Dell Q1FY12 10Q
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
Form 10-Q
 
(Mark One)
 
 
 
 
 
x
 
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended April 29, 2011
OR
o
 
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from            to           
 
Commission file number: 0-17017
 
Dell Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
Delaware
 
74-2487834
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
One Dell Way, Round Rock, Texas 78682
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
1-800-BUY-DELL 
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes R  No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes R  No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer R
 
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer o  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
Smaller reporting company o
 Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). Yes o No R
 As of the close of business on May 19, 2011, 1,887,169,853 shares of common stock, par value $.01 per share, were outstanding.
 

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This report includes “forward-looking statements.” The words “may,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “aim,” “seek” and similar expressions as they relate to us or our management are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. All statements by us regarding our expected financial position, revenues, cash flows and other operating results, business strategy, legal proceedings and similar matters are forward-looking statements. Our expectations expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements may not turn out to be correct. Our results could be materially different from our expectations because of various risks, including the risks discussed in “Part I - Item 1A - Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2011. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date as of which such statement is made, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances, including unanticipated events, after the date as of which such statement was made.
 

 

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PART I
 
ITEM 1 — FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
 
DELL INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(in millions)
 
April 29,
2011
 
January 28,
2011
 
(unaudited)
 
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
14,061
 
 
$
13,913
 
Short-term investments
418
 
 
452
 
Accounts receivable, net
6,196
 
 
6,493
 
Short-term financing receivables, net
3,205
 
 
3,643
 
Inventories, net
1,276
 
 
1,301
 
Other current assets
3,217
 
 
3,219
 
Total current assets
28,373
 
 
29,021
 
Property, plant, and equipment, net
1,987
 
 
1,953
 
Investments
762
 
 
704
 
Long-term financing receivables, net
1,123
 
 
799
 
Goodwill
5,406
 
 
4,365
 
Purchased intangible assets, net
1,941
 
 
1,495
 
Other non-current assets
196
 
 
262
 
Total assets
$
39,788
 
 
$
38,599
 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
Short-term debt
$
816
 
 
$
851
 
Accounts payable
10,442
 
 
11,293
 
Accrued and other
3,590
 
 
4,181
 
Short-term deferred services revenue
3,282
 
 
3,158
 
Total current liabilities
18,130
 
 
19,483
 
Long-term debt
6,794
 
 
5,146
 
Long-term deferred services revenue
3,608
 
 
3,518
 
Other non-current liabilities
2,886
 
 
2,686
 
Total liabilities
31,418
 
 
30,833
 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)
 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ equity:
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock and capital in excess of $.01 par value; shares authorized: 7,000; shares issued: 3,381 and 3,369, respectively; shares outstanding: 1,899 and 1,918, respectively
11,900
 
 
11,797
 
Treasury stock at cost: 1,007 and 976 shares, respectively
(29,154
)
 
(28,704
)
Retained earnings
25,689
 
 
24,744
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(65
)
 
(71
)
Total stockholders’ equity
8,370
 
 
7,766
 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
39,788
 
 
$
38,599
 
 The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 
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DELL INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(in millions, except per share amounts; unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
 
April 29,
2011
 
April 30,
2010
Net revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
Products
$
12,059
 
 
$
12,086
 
Services, including software related
2,958
 
 
2,788
 
Total net revenue
15,017
 
 
14,874
 
Cost of net revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
Products
9,436
 
 
10,385
 
Services, including software related
2,149
 
 
1,973
 
Total cost of net revenue
11,585
 
 
12,358
 
Gross margin
3,432
 
 
2,516
 
Operating expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
Selling, general, and administrative
2,025
 
 
1,830
 
Research, development, and engineering
195
 
 
167
 
Total operating expenses
2,220
 
 
1,997
 
Operating income
1,212
 
 
519
 
Interest and other, net
(42
)
 
(68
)
Income before income taxes
1,170
 
 
451
 
Income tax provision
225
 
 
110
 
Net income
$
945
 
 
$
341
 
Earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.50
 
 
$
0.17
 
Diluted
$
0.49
 
 
$
0.17
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
1,908
 
 
1,961
 
Diluted
1,923
 
 
1,973
 
 The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
 

 
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DELL INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in millions; unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
 
April 29,
2011
 
April 30,
2010
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Net income
$
945
 
 
$
341
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
216
 
 
247
 
Stock-based compensation
99
 
 
76
 
Effects of exchange rate changes on monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies
 
 
30
 
Deferred income taxes
(63
)
 
(31
)
Provision for doubtful accounts — including financing receivables
47
 
 
122
 
Other
(5
)
 
 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
471
 
 
(119
)
Financing receivables
21
 
 
(208
)
Inventories
38
 
 
(132
)
Other assets
110
 
 
69
 
Accounts payable
(925
)
 
22
 
Deferred services revenue
191
 
 
72
 
Accrued and other liabilities
(680
)
 
(251
)
Change in cash from operating activities
465
 
 
238
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Investments:
 
 
 
 
 
Purchases
(240
)
 
(350
)
Maturities and sales
222
 
 
169
 
Capital expenditures
(137
)
 
(46
)
Proceeds from sale of facility and land
12
 
 
 
Collections on purchased financing receivables
67
 
 
 
Acquisitions, net of cash received
(1,473
)
 
(133
)
Change in cash from investing activities
(1,549
)
 
(360
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
Repurchase of common stock
(450
)
 
(200
)
Issuance of common stock under employee plans
10
 
 
7
 
Issuance of commercial paper (maturity 90 days or less), net
 
 
234
 
Proceeds from debt
1,930
 
 
268
 
Repayments of debt
(323
)
 
(566
)
Other
3
 
 
3
 
Change in cash from financing activities
1,170
 
 
(254
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
62
 
 
(4
)
Change in cash and cash equivalents
148
 
 
(380
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period
13,913
 
 
10,635
 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period
$
14,061
 
 
$
10,255
 
 
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 
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DELL INC.
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(unaudited)
 
NOTE 1 — BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements of Dell Inc. (individually and together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "Dell") should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying Notes filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in Dell's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2011 ("Fiscal 2011"). The accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). In the opinion of management, the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements reflect all adjustments of a normal recurring nature considered necessary to fairly state the financial position of Dell and its consolidated subsidiaries at April 29, 2011, the results of its operations, and its cash flows for the three months ended April 29, 2011, and April 30, 2010.
The preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in Dell's Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and the accompanying Notes. Actual results could differ materially from those estimates. The results of operations for the three months ended April 29, 2011, and April 30, 2010, and the cash flows for the three months ended April 29, 2011, and April 30, 2010, are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full fiscal year or for any other fiscal period.
Dell's fiscal year is the 52 or 53 week period ending on the Friday nearest January 31. The fiscal year ending February 3, 2012 ("Fiscal 2012") will be a 53 week period.
Recently Issued and Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
Credit Quality of Financing Receivables and the Allowance for Credit Losses In July 2010, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued a new pronouncement that requires enhanced disclosures regarding the nature of credit risk inherent in an entity's portfolio of financing receivables, how that risk is analyzed, and the changes and reasons for those changes in the allowance for credit losses. The new disclosures require information for both the financing receivables and the related allowance for credit losses at more disaggregated levels. Disclosures related to information as of the end of a reporting period became effective for Dell in Fiscal 2011. Specific disclosures regarding activities that occur during a reporting period are now required for Dell beginning in the first quarter of the fiscal year ending February 3, 2012. As these changes relate only to disclosures, they did not have an impact on Dell's consolidated financial results. See Note 5 of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on Dell's disclosures relating to the credit quality of its financing receivables.
 
