Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE:DELL) Citi’s 2020 Global Technology Virtual Conference Transcript September 8, 2020 1:30 PM ET

Executives

Tom Sweet – Chief Financial Officer

Analysts

Jim Suva – Citi

Jim Suva

Hello, everyone, and thank you so much for joining us here to the Dell Technologies fireside chat here at City Investment Research. My name is Jim Suva, and I am here — specifically I got to re-orientate my item perfect. I’m here with the Chief Financial Officer of Dell Technologies, Tom Sweet.

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Question-and-Answer Session

Q – Jim Suva

So, first of all, this is Dell Technologies. Jim Suva here with Tom Sweet, the Chief Financial Officer’s of Dell. So, Tom, as we kick things off more, I got to tell you person-to-person here, the events of 2019 and 2020 year-to-date, there’s been a lot of changes, a lot of challenging situations for tech companies, including U.S., China, tensions, tariffs, the pandemic-related operational headwinds, many companies are adjusting their business practices to become more nimble. What are your top priorities as Chief Financial Officer for Dell right now?

Tom Sweet

Well, thanks, Jim, and hey, it’s good to see you. Only if it’s just virtually right. So it’s too bad if we couldn’t do this in person. But I appreciate you having me on today. So, well, it’s clear, there’s been a lot going on in the environment this year as we’ve navigated through the first six months to seven months of the year.

I was mentioning to Michael Dell and Jeff Clarke, the other day, that I said, it feels like this first couple of quarters of the year have taken about two years to get through so far, so it’s been interesting to work our way through it.

So, look, it’s, like many of you and we’ve been navigating through a work-from-home scenario and impacts to the daily life that all of our team members are going through. But even as we do that we’re clearly focused on how do we serve our customers? How do we ensure that we’re providing the technology solutions that our customers need to drive their businesses?

So right now, Michael, Jeff and I have been very focused on, again, helping our customers, making sure our employees are safe. But also thinking about how do we position the company for future growth? What are those growth tangents and vectors that we need to be focused on?

And so it’s — and we’re taking the learnings from what we’ve learned so far as we’ve gone through this COVID pandemic. We’ve seen customer’s behaviors change, where they’re now more willing to engage virtually and how do you think about that in a post-COVID world and how do you lever capabilities to better serve our customers?

We’ve rolled out payment flexibility programs to help our customers who are navigating. How do they preserve capital, but still need access to technology. And so it’s been a really interesting six months. And then we’ve also, obviously, had the whole George Floyd dynamic that we’ve had to work our way through around racial and social injustice, and how do we ensure that we’re building on continue to accelerate an inclusive culture?

Having said all of that, I mean, we’re extraordinarily focused on what are those future ready growth vectors that we ought to be focus — that we’re — that we look to as growth opportunities, areas like telco, areas like edge, areas like data management, data services are all areas that we’re investing in even as we do invest in other areas as we navigate the dynamics?

And also, you mentioned China, right? China is a very big important growth market for us. It’s a — our supply chain has a number of operations there. We’re, obviously, pro-free trade and we’re hopeful that we can continue to work our way and that the government’s can continue to work your way through that navigation and come to a constructive resolution.

But we feel pretty good about our navigation today, Jim. It’s been an interesting half year. We’re optimistic about the long-term, but we have more work to do as we work our way through the next number of years.

Jim Suva

And, Tom, you actually spoke on the topic a little bit earlier in your comments on the last question about capital allocation and cash. Can you remind investors about your debt paid down plans? I think stock buyback you kind of suspended it given the pandemic. Just walk us through your capital allocation and your priorities and strategic priorities for your use of cash?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Jim, it’s a question we get a lot and we’ve been fairly consistent, I think, are very consistent in how we think about this, which is, hey, from a capital allocation perspective, we’re very focused on debt pay down. We have paid down $3.5 billion year-to-date as a Dell Technologies entity. We are scheduled to pay down another $5.5 billion as we go through the remainder of the year.

All of — all as we position the organization to get back to investment grade, we just finished the — we just closed the RSA transaction here last week and those proceeds will also go towards debt paid down as part of that $5.5 billion that we’re going to do.

So, look, we — what’s important for us, Jim. We think it’s the right thing to do from an overall capital allocation perspective. We did have a bit of a share buyback earlier in the year, but we suspended that just given the uncertainty in the demand environment and making sure that we positioned the organization properly.

