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  • May. 5, 2014, 5:55 PM
    • In addition to announcing the DSSD acquisition, EMC has used the first day of its EMC World conference to unveil a slew of products aimed at the cloud infrastructure providers and flash/hybrid storage startups causing headaches for the company and other established array vendors.
    • Among them is the Elastic Cloud Storage Appliance, a relatively low-cost solution that (via clustering) can support hyperscale data center architectures (beloved by the likes of Google, Amazon, and Facebook). EMC claims ECS can deliver a 9%-28% lower TCO for object storage deployments than Amazon/Google's public cloud solutions.
    • EMC has also rolled out the second-gen version of its ViPR storage hardware/data management platform, which drew praise last year on account of its support for non-EMC platforms. ViPR now supports multiple sites and new data management services for commodity storage; the latter is made possible by recently-acquired ScaleIO.
    • EMC, which already offers flash storage arrays (XtremIO) and PCIe server flash modules (XtremSF), argues DSSD's flash storage architecture is superior for I/O-intensive in-memory database and big data workloads (a fast-growing market segment). The secretive startup is backed by Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim.
    • Last year's EMC World announcements
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  • May. 5, 2014, 1:19 PM
    • EMC boosts its flash memory offerings with the purchase of privately-held DSSD, Inc. for undisclosed terms. The deal is expected to close this quarter, and is not expected to have a material impact on EPS in fiscal 2014.
    • Source: Press Release
    • EMC World 2014: Online and live streaming
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  • Apr. 23, 2014, 9:32 AM
    • Following a Q1 revenue beat, EMC has slightly upped its full-year revenue guidance to $24.575B from a prior $24.5B. But EPS guidance has been lowered by $0.05 to $1.90. The consensus is at $24.51B and $1.94.
    • After rising 11% Y/Y in Q4, product revenue fell 3% in Q1 to $3.01B. Services revenue (driven by product revenue) rose 9% to $2.47B, after growing 10% in Q4.
    • EMC's core Information Storage ops (67% of revenue) saw sales fall 3% Y/Y (product sales -7%) after growing 10% in Q4, thanks largely to a 22% drop in high-end storage sales (a high-margin business) to $940M. Unified storage and backup/recovery sales +4% to $1.44B, other storage -12% to $830M.
    • Emerging Storage (inc. Atmos, Isilon, and flash storage) remains a bright spot, with sales growing 81% to $81% to $470M. RSA Security +5% to $244M, Pivotal (still waiting for its IPO) +41% to $49M.
    • North American sales were flat at $2.99B, and EMEA grew 8% to $1.59B. But Asia-Pac fell 2% to $720M, and Latin America 11% to $180M.
    • Gross margin -30 bps Y/Y to 62.8%, higher SG&A spend contributed to a 270 bps drop in op. margin to 20.5%. $390M was spent on buybacks in Q1; EMC still expects to repurchase $2B worth of shares in 2014.
    • EMC is off thanks to its EPS guidance cut and VMware's (VMW -6.8%) soft bookings. VMware blames delays in closing enterprise license agreements (ELAs) as it holds "deeper conversations" about expanded deals.
    • Q1 results, PR, slides
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  • Apr. 23, 2014, 7:00 AM
    • EMC Corporation (EMC) declares $0.115/share quarterly dividend, 15% increase from prior dividend of $0.10
    • Forward yield 1.72%
    • Payable July 23; for shareholders of record July 1; ex-div June 27.
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  • Apr. 23, 2014, 6:54 AM
    • EMC Corp (EMC): Q1 EPS of $0.35 in-line.
    • Revenue of $5.48B (+1.7% Y/Y) beats by $50M.
    • Press Release
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  • Apr. 23, 2014, 12:05 AM
  • Apr. 22, 2014, 6:15 PM
    • Though VMware (VMW)'s license revenue rose 15% Y/Y in Q1 to $561M (beating guidance of $545M-$555M), the company disclosed on its CC license and total bookings growth was less than 10%, with sub-10% bookings growth in all three major geographies. Total bookings had risen at a mid-teens clip in Q4.
    • Nonetheless, VMware is maintaining its prior forecasts for 2014 revenue of $5.94B-$6.1B (+14%-17%) and license revenue of $2.55B-$2.63B (+12%-16%). AirWatch is expected to contribute $100M.
    • Q2 revenue, which assumes a $22M contribution from AirWatch, is expected to grow 15%-18% Y/Y to $1.425B-$1.465B (consensus is at $1.44B). License revenue is expected to grow 14%-16% to $605M-$615M.