 
NOTE 2 — INVENTORIES
 
 
April 29,
2011
 
January 28,
2011
 
 
(in millions)
Inventories:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Production materials
 
$
731
 
 
$
593
 
Work-in-process
 
171
 
 
232
 
Finished goods
 
374
 
 
476
 
Total
 
$
1,276
 
 
$
1,301
 

 
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DELL INC.
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(unaudited)
 
 

NOTE 3 — FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
The following table presents Dell's hierarchy for its assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of April 29, 2011, and January 28, 2011:
 
April 29, 2011
 
January 28, 2011
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
 
Total
 
Quoted
Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical
Assets
 
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
 
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
 
 
 
Quoted
Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical
Assets
 
Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
 
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Money market funds
$
9,579
 
 
$
 
 
$
 
 
$
9,579
 
 
$
6,261
 
 
$
 
 
$
 
 
$
6,261
 
Commercial paper
 
 
1,390
 
 
 
 
1,390
 
 
 
 
2,945
 
 
 
 
2,945
 
U.S. government and agencies
 
 
16
 
 
 
 
16
 
 
 
 
1,699
 
 
 
 
1,699
 
Debt Securities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. government and agencies
 
 
27
 
 
 
 
27
 
 
 
 
79
 
 
 
 
79
 
U.S. corporate
 
 
524
 
 
34
 
 
558
 
 
 
 
464
 
 
32
 
 
496
 
International corporate
 
 
466
 
 
 
 
466
 
 
 
 
457
 
 
 
 
457
 
Equity and other securities
 
 
113
 
 
 
 
113
 
 
 
 
109
 
 
 
 
109
 
Derivative instruments
 
 
60
 
 
 
 
60
 
 
 
 
27
 
 
 
 
27
 
Total assets
$
9,579
 
 
$
2,596
 
 
$
34
 
 
$
12,209
 
 
$
6,261
 
 
$
5,780
 
 
$
32
 
 
$
12,073
 
Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Derivative instruments
$
 
 
$
159
 
 
$
 
 
$
159
 
 
$
 
 
$
28
 
 
$
 
 
$
28
 
Total liabilities
$
 
 
$
159
 
 
$
 
 
$
159
 
 
$
 
 
$
28
 
 
$
 
 
$
28
 
 
The following section describes the valuation methodologies Dell uses to measure financial instruments at fair value:
Cash Equivalents - The majority of Dell's cash equivalents in the above table consists of money market funds, commercial paper, including corporate and asset-backed commercial paper, and U.S. government and agencies, all with original maturities of less than 90 days and valued at fair value which approximates cost.  The valuations of these securities are based on quoted prices in active markets for identical assets, when available, or pricing models whereby all significant inputs are observable or can be derived from or corroborated by observable market data. When quoted prices are not available, Dell utilizes a pricing service to assist in obtaining fair value pricing. Dell conducts reviews on a quarterly basis to verify pricing, assess liquidity, and determine if significant inputs have changed that would impact the fair value hierarchy disclosure.
 
Debt Securities - The majority of Dell's debt securities consists of various fixed income securities such as U.S. government and agencies, and U.S. and international corporate. Dell utilizes a pricing service to assist management in measuring fair value pricing for the majority of this investment portfolio. Valuation is based on pricing models whereby all significant inputs, including benchmark yields, reported trades, broker-dealer quotes, issue spreads, benchmark securities, bids, offers and other market related data, are observable or can be derived from or corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the asset. Inputs are documented in accordance with the fair value measurements hierarchy. Dell conducts reviews on a quarterly basis to verify pricing, assess liquidity, and determine if significant valuation inputs have changed that would impact the fair value hierarchy disclosure. The Level 3 position as of April 29, 2011, and January 28, 2011, represents a convertible debt security that Dell was unable to corroborate with observable market data. The investment is valued at cost plus accrued interest as this is management's best estimate of fair value.
 
Equity and Other Securities - The majority of Dell's investments in equity and other securities consists of various mutual funds held in Dell's Deferred Compensation Plan. The valuation of these securities is based on pricing models whereby all significant inputs are observable or can be derived from or corroborated by observable market data.
 

 
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DELL INC.
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(unaudited)
 
 

Derivative Instruments - Dell's derivative financial instruments consist primarily of foreign currency forward and purchased option contracts, and interest rate swaps. The fair value of the portfolio is determined using valuation models based on market observable inputs, including interest rate curves, forward and spot prices for currencies, and implied volatilities. Credit risk is factored into the fair value calculation of Dell's derivative instrument portfolio.  For interest rate derivative instruments, credit risk is determined at the contract level with the use of credit default spreads of either Dell, when in a net liability position, or the relevant counterparty, when in a net asset position.  For foreign exchange derivative instruments, credit risk is determined in a similar manner, except that the credit default spread is applied based on the net position of each counterparty with the use of the appropriate credit default spreads. 
 
Assets and Liabilities Measured at Fair Value on a Nonrecurring Basis - Certain assets are measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis and therefore are not included in the recurring fair value table above. The assets consist primarily of investments accounted for under the cost method and non-financial assets such as goodwill and intangible assets. Investments accounted for under the cost method included in equity and other securities, approximate $16 million and $15 million, on April 29, 2011, and January 28, 2011, respectively. Goodwill and intangible assets are measured at fair value initially and subsequently when there is an indicator of impairment and the impairment is recognized. No impairment charges of goodwill and intangible assets were recorded for the three months ended April 29, 2011. See Note 9 of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information about goodwill and intangible assets.
 
 

 
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DELL INC.
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(unaudited)
 
 

NOTE 4 — INVESTMENTS
 
The following table summarizes, by major security type, the fair value and amortized cost of Dell's investments. All debt security investments with remaining maturities in excess of one year and substantially all equity and other securities are recorded as long-term investments in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position.
 
April 29, 2011
 
January 28, 2011
 
Fair Value
 
  Cost
 
Unrealized Gain
 
Unrealized (Loss)
 
Fair Value
 
  Cost
 
Unrealized Gain
 
Unrealized (Loss)
 
(in millions)
Investments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. government and agencies
$
7
 
 
$
7
 
 
$
 
 
$
 
 
$
58
 
 
$
58
 
 
$
 
 
$
 
U.S. corporate
252
 
 
252
 
 
 
 
 
 
254
 
 
253
 
 
1
 
 
 
International corporate
159
 
 
159
 
 
 
 
 
 
140
 
 
140
 
 
 
 
 
Total short-term investments
418
 
 
418
 
 
 
 
 
 
452
 
 
451
 
 
1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. government and agencies
20
 
 
20
 
 
 
 
 
 
21
 
 
20
 
 
1
 
 
 
U.S. corporate
306
 
 
306
 
 
1
 
 
(1
)
 
242
 
 
243
 
 
 
 
(1
)
International corporate
307
 
 
306
 
 
1
 
 
 
 
317
 
 
317
 
 
 
 
 
Equity and other securities
129
 
 
129
 
 
 
 
 
 
124
 
 
124
 
 
 
 
 
Total long-term investments
762
 
 
761
 
 
2
 
 
(1
)
 
704
 
 
704
 
 
1
 
 
(1
)
Total investments
$
1,180
 
 
$
1,179
 
 
$
2
 
 
$
(1
)
 
$
1,156
 
 
$
1,155
 
 
$
2
 
 
$
(1
)
 
Dell's investments in debt securities are classified as available-for-sale. Equity and other securities primarily relate to investments held in Dell's Deferred Compensation Plan, which are classified as trading securities. Both of these classes of securities are reported at fair value using the specific identification method. All other investments are initially recorded at cost and reduced for any impairment losses. The fair value of Dell's portfolio is affected primarily by interest rate movements rather than credit and liquidity risks. Most of Dell's investments in debt securities have contractual maturities of less than five years.
 