And we think it’s important from just as you think about our scale and breadth of business that we get back to investment grade and we’re, obviously, having conversations with the rating agencies. It’s going to be their decision on when that — when you cross that threshold and they make those calls and it’s our job to position the company appropriately to drive that. So that’s our navigation. That’s what we’re focused on. I am pleased with the debt reduction to-date and we’re just going to continue that framework as we move forward.

Jim Suva

Sounds great. How about if we shifted over now to kind of the core fundamentals of the business, specifically, you and some of your competitors have talked about as-a-service models? How are you approaching as-a-service? What’s your view on it over the long-term? And is there any impact to, say, cash flows or something we should be modeling or changes to revenue outlook, as you look at as-a-service model more?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Hey, Jim. It’s — we — I think what’s been interesting is, as we’ve navigated through this pandemic is that there has been an increase in customer interest in these types of consumption models, whether it’s as-a-service models or flexible consumption models or on-demand models, but those things that offer some variability in many instances take CapEx and make it changing into objects.

And we’ve got a whole set of capabilities around our Dell Technologies on-demand solutions that include both commitment-based models like Flex On Demand or pay as you go or pay as you grow to the various usage models, as we’ve discussed.

And so, again, what we’re focused on is, how do we help our customers acquire technology and how can we help them in way that they consume and pay for technology, and look, we’d like it. I like these types of these frameworks. I think from a predictability of cash flow, from a long-term relationship from an overall profitability perspective, they’re very useful and good models for us and so we’re focused on how do we grow these as-a-service models.

And so if you recall in q2, I highlighted the fact that our recurring revenue, which is a combination of utility as-a-service and some of the other financing models that we have grew 15% year-over-year to $6 billion a quarter. So you think about that, roughly 25% of our quarterly revenue is a recurring revenue framework.

And we like that. We think it’s — we’re going to continue to focus on growing it. Our DFS is a key enabler of how do we drive that? And so we’re very, very focused on helping our customers drive these types of programs.

So look from a cash flow perspective, in terms of that question of how do you model it, we have a pretty, incredibly efficient capital structure. So, I think, and we use DFS and we placed that against those DFS originations and finance receivables and with quite an efficient way.

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So I think we feel good about our ability to continue to grow it, customers are interested in it and we’re going to continue to push on this. I think appropriately from a profit — long-term profitability framework, we think it is a really interesting proposition for us.

Jim Suva

Tom has literally a week ago or two, when you and I were talking, as well as with your investors on your recent results, and I got to tell you, they were very positive. You’re upside it on almost all metrics. But your commentary on the future seemed almost like a yin and a yang, the opposite there of a lot more cautionary. So maybe can you discuss your outlook for demand trends because you just had a fantastic quarter amongst Coronavirus, amongst a lot of business and retail and hospitality and restaurant wind downs or closures, and you had great results, but your outlook to me seemed pretty conservative or cautionary? Are you seeing something out there or walk us through your outlook for demand and how we should take your comments and kind of bridge it to just what stellar results you just had?

Tom Sweet

Well, thanks, Jim, and I do appreciate those comments. And the team did do a good job of executing through Q2. What I tried to convey with you — as we talked on the call a few weeks ago was, hey, look, the domain environment to-date is a bit uncertain. And so we are focused on, we want to be thoughtful about our commentary out there.

And what — I would remind you, Jim, what I reminded everybody on the call was, as you look at our seasonal pattern for Dell Technologies, Q2 and Q4 generally our strongest quarters and Q1 and Q3 tend to be slight — slightly softer quarters.

And traditionally what we see in Q3 is, as you go from Q2 to Q3, we typically historically get a sort of a — from a revenue perspective sort of a flat to a minus 2% quarter-on-quarter demand our revenue dynamic. We do think it’s going to be a bit softer this year. Obviously, we’ve got the economic uncertainty with the pandemic. We’ve got some mixed dynamics as we look at our clients, our CSG business where we’ve seen incredible growth and strength in government and education buying.

And as you and I have chatted about it, but that comes typically with the touch of products they’re buying are typically a lower ASP and a lower margin dollar product, and therefore, you’ve got some mix dynamics that are also happening — sort of playing into it.

So, my perspective was, look, I wanted to — with the lack of clarity around the demand, I wanted to make sure that we sort of set the framework I think the way that it’s shared with everybody the way we’re thinking about it.

We’ve had a — we’re still optimistic, obviously, over the long run. We just think the next couple of quarters are going to be a bit — we’re going to have some navigation to do as we work our way through this.

