12. Aug 2005

Dell Generates Record EPS, Outpaces Industry Growth

Dell's second quarter, which ended July 29, was highlighted by industry-record shipments of 9.1 million computer systems - including 2.7 million mobility products - and company-record revenue of more than $2 billion from software and peripheral products, including printers and displays.

The company's second-quarter earnings were $1.02 billion, or 41 cents per share, up 32 percent from a year ago. Second-quarter EPS includes a three-cent revision to the previously recorded tax estimate for the repatriation of funds under the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. Absent that benefit, EPS was a record 38 cents, up 23 percent. Dell revenue for the quarter was $13.4 billion, 15 percent higher than the same quarter last year.

”Our teams performed well in a dynamic market. Our growth in Q2 was characterized by share increases in every region”, said Kevin Rollins, Dell's chief executive officer.

”While average selling prices were down more than we would have liked, we focused on balanced profitability and, in the process, delivered to our guidance for EPS.”

Dell's operating margin as a percent of revenue was 8.7 percent, up from 8.6 percent a year ago. The company generated more than $900 million in cash flow from operations. Dell spent $1.8 billion during the quarter to repurchase almost 47 million shares, and has now repurchased almost 280 million shares over the past 10 quarters.

Mr. Rollins said continued steady purchase rates by corporate cus-tomers, the seasonal impact of back-to-school buying in the consumer segment, and continued growth in markets outside of the United States will drive Dell's third-quarter business. The company expects Q3 revenue of $14.1 to $14.5 billion, and earnings per share of 39 to 41 cents. Dell plans to repurchase at least $1.2 billion in stock during the current fiscal quarter.

Growth Continues Globally

Revenue from outside the United States accounted for 39 percent of Dell's total for the quarter and grew 24 percent year-over-year.

Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) revenue grew 24 percent year-over-year. Software and peripherals revenue in APJ increased 90 percent year-over-year. Printer shipments more than tripled over last year, and Dell took the No. 1 position for Intel-based servers in Japan. Revenue from enhanced services increased 67 percent year-over-year.

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, revenue was up 21 percent over last year. Storage revenue increased 47 percent and enhanced ser-vices revenue increased 66 percent. The region shipped 52 percent more mobility products year-over-year.

Excluding the U.S., the Americas region revenue grew 34 percent year-over-year. Shipments of mobility products increased, driven by notebook growth of 67 percent year-over-year. Printer shipments increased 117 percent from a year ago.

In the United States, Dell expanded its leadership as the No. 1 systems vendor in all of its segments with more than 1 point year-over-year share increase. Dell's U.S. server leadership increased by more than 5 points year-over-year.

Products and Services Achieve Record Demand

Worldwide revenue from storage products grew 26 percent year-over-year. Dell's Storage Area Network (SAN) business grew more than 50 percent faster than the rest of the industry.

Customers are shifting to denser, more powerful industry-standard servers, and Dell increased its shipments by 25 percent year-over-year. In this product category, Dell grew twice the rate of the industry in every region, gaining almost 3 points of share year-to-year and closing the gap with the leader by more than 4 percentage points.

Mobility revenue in the quarter was a record $3.4 billion, a 20 percent year-over-year increase. Mobility product shipments increased 47 percent, a result of more customers shifting from desktops to mobility products. Dell increased desktop computer shipments by 17 percent and added another half-share point to its worldwide leadership.

Software and peripherals revenue increased 35 percent year-over-year with further expansion of Dell's imaging products. Laser printer units increased 168 percent year-over-year and overall printer shipments grew 77 percent year-over-year.

Enhanced services revenue for the quarter was $1.2 billion, an increase of 41 percent year-over-year, as more customers look to Dell for professional and managed services for their enterprises. Dell's quality of support was cited as often as its product reliability as the reason enterprise customers choose Dell in the current server customer satisfaction survey conducted by Technology Business Research.

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is a trusted and diversified information-technology supplier and partner, and sells a comprehensive portfolio of products and services directly to customers worldwide. Dell, recognized by Fortune magazine as America's most admired company and No. 3 globally, designs, builds and delivers innovative, tailored systems that provide customers with exceptional value. Company revenue for the last four quarters was $52.8 billion. For more information about Dell and its products and services, visit www.dell.com.

Special note: Statements in this press release that relate to future results and events (including statements about Dell's anticipated financial and operating performance) are forward-looking statements based on Dell's current expectations. Actual results in future periods could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements because of a number of risks and uncertainties including: general economic, business and industry conditions; the level and intensity of competition in the technology industry and the pricing pressures that have resulted; local economic and labor conditions, political instability, unexpected regulatory changes, trade protection measures, tax laws and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; the ability to accurately predict product, customer and geographic sales mix; the ability to timely and effectively manage periodic product transitions; reliance on third-party suppliers for product components, including dependence on several single-source supplier relationships; the ability to effectively manage operating costs; the failure to attract and retain qualified personnel; the level of demand for the products and services Dell offers; the ability to manage inventory levels to minimize excess inventory, declining inventory values and obsolescence; and the effect of armed hostilities, terrorism, natural disasters and public health issues on the economy generally, on the level of demand for Dell's products and services and on Dell's ability to manage its supply and delivery logistics in such an environment. Additional discussion of these and other factors affecting Dell's business and prospects is contained in Dell's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Consolidated statements of income, financial position and cash flows follow.

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