 
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DELL INC.
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(unaudited)
 
 

NOTE 5 — FINANCIAL SERVICES
Dell Financial Services L.L.C.
Dell offers or arranges various financing options and services for its business and consumer customers in the U.S. through Dell Financial Services L.L.C. (“DFS”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell. DFS's key activities include the origination, collection, and servicing of customer receivables related to the purchase of Dell products and services. New financing originations, which represent the amounts of financing provided to customers for equipment and related software and services through DFS, were approximately $800 million and $900 million, for the three months ended April 29, 2011, and April 30, 2010, respectively.
 
In April 2011, Dell announced its intent to acquire Dell Financial Services Canada Limited. from CIT Group Inc. ("CIT"), as well as CIT Vendor Finance's Dell-related assets and sales and servicing functions in Europe. Dell expects to close the acquisition in Canada in the second quarter of Fiscal 2012 and the acquisition in Europe in Fiscal 2013 subject to customary closing conditions.
 
Dell transfers certain customer financing receivables to special purpose entities (“SPEs”). The SPEs are bankruptcy remote legal entities with separate assets and liabilities. The purpose of the SPEs is to facilitate the funding of customer receivables in the capital markets. These SPEs have entered into financing arrangements with multi-seller conduits that, in turn, issue asset-backed debt securities in the capital markets. Dell's risk of loss related to securitized receivables is limited to the amount of Dell's right to receive collections for assets securitized exceeding the amount required to pay interest, principal, and other fees and expenses related to the asset-backed securities. Dell provides credit enhancement to the securitization in the form of over-collateralization. These SPEs meet the definition of a variable interest entity and Dell has determined that it is the primary beneficiary of these SPEs and has consolidated them in Dell's condensed consolidated financial statements. The primary factors in this determination were the obligation to absorb losses due to the interest Dell retains in the assets transferred to the SPEs in the form of over-collateralization, and the power to direct activities through the servicing role performed by Dell.
 
Dell's securitization programs contain standard structural features related to the performance of the securitized receivables. These structural features include defined credit losses, delinquencies, average credit scores, and excess collections above or below specified levels. In the event one or more of these criteria are not met and Dell is unable to restructure the program, no further funding of receivables will be permitted and the timing of Dell's expected cash flows from over-collateralization will be delayed. At April 29, 2011, these criteria were met.
Financing Receivables
The following table summarizes the components of Dell's financing receivables segregated by portfolio segment:
 
 
April 29, 2011
 
January 28, 2011
 
 
Revolving
 
Fixed-term
 
Total
 
Revolving
 
Fixed-term
 
Total
 
 
(in millions)
Financing Receivables, net:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Customer receivables, gross
 
$
2,200
 
 
$
2,031
 
 
$
4,231
 
 
$
2,396
 
 
$
1,992
 
 
$
4,388
 
Allowances for losses
 
(191
)
 
(26
)
 
(217
)
 
(214
)
 
(27
)
 
(241
)
Customer receivables, net
 
2,009
 
 
2,005
 
 
4,014
 
 
2,182
 
 
1,965
 
 
4,147
 
Residual interest
 
 
 
314
 
 
314
 
 
 
 
295
 
 
295
 
Financing receivables, net
 
$
2,009
 
 
$
2,319
 
 
$
4,328
 
 
$
2,182
 
 
$
2,260
 
 
$
4,442
 
Short-term
 
$
2,009
 
 
$
1,196
 
 
$
3,205
 
 
$
2,182
 
 
$
1,461
 
 
$
3,643
 
Long-term
 
 
 
1,123
 
 
1,123
 
 
 
 
799
 
 
799
 
Financing receivables, net
 
$
2,009
 
 
$
2,319
 
 
$
4,328
 
 
$
2,182
 
 
$
2,260
 
 
$
4,442
 
 

 
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DELL INC.
 
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)
(unaudited)
 
 

Included in financing receivables, net, are receivables that are held by consolidated variable interest entities ("VIEs") as shown in the table below:
 
 
April 29,
2011
 
January 28,
2011
 
 
(in millions)
Financing receivables held by consolidated VIEs, net:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Short-term, net
 
$
936
 
 
$
1,087
 
Long-term, net
 
437
 
 
262
 
Financing receivables held by consolidated VIEs, net
 
$
1,373
 
 
$
1,349
 
 
The following table summarizes the changes in the allowance for financing receivable losses for the respective periods:
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
April 29, 2011
 
April 30, 2010
 
 
Revolving
 
Fixed-term
 
Total
 
Revolving
 
Fixed-term
 
Total
 
 
(in millions)
Allowance for financing receivable losses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance at the beginning of period
 
$
214
 
 
$
27
 
 
$
241
 
 
$
224
 
 
$
13
 
 
$
237
 
Incremental allowance due to VIE consolidation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16
 
 
16
 
Principal charge-offs
 
(58
)
 
(2
)
 
(60
)
 
(49
)
 
(6
)
 
(55
)
Interest charge-offs
 
(11
)
 
 
 
(11
)
 
(6
)
 
 
 
(6
)
Recoveries
 
19
 
 
1
 
 
20
 
 
5
 
 
 
 
5
 
Provision charged to income statement
 
27
 
 
 
 
27
 
 
82
 
 
6
 
 
88
 
Balance at end of period
 
$
191
 
 
$
26
 
 
$
217
 
 
$
256
 
 
$
29
 
 
$
285
 
 

 
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The following table summarizes the aging of Dell's customer receivables, gross, including accrued interest, as of April 29, 2011 and January 28, 2011 segregated by class:
 
 
April 29, 2011
 
January 28, 2011
 
 
Current
 
Past Due 1 — 90 Days
 
Past Due > 90 Days
 
Total
 
Current
 
Past Due 1 — 90 Days
 
Past Due > 90 Days
 
Total
 
 
(in millions)
Revolving — Consumer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
 
$
1,254
 
 
$
118
 
 
$
40
 
 
$
1,412
 
 
$
1,302
 
 
$
153
 
 
$
48
 
 
$
1,503
 
Purchased
 
389
 
 
58
 
 
23
 
 
470
 
 
447
 
 
88
 
 
35
 
 
570
 
Revolving — SMB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
 
253
 
 
20
 
 
5
 
 
278
 
 
246
 
 
26
 
 
5
 
 
277
 
Purchased
 
32
 
 
6
 
 
2
 
 
40
 
 
34
 
 
9
 
 
3
 
 
46
 
Fixed-term —
 Large Enterprise
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
 
1,154
 
 
25
 
 
6
 
 
1,185
 
 
1,077
 
 
47
 
 
7
 
 
1,131
 
Fixed-term — Public
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
 
423
 
 
17
 
 
2
 
 
442
 
 
463
 
 
12
 
 
1
 
 
476
 
Fixed-term — SMB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
 
395
 
 
7
 
 
2
 
 
404
 
 
371
 
 
11
 
 
3
 
 
385
 
Total customer receivables, gross
 
$
3,900
 
 
$
251
 
 
$
80
 
 
$
4,231
 
 
$
3,940
 
 
$
346
 
 
$
102
 
 
$
4,388
 
 
The following tables summarize customer receivables, gross, including accrued interest by credit quality indicator segregated by class as of April 29, 2011 and January 28, 2011. For revolving loans to consumers, Dell makes credit decisions based on propriety scorecards which include the customer's credit history, payment history, credit usage, and other FICO-related elements. For Commercial customers, an internal grading system is utilized that assigns a credit level score based on a number of considerations including liquidity, operating performance and industry outlook. These credit level scores range from one to sixteen for Public and Large Enterprise customers, and from one to six for small and medium ("SMB") customers. The categories shown in the tables below segregate between the relative degrees of credit risk within that segment and product set. As loss experience varies substantially between financial products and customer segments, the credit quality categories cannot be compared between the different classes. The credit quality indicators for Consumer accounts are as of each quarter end date. Commercial accounts are generally updated on a periodic basis.
 
