EMC Revenues, Earnings Rocket

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Storage giant EMC reported a rocketing profit of $140 million, or 7 cents per share, for its first quarter of 2004, quadrupling its net income of $35 million, or 2 cents per share, from the same first quarter of 2003.

The first quarter earnings announced today beat Wall Street’s estimates by a penny.

The Hopkinton, Mass.-based company’s net income results came on year-over-year revenue growth of $1.87 billion for the first quarter of 2004, up by 35 percent from the $1.38 billion in revenue it reported for the first quarter of 2003.

Across-the-board enhancements to its storage products and strong performances from acquisitions sparked the results.

EMC revenue, excluding sales from its freshly-integrated Documentum, LEGATO Software, and VMware acquisitions, grew roughly 21 percent over last year. The three software divisions combined grew their revenue more than 30 percent.

The results, EMC’s best in almost three years, reflect how hardware and software sales in the storage space are heating up, thanks in large part to an explosion of data and government record retention regulations forcing customers to buy more storage and products.

EMC, which competes with IBM , HP , and VERITAS Software , is taking advantage of this by getting customers to place trust in its information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy for managing information from its creation to its disposal. Acquisitions of Legato, Documentum, and VMware bolstered EMC’s ILM offering and the company’s first-quarter earnings, according to EMC President and CEO Joseph Tucci.

“EMC’s new software divisions Documentum, LEGATO Software, and VMware also played an important role in the quarter as customers grappled with the explosion of digital content, continued the shift to disk-based recovery solutions, and reaped the benefits of virtualized computing resources,” Tucci said in a public statement.

EMC says its storage systems revenue grew 19 percent compared to the same quarter for the previous year, owing to the company’s broad product enhancements to its Symmetrix, CLARiiON, and Centera systems, as well as software additions such as DatabaseXtender. Services revenue grew 23 percent compared to the prior-year quarter, due to strong demand for ILM services.

Acquired in December 2003, content management specialist Documentum added more than 100 new customers in Q1. LEGATO, an archiving company acquired in October 2003, delivered its best Q1 revenues ever and added more than 300 new customers. Server virtualization concern VMware, purchased in January 2004, exceeded revenue expectations during its first quarter as an EMC subsidiary.

EMC’s Executive Vice President and CFO Bill Teuber reports EMC finished the first quarter with $6.7 billion in cash and investments, after investing nearly $600 million on the acquisition of VMware and stock buyback program.

Looking forward, EMC says it expects sales in the second quarter to be between $1.95 billion and $1.975 billion, with earnings per share of 8 cents.

Story courtesy of Internet News.

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Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton
Clint Boulton is an Enterprise Storage Forum contributor and a senior writer for CIO.com covering IT leadership, the CIO role, and digital transformation.

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