And so, I’m optimistic, again, we take and share quite aggressively in storage for instance over the last couple years over 220 basis points. We’ve taken over 510 basis points of mainstream server revenue over the last three years. So, we continue to consolidate, but yet, I do think that, we’re going to have to work our way through this uneven time over the next number of quarters.

Jim Suva

Tom, you’d mentioned storage. You’ve been gaining a lot of share in storage. Maybe if you can talk a little bit more about looking more mid-term, the pandemic hasn’t resulted in more needs and maybe we can talk about both storage and servers together independently, more need for connectivity. I know there’s a side of the PC business, but maybe we can focus on servers and storage, because you’ve been gaining share?

Tom Sweet

Yeah.

Jim Suva

Is there going to be a pent up demand from this? Does it result in tail winds or is it more difficult where if you ship something to Citigroup, there’s nobody in our building to really accept and sign the delivery and install it into the cabinets or at least those things are more complicated, because there are people there to receive it, it’s just a little more logistical complicated in the past. Can you talk about servers and storage in the pandemic and how we should think about people using more data, more security, more connectivity and how that should impact your servers and storage business?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Look, it’s been an interesting time, generally, again, I’d chatted about this from time to time. What we saw with customers was a behavior where they pivoted pretty dramatically to the end-user devices in the first part of the year, and so our foot — in some instances differ investment in some of the infrastructure area.

Having said that, we do think that, there is an investment cycle that will — that is going to happen in the infrastructure space. If you looked at IDC forecasts for the — for calendar ‘21 for instance, you would see that they’re forecasting growth in both mainstream server revenue, as well as in storage, and we do think there is a bit of a — there will be a bit of a pent-up demand.

I do think, however, though, in the next couple of quarters that we’re still going to have to work our way through the unevenness, if you will, of the demand environment. We’ve refreshed our entire product line and storage, the receptivity has been quite strong.

We’re seeing pockets of growth in storage, for instance, in our PowerMax, our high-end storage with our Data Protection offerings. Yet, we still saw some softness in mid-range and we’re optimistic that PowerStore, the new mid-range product is going to accelerate our performance in the mid-range.

And servers is an interesting dynamic as well, the server market has generally been a bit soft. We’ve seen softness in the transactional demand, meaning that those smaller value transactions. We’ve seen the large bit businesses continue to hold up quite well.

But, again, that’s — it’s very much a geographic dynamic in terms of where the pockets of strength are. We’ve seen growth in China — the China markets growing, but, yet, the price points there have been pretty competitive. So we’ve been very deliberate there in what we do.

So, overall, the ISG space, the infrastructure space, it has been a bit uneven. But over the long-term, I think, we’re very bullish on what that looks like as customers continue to drive the hybrid cloud adoption that we’re seeing. And so, but we’re going to have to work our way through the demand environment to continue to focus on serving our customers.

Jim Suva

Tom, you actually touched on the product at PowerStore. If I remember right, I think, it launched in May time period or so.

Tom Sweet

Yeah.

Jim Suva

Can you kind of update us a little bit on the launch of that and does it have a meaningful impact on your ISG and any impact of margins? And the reason I ask is, sometimes when companies launch new products, there’s a lot of promotion and advertising or discounting that goes on. Other times the people launch a new product, it’s a higher and higher ASP of what’s going in versus what’s coming out or sometimes it’s just simply you discount what the prior one was. So it’s a net no change to the margins. How should we think about PowerStore?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Look, Jim, we’re very optimistic about PowerStore and you are right it launched back in the May timeframe. And the receptivity by the customer base has been quite strong. We have seen a strong growth in the pipeline of interest from customers in terms of the — our sales pipeline, if you will.

But we’ve also been a bit slowed down quite frankly by the pandemic in the sense of many of our customers are not in the office. So therefore we think about a new storage array with a new operating system and the work that most of our customers want to do in their labs to test it and qualify it. That’s been a bit slower if you will in terms of working our way through some of the qualifications. But we’re very optimistic. We think it’s a great product. It is a differentiated product.

As you recall and as you know, storage — the storage selling cycle tends to be a bit longer, right? And so, one of the things that we’re seeing is, perhaps, that sales cycle is even a bit longer because of some of the qualification dynamics that I’ve kind of highlighted to you.

But there’s a couple of things that we find pretty interesting, Jim. We’ve been shipping for about a quarter now, right, and we’ve acquired hundreds of new customers with PowerStore. And what’s been interesting is that, our hundreds of customers, I should say, with our PowerStore product and solution, what’s been interesting is about 20% of those customers are either new to Dell or new to Dell storage. And so it’s been a really interesting vehicle to begin to think about customer acquisition and so we’re very pleased with that.

