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EMC Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Revenue and Profit

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today reported record financial results for both the fourth-quarter and full-year 2011.

Story Highlights

  • Q4 and full-year consolidated revenue – up 14% and 18% year over year, respectively
  • Q4 and full-year GAAP net income – up 32% and 30% year over year, respectively
  • Q4 and full-year non-GAAP net income – up 16% and 24% year over year, respectively
  • Q4 and full-year GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins
  • Q4 and full-year operating cash flow and free cash flow
HOPKINTON, Mass., January 24, 2012 - 

EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today reported record financial results for both the fourth-quarter and full-year 2011. For the fourth quarter, the company achieved all-time record quarterly consolidated revenue, net income and EPS on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis and all-time record operating cash flow and free cash flow. Full-year 2011 results were highlighted by all-time record consolidated revenue, net income, EPS, operating cash flow and free cash flow that each exceeded prior company outlook. The results were also highlighted by all-time record quarterly and full-year gross margins on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis.

Fourth-quarter consolidated revenue was $5.6 billion, an increase of 14% compared with the year-ago quarter. Fourth-quarter GAAP net income attributable to EMC increased 32% year over year to $832.0 million. Fourth-quarter GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share increased 31% year over year to $0.38. Non-GAAP1 net income attributable to EMC for the fourth quarter was $1.07 billion, an increase of 16% compared with the year-ago quarter. Fourth-quarter non-GAAP1 earnings per weighted average diluted share were $0.49, an increase of 17% year over year.

For the full-year 2011, consolidated revenue was $20.0 billion, an increase of 18% year over year; GAAP net income attributable to EMC increased 30% year over year to $2.5 billion; and GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share were $1.10, up 25% year over year. Non-GAAP2 net income attributable to EMC for 2011 was $3.4 billion, an increase of 24% year over year, and non-GAAP2 earnings per weighted average diluted share were $1.51, an increase of 20% year over year.

During the fourth quarter, EMC generated operating cash flow and free cash flow3 of $2.2 billion and $1.9 billion, increases of 44% and 55% year over year, respectively. For 2011, EMC generated operating cash flow of $5.7 billion and free cash flow3 of $4.4 billion, increases of 25% and 29% year over year, respectively. For the quarter and full-year, EMC expanded GAAP and non-GAAP gross margin and operating margin percentages on a year-over-year basis. The company ended the year with $10.8 billion in cash and investments.

Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “EMC had a strong and record-breaking 2011. There's no doubt that cloud computing is completely transforming the IT industry and that Big Data promises to have a similarly profound effect on transforming the way we work and live. Our customers and partners have these transformations in their sights and are embracing EMC's vision, strategy and best-of-breed portfolio to capitalize on them and realize the full potential of their information assets.”

David Goulden, EMC Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, said, “In 2011 we once again executed our triple play – simultaneously taking market share, reinvesting for growth and delivering improved earnings. With this momentum, we entered 2012 exceptionally well positioned to maintain our operational excellence, execute our growth strategy, and continue delivering our triple play results. We expect to grow over two times faster than our estimate of IT spending growth to achieve 2012 consolidated revenue of $22 billion, GAAP EPS of $1.24 and non-GAAP EPS of $1.70.”

Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Highlights

For the fourth quarter, EMC's Information Storage business increased revenue 12% year over year. Within this, EMC's high-end Symmetrix storage product portfolio revenue increased 11% compared with the year-ago quarter and mid-tier storage products4 revenue grew 24% year over year. Fourth-quarter revenue from VMware (NYSE: VMW) increased 27% year over year and revenue from EMC's RSA Information Security business grew 16% year over year.

Fourth-quarter highlights also included strong revenue growth for both the EMC VNX unified storage family, which was selected by nearly 2,000 new customers in the quarter, and the company's Backup Recovery Systems (BRS) portfolio. Within the BRS portfolio, the combined annualized revenue run rate for EMC Data Domain and EMC Avamar in the quarter exceeded $2 billion. Additionally, revenue from EMC's Isilon portfolio once again more than doubled year over year. During the quarter, EMC continued to experience strong customer demand for its consulting and professional services to help build out their cloud architectures, and for EMC Greenplum solutions to leverage their Big Data assets. Finally, VCE, the Virtual Computing Environment Company formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, continued to close in on the company's billion-dollar annualized revenue run-rate target as customer adoption of Vblock Converged Infrastructure Platforms increased significantly on a year-over-year basis.

EMC's consolidated fourth-quarter revenue from the United States reached an all-time record of $3.0 billion, an increase of 16% year over year, representing 54% of consolidated fourth-quarter revenue. Revenue from EMC's business operations outside of the United States reached an all-time record $2.6 billion, an increase of 12% year over year, representing 46% of consolidated fourth-quarter revenue. Within this, revenue increased 6%, 26% and 26% year over year, respectively, in EMC's Europe, Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific and Japan; and Latin America regions.

