Analyst: Price a Wild Card for PC Maker Dell Next YearBy Jessica Davis | Print
Ahead of Dell's quarterly earnings release this week, one analyst firm provided a preview and analysis of Dell's challenges in the year ahead, including price erosion and lower revenues. In contrast, Dell competitor HP reported better than expected earnings and revenues in its most recent quarter.
While competitor Hewlett-Packard reported better than expected earnings and
revenue in its quarterly announcement this week, the picture for Dell in the
year ahead is not nearly as bright.
In a preview of Dell's earnings announcement slated for Thursday, financial analyst firm Bernstein Research said it was lowering its revenue and earnings estimates for the PC maker for its fiscal 2010, which ends in January 2010.
"We forecast -3 percent revenue growth for Dell in FY10 and essentially flat earnings per share growth," writes Toni Sacconaghi Jr., senior analyst at the firm and author of the report. "While we do expect Dell to improve margins year over year, weaker revenue growth and a potentially more difficult industry pricing environment are likely to limit the company's progress."
Factors that could affect the company's performance are pricing pressures and further deterioration of bad debt in Dell's financing business. But Sacconaghi remained positive about Dell's prospects in the long term.
"We continue to believe that Dell has long-term potential to return to operating margins of 8 percent and that the stock is attractive on this basis," he writes. "Moreover, we believe that Dell's fortunes are largely in its own hands. That said, management has not executed to date, and market headwinds are getting stronger, making the timing of Dell's turnaround increasingly uncertain."