share vision for value creation at annual meeting of stockholders
investments driving end-to-end solutions with scalable design point
announced quarterly dividend program to begin in third fiscal quarter
executives today addressed the company’s significant progress in becoming an
end-to-end provider of enterprise solutions and services and the ongoing
commitment to that strategy at its annual stockholders meeting.
strategic acquisitions and organic growth, we are creating innovative solutions
that provide more value and competitive edge for our customers,” Michael Dell,
chairman and CEO, told stockholders. “By doing so, we are also creating
long-term value and growth for our company and for our stockholders.”
Dell and Brian Gladden, Dell CFO, outlined the steps taken by the company to
establish Dell as a full-service solutions company, and how the company’s
business has shifted, with enterprise solutions and services accounting for 50
percent of its gross margin in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Among
those actions was the formation earlier this year of a Software Group to add to
Dell’s enterprise solutions capability, accelerate strategic growth and further
differentiate the company from competitors with standards-based, scalable and
flexible Dell-owned intellectual property.
building its software portfolio in part through strategic acquisitions. The
company recently announced a definitive agreement for Dell to acquire Quest
Software, an award-winning IT management software provider offering a broad
selection of IT solutions. The Quest acquisition is expected to be completed in
Dell’s fiscal third quarter. Dell has made eight acquisitions in the last 12
months and 16 in the past two years.
continue to be keenly focused on driving shareholder return. The key to our
success is growing enterprise solutions, services and software (ESS&S) at a
rate faster than the market,” Mr. Gladden said. “Our steady growth in the
percentage of revenue from ESS&S over the past three years has improved
gross margins and driven strong cash flow.”
of these efforts was evidenced by the June 12 announcement that its Board of
Directors adopted Dell’s first-ever dividend policy, under which the company
intends to pay quarterly cash dividends on its common stock beginning in the
third quarter of the current fiscal year. The initial dividend rate is expected
to be $0.32 per share per year, or $0.08 per share quarterly.
remain committed to increasing the return of capital to shareholders. We are
reinvesting in the company in research and development, capital expenditures
and acquisitions while maintaining an ongoing share repurchase program and,
now, providing for the payment of a quarterly cash dividend to Dell’s
shareholders,” Mr. Gladden said.
formal business at the meeting, stockholders:
12 company directors: James W. Breyer; Donald J. Carty; Janet F. Clark; Laura
Conigliaro; Michael S. Dell; Kenneth M. Duberstein; William H. Gray, III;
Gerard J. Kleisterlee; Klaus S. Luft; Alex J. Mandl;Shantanu Narayen; and, Ross
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as Dell’s independent auditor for fiscal 2013;
Dell’s compensation of its named executive officers as disclosed in the proxy
the Dell 2012 Long-Term Incentive Plan.
W. Luce, III, a company director from November 1991 to September 2005 and
September 2006 to present, retired from the Board, effective today, as
extremely appreciative and have benefitted tremendously from the leadership Tom
has provided in his years on the Dell Board and in his service to our country,”
said Mr. Dell.
and other information for the stockholders meeting can be found at: www.dell.com/investors.
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