Beleaguered Dell’s earnings drop 33%

“Dell reported a 33 percent drop in fourth-quarter profits that were slightly ahead of expectations. But the No. 2 PC maker’s sales figures came in below estimates and Dell warned that growth and profit margins will remain ‘under pressure’ for the next few quarters,” CNNMoney reports.

CNNMoney reports, “Dell said its sales for the quarter were $14.4 billion, a 5.1 percent decrease from the year-ago period. Analysts had expected revenues of $14.88 billion. Dell reported earnings of $673 million, or 30 cents per share for the quarter, compared to analyst expectations of 29 cents per share. In the fourth quarter of 2005, the company earned $1 billion, or 43 cents per share. Analysts had expected profits of 32 cents per share for the quarter before Dell issued a warning on January 31.”

“Dell’s stock has tumbled over 40 percent over the past two years on decreased sales, slimmer profit margins and the accounting probe… Dell did not offer specific guidance, but said that it expects growth and margins to be under pressure for the next several quarters as it transforms the company,” CNNMoney reports.

“‘We are disappointed with the company’s results, but what matters is our future plan of action. We are systematically moving to increase efficiencies, improve execution and transform the company,’ said Michael Dell in a statement. ‘Our business model will become more aligned with the needs of our customers,”‘ he added,” CNNMoney reports.

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“Among Dell’s main business areas, desktop PCs remained the company’s biggest revenue generator, accounting for $4.6 billion, or 32% of the quarter’s sales. However, desktop revenue fell 18% from last year’s $5.6 billion,” Rex Crum reports for MarketWatch.

Crum reports, “Mobility sales, which include notebook PCs, was flat with a year ago at $3.8 billion. ‘Those results were pretty weak,’ according to Shaw Wu, an analyst with American Technology Research. ‘That area is one of the most important in the PC market right now.'”

“Additionally, Dell announced that it had received a stay from the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, regarding any further action to delist the company’s stock from the Nasdaq. Dell has until May 4 to provide the council with any additional material for it to consider,” Crum reports. “Shares of Dell fell almost 2% in after-hours trading to $22.62.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Box assembler Michael Dell’s best future plan of action to transform his floundering, unexceptional, run-of-the-mill company would be to… drum roll, please… shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.

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  1. Maybe they should start selling Dells with Mac OS X on them. Oh wait…what was I thinking? Bye bye Dull. Maybe they could just make prettier cases for their computers. I’m sure this is all they have in mind for transforming the company.

  2. And today’s statistic for them that likes them…

    As of now, Dell has somehow managed to be so irrelevant that they are now worth less than Sony.

    It’s like a little Greek tragedy, except with cowboy hats instead of togas and shit software instead of murderous sons.

    “Those who the Gods want to destroy, they first make mad.”

  3. NEWS FLASH: In a bold move today Michael Dell has changed his name to Mike Dell.
    His first act as Mike will be to ambush Steve Jobs as he is leaving his Cuppertino office and
    beat him to a pulp. Hopefully this story will not give Mr. Jobs any warning of his impending thrashing.

    News at 11:00

  4. NEWS FLASH: Liking all the press he has gotten, Mike Dell has announced that he will be changing the Name of his daughter Amanda to Beleaguered, yes Beleaguered Dell.

    Thus giving his failing more company more press than they have seen in years.

    News at 1:00

  5. @PorradaVFR

    From Tiger’s built-in dictionary:

    It is easy to confuse the words founder and flounder, not only because they sound similar but also because the contexts in which they are used overlap. Founder means, in its general and extended use, ‘fail or come to nothing, sink out of sight’ (: the scheme foundered because of lack of organizational backing). Flounder, on the other hand, means ‘struggle, move clumsily, be in a state of confusion’ ( | new recruits floundering about in their first week).

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