 
April 29, 2011
 
January 28, 2011
 
 
FICO 720+
 
FICO 660 to 719
 
FICO < 660
 
Total
 
FICO 720+
 
FICO 660 to 719
 
FICO < 660
 
Total
 
 
(in millions)
Revolving — Consumer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
 
$
229
 
 
$
397
 
 
$
786
 
 
$
1,412
 
 
$
251
 
 
$
415
 
 
$
837
 
 
$
1,503
 
Purchased
 
$
43
 
 
$
108
 
 
$
319
 
 
$
470
 
 
$
50
 
 
$
127
 
 
$
393
 
 
$
570
 
 
For the revolving consumer receivables in the above table, the FICO 720+ category includes prime accounts which are generally higher credit quality, FICO 660 to 719 includes near-prime accounts and represents the mid-tier accounts, and FICO scores below 660 are generally sub-prime and represent lower credit quality accounts.

 
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April 29, 2011
 
January 28, 2011
 
Investment
 
Non-Investment
 
Sub-Standard
 
Total
 
Investment
 
Non-Investment
 
Sub-Standard
 
Total
 
(in millions)
Fixed-term —
 Large Enterprise
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
$
874
 
 
$
189
 
 
$
122
 
 
$
1,185
 
 
$
806
 
 
$
166
 
 
$
159
 
 
$
1,131
 
Fixed-term — Public
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
$
402
 
 
$
32
 
 
$
8
 
 
$
442
 
 
$
438
 
 
$
30
 
 
$
8
 
 
$
476
 
 
For the Large Enterprise and Public commercial receivables shown above, Dell's internal credit level scoring has been aggregated to their most comparable external commercial rating agency equivalents. Investment grade accounts are generally of the highest credit quality, non-investment grade represents middle quality accounts, and sub-standard represents the lowest quality accounts.
 
 
April 29, 2011
 
January 28, 2011
 
 
Higher
 
Mid
 
Lower
 
Total
 
Higher
 
Mid
 
Lower
 
Total
 
 
(in millions)
Revolving — SMB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
 
$
105
 
 
$
85
 
 
$
88
 
 
$
278
 
 
$
108
 
 
$
85
 
 
$
84
 
 
$
277
 
Purchased
 
$
14
 
 
$
21
 
 
$
5
 
 
$
40
 
 
$
16
 
 
$
24
 
 
$
6
 
 
$
46
 
Fixed-term — SMB
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Owned since inception
 
$
40
 
 
$
128
 
 
$
236
 
 
$
404
 
 
$
62
 
 
$
129
 
 
$
194
 
 
$
385
 
 
For SMB receivables in the above table, the Higher category includes Dell's top two internal credit quality levels, which generally have the lowest loss experience, Mid includes credit levels three and four, and Lower includes Dell's bottom two credit levels, which experience higher loss rates. The revolving product is sold primarily to small business customers and the fixed-term products are more weighted toward medium-sized businesses. Although both fixed-term and revolving products rely on a six-level internal rating system, the grading criteria and classifications are different as the loss performance varies between these products and customer sets. Therefore, the credit levels are not comparable between the SMB fixed-term and revolving classes.
Customer Receivables 
The following is the description of the components of Dell's customer receivables:
Revolving loans — Revolving loans offered under private label credit financing programs provide qualified customers with a revolving credit line for the purchase of products and services offered by Dell. Revolving loans bear interest at a variable annual percentage rate that is tied to the prime rate. Based on historical payment patterns, revolving loan transactions are typically repaid within 12 months on average. Revolving loans are included in short-term financing receivables. From time to time, account holders may have the opportunity to finance their Dell purchases with special programs during which, if the outstanding balance is paid in full by a specific date, no interest is charged. These special programs generally range from 6 to 12 months. At April 29, 2011, and January 28, 2011, receivables under these special programs were $340 million and $398 million, respectively.
 
Sales-type leases — Dell enters into sales-type lease arrangements with customers who desire lease financing. Leases with business customers have fixed terms of generally two to four years. Future maturities of minimum lease payments at April 29, 2011 were as follows: Fiscal 2012 - $724 million; Fiscal 2013 - $696 million; Fiscal 2014 - $332 million; Fiscal 2015 and beyond - $61 million. Fixed-term loans are offered to qualified small businesses, large commercial accounts, governmental organizations, and educational entities.
 

 
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Purchased Credit-Impaired Loans
 
Purchased Credit-Impaired (“PCI”) loans are acquired loans for which it is probable that Dell will not collect all contractually required principal and interest payments. During the third quarter of Fiscal 2011, Dell purchased a portfolio of revolving loan receivables from CIT Group Inc. that consisted of revolving Dell customer account balances that met the definition of PCI loans as Dell does not expect to collect all contractually required principal and interest payments. At April 29, 2011, the outstanding balance of these receivables, including principal and accrued interest, was $489 million and the carrying amount was $294 million.
 
The excess of cash flows expected to be collected over the carrying value of PCI loans is referred to as the accretable yield and is accreted into interest income using the effective yield method based on the expected future cash flows over the estimated lives of the PCI loans. Due to improved expectations of the amount of expected cash flows and higher recoveries, Dell increased the accretable yield associated with these PCI loans by $35 million during the first quarter of Fiscal 2012, which will be amortized over the remaining life of the loans.
 
The following table shows activity for the accretable yield on the PCI loans for the three months ended April 29, 2011:
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
April 29,
2011
 
(in millions)
Accretable Yield:
 
Balance at beginning of period
$
137
 
Additions/ Purchases
 
Accretion
(21
)
Prospective yield adjustment
35
 
Balance at end of period
$
151
 
 
 
Residual Interest 
 
Dell retains a residual interest in equipment leased under its fixed-term lease programs. The amount of the residual interest is established at the inception of the lease based upon estimates of the value of the equipment at the end of the lease term using historical studies, industry data, and future value-at-risk demand valuation methods. On a quarterly basis, Dell assesses the carrying amount of its recorded residual values for impairment. Anticipated declines in specific future residual values that are considered to be other-than-temporary are recorded in earnings.
 
Asset Securitizations
 
During the first quarters of Fiscal 2012 and Fiscal 2011, $499 million and $496 million of customer receivables, respectively, were funded via securitization through SPEs. The programs are effective for 12 month periods and subject to an annual renewal process. 
 
The structured financing debt related to the fixed-term lease and loan, and revolving loan securitization programs was $1.2 billion and $1.0 billion as of April 29, 2011, and January 28, 2011, respectively. The debt is collateralized solely by the financing receivables in the programs. The debt has a variable interest rate and an average duration of 12 to 36 months based on the terms of the underlying financing receivables. The total debt capacity related to the securitization programs is $1.4 billion. See Note 6 of the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information regarding the structured financing debt.
 
During Fiscal 2011, Dell entered into interest rate swap agreements to effectively convert a portion of the structured financing debt from a floating rate to a fixed rate.  The interest rate swaps qualified for hedge accounting treatment as cash flow hedges.  See Note 7 of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information about interest rate swaps.