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So, look, I — we expect PowerStore to continue to ramp as we go through the year in terms of how does it translate into revenue. But as we get to the later half — later this year and on into next year, we were very optimistic about the velocity that PowerStore will continue to drive. And customers are very favorable with what their impressions on it. So far so good, but there’s some — we’re going to have to continue to make progress here.

Jim Suva

And Tom, sticking with the infrastructure market, your margins were much, much stronger and richer than expected. And this was despite revenue, pressures and inflationary environment where components cost a lot more in the first half of the year compared to past historically have when memory prices trail down. What’s really driven the margin improvement, because it just seems like the whole world would see margin compression, yet, Dell saw margin better than expected, which is great. But I can also wonder, not only what’s driving it, is that kind of as good as it gets or is there still margin expansion opportunities?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Look, you did see operating margins, clearly, remained strong or stayed up as we worked our way through the first half of the year. I would tell you that in many respects we benefited, the operating margins benefited from the OpEx controls that we put in place.

We talked about that in our Q1 call, Jim, if you recall, right? Where we talked about the fact that we were limiting backfill, we were going to T&E trend — as most companies, there’s not much of that going on now with limited consultants and contractors. We suspended our 401(k) match.

All hard decisions and tough decisions, but we thought appropriate decisions to protect the P&L and protect the liquidity of the company, particularly given the uncertainty in the demand environment. And so that OpEx control, obviously, benefited the P&L we saw in Q1 and again in Q2. And — so, I think, in the immediate that’s clearly been helpful.

So other trends that I’d highlight for you, though, Jim, as we think about mix of product and mix of the various solutions is, we have seen growth in our high value workloads and in those servers that customers buy for AI/ML type capabilities and they tend to carry a higher ASP, which generally translates into higher margin. So we’ve seen good positive trends there as well.

We’re also very focused on some of the as-a-service and recurring revenues, which aren’t carry higher margin dynamic as well. So there’s a number of trends that are working their way through the business. But, I think, what we’re navigating right now, what we’re very much focused on is, how do we drive and sustain margins at the same point in time expand those areas that customers are seeing are our focus areas for them, be as-a-service offerings, the some of the new storage solution capabilities, which carry a nice margin with it. So it’s a mix of areas, Jim, to be honest, but I’m very pleased with the result to-date and I think the team has done a really nice job of sort of navigating the environment to help our customers.

Jim Suva

We have PCs to the latter half of our discussion here, because I often find myself reminding investors that Dell has a more outsized exposure to commercial PCs versus consumers [Technical Difficulty] So going back to school is a little bit disproportionate favor as opposed to returning back to work. So are you — am I still right on that as far as a lot more exposure to commercial versus consumer? And are you expecting that the trends to improve going forward as economy start to [Technical Difficulty] start to come back to [Technical Difficulty] — employees coming back to work or what’s your view on the PCs sector and Dells positioning?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Hey, Jim. Look, I do think you’re correct in the sense of, if you think about the long-term dynamic we’re very much focused on the commercial PC. We think that’s where the profit pool is. The fact that we have a direct selling organization allows us to do, attach motion to attach services cross sell. So all of that platform, the commercial PC platforms are very stable and profitable business for us and generates really nice cash flow.

There obviously are some dynamics that we are — we have had to work our way through as we’ve come through the pandemic. We saw strong corporate PC growth in Q1, principally the notebook, the desktop, clearly, suffered as customers move to mobility products. We saw that softness continuing to Q2.

We saw the corporate PC space soften in Q2, but yet we saw the acceleration of government and education as we worked our way through our Q2 and we also saw the acceleration of the consumer space to your comment around learn-from-home. And so we saw really good growth in our consumer business.

Our Consumer Direct Online, for instance, was up 79% year-over-year. And so, as we move now into Q3 as we’ve talked about on the call, we continue to see some of the mixed dynamics in the PC space where education and government continue to remain strong in the PC space and the consumer space remains quite strong.

We do think over time the corporate PC bounces back and we — even that is the area of focus in the longer term that’s of interest to us given the profitability profile. But the reality is that you can’t control the market and you need to take advantage of the market opportunities that are there. And to-date if you look at government and education, excuse me, which are quite strong and we’re going to push on those, as well as take advantage of and serve our consumer customers principally consumer through our direct selling motion, we think is quite strong and very beneficial.

