EMC Earnings Come in Below Expectations, While VMware Lowers Outlook
Sales were up 6 percent to $5.39 billion, about $30 million below the consensus of $5.42 billion. Earnings per share were 39 cents, a penny off the expected 40 cents.
Never fear, though. EMC says it will still meet its guidance for the fiscal year. It still expects to earn $1.85 a share on sales of $23.5 billion. In the meantime, it will buy back $1 billion worth of stock this year.
EMC shares fell by 2 percent in pre-market trading.
Meanwhile, VMware, the cloud computing software company in which EMC is a majority shareholder, is getting whacked this morning on disappointing outlook. It reported earnings yesterday. VMware said it now expects sales in the range of $1.21 billion to $1.24 billion, below the consensus view of $1.25 billion. VMware shares are falling in pre-market trading. As of 8:45 am ET, the price was $71.51, down $4.19 or 5.5 percent.
You can’t say you weren’t warned. IBM’s first earnings miss in eight years certainly had all the appearances of a big red flag about the IT industry generally, and hardware sales specifically. Now we have to see whether or not Big Blue turns out to be an accurate read-through for NetApp and Hewlett-Packard.