Dell's (DELL) purchase of Perot (PER) is a good stepping stone to overcome Dell's historically...

|About: Dell Inc. (DELL)|By:, SA News Editor

Dell's (DELL) purchase of Perot (PER) is a good stepping stone to overcome Dell's historically high reliance on PCs, JPMorgan says, but $3.9B - a 68% premium - is expensive. Dell's paying 1.4x sales, where H-P (HPQ) paid just 0.6x EDS' sales last year. "Perot's gross and operating margin profiles are a little more attractive than standalone EDS, but the valuation gap is still wide."