 
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NOTE 6 — BORROWINGS
The following table summarizes Dell's outstanding debt at the dates indicated:
 
 
April 29,
2011
 
January 28,
2011
 
 
(in millions)
Long-Term Debt
 
 
 
 
 
 
Notes
 
 
 
 
 
 
$400 million issued on June 10, 2009, at 3.375% due June 2012 (“2012 Notes”) with interest payable June 15 and December 15 (includes impact of interest rate swap terminations)
 
$
400
 
 
$
400
 
$600 million issued on April 17, 2008, at 4.70% due April 2013 (“2013A Notes”) with interest payable April 15 and October 15 (includes impact of interest rate swap terminations)
 
608
 
 
609
 
$500 million issued on September 7, 2010, at 1.40% due September 2013 (“2013B Notes”) with interest payable March 10 and September 10
 
499
 
 
499
 
$500 million issued on April 1, 2009, at 5.625% due April 2014 (“2014A Notes”) with interest payable April 15 and October 15
 
500
 
 
500
 
$300 million issued on March 28, 2011, with a floating rate due April 2014 (“2014B Notes”) with interest payable January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1
 
300
 
 
 
$400 million issued on March 28, 2011, at 2.10% due April 2014 (“2014C Notes”) with interest payable April 1 and October 1
 
400
 
 
 
$700 million issued on September 7, 2010, at 2.30% due September 2015 (“2015 Notes”) with interest payable March 10 and September 10
 
700
 
 
700
 
$400 million issued on March 28, 2011, at 3.10% due April 2016 (“2016 Notes”) with interest payable April 1 and October 1
 
400
 
 
 
$500 million issued on April 17, 2008, at 5.65% due April 2018 (“2018 Notes”) with interest payable April 15 and October 15
 
499
 
 
499
 
$600 million issued on June 10, 2009, at 5.875% due June 2019 (“2019 Notes”) with interest payable June 15 and December 15
 
600
 
 
600
 
$400 million issued on March 28, 2011, at 4.625% due April 2021 (“2021 Notes”) with interest payable April 1 and October 1
 
398
 
 
 
$400 million issued on April 17, 2008, at 6.50% due April 2038 (“2038 Notes”) with interest payable April 15 and October 15
 
400
 
 
400
 
$300 million issued on September 7, 2010, at 5.40% due September 2040 (“2040 Notes”) with interest payable March 10 and September 10
 
300
 
 
300
 
Senior Debentures
 
 
 
 
 
 
$300 million issued on April 3, 1998 at 7.10% due April 2028 with interest payable April 15 and October 15 (includes the impact of interest rate swap terminations) ("Senior Debentures")
 
388
 
 
389
 
Other
 
 
 
 
 
 
Structured financing debt
 
402
 
 
250
 
Total long-term debt
 
6,794
 
 
5,146
 
Short-Term Debt
 
 
 
 
 
 
Structured financing debt
 
815
 
 
850
 
Other
 
1
 
 
1
 
Total short-term debt
 
816
 
 
851
 
Total debt
 
$
7,610
 
 
$
5,997
 
 
During the first quarter of Fiscal 2012, Dell issued the 2014B Notes, the 2014C Notes, the 2016 Notes and the 2021 Notes (collectively, the “Issued Notes”) under an automatic shelf registration statement that was filed in November 2008 and subsequently amended in March 2011. The net proceeds from the Issued Notes, after payment of expenses, were approximately $1.5 billion. The Issued Notes are unsecured obligations and rank equally in right of payment with Dell's existing and future unsecured senior indebtedness. The Issued Notes effectively rank junior to all indebtedness and other liabilities, including trade payables, of Dell's subsidiaries. The Issued Notes were issued pursuant to a Supplemental Indenture dated March 31, 2011,

 
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between Dell and a trustee, with terms and conditions substantially the same as those governing the Notes outstanding as of January 28, 2011 (such outstanding Notes, together with the Issued Notes, the "Notes").
 
The estimated fair value of total debt at April 29, 2011, was approximately $7.8 billion. The fair values of the structured financing debt, and other short-term debt approximate their carrying values as their interest rates vary with the market. The carrying value of the senior debentures, the 2012 Notes, and the 2013A Notes includes an unamortized amount related to the termination of interest rate swap agreements, which were previously designated as hedges of the debt. See Note 7 of Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information about interest rate swaps.
Structured Financing Debt As of April 29, 2011, Dell had $1.2 billion outstanding in structured financing related debt primarily through the fixed term lease and loan, and revolving loan securitization programs. The weighted average interest rate for short-term structured financing debt for the first quarter of Fiscal 2012 was 0.4%. See Note 5 and Note 7 of the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion on structured financing debt and interest rate swap agreements that hedge a portion of that debt.
 
Commercial Paper Dell has $3.0 billion in senior unsecured revolving credit facilities, primarily to support a $2.0 billion commercial paper program. As of April 29, 2011 and January 28, 2011, there was no outstanding commercial paper.
On April 15, 2011, Dell replaced the five-year $1.0 billion credit facility expiring on June 1, 2011, with a four-year $2.0 billion credit facility that will expire on April 15, 2015. Dell's remaining credit facility for $1.0 billion will expire on April 2, 2013.  There were no outstanding advances under the revolving credit facilities as of April 29, 2011.
 
The indentures governing the Notes, the senior debentures, and the structured financing debt contain customary events of default, including failure to make required payments, failure to comply with certain agreements or covenants, and certain events of bankruptcy and insolvency. The indentures also contain covenants limiting Dell's ability to create certain liens; enter into sale-and-lease back transactions; and consolidate or merge with, or convey, transfer or lease all or substantially all of its assets to, another person. The senior unsecured revolving credit facilities require compliance with conditions that must be satisfied prior to any borrowing, as well as ongoing compliance with specified affirmative and negative covenants, including maintenance of a minimum interest coverage ratio.  Dell was in compliance with all financial covenants as of April 29, 2011.
 
NOTE 7 — DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS AND HEDGING ACTIVITIES
Derivative Instruments
 
As part of its risk management strategy, Dell uses derivative instruments, primarily forward contracts and purchased options, to hedge certain foreign currency exposures and interest rate swaps to manage the exposure of its debt portfolio to interest rate risk. Dell's objective is to offset gains and losses resulting from these exposures with gains and losses on the derivative contracts used to hedge the exposures, thereby reducing volatility of earnings and protecting fair values of assets and liabilities. Dell assesses hedge effectiveness both at the onset of the hedge and at regular intervals throughout the life of the derivative and recognizes any ineffective portion of the hedge, as well as amounts not included in the assessment of effectiveness, in earnings as a component of interest and other, net.
Foreign Exchange Risk
 
Dell uses a combination of forward contracts and purchased options designated as cash flow hedges to protect against the foreign currency exchange rate risks inherent in its forecasted transactions denominated in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. The risk of loss associated with purchased options is limited to premium amounts paid for the option contracts. The risk of loss associated with forward contracts is equal to the exchange rate differential from the time the contract is entered into until the time it is settled. The majority of these contracts typically expire in 12 months or less.
Dell assessed hedge ineffectiveness for cash flow hedges for the three months ended April 29, 2011 and determined that it was not material. During the three months ended April 29, 2011, Dell did not discontinue any cash flow hedges that had a material impact on Dell's results of operations, as substantially all forecasted foreign currency transactions were realized in Dell's actual results.
In addition, Dell uses forward contracts to hedge monetary assets and liabilities, primarily receivables and payables, denominated in a foreign currency. These contracts generally expire in three months or less, are considered economic hedges and are not designated. The change in the fair value of these instruments represents a natural hedge as their gains and losses

 
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offset the changes in the underlying fair value of the monetary assets and liabilities due to movements in currency exchange rates. Dell recognized gains of $42 million and $17 million during the three months ended April 29, 2011 and April 30, 2010, respectively, for the change in fair value of these foreign currency forward contracts.
Interest Rate Risk
 
Dell uses interest rate swaps to hedge the variability in cash flows related to the interest rate payments on structured financing debt. The interest rate swaps economically convert the variable rate on the structured financing debt to a fixed interest rate to match the underlying fixed rate being received on fixed term customer leases and loans. The duration of these contracts typically ranges from 30 to 42 months. Certain of these swaps are designated as cash flow hedges. Hedge ineffectiveness for interest rate swaps designated as cash flow hedges was not material for the three months ended April 29, 2011.
 
