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EMC Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2008 Financial Results

, January 27, 2009 - 
  • First-ever $4 billion-plus quarter — Revenue up 8% sequentially; 5% year over year
  • Fourth-quarter operating cash flow of $1.1 billion — Up 9% year over year
  • Record full-year revenue of $14.88 billion — Up 12% year over year
  • Sixth consecutive year of double-digit annual revenue growth

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HOPKINTON, Mass. — January 27, 2009 — EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today reported fourth-quarter 2008 revenue of $4.02 billion, an increase of 8% sequentially and 5% year over year, representing an all-time EMC record for quarterly revenue. 

Fourth-quarter GAAP net income was $288.0 million or $0.14 per diluted share, which includes a $0.10 restructuring charge.  Fourth-quarter non-GAAP net income⊃1; was $646.8 million or $0.32 per diluted share, 7% higher compared with the year-ago period.  

For 2008, EMC posted total consolidated revenue of a record $14.88 billion, an increase of 12% year over year and representing EMC’s sixth consecutive year of double-digit annual revenue growth.  GAAP net income for 2008 was $1.35 billion or $0.64 per diluted share.  Non-GAAP net income1 for the full year was $2.16 billion or $1.04 per diluted share, an increase of 14% year over year.

During the fourth quarter, EMC generated operating cash flow of $1.1 billion and free cash flow of $775 million, each increasing 9% year over year.  For the year, EMC’s operating cash flow was $3.6 billion, an increase of 14% compared with 2007, and free cash flow was $2.6 billion, an increase of 17% year over year. 

Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “EMC’s ability to achieve record financial results despite the macro-economy was driven by tight alignment with key customer priorities; the strongest and most integrated product, services and partner portfolio in company history; and solid execution throughout the year.  We’ve entered 2009 with a robust and diversified business model, which we intend to leverage to extend our technology lead and gain market share.” 

Tucci added, “EMC has a firm grasp on what’s required to thrive in tough times and emerge even stronger in the next growth cycle.  We remain intensely focused on customers’ top priorities – saving money, attaining a faster ROI, reducing risk and preparing for the delivery of next-generation data centers.  Finally, we remain committed to investing heavily in research and development to extend our technology lead and maintain rapid product rollout cycles.”

David Goulden, EMC Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said, “Financial strength and flexibility are high on the list of EMC’s most strategic advantages. Throughout 2008 we managed our spending carefully, while reinvesting in future growth opportunities, strengthening the competitiveness of our solutions and extending our market leadership.  Through 2009 we will continue to streamline operations, reduce costs and strengthen the efficiencies of our global operations.”

EMC's best estimate is that 2009 global IT spending will decline as a percentage in the mid to high single digits compared with 2008. The company expects the markets that it addresses will perform slightly better than the overall IT market. The company also expects that a higher than usual percentage of the full-year IT spending will take place in the second half of the year.

Fourth-Quarter Highlights

EMC’s Information Infrastructure business revenue for the fourth quarter – comprising Information Storage, RSA Security, and Content Management & Archiving – was $3.5 billion, an increase of 8% sequentially and up 2% compared with the year-ago period. This growth reflects the completeness of EMC’s broad portfolio of products and services uniquely suited to help customers address the growth and management of information and drive cost savings across their IT environments.

Fourth-quarter Information Infrastructure business highlights included strong customer demand for EMC’s:

  • Industry-leading networked storage solutions, with particularly strong revenue growth from EMC’s unified storage systems that connect to a variety of networks.
  • Broad portfolio of industry-leading backup, recovery and archive solutions that leverage data de-duplication to meet their data protection requirements, reduce cost and mitigate risk.
  • RSA security information & event management (SIEM) solutions and the RSA data loss & prevention (DLP) suite.
  • Services portfolio that spans across EMC’s Information Storage, RSA Security and Content Management & Archiving business units.

VMware (NYSE: VMW), which is majority-owned by EMC, contributed fourth-quarter revenue of $514 million.

EMC consolidated fourth-quarter revenue from the United States increased 6% compared with the same period a year ago.  Fourth-quarter revenue from EMC’s operations outside of the United States grew 4% year over year and represented 46% of total fourth-quarter revenue.

2008 Highlights

Full-year 2008 consolidated revenue was $14.88 billion, 12% higher than the year-ago period.  EMC’s Information Infrastructure business grew revenue 9% year over year to $13.0 billion, driven by the introduction of new, industry-leading products, the quality and breadth of EMC’s global services portfolio, technology integrations and product enhancements from across all business units, strengthening the company’s market leadership and competitiveness.

In addition, VMware contributed revenue of $1.88 billion.

Full-year 2008 consolidated revenue from EMC’s operations outside of the United States grew 17% year over year and represented 46% of total annual revenue, with the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Asia-Pacific & Japan (APJ) and Latin America regions posting double-digit year-over-year revenue growth.  Revenue from EMC’s United States operations increased 9% compared with 2007 and represented 54% of total annual revenue. 

