Dell’s Enterprise Solutions Strategy Will Drive Company’s Long-Term Growth
Date : 7/13/2012
Round Rock, Texas
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- Executives share vision for value creation at annual meeting of stockholders
- Strategic investments driving end-to-end solutions with scalable design point
- Previously announced quarterly dividend program to begin in third fiscal quarter
Dell executives today addressed the company’s significant progress in becoming an end-to-end provider of enterprise solutions and services and the ongoing commitment to that strategy at its annual stockholders meeting.
“Through strategic acquisitions and organic growth, we are creating innovative solutions that provide more value and competitive edge for our customers,” Michael Dell, chairman and CEO, told stockholders. “By doing so, we are also creating long-term value and growth for our company and for our stockholders.”
Mr. Dell and Brian Gladden, Dell CFO, outlined the steps taken by the company to establish Dell as a full-service solutions company, and how the company’s business has shifted, with enterprise solutions and services accounting for 50 percent of its gross margin in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Among those actions was the formation earlier this year of a Software Group to add to Dell’s enterprise solutions capability, accelerate strategic growth and further differentiate the company from competitors with standards-based, scalable and flexible Dell-owned intellectual property.
Dell is building its software portfolio in part through strategic acquisitions. The company recently announced a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Quest Software, an award-winning IT management software provider offering a broad selection of IT solutions. The Quest acquisition is expected to be completed in Dell’s fiscal third quarter. Dell has made eight acquisitions in the last 12 months and 16 in the past two years.
“We continue to be keenly focused on driving shareholder return. The key to our success is growing enterprise solutions, services and software (ESS&S) at a rate faster than the market,” Mr. Gladden said. “Our steady growth in the percentage of revenue from ESS&S over the past three years has improved gross margins and driven strong cash flow.”
Success of these efforts was evidenced by the June 12 announcement that its Board of Directors adopted Dell’s first-ever dividend policy, under which the company intends to pay quarterly cash dividends on its common stock beginning in the third quarter of the current fiscal year. The initial dividend rate is expected to be $0.32 per share per year, or $0.08 per share quarterly.
“We remain committed to increasing the return of capital to shareholders. We are reinvesting in the company in research and development, capital expenditures and acquisitions while maintaining an ongoing share repurchase program and, now, providing for the payment of a quarterly cash dividend to Dell’s shareholders,” Mr. Gladden said.
In formal business at the meeting, stockholders:
- Re-elected 12 company directors: James W. Breyer; Donald J. Carty; Janet F. Clark; Laura Conigliaro; Michael S. Dell; Kenneth M. Duberstein; William H. Gray, III; Gerard J. Kleisterlee; Klaus S. Luft; Alex J. Mandl; Shantanu Narayen; and, Ross Perot, Jr.
- Ratified PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as Dell’s independent auditor for fiscal 2013;
- Approved Dell’s compensation of its named executive officers as disclosed in the proxy statement; and,
- Approved the Dell 2012 Long-Term Incentive Plan.
“We are extremely appreciative and have benefitted tremendously from the leadership Tom has provided in his years on the Dell Board and in his service to our country,” said Mr. Dell.
Presentations and other information for the stockholders meeting can be found at: www.dell.com/investors.
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