Surging revenue from storage, security and virtualization brought record financial results at EMC in the fourth quarter, the company reported Tuesday.
EMC's consolidated revenue rose 19 percent to a record US$4.9 billion, while earnings increased 53 percent to $0.29 per share. The results came one day after EMC's majority-owned subsidiary VMware reported its profit roughly doubled and revenue rose 37 percent in the same quarter.
The VMware business led in EMC's revenue gains, while the company's RSA security division posted a 28 percent revenue gain for the quarter. In EMC's core storage business, the midtier product lines, including Clariion, Celerra and Data Domain, saw the greatest sales growth at 23 percent. The high-end Symmetrix portfolio had sales up 19 percent.
EMC Chairman and CEO Joe Tucci attributed the strong results to overall trends in IT, including the rapid growth in data storage requirements.
Revenue in the U.S., which represented just over half of the company's business, grew 20 percent in the quarter. Growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa was slower at 16 percent, while the Asia-Pacific and Japan region increased 30 percent. Latin American revenue rose 34 percent.
The company's reported profit of $0.42 per share, not counting one-time items, slightly exceeded the $0.41 consensus estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. The company also beat analysts' revenue estimate of $4.78 billion.
Full-year consolidated revenue for 2010 also reached a record, rising 21 percent from 2009 to hit $17 billion. Earnings per share for the year were $0.88.
For 2011, EMC said it expects revenue of $19.6 billion and earnings per share of $1.07.