So, we’ll see how the rest of the year works its way out, but long-term we’re optimistic about the corporate PC, but clearly, lots of short-term or intermediate demand in the education space and in the consumer space at this point.

Jim Suva

I imagine the component costs are large feature also. So maybe can you give us here, first of all, walk us through when memory prices go up or down and I’m sure it has to do with magnitude of the slope. Is it like a one quarter delay or is it hit you or help me right away? Do you pass all that through or some of it through? And again, it depends upon the magnitude of up or down on those components. Can you walk through investors about how that impacts Dells margins of components and kind of what you kind of expect going forward for component pricing?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. I’m happy to Jim. And you know that there’s a couple of product lines that are quite sensitive to component cost changes, right? Our PC space and in the server space tends to be quite sensitive.

And let me remind everybody that last year we saw unprecedented deflation, if you will, in the component cost. And from a Dell model, let me remind everybody that, one, we — I am curious, our inventory positioning is given that word direct selling organization tends to be less. So therefore, in a component cost deflation environment that tends to be quite beneficial from a margin perspective, which is what we saw last year with our PC and servers.

And memory costs were quite deflationary and they flipped to inflationary this year and were inflationary in Q2, and so, in that type of model, what tends to happen is that, you’ve got a price the memory and therefore you tends to be a suppressant on operating margin until you can adjust pricing appropriately and so that dynamic continues to be one that continues to grow year-over-year was a bit of a challenge.

As we look forward, as we talked about on the call, Q2 was inflationary and we think Q3 would be slightly inflationary, but we then think that memory flips to deflationary in Q4 and we talked about that on the call, given the demand environment that we’re seeing.

So our — and so what do we do about that? Well, it’s all about how do you adjust your pricing and how do you adjust configuration strategies to ensure that when you’re providing customers with the configurations that they need, but we’re optimizing margins to the extent that we can.

And as we talk about — when we make a list price adjustment, we tend to realize about roughly 50% to 60% of that list price adjustment in any given quarter, just given the float around quotes and things of that sort. So that’s the dynamic we’re in right now and component costs, as I said, are — for both our servers and PCs and those are the two principal areas that where we see sensitivity.

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Jim Suva

Great. In the near-term, are there any other component — things, I think, you’d mentioned memory the most. Is there anything else like constraints on shortage of CPUs?

Tom Sweet

Jim, I’m having a hard time hearing you, but if I heard the question properly…

Jim Suva

Tom, of course. Yeah. Hey, Tom — continue to hear.

Tom Sweet

Jim, I — try that again please.

Jim Suva

Great. So we should keep an eye on, I recall last year, I think, was CPUs were a little bit of a challenge. I know a lot of displays? I bought more monitors for my house, so we could host this call. Are there any other components we should keep an eye on, because mostly you mentioned memory?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Hey, Jim, right now, I mean, it should be a surprise to anybody, given the demand that we’ve seen with education and with notebooks and with Chromebooks that some of those low core count CPUs are in short supply. And so that you’ve seen that is — that has manifested itself in sort of long lead times as you look out at some of those types of product offerings.

In addition to the CPUs also the — some of the monitor or the flat panels for the Chromebooks and for the education notebooks are a bit in short supply. So there are some constraints on the low end.

But absent that, I think, the overall supply chains are in pretty good shape, lead times are generally in line and we’ll have to work our way through the education and Chromebook bulge that we have right now. But other than that I think we are in good shape, Jim.

Jim Suva

And CPUs, is it fair to say you’re getting all you need now, are there like allocations, I remember last year, I think, there were some constraints I have seen you use for Dell, is that right?

Tom Sweet

There were Jim, and we are working quite closely with Intel on in terms of total, not only quantity, but also sort of mix, which types of CPUs and there still are some dynamics there. We’re working very closely with Intel daily on our CPU requirements and the types of CPUs.

And so that continues to be an ongoing set of activities and work that we’re doing. But it’s our job to work our way through it and to ensure that we provide the right platforms and have the right cap — solutions for our customers. So still a bit of a constraint but we’re working through it.

Jim Suva

Hey, Tom. Can you hear me?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. I can now.

Jim Suva

And I got a couple more questions here. I think it would be fair for us not [Technical Difficulty] to lose a little bit about, you mentioned, SEC filing earlier that you file about the potential spin or tax-free spin of VMware. I don’t expect you can give us an update on that because on a like [Technical Difficulty] CPA, I know you have to get IRS approval. There’s a lot of things, you have to do commercial agreements in place. [Technical Difficulty] But can you just kind of walk us through the logic because for years Michael Dell was so much talking about stronger being together. Just walk us through kind of the logics?

