Earnings Analysis: Dell
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Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) reports preliminary financial results for the quarter ended 2012-10-31.
Dell Inc. recently reported its preliminary financial results based on which we provide a unique peer-based analysis of the company. Our analysis is based on the company's performance over the last twelve months (unless stated otherwise). For a more detailed analysis of this company (and over 40,000 other global equities) please visit www.capitalcube.com.
Dell Inc.'s analysis versus peers uses the following peer-set: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (005930), Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), Toshiba Corp. (TOSBF), Lenovo Group Ltd. ADS (LNVGY)*, NEC Corp. (NIPNF) and Acer Inc Spon GDR Reg S (ACEIF). The table below shows the preliminary results along with the recent trend for revenues, net income and returns.
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|Quarterly (USD million)||2012-10-31||2012-07-31||2012-04-30||2012-01-31||2011-10-31|
|Revenue Growth %||(5.0)||0.2||(9.6)||3.8||(2.3)|
|Net Income Growth %||(35.1)||15.3||(16.9)||(14.4)||0.3|
|Net Margin %||3.5||5.1||4.4||4.8||5.8|
|ROE % (Annualized)||19.1||30.7||27.8||34.8||42.0|
|ROA % (Annualized)||4.2||6.7||5.8||7.1||8.5|
Dell Inc.'s current Price/Book of 1.5 is about median in its peer group. We classify DELL-US as Harvesting because of the market's low expectations of growth (PE of 6.1 compared to peer median of 14.3) despite its relatively high returns (ROE of 27.7% compared to the peer median ROE of 14.2%).
The company attempts to achieve high profit margins (currently 4.5% vs. peer median of 1.6%) through differentiated products. It currently operates with peer median asset turns of 1.3x. DELL-US's net margin has declined 1.2 percentage points from last year's high and is now close to its five-year average net margin.
The company's revenues performance is worse than its peer median (year-on-year change revenue of 1.1%) but its earnings have been relatively good -- annual earnings changed by 32.5% compared to the peer median of -19.3%, implying that relative to peers, it is focused on earnings and/or selective about what top-line growth opportunities it pursues. DELL-US currently converts every 1% of change in revenue into 30.4% of change in annual reported earnings.
DELL-US's current return on assets is better than its peer median (6.0% vs. peer median 3.2%). However, its return on assets over the past five years has only been around the peer median (8.1% vs. peer median 7.3%). This performance suggests that the company may recently have found some new operational advantages to exploit relative to peers.
The company's gross margin of 22.9% is around peer median suggesting that DELL-US's operations do not benefit from any differentiating pricing advantage. However, DELL-US's pre-tax margin is more than the peer median (5.3% compared to 2.6%) suggesting relatively tight control on operating costs.
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DELL-US's revenues have grown more slowly than the peer median over the last few years (0.6% vs. 5.3% respectively for the past three years) and the stock price's relatively low PE ratio of 6.1 implies relatively low future growth as well. Overall, we view the company's growth expectations as substandard relative to its peers.
DELL-US's annualized rate of change in capital of 42.5% over the past three years is higher than its peer median of 6.8%. This investment has generated an above peer median return on capital of 20.7% averaged over the same three years. Evidently, the relatively high capital investment was successful given the the relatively strong growth in its returns.
DELL-US has reported relatively strong net income margin for the last twelve months (4.5% vs. peer median of 1.6%). This margin performance combined with relatively low accruals (1.8% vs. peer median of 5.6%) suggests possible aggressive accounting and an overstatement of its reported net income.
DELL-US's accruals over the last twelve months are around zero. However, this modestly positive level is also less than the peer median which suggests some amount of building of reserves.