    • Some bright spots: End-user computing license bookings (PC virtualization, will include AirWatch going forward) rose 35%, and cloud management license bookings over 30%. Also, ~50% of VMware's costly enterprise license agreements (ELAs, 25% of bookings) included its far-reaching vCloud Suite.
    • VMware's unearned revenue balance totaled $4.17B at the end of Q1, up 20% Y/Y. $169M was spent on buybacks.
    • Parent EMC, which reports tomorrow morning, is following VMware lower.
    • Q1 results, PR, CC slides
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  • Apr. 22, 2014, 5:30 PM
  • Apr. 16, 2014, 10:57 AM
    • "The outlook for storage spending continues to look mediocre as users pause and consider their alternatives. Although there still may be a storage upgrade cycle coming, we don't see it in our recent survey work," writes UBS, explaining why it's downgrading NetApp (NTAP -3%) to Neutral. EMC (EMC -1.3%) investors also aren't crazy about the commentary.
    • A recent Barclays CIO survey also indicated storage spend remains soft, albeit while painting a brighter picture for broader IT spending. IDC estimates external disk storage sales grew 2.4% Y/Y in Q4 after falling 5.6% in Q3, with EMC grabbing share from IBM and NetApp's share roughly holding steady.
    • UBS is also worried about intensifying competition from storage startups and cloud infrastructure providers. Smaller vendors offering all-flash or hybrid flash/hard drive solutions - examples include newly-public Nimble Storage and private Tintri and Nutanix - have seen rapid growth. NetApp is hoping to counter them with its upcoming FlashRay systems.
    • Cloud infrastructure giant Amazon Web Services has been growing rapidly as well, and rivals such as Microsoft and Google are doing their utmost to play catch-up. Amazon, Microsoft, and Google all recently announced huge price cuts for their cloud storage offerings.
    • Amazon and Google's platforms run on white-label hardware, and Microsoft is reportedly thinking of going down the same path.
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  • Apr. 9, 2014, 2:43 PM
    • VMware's (VMW, EMC) new Horizon 6 platform integrates the company's existing PC and app virtualization offerings (they allow computing resources to be hosted/managed via servers). The company promises common management of apps and desktops, new monitoring/automation tools, and a unified workspace accessible through a single login.
    • Horizon 6 is aimed squarely at PC virtualization leader Citrix's (CTXS +1.3%) XenDesktop and XenApp platforms; XenDesktop offers a measure of integrated desktop/app management. While Citrix is coming off a rough quarter, VMware saw its end-user computing license bookings rise nearly 30% in Q4.
    • VMware exec Alistair Wildman asserts Horizon 6's storage virtualization support (through VMware's VSAN solution) puts virtual desktop operating costs on par with regular desktops. "For [virtual desktop] projects, storage is by far the biggest component, so if you can bring that down, you start to get more people interested in deploying them."
    • Both VMware and Citrix investors were put on edge last fall when Amazon unveiled its low-cost/cloud-based WorkSpaces PC virtualization service. VMware and Citrix each offer cloud PC virtualization (DaaS) solutions via partners.
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  • Mar. 13, 2014, 10:06 AM
    • EMC's (EMC +1.8%) core Information Infrastructure ops (storage hardware/software, RSA) are "grossly undervalued" and chairman/CEO Joe Tucci will likely engineer a value-unlocking "structural change" before leaving in 2015, says Wunderlich's Kaushik Roy, while starting coverage at Buy.
    • Roy thinks EMC is suffering from a "holding company" discount, and pegs the value of EMC and subsidiary VMware's (VMW +0.2%) Pivotal spinoff at $5B+. He also declares the company to be "evolving rapidly as technologies change" (previous), and predicts it can outgrow the broader IT sector.
    • Separately, FBR's Daniel Ives has upped his VMware PT to $120 from $115, while stating checks have been "incrementally positive." Demand has been strong both from VMware's mainstay virtualization software, and for its software-defined data center initiatives.
    • Ives also believes a strong ELA renewal cycle is helping VMware out, and that a broadening product set should strengthen the company's efforts to re-accelerate growth.
    • Previous: EMC takes storage share in Q4
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  • Mar. 7, 2014, 5:52 PM
    • After falling 3.5% Y/Y in Q3, external disk storage system sales rose 2.4% in Q4, says IDC. The growth came even though sales of the servers that interact with these systems fell an estimated 4.4%.