Tom Sweet

Hey, Jim. Fair question, right? And so, look, I think, that what we’ve thought about there is that…

Jim Suva

Tom, it’s Jim Suva. Can you hear me?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Jim, can you hear me now? Jim?

Rob Williams

Hey, Tom.

Jim Suva

Hey, Tom.

Rob Williams

Stop before you…

Jim Suva

Yeah. Tom, go ahead.

Rob Williams

We’re talking over each other here, apologize. Hey, Tom, before you answer that question, hey, Jim, you’re breaking up pretty bad. We might suggest that you turn off your video and just go audio-only for the rest of the interview and we’ll see how that works. And Tom, I think, you got to address the Jim’s question.

Tom Sweet

I did. I just and I’m happy to answer it. And Jim, you had broken up, but I think I got your gist of the question around VMware. So let me give you some thoughts on that. And hopefully we — you’ll be able to hear me effectively.

So, look, I think, as we’ve thought about it, we don’t think that the market is appropriately valuing our structure and we’ve said that on a number of occasions. And we obviously state are very much focused on value creation.

So we have been thinking our way through alternatives that can maintain some of the benefits of our current relationship with VMware, while unlocking some of the respective equity holders and benefits for each of the companies. So a potential pathway here is this, potential tax-free spin of 81% of our interest in VMware to Dell stockholders.

And so, having said that, that was the — that resulted in 13D filing in mid-July, we are continuing to work our way through that and that — we’ll have to see if that comes to fruition or if that makes sense.

But we do think there’s benefits to both the Dell Technologies shareholders and the VMware shareholders, if we could do the tax-free spin, while maintaining through a strong — a good operating agreement, some of the benefits that we’ve articulated around the better together the joint innovation and the coordinated go-to-market.

And we have both Dell Tech and VMware have workstreams that are focused on working our way through some of these questions to see if there’s a way to do this in a way that makes sense. And as part of this, we would consider how do you think about a special dividend from VMware to VMware shareholders as part of this construct as well.

So lots of work going on. We’ll have to see if this comes to fruition. But we do think that there’s an opportunity here to optimize the strength of the relationship and what we bring from Dell, what Dell brings from a go-to-market strategy, from a hardware innovation, as well as VMware from their capabilities, as well as the DFS capabilities that we bring to bear.

So, we’re exploring this. We’ll see if it becomes, there’s a lot of work to do. Obviously, the earliest we could do this would be September of next year. But right now, we’re focused on thinking our way through and working our way through some of the areas that we would need to resolve. So more to come at the appropriate time.

Jim Suva

And Tom, as we wrap up now last few minutes, is there anything you want to communicate to investors that either they’re overlooking or the top questioner to that you want to clarify as we conclude?

Tom Sweet

Yeah. Look, Jim, thanks, and I appreciate you have give me a second here. So, look, I think, that the question we get a lot is, how do you think about the near-term growth and how do you position the organization to grow in some — particularly with some of the end-user markets?

We are very focused on, if we — as we look out over the intermediate the opportunity in front of us, we participate in these markets that have very large total addressable market opportunities. We have, although, we’re the leader in mainstream servers. We’re the leader in external storage. We’re the leader in commercial PC profitability.

There is opportunity yet to continue to consolidate the market. There’s — as we look at growth vectors, some of the new adjacent TAMs that are emerging and whether that’s in telco, whether that’s in edge, whether that’s in data management, data services, I think, also provides some interesting opportunities for us to think about growth.

We’re going to have to navigate the intermediate or the short-term, if you will, with the COVID dynamic, but we’re optimistic that the technology trends are in our favor, right? If you think about the adoption of hybrid is sort of the operating model that most organizations are migrating to, which is, so there’s a role for both public cloud, as well as on-prem and private cloud.

So, we believe the world is coming our way, Jim. We’ve got work to do and we’ve got to continue to build our capabilities and serve our customers. But we’re very optimistic given the state of our business framework, given the — our strong cash flow generation capabilities and we’re focused on paying down debt, getting back to investment grade and continuing to serve our customers.

Jim Suva

That sounds great. Tom, I want to thank you and your management team for joining us and we wish you a nice healthy time here and we look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future. Thanks so much Tom Sweet, Chief Financial Officer of Dell Technologies.

Tom Sweet

Thanks, Jim.



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