This quarter, we are happy to welcome Jeff Clarke and Brian Gladden to DellShares to provide their view on the third quarter and discuss progress we have made in executing on our strategy.

Dell announced its third-quarter fiscal-year 2012 financial results after the market close on November 15. Revenue in the quarter was $15.4 billion, flat year over year, with enterprise solutions and services revenue at a record $4.7 billion. GAAP EPS was $0.49, up 17% from the prior year, and non-GAAP EPS was up 20% to $0.54. GAAP operating income was $1.1 billion, or 7.4% of revenue, while non-GAAP operating income was $1.3 billion, or 8.4% of revenue. Cash flow from operations was $851 million for the quarter and $5.2 billion over the last four quarters. Dell ended the quarter with $16 billion in cash and investments and repurchased $600 million in stock in the quarter. 

We strongly encourage you to review our press release and associated materials, including our GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation; and listen to our earnings conference call that can be found on the Investor Relations web site.

Update: Here is the YouTube video and the Q3 Earnings presentation:

We have attached a transcript (see below or click on previous link) for those of you unable to watch the video or just have a preference to read it.

As always, we encourage you to ask questions or leave comments on DellShares.

Best,

Rob

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