Dell Technologies Reports Fiscal Year 2018 Third Quarter Financial Results

Information about Dell Technologies' use of non-GAAP financial information is provided under "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. All comparisons in this press release are year over year unless otherwise noted.

"Our strategy to be the essential infrastructure provider is resonating with our customers, who turn to Dell Technologies to transform and digitize their environments," said Jeff Clarke, vice-chairman, Products & Operations, Dell Technologies. "We deliver a more holistic view and set of solutions, offering a higher level of innovation and integration across the edge, core and cloud that is unmatched in the industry."

Operating segments summary

Client Solutions Group (Dell) continued to outperform the market worldwide as the overall PC market moved back to positive year-over-year growth during the calendar quarter. Revenue for the third fiscal quarter was $10.0 billion, up 8 percent from the same quarter of fiscal 2017. Operating income was $672 million, a 6 percent increase.

Key highlights:

  • Double-digit revenue growth in notebooks for both commercial and consumer
  • Delivered 19th consecutive quarter of year-over-year PC unit share growth2
  • No. 1 workstation vendor worldwide, outperforming the industry and positive growth in every major region3
  • No. 1 displays provider worldwide for the 17th consecutive quarter4

Infrastructure Solutions Group (Dell EMC) experienced growth of 2 percent quarter over quarter, with third quarter revenue of $7.5 billion and operating income of $678 million. Servers and networking revenue was $3.9 billion, which was an increase of 32 percent year over year and 3 percent quarter over quarter. Storage revenue remained flat at $3.7 billion quarter over quarter.  

Key highlights:

  • Record revenue and double-digit growth for servers for 2nd consecutive quarter
  • Worldwide leader in servers, outgrowing the market in units and revenue for both mainstream and hyperscale5
  • Triple-digit growth in hyperconverged portfolio, led by VxRail
  • Double-digit demand growth for Isilon scale-out NAS and all-flash arrays

VMware segment revenue for the third quarter was $2.0 billion, with operating income of $639 million, or 32.7 percent of revenue.

Additional highlights

During the third quarter, Dell Technologies paid down $1.7 billion in debt, and since the close of the EMC transaction, it has paid down $9.7 billion of gross debt, excluding DFS-related debt. Also since closing the EMC transaction, the company has repurchased a total of 23.4 million shares of Class V common stock under the previously announced repurchase programs. The company ended the quarter with a cash and investments balance of $18.0 billion.

During the quarter, Dell Technologies launched a dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) division aimed at coordinating development of IoT products and services across all of our businesses. This comprehensive approach includes IoT-specific products, labs, partner program and consumption models to help customers speed the implementation of their IoT solutions.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Dell EMC announced the expansion of its industry-leading midrange storage portfolio with two new SC All-Flash data storage arrays, along with key software updates to Dell EMC Unity designed to boost efficiency and cost savings for mixed block and file workloads. Additionally, Dell EMC launched its new Future-Proof Storage Loyalty Program to help customers protect their investment.

Conference call information

As previously announced, the company will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter performance this morning at 7 a.m. CST. The conference call will be broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed at For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, an archived version will be available at the same location for one year.

A slide presentation containing additional financial and operating information may be downloaded from Dell Technologies' website at

Additional resources

  • Find out more about how Dell Technologies is collaboratively solving customers' biggest challenges by visiting our Annual Report to Customers
  • Follow the latest news on Twitter from @DellTech

About Dell Technologies

Dell Technologies is a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. The company services customers of all sizes across 180 countries – ranging from 98 percent of the Fortune 500 to individual consumers – with the industry's most comprehensive and innovative portfolio from the edge to the core to the cloud.

Copyright © 2017 Dell Inc. or its subsidiaries. All Rights Reserved. Dell, Dell Inc. and the Dell logo are trademarks of Dell Technologies in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies. 

1 Due to the EMC transaction and to a lesser extent the Dell going-private transaction, significant non-cash bridging items will remain between GAAP and non-GAAP results for the next few years. As a result of the EMC merger transaction completed on September 7, 2016 and its impact on the third quarter and first nine months of Fiscal 2018, our results for the fiscal periods discussed herein are not directly comparable.
2 IDC WW Quarterly Personal Computing Device (PCD) Tracker CY17Q3
3 IDC WW Quarterly Workstation Tracker CY17Q3
4 DisplaySearch Desktop Monitor Market Tracker CY17Q2
5 IDC WW Quarterly Server Tracker CY17Q3

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

This press release presents information about the Company's non-GAAP net revenue, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, which are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a supplement to the results provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"). A reconciliation of each of the foregoing historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable historical GAAP financial measures is provided in the attached tables for each of the fiscal periods indicated.

Special Note on Forward-Looking Statements:

Statements in this press release that relate to future results and events are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and are based on Dell Technologies' current expectations. In some cases, you can identify these statements by such forward-looking words as "anticipate," "believe," "confidence," "could," "estimate," "expect," "guidance," "intend," "may," "objective," "outlook," "plan," "project," "possible," "potential," "should," "will" and "would," or similar words or expressions that refer to future events or outcomes.

Dell Technologies' results or events in future periods could differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements because of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that include, but are not limited to, the following: competitive pressures; Dell Technologies' reliance on third-party suppliers for products and components, including reliance on single-source or limited-source suppliers; Dell Technologies' ability to achieve favorable pricing from its vendors; adverse global economic conditions and instability in financial markets; Dell Technologies' execution of its growth, business and acquisition strategies; the success of Dell Technologies' cost efficiency measures; Dell Technologies' ability to manage solutions and products and services transitions in an effective manner; Dell Technologies' ability to deliver high-quality products and services; Dell Technologies' foreign operations and ability to generate substantial revenue; Dell Technologies' product, customer, and geographic sales mix, and seasonal sales trends; the performance of Dell Technologies' sales channel partners; access to the capital markets by Dell Technologies or its customers; weak economic conditions and additional regulation; counterparty default risks; the loss by Dell Technologies of any services contracts with its customers, including government contracts, and its ability to perform such contracts at its estimated costs; Dell Technologies' ability to develop and protect its proprietary intellectual property or obtain licenses to intellectual property developed by others on commercially reasonable and competitive terms; infrastructure disruptions, cyberattacks, or other data security breaches; Dell Technologies' ability to hedge effectively its exposure to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and interest rates; expiration of tax holidays or favorable tax rate structures, or unfavorable outcomes in tax audits and other tax compliance matters; impairment of portfolio investments; unfavorable results of legal proceedings; increased costs and additional regulations and requirements as a result of Dell Technologies operation as a public company; Dell Technologies' ability to develop and maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; compliance requirements of changing environmental and safety laws; the effect of armed hostilities, terrorism, natural disasters, and public health issues; the costs, time, and effort required to be dedicated to the integration of the Dell and EMC businesses; the ability to realize the anticipated synergies from the merger with EMC; the ability to integrate EMC's technology, solutions, products, and services with those of Dell in an effective manner; the impact of the financial performance of VMware; and the market volatility of Dell Technologies' pension plan assets.

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