    • Total disk storage sales, which include storage subsystems found within servers, rose 1.3% in Q4 after dropping 5.6% in Q3. IDC attributes the turnaround to "traditional year-end budget flushes, improved economic sentiment, and a strong desire to address long-standing storage infrastructure inefficiencies."
    • Market leader EMC, which posted strong Q4 numbers to go with light guidance, saw its external disk share rise 220 bps Y/Y to 32.9%, and its total disk share rise 200 bps to 25.8%. The gains largely came at the expense of restructuring IBM, whose shares respectively fell 190 bps and 200 bps to 13% and 14%.
    • H-P's (HPQ) external disk share rose 30 bps to 9.6%, and its total disk share 40 bps to 16.3%. NetApp (NTAP), which delivered nearly in-line revenue and soft guidance last month, saw its external share fall 10 bps to 11.5%, and its total share stay flat at 9%. Private Dell's total share fell 140 bps to 9.9%.
    • Hard drive/assembly suppliers: STX, WDC, HTCH
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  • Feb. 25, 2014, 11:12 AM
    • A day after posting an FQ2 beat, Palo Alto Networks (PANW -0.2%) has announced it's forming a new reseller deal with VMware (VMW, EMC), and that the companies have begun offering a solutions that meshes the former's virtualized next-gen firewall (runs on servers making use of virtualization software such as VMware's) with the latter's NSX network virtualization/SDN platform (announced last year)
    • Palo Alto and VMware assert the solution, which also features management software and security services, allows for a single point of management for security services, policies, and threats. Earlier this month, Palo Alto expanded its partnership with Citrix to cover its virtualized firewalls.
    • Palo Alto shares have largely shrugged off a valuation-driven downgrade to Hold from Gabelli today. The firm is upping its FY14 (ends in July) revenue estimate by $12M to $574M in response to the FQ2 report, but considers Palo Alto's fair value to be $70/share (7x FY15E EV/sales).
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  • Feb. 14, 2014, 5:33 PM
    • David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital established a 2.9M-share EMC position in Q4, as well as a 1.3M-share stake in SunEdison (SUNE) and a 4.2M-share stake in Take-Two (TTWO). At current levels, the positions are respectively worth $74M, $18M, and $80M.
    • The Take-Two position translates into a 3.4% stake.
    • Greenlight also discloses it owned 47.6M Micron (MU) shares at the end of Q4. That's up from the 23M shares it owned in late November, and is good for a 4% stake in the memory giant.
    • Greenlight's Q4 13F
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  • Feb. 10, 2014, 8:37 AM
    • EMC Corporation (EMC) declares $0.10/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 1.63%
    • Payable April 23; for shareholders of record April 1; ex-div March 28.
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  • Jan. 29, 2014, 9:42 AM
    • Though it beat Q4 estimates, EMC (EMC -1%) is guiding for 2014 revenue of $24.5B and EPS of $1.95, below a consensus of $24.96B and $2.04. EMC is also guiding for Q1 revenue of ~$5.39B and EPS of $0.35, below a consensus of $5.81B and $0.43.
    • Q4 results were solid. Total product revenue, including that of subsidiary VMware, rose 11% Y/Y in Q4 to $4.16B. Services revenue rose 10% to $2.53B.
    • In addition, EMC's core Information Storage unit (71% of revenue) saw its sales rise 10% Y/Y after growing just 1% in Q3 (hurt by federal weakness). Emerging Storage products (includes Isilon scale-out NAS systems, Atmos cloud storage, and XtremIO's flash storage) grew 73% to $560M. Unified and backup/recovery storage sales (includes mid-range hardware) rose 11% to $1.87B after growing just 3% in Q3, and high-end storage rose 1% to $1.28B after declining 8% in Q3.
    • EMC and VMware's (VMW -1.1%) Pivotal unit, which is set to go public, saw its sales drop 6% Y/Y to $91M. EMC's RSA unit saw sales rise 17% to $275M in spite of a recent NSA-related controversy.
    • Gross margin fell 160 bps Y/Y in Q4 to 64.6%. EMC spent $3.01B on buybacks in 2013, and expects to spend $2B in 2014. 2013 free cash flow totaled $5.5B, above net income of $3.9B.
    • Yesterday: VMware offers soft margin guidance with Q4 results.
    • PR, financials, slides
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Company Description
EMC Corp supports the businesses and service providers to transform information technology (IT) operations to an as a service model (ITaaS). It operates in three segments: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure.
Sector: Technology
Country: United States