The amount of change in fair value recognized in interest and other, net, for interest rate hedges was not material for the three months ended April 29, 2011 and April 30, 2010.
 
Periodically, Dell also uses interest rate swaps designated as fair value hedges to modify the market risk exposures in connection with long-term debt to achieve primarily LIBOR-based floating interest expense. Dell did not have any interest rate contracts designated as fair value hedges at April 29, 2011. During Fiscal 2011, Dell had interest rate swap agreements associated with its 2012 Notes and 2013A Notes, which were terminated in the fourth quarter of Fiscal 2011. Hedge ineffectiveness for interest rate swaps designated as fair value hedges was not material for the three months ended April 30, 2010.
 
Notional Amounts of Outstanding Derivative Instruments
 
The notional amounts of Dell's outstanding derivative instruments are summarized as follows:
 
 
 
April 29,
2011
 
January 28,
2011
 
 
(in millions)
Foreign Exchange Contracts
 
 
 
 
 
 
Designated as hedging instruments
 
$
5,266
 
 
$
5,364
 
Non-designated as hedging instruments
 
318
 
 
250
 
Total
 
$
5,584
 
 
$
5,614
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest Rate Contracts
 
 
 
 
Designated as hedging instruments
 
$
643
 
 
$
625
 
Non-designated as hedging instruments
 
130
 
 
145
 
Total
 
$
773
 
 
$
770
 
 
Derivative Instruments Additional Information 
The aggregate unrealized net gain or loss for interest rate swaps and foreign currency exchange contracts, recorded as a component of comprehensive income, for the three months ended April 29, 2011 and April 30, 2010, was a loss of $68 million and a $13 million gain, respectively.
Dell has reviewed the existence and nature of credit-risk-related contingent features in derivative trading agreements with its counterparties. Certain agreements contain clauses under which if Dell's credit ratings were to fall below investment grade upon a change of control of Dell, counterparties would have the right to terminate those derivative contracts under which Dell is in a net liability position. As of April 29, 2011, there had been no such triggering events.
 

 
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Effect of Derivative Instruments on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position and the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
 
Derivatives in
Cash Flow
Hedging Relationships
 
Gain (Loss)
Recognized
in Accumulated
OCI, Net
of Tax, on
Derivatives
(Effective Portion)
 
Location of Gain (Loss)
Reclassified
from Accumulated
OCI into Income
(Effective Portion)
 
Gain (Loss)
Reclassified
from Accumulated
OCI into Income
(Effective Portion)
 
Location of Gain (Loss) Recognized in Income on Derivative (Ineffective Portion)
 
Gain (Loss) Recognized in Income on Derivative (Ineffective Portion)
(in millions)
For the three months ended April 29, 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total net revenue
 
$
(156
)
 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange contracts
 
$
(242
)
 
Total cost of net revenue
 
(18
)
 
 
 
 
Interest rate contracts
 
 
 
Interest and other, net
 
 
 
Interest and other, net
 
$
 
Total
 
$
(242
)
 
 
 
$
(174
)
 
 
 
$
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the three months ended April 30, 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total net revenue
 
$
46
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign exchange contracts
 
$
40
 
 
Total cost of net revenue
 
(18
)
 
Interest and other, net
 
$
1
 
Total
 
$
40
 
 
 
 
$
28
 
 
 
 
$
1
 

 
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Fair Value of Derivative Instruments in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
Dell presents its foreign exchange derivative instruments on a net basis in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position due to the right of offset by its counterparties under master netting arrangements. The fair value of those derivative instruments presented on a gross basis as of each date indicated below is as follows:
 
 
April 29, 2011
 
 
Other Current
Assets
 
Other Non-
Current Assets
 
Other Current
Liabilities
 
Other Non-Current
Liabilities
 
Total
Fair Value
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
 
 
Derivatives Designated as Hedging Instruments
Foreign exchange contracts in an asset position
 
$
26
 
 
$
1
 
 
$
49
 
 
$
 
 
$
76
 
Foreign exchange contracts in a liability position
 
(59
)
 
 
 
(224
)
 
 
 
(283
)
Interest rate contracts in a liability position
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2
)
 
(2
)
Net asset (liability)
 
(33
)
 
1
 
 
(175
)
 
(2
)
 
(209
)
Derivatives not Designated as Hedging Instruments
Foreign exchange contracts in an asset position
 
101
 
 
 
 
59
 
 
 
 
160
 
Foreign exchange contracts in a liability position
 
(9
)
 
 
 
(40
)
 
 
 
(49
)
Interest rate contracts in a liability position
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1
)
 
(1
)
Net asset (liability)
 
92
 
 
 
 
19
 
 
(1
)
 
110
 
Total derivatives at fair value
 
$
59
 
 
$
1
 
 
$
(156
)
 
$
(3
)
 
$
(99
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
January 28, 2011
 
 
Other Current
Assets
 
Other Non-
Current Assets
 
Other Current
Liabilities
 
Other Non-Current
Liabilities
 
Total
Fair Value
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
 
 
Derivatives Designated as Hedging Instruments
Foreign exchange contracts in an asset position
 
$
81
 
 
$
1
 
 
$
34
 
 
$
 
 
$
116
 
Foreign exchange contracts in a liability position
 
(86
)
 
 
 
(59
)
 
 
 
(145
)
Interest rate contracts in a liability position
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(2
)
 
(2
)
Net asset (liability)
 
(5
)
 
1
 
 
(25
)
 
(2
)
 
(31
)
Derivatives not Designated as Hedging Instruments
Foreign exchange contracts in an asset position
 
52
 
 
 
 
15
 
 
 
 
67
 
Foreign exchange contracts in a liability position
 
(21
)
 
 
 
(15
)
 
 
 
(36
)
Interest rate contracts in a liability position
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1
)
 
(1
)
Net asset (liability)
 
31
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1
)
 
30
 
Total derivatives at fair value
 
$
26
 
 
$
1
 
 
$
(25
)
 
$
(3
)
 
$
(1
)
 
 

 
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NOTE 8 — ACQUISITIONS
During the three months ended April 29, 2011, Dell completed two acquisitions, of Compellent Technologies, Inc. ("Compellent"), and SecureWorks Inc. ("SecureWorks"), and paid total purchase consideration of approximately $1.5 billion in cash for all the outstanding shares of these companies. Compellent is a provider of virtual storage solutions for enterprise and cloud computing environments, and SecureWorks is a global provider of information security services. Both Compellent and SecureWorks will be integrated into Dell's Commercial segments.
Dell has recorded these acquisitions using the acquisition method of accounting and recorded their respective assets and liabilities at fair value at the date of acquisition. The excess of the purchase prices over the estimated fair values was recorded as goodwill. Any changes in the estimated fair values of the net assets recorded for these acquisitions prior to the finalization of more detailed analyses, but not to exceed one year from the date of acquisition, will change the amount of the purchase prices allocable to goodwill.  Any subsequent changes to the purchase price allocations that are material to Dell's consolidated financial results will be adjusted retroactively.  Dell recorded approximately $1 billion in goodwill related to these acquisitions, which primarily represents synergies associated with combining these companies with Dell to provide Dell's customers with a broader range of IT solutions. This goodwill is not deductible for tax purposes. Dell also recorded $537 million in intangible assets related to these acquisitions, which consist primarily of purchased technology and customer relationships. In conjunction with these acquisitions, Dell will incur $99 million in compensation-related expenses that will be expensed over a period of up to four years. There was no contingent consideration related to these acquisitions.
Dell has not presented pro forma results of operations for the foregoing acquisitions because they are not material to Dell's consolidated results of operations, financial position, or cash flows on either an individual or an aggregate basis.
 
