Dell Inc Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (DELL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • DELL, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 17.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • DELL's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.97 is weak.
  • DELL INC's earnings per share declined by 30.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DELL INC reported lower earnings of $1.35 versus $1.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.55 versus $1.35).
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1,441.00 million or 21.55% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 30.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $764.00 million to $530.00 million.

Dell Inc., an information technology company, provides a range of technology solutions worldwide. Dell has a market cap of $23.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.00, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 30.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full Dell Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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