HOPKINTON, Mass. - April 22, 2015 -
EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) today reported first-quarter 2015 financial results. Consolidated first-quarter revenue was $5.6 billion, up 2% year over year and up 6% on a constant currency basis. GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share was $0.13, down 32% year over year. Non-GAAP1 earnings per weighted average diluted share was $0.31, down 11% compared with the year-ago quarter.
EMC generated $1.1 billion in operating cash flow and $755 million in free cash flow2 in the first quarter, and ended the quarter with $13.5 billion in cash and investments. The company repurchased approximately $1.5 billion worth of its common stock in the first quarter and returned approximately $230 million to shareholders via a quarterly dividend.
Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and CEO, said, “We are pleased that we slightly exceeded our first-quarter non-GAAP EPS expectations; however, we fell a bit short on first-quarter storage revenue due to geo-political factors in Russia and China and not executing as crisply as we had expected in the first quarter. That said, we are confident that we will meet our business outlook for the year. Our investments in high-growth areas are bearing fruit, and the scale and strength of our federated businesses continue to provide a steadily increasing number of large, multi-national customers with the capabilities needed to build their digital agendas and undergo massive IT transformations.”
Zane Rowe, EMC CFO, said, “Our financial results were broadly in line with our expectations for the quarter and previously disclosed outlook for the year, thanks to the hard work of the entire EMC team. By realigning our organization and optimizing our investments, we were able to drive further cost efficiencies in the quarter. We are well positioned for the remainder of 2015 with a strong portfolio, tremendous potential in our six key growth opportunities, and increasing strategic relevance with customers. We will continue to aggressively look for opportunities to grow the revenue line, become more efficient and increase shareholder value.”
David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure, said, “With most of the factors that impacted first-quarter storage revenue versus our expectations now behind us, the future is rich with opportunity for EMC Information Infrastructure. We continue to expand our lead in traditional storage market segments by bridging the gap between current and newer storage technologies to lead customers into a new digital age. We are evolving our storage portfolio and have leading positions in newer technologies – including flash, scale-out file and object storage, software-defined storage and converged infrastructure – that are growing much faster than traditional storage. Our market-segment share in most of these areas exceeds our strong leadership in traditional external storage. Finally, by working more closely with our Federation partners to leverage our best-of-breed portfolio and collective influence, our strategic relevance with our largest customers continues to grow and open up new opportunities.”
EMC's consolidated first-quarter revenue from North America grew 5% year over year. Asia Pacific and Japan and Latin America grew 1% and 8% year over year, respectively, and up 6% and 14% respectively on a constant currency basis. First-quarter revenue from EMC's Europe, Middle East and Africa region was down 2% year over year, and up 5% year over year on a constant currency basis.
The revised business outlook reflects the impact of foreign currency exchange rates as of March 31, 2015. Further detail will be provided during today's 8:30 a.m. ET live webcast for investors, which is available on the EMC Investor Relations website ( http://www.emc.com/ir ).
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 2015 financial results.
All dollar amounts and percentages set forth below should be considered to be approximations.
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.