NOTE 9 — GOODWILL AND INTANGIBLE ASSETS
Goodwill allocated to Dell's business segments as of April 29, 2011, and January 28, 2011, and changes in the carrying amount of goodwill were as follows:
 
 
Large
Enterprise
 
Public
 
Small and
Medium
Business
 
Consumer
 
Total
 
 
(in millions)
Balance at January 28, 2011
 
$
1,424
 
 
$
2,164
 
 
$
476
 
 
$
301
 
 
$
4,365
 
Goodwill acquired during the period
 
596
 
 
290
 
 
153
 
 
 
 
1,039
 
Adjustments
 
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2
 
Balance at April 29, 2011
 
$
2,022
 
 
$
2,454
 
 
$
629
 
 
$
301
 
 
$
5,406
 
 
Goodwill is tested annually during the second fiscal quarter and whenever events or circumstances indicate an impairment may have occurred. If the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds its fair value, estimated based on discounted cash flow analyses, an impairment charge would be recorded. Based on the results of the annual impairment tests, no impairment of goodwill existed at July 30, 2010. Further, no triggering events have transpired since July 30, 2010, that would indicate a potential impairment of goodwill as of April 29, 2011. Dell does not have any accumulated goodwill impairment charges as of April 29, 2011. The goodwill adjustments are primarily the result of foreign currency fluctuations.
During the three months ended April 29, 2011, Dell recorded additions to intangible assets of $537 million related to Dell's Fiscal 2012 business acquisitions.

 
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NOTE 10 — WARRANTY AND DEFERRED EXTENDED WARRANTY REVENUE
Dell records liabilities for its standard limited warranties at the time of sale for the estimated costs that may be incurred. The liability for standard warranties is included in accrued and other current and other non-current liabilities on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position. Revenue from the sale of extended warranties is recognized over the term of the contract or when the service is completed, and the costs associated with these contracts are recognized as incurred. Deferred extended warranty revenue is included in deferred services revenue on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position. Changes in Dell's liabilities for standard limited warranties and deferred services revenue related to extended warranties are presented in the following tables:
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
April 29,
2011
 
April 30,
2010
 
 
(in millions)
Warranty liability:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Warranty liability at beginning of period
 
$
895
 
 
$
912
 
Costs accrued for new warranty contracts and changes in estimates for pre-existing warranties(a)(b)
 
293
 
 
310
 
Service obligations honored
 
(257
)
 
(295
)
Warranty liability at end of period
 
$
931
 
 
$
927
 
Current portion
 
$
620
 
 
$
626
 
Non-current portion
 
311
 
 
301
 
Warranty liability at end of period
 
$
931
 
 
$
927
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
April 29,
2011
 
April 30,
2010
 
 
(in millions)
Deferred extended warranty revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deferred extended warranty revenue at beginning of period
 
$
6,416
 
 
$
5,910
 
Revenue deferred for new extended warranties(b)
 
1,068
 
 
882
 
Revenue recognized
 
(895
)
 
(821
)
Deferred extended warranty revenue at end of period
 
$
6,589
 
 
$
5,971
 
Current portion
 
$
3,060
 
 
$
2,809
 
Non-current portion
 
3,529
 
 
3,162
 
Deferred extended warranty revenue at end of period
 
$
6,589
 
 
$
5,971
 
____________________
(a) 
Changes in cost estimates related to pre-existing warranties are aggregated with accruals for new standard warranty contracts. Dell's warranty liability process does not differentiate between estimates made for pre-existing warranties and new warranty obligations.
(b) 
Includes the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.
 

 
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NOTE 11 — COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
Legal Matters  Dell is involved in various claims, suits, assessments, investigations, and legal proceedings that arise from time to time in the ordinary course of its business, including those identified below, consisting of matters involving consumer, antitrust, tax, intellectual property, and other issues on a global basis. Dell accrues a liability when it believes that it is both probable that a liability has been incurred and that it can reasonably estimate the amount of the loss. Dell reviews these accruals at least quarterly and adjusts them to reflect ongoing negotiations, settlements, rulings, advice of legal counsel, and other relevant information. To the extent new information is obtained and Dell's views on the probable outcomes of claims, suits, assessments, investigations, or legal proceedings change, changes in Dell's accrued liabilities would be recorded in the period in which such determination is made. For some matters, the amount of liability is not probable or the amount cannot be reasonably estimated and therefore accruals have not been made. However, where a liability is reasonably possible and material, such matters have been disclosed. The following is a discussion of Dell's significant on-going legal matters and other proceedings:
 
SEC Investigation and Related Settlements - In August 2005, the SEC initiated an inquiry into certain of Dell's accounting and financial reporting matters and requested that Dell provide certain documents. The SEC expanded that inquiry in June 2006 and entered a formal order of investigation in October 2006. In August 2006, because of potential issues identified in the course of responding to the SEC's requests for information, Dell's Audit Committee, on the recommendation of management and in consultation with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Dell's independent registered public accounting firm, initiated an independent investigation into certain accounting and financial reporting matters, which was completed in the third quarter of Fiscal 2008. Dell subsequently restated its annual and interim financial statements for Fiscal 2003, Fiscal 2004, Fiscal 2005, Fiscal 2006, and the first quarter of Fiscal 2007.
On July 22, 2010, Dell reached a settlement with the SEC resolving the SEC's investigation into Dell's disclosures and alleged omissions prior to Fiscal 2008 regarding certain aspects of its commercial relationship with Intel Corporation (“Intel”) and into separate accounting and financial reporting matters. The SEC agreed to settlements with both the company and Michael Dell, who serves as the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. The company and Mr. Dell entered into the settlements without admitting or denying the allegations in the SEC's complaint, as is consistent with common SEC practice.
Under its settlement, the company consented to a permanent injunction against future violations of antifraud provisions, non-scienter (negligence) based fraud provisions and other non-fraud based provisions related to reporting, the maintenance of accurate books and records, and internal accounting controls under Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”), Sections 10(b), 13(a), 13(b)(2)(A) and 13(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) and Rules 10b-5, 12b-20, 13a-1 and 13a-13 under the Exchange Act. The company also agreed to perform, and has initiated, certain undertakings, including retaining and working with an independent consultant, to enhance its disclosure processes, practices and controls. Pursuant to the settlement terms, the company expects to have completed or implemented these undertakings within 36 months after court approval of the settlement on October 13, 2010. In addition, the company paid into an escrow account a civil monetary penalty of $100 million and discharged the liability during the second quarter of Fiscal 2011.
The SEC's allegations with respect to Mr. Dell and his settlement were limited to the alleged failure to provide adequate disclosures with respect to the company's commercial relationship with Intel prior to Fiscal 2008. Mr. Dell's settlement did not involve any of the separate accounting fraud charges that were settled by the company. Moreover, Mr. Dell's settlement was limited to claims in which only negligence, and not fraudulent intent, is required to establish liability, as well as secondary liability claims for other non-fraud charges. Under his settlement, Mr. Dell consented to a permanent injunction against future violations of these negligence-based provisions and other non-fraud based provisions related to periodic reporting. Specifically, Mr. Dell consented to be enjoined from violating Sections 17(a)(2) and (3) of the Securities Act and Rule 13a-14 under the Exchange Act and from aiding and abetting violations of Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act and Rules 12b-20, 13a-1 and 13a-13 under the Exchange Act. In addition, Mr. Dell agreed to a civil monetary penalty of $4 million. The settlement does not include any restrictions on Mr. Dell's continued service as an officer or director of the company.
The independent directors of the Board of Directors unanimously determined that it is in the best interests of Dell and its stockholders that Mr. Dell continue to serve as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company.

