For the fiscal quarter ended April 29, business appliance maker Dell announced that it achieved total revenue of U.S. $13.4 billion, a 16-percent increase year-over-year, and net earnings of $0.37 per share, up 32 percent and a company record. Dell also said it expects revenue growth to be higher in the second quarter.
Revenue growth outside of the United States and in strategic products and services highlighted the first quarter. Sales outside the U.S. increased 21 percent year-over-year and grew to 42 percent of the company's total revenue. Worldwide revenue from storage systems increased 49 percent and sales of mobility products grew 22 percent from a year ago.
In the first quarter, Dell's operating margin as a percent of revenue was 8.8 percent, up from 8.4 percent a year ago. The company generated $1.2 billion in cash flow from operations. Dell repurchased more than 50 million shares of its common stock during the quarter for $2 billion, a company record, and has reduced Dell's shares outstanding by more than 80 million over the past year.
"Our greatest strength in the quarter was precisely in the products, services, and regions in which we're most focused on growing," said Kevin Rollins, Dell's CEO. "Customers worldwide are increasingly relying on us for their diversified information-technology requirements."
Mr. Rollins said the company expects second-quarter fiscal 2006 to produce a revenue increase of 16 to 18 percent, to $13.6 to $13.8 billion, and earnings per share of $0.37 to $0.39.
Revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and in Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) grew 20 percent and 19 percent, respectively, for the quarter.
Overall company shipments in EMEA increased 26 percent as Dell closed the gap on the regional leader by almost two share points. Sales of Dell storage systems increased more than 60 percent year-over-year. Revenue from software and peripherals rose 37 percent, led by strong growth in imaging and printing products. Revenue from mobility products increased 20 percent, as shipments of notebook computers rose 39 percent. Regional server shipments were up 23 percent, more than twice the average of other companies.
In APJ, overall shipments of Dell products increased 27 percent from a year ago, double the rest of the industry. Server volumes grew 38 percent, resulting in revenue growth of 17 percent. Shipments of notebook computers increased 41 percent, driving a 22-percent rise in revenue from mobility products. Storage revenue grew 36 percent. Sales of software and peripheral products were up 52 percent.
Regional shipments in the Americas increased 17 percent year-over-year. Storage revenue grew 47 percent. Regional sales from mobility products increased 22 percent. Combined sales in Canada and Latin America were 32 percent higher than a year ago. For the fifth straight quarter, Dell said it ranked No. 1 in U.S. share of every industry product category and customer segment.
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