Certain Items Impacting 2009

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. These statements do not give effect to the potential impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures or business combinations that may be announced or closed after the date hereof. These statements supersede all prior statements regarding 2009 financial results set forth in prior EMC news releases.

All dollar amounts and percentages set forth below should be considered to be approximations.

The following items are expected to impact EMC’s 2009 results:

  • Savings from EMC’s restructuring program are expected to reduce the company’s 2008 cost base by $350 million, with about a third benefiting cost of sales and the remaining representing lower operating expenses.  The savings are expected to be weighted toward the latter half of 2009.
  • Transition costs in 2009 are expected to be $60 million, primarily impacting operating expenses.
  • The net impact of lower software capitalization and increased amortization under Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 86, “Accounting for the Costs of Computer Software to be Sold, Leased, or Otherwise Marketed,” is expected to increase total costs and expenses by $100 million in 2009.
  • The adoption of FASB Staff Position No. APB 14-1, “Accounting for Convertible Debt Instruments that May be Settled in Cash upon Conversion (Including Partial Cash Settlement)” (“FSP No. APB 14-1”) is expected to cause a non-cash increase to interest expense of $108 million in 2009.
  • Interest income in 2009 is expected to be $70 million lower than 2008 due to lower interest rates.
  • EMC expects transition costs, net impact of software capitalization and amortization, adoption of FSP No. APB 14-1 and reduced interest income to reduce both GAAP and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share by $0.12 in 2009 compared to 2008.
  • Restructuring expenses in 2009 are expected to be $75 million.
  • The GAAP tax rate is expected to be 18%. The non-GAAP tax rate excluding stock-based compensation, intangible amortization and restructuring is expected to be 21%.

Due to the current macro-economic conditions and limited visibility, EMC is not offering revenue, EPS or other financial outlook at this time.

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About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world's leading developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organizations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information. Information about EMC's products and services can be found at www.EMC.com

1 Items excluded for the fourth quarters of 2008 and 2007 from the non-GAAP results are stock-based compensation, intangible amortization, restructuring and IPR&D charges.  Items excluded for full-year 2008 and 2007 from the non-GAAP results are stock-based compensation, intangible amortization, restructuring and IPR&D charges and special income tax benefits.  Additionally, net gains on investments, including the gain on the sale of VMware stock was excluded in the full-year 2007 non-GAAP results.  See attached schedules for reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP.

EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation.  RSA is a registered trademark of RSA Security Inc.  VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc.  All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws.  Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (iv) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (v) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vi) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (viii) component and product quality and availability; (ix) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) war or acts of terrorism; (xii) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xiii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xiv) the impact of any expense reduction initiatives; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Statements in this release regarding market conditions are based on current expectations.  These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially.  EMC disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements in this release after the date of this release.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures, which are used as measures of EMC’s performance or liquidity, should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, measures of EMC’s financial performance or liquidity prepared in accordance with GAAP. EMC’s non-GAAP financial measures may be defined differently from time to time and may be defined differently than similar terms used by other companies, and accordingly, care should be exercised in understanding how EMC defines its non-GAAP financial measures in this release.

Where specified in the accompanying schedules for various periods entitled “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP,” certain items noted on each such specific schedule (including, where noted, amounts relating to stock-based compensation expense, intangible amortization, special income tax benefits, restructuring charges, IPR&D charges and net gains on investments) are excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures.

EMC’s management uses the non-GAAP financial measures in the accompanying schedules to gain an understanding of EMC’s comparative operating performance (when comparing such results with previous periods or forecasts) and future prospects and excludes the above-listed items from its internal financial statements for purposes of its internal budgets and each reporting segment’s financial goals. These non-GAAP financial measures are used by EMC’s management in their financial and operating decision-making because management believes they reflect EMC’s ongoing business in a manner that allows meaningful period-to-period comparisons. EMC’s management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors and others (a) in understanding and evaluating EMC’s current operating performance and future prospects in the same manner as management does, if they so choose, and (b) in comparing in a consistent manner the Company’s current financial results with the Company’s past financial results.

This release also includes disclosures regarding free cash flow which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Free cash flow is defined as net cash provided by operating activities less additions to property, plant and equipment and capitalized software development costs. EMC uses free cash flow, among other measures, to evaluate the ability of its operations to generate cash that is available for purposes other than capital expenditures and capitalized software development costs. Management believes that information regarding free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available to make strategic acquisitions and investments, repurchase shares, service debt and fund ongoing operations. As free cash flow is not a measure of liquidity calculated in accordance with GAAP, free cash flow should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the analysis provided in the statement of cash flows.

All of the foregoing non-GAAP financial measures have limitations. Specifically, the non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the items noted above do not include all items of income and expense that affect EMC’s operations. Further, these non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with GAAP, may not be comparable to non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies and do not reflect any benefit that such items may confer on EMC. Management compensates for these limitations by also considering EMC’s financial results as determined in accordance with GAAP.

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