take Lorraine out that he’d melt my brain.”

    I think Michael should expand into making meals for institutions. Commodity lunchmeat that’s “DELL-icious!”

  4. Well I was just over at and I see that DellTunes is almost ready to go live. Also, the new Dell Mini is primed and ready to go. There are several new DellPods poised to be released for this holiday season, and they’re predicting a DellPod with video! Michael Dell will be doing the keynote address at DellWorld in January so that means new stuff. So, it’s not all bad news.

  5. Re: “Cheap and just good enough is not working for a lot of people anymore.”

    Wow! I just realized that DELL and my ex-wife have a LOT in common!
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  6. “DELLworld”

    An amusement park with six mile long lines, no fun, no ride at the end and a coupon for ten dollars off of a root canal.

    “DELL Mini”

    A floor length, no frills, black dress.


    Invasions of the Body Snatchers (1956)


    Three scratched 78 LPs of obscure Polka songs on accordion.

  7. AMPAR:

    George McFly: “Last night, Darth Vader came down from planet Vulcan and told me that if I didn’t take Lorraine out that he’d melt my brain.”


    “you made a time machine out of a delorean!?!?”

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