Throughout 2011, EMC strengthened its technology leadership and services expertise in cloud computing and Big Data, advanced its competitive lead, and gained market share. Numerous strategic initiatives contributed to these achievements, including sustained aggressive investment in research and development, totaling 11% of annual consolidated 2011 revenue. The introduction of new products such as the EMC VNX unified storage and EMC Symmetrix VMAX families and products from EMC's Isilon, Data Domain and Avamar portfolios contributed to market share gains and the expansion of the company's addressable market in 2011. Additionally, EMC further strengthened alignment with strategic partners as demonstrated by the strong momentum of VCE and expanded relationships with technology, solutions and service providers around the world. In 2011, more than 1,700 partners began selling EMC products for the first time, significantly expanding the company's partner ecosystem.

Business Outlook

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 made by EMC regarding 2012 financial results.

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

  • Consolidated revenues are expected to be $22.0 billion for 2012.
  • Consolidated GAAP operating income is expected to be 17% of revenues for 2012 and consolidated non-GAAP operating income is expected to be 24% of revenues for 2012. Excluded from consolidated non-GAAP operating income are stock-based compensation expense, intangible asset amortization, restructuring and acquisition-related charges and the amortization of VMware's software capitalization from prior periods, which account for 4%, 1.5%, less than 1% and less than 0.5% of revenues, respectively.
  • Total consolidated GAAP non-operating expense, which includes investment income, interest expense and other income and expense, is expected to be $245 million in 2012 and total consolidated non-GAAP non-operating expense is expected to be $240 million in 2012. Excluded from non-GAAP non-operating expense is stock-based compensation expense of $5 million.
  • Consolidated GAAP net income attributable to EMC is expected to be $2.7 billion in 2012 and consolidated non-GAAP net income attributable to EMC is expected to be $3.7 billion in 2012. Excluded from consolidated non-GAAP net income attributable to EMC are stock-based compensation expense, intangible asset amortization, restructuring and acquisition-related charges and the amortization of VMware's software capitalization from prior periods, which account for $650 million, $225 million, $90 million and $30 million, respectively.
  • Consolidated GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share are expected to be $1.24 for 2012 and consolidated non-GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share are expected to be $1.70 for 2012. Excluded from consolidated non-GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share are stock-based compensation expense, intangible asset amortization, restructuring and acquisition-related charges and the amortization of VMware's software capitalization from prior periods, which account for $0.30, $0.11, $0.04 and $0.01 per weighted average diluted share, respectively.
  • The consolidated GAAP income tax rate is expected to be 19% for 2012. Excluding the impact of stock-based compensation expense, intangible asset amortization, restructuring and acquisition-related charges and the amortization of VMware's software capitalization from prior periods, which collectively impact the tax rate by 2%, the consolidated non-GAAP income tax rate is expected to be 21% for 2012. This assumes that the U.S. research and development tax credit for 2012 is extended in the fourth quarter of 2012.
  • GAAP net income attributable to the non-controlling interest in VMware is expected to be $153 million and non-GAAP net income attributable to the non-controlling interest in VMware is expected to be $240 million for 2012. Excluded from non-GAAP net income attributable to the non-controlling interest in VMware are stock-based compensation expense, intangible asset amortization and the amortization of VMware's software capitalization from prior periods, which account for $68 million, $11 million and $8 million, respectively. The incremental dilution attributable to the shares of VMware held by EMC is expected to be $15 million for 2012.
  • The weighted-average outstanding diluted shares are expected to be 2.175 billion for 2012.
  • EMC expects to repurchase $700 million of the company's common stock in 2012.

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About EMC

EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com

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1 Items excluded from the non-GAAP results for the fourth quarters of 2011 and 2010 are amounts relating to stock-based compensation expense, intangible asset amortization, restructuring and acquisition-related charges and a special income tax charge. See attached schedules for GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations.

2 Items excluded from the non-GAAP results for the full years 2011 and 2010 are amounts relating to stock-based compensation expense, intangible asset amortization, restructuring and acquisition-related charges, an RSA special charge, a gain on strategic investments and a special income tax charge. See attached schedules for GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations.

3 Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure which is defined as net cash provided by operating activities, less additions to property, plant and equipment and capitalized software development costs. See attached schedules for a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2011.

4 EMC's mid-tier storage products include EMC VNX, EMC CLARiiON, EMC Celerra, EMC Centera, EMC Data Domain, EMC Isilon, EMC Avamar and EMC Atmos hardware and software products.

EMC, Atmos, Avamar, Celerra, Centera, CLARiiON, Data Domain, Greenplum, Isilon, RSA, Symmetrix, Symmetrix VMAX, Vblock, and VNX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. VMware is a registered trademark or trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. 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) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) component and product quality and availability; (vi) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.'s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) 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; (ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xiv) war or acts of terrorism; 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. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release, the accompanying schedules and the additional content that is available on EMC's website contain 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 asset amortization, restructuring and acquisition-related charges, a special income tax charge, an RSA special charge, a gain on strategic investments, and the amortization of VMware's capitalized software from prior periods beginning in 2012) 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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