 
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The settlements with the company and Mr. Dell were approved by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on October 13, 2010.
Securities Litigation - Four putative securities class actions filed between September 13, 2006, and January 31, 2007, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, against Dell and certain of its current and former directors and officers were consolidated as In re Dell Securities Litigation, and a lead plaintiff was appointed by the court. The lead plaintiff asserted claims under Sections 10(b), 20(a), and 20A of the Exchange Act based on alleged false and misleading disclosures or omissions regarding Dell's financial statements, governmental investigations, internal controls, known battery problems and business model, and based on insiders' sales of Dell securities. This action also included Dell's independent registered public accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, as a defendant. On October 6, 2008, the court dismissed all of the plaintiff's claims with prejudice and without leave to amend. On November 3, 2008, the plaintiff appealed the dismissal of Dell and the officer defendants to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeal was fully briefed, and oral argument on the appeal was heard by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on September 1, 2009. On November 20, 2009, the parties to the appeal entered into a written settlement agreement whereby Dell would pay $40 million to the proposed class and the plaintiff would dismiss the pending litigation. The settlement was preliminarily approved by the District Court on December 21, 2009. The settlement was subject to certain conditions, including opt-outs from the proposed class not exceeding a specified percentage and final approval by the District Court. During the first quarter of Fiscal 2011, the original opt-out period in the notice approved by the District Court expired without the specified percentage being exceeded. The District Court subsequently granted final approval for the settlement and entered a final judgment on July 20, 2010. Dell paid $40 million into an escrow account to satisfy this settlement and discharged the liability during the second quarter of Fiscal 2011. Certain objectors to the settlement have filed notices of appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals with regard to approval of the settlement. While there can be no assurances with respect to litigation, Dell believes it is unlikely that the settlement will be overturned on appeal.
Copyright Levies - In many European Union (“EU”) member countries, there are requirements to collect and remit levies to collecting societies based on sales of certain devices. These levies apply to Dell and others in the industry. The amount of levies is generally based upon the number of products sold and the per-product amounts of the levies. Levies are intended to compensate copyright holders for “fair use” copying of copyrighted materials. The collecting societies then distribute the levies to copyright holders. Some EU member countries that do not yet have levies on digital devices are expected to implement similar legislation to enable them to extend existing levy schemes, while some other EU member countries are expected to limit the scope of levy schemes and their applicability in the digital hardware environment. Dell, other companies and various industry associations have opposed the extension of levies to the digital environment and have advocated alternative models of compensation to rights holders. As described below, there are multiple proceedings involving Dell or its competitors in certain EU member countries, where plaintiffs are seeking to impose or modify levies upon equipment (such as multifunction devices, phones, personal computers (“PCs”) and printers), alleging that these devices enable copying of copyrighted materials. Even if Dell is not a party to all these proceedings, the decisions could impact Dell's business and the amount of copyright levies Dell may be required to collect. These various proceedings also challenge whether the levy schemes in those countries comply with EU law.
There are multiple proceedings in Germany that could impact Dell's obligation to collect and remit levies in Germany. In July 2004, VG Wort, a German collecting society, filed a lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Company (“HP”) in the Stuttgart Civil Court seeking copyright levies on printers. On December 22, 2004, the court held that HP was liable for payments regarding all printers using ASCII code sold in Germany. HP appealed the decision and after an intermediary ruling upholding the trial court's decision, the German Federal Supreme Court (“GFSC”) in December 2007 issued a judgment that printers are not subject to levies under the German copyright law that was in effect until December 31, 2007. Based upon the GFSC's ruling, Dell concluded there was no obligation for Dell to collect or accrue levies for printers sold by it prior to December 31, 2007. VG Wort filed a claim with the German Constitutional Court (“GCC”) challenging the GFSC's ruling that printers are not subject to levies. On September 21, 2010, the GCC revoked the GFSC decision and referred the case back to the GFSC to determine if the ruling gave due credit to the copyright owner's property rights under the German Constitution and whether the GFSC should have referred the case to the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”). The GFSC has indicated it will issue its decision in this case in July 2011. Dell believes that the GFSC can decide to refer the case to the ECJ, confirm its prior decision, or conclude that printers are subject to levies under German law. Dell has not accrued any liability in this matter, as Dell does not believe there is a probable and estimable claim.

 
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Similarly, in September 2003, VG Wort filed a lawsuit against Fujitsu Siemens Computer GmbH ("FSC") in the Munich Civil Court in Munich, Germany seeking levies on PCs. On December 23, 2004, the Munich Civil Court held that PCs are subject to a levy and that FSC must pay €12 plus compound interest for each PC sold in Germany since March 2001. FSC appealed this decision and after an intermediary ruling upholding the decision, the GFSC in October 2008 issued a judgment that PCs were not photocopiers within the meaning of the German copyright law that was in effect until December 31, 2007 and, therefore, not subject to the levies on photocopiers established by that law. VG Wort filed a claim with the GCC challenging that ruling. In January 2011, as in the HP case above, the GCC revoked the GFSC decision and referred the case back to the GFSC to determine if the ruling gave due credit to the copyright owner's property rights under the German Constitution and whether the GFSC should have referred the case to the European Court of Justice. Dell believes that the GFSC can decide to refer the case to the ECJ, confirm its prior decision, or conclude that PCs are subject to levies under German law. Dell has not accrued any liability in this matter, as Dell does not believe there is a probable and estimable claim.
In a separate matter, on December 29, 2005, Zentralstelle Für private Überspielungrechte (“ZPÜ”), a joint association of various German collecting societies, instituted arbitration proceedings against Dell's German subsidiary before the Board of Arbitration at the German Patent and Trademark Office in Munich, and subsequently filed a lawsuit in the German Regional Court in Munich on February 21, 2008, seeking levies to be paid on each PC sold by Dell in Germany through the end of calendar year 2007. On December 23, 2009, ZPÜ and the German industry association, BCH, reached a settlement regarding audio-video copyright levy litigation (with levies ranging from €3.15 to €13.65 per unit). Dell joined this settlement on February 23, 2010 and has paid the amounts due thereunder. However, because the settlement agreement expired on December 31, 2010, the amount of levies payable after calendar year 2010, as well as Dell's ability to recover such amounts through increased prices, remain uncertain.
 
Additionally, there are proceedings in Spain to which Dell is not a party, but that could impact Dell's obligation to collect and remit levies across the EU. In March 2006, Sociedad General de Autores y Editores de Espana (“SGAE”), a Spanish collecting society, sued Padawan SL ("Padawan"), a company unaffiliated with Dell, in the Commercial Court number four of Barcelona in Spain claiming that Padawan owed levies on the CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVD-Rs, and MP3 players sold by Padawan. In June 2007, the trial court upheld SGAE's claim and ordered Padawan to pay specified levies. Padawan appealed the decision to the Audiencia Provincial de Barcelona, which stayed the proceedings in order to refer the case to the ECJ. The ECJ considered the interpretation of the term “fair compensation” under the European Copyright Directive (“Directive”). On October 21, 2010, the ECJ issued its decision and outlined how fair compensation should be considered under the Directive by the EU member states. The ECJ stated that fair compensation must be calculated based on the harm caused to the authors of protected works by private copying. The ECJ also stated that the indiscriminate application of the private copying levy to devices not made available to private users and clearly reserved for uses other than private copying is incompatible with the Directive. The matter was referred back to the Spanish court to determine whether the Spanish copyright levy scheme is compatible with the Directive based on the guidance provided by the ECJ. And in March 2011, the Appeals Court of Barcelona decided in the industry's favor, noting that the indiscriminate payment of copyright levies does not comply with EU law. The case can be appealed to the