EMC Net Income Slips, so Storage Giant Trims Forecast
Revenue and profit remain strong, but the string of double-digit profitability quarters ends.Data storage and security provider EMC still is piling up consecutive profitable quarters, but its double-digit profitability days are behind it—at least for the time being. The Hopkinton, Mass.-based company reported Oct. 24 that its third-quarter net income totaled $626.3 million, up 3 percent from the year-ago period. Revenue increased 6 percent to $5.28 billion for the three-month period. EMC previously had reported 10 consecutive double-digit, year-over-year profitability quarters. The dip in net income caused some consternation among Wall Street analysts, as did EMC deciding to trim its sales forecast for the year to below its July projection of $22 billion. "For the full year 2012, we'd expect to achieve revenue in the range of $21.6 billion to $21.75 billion and non-GAAP [non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles] earnings per share between $1.68 and $1.70," David Goulden, EMC’s president and chief operating officer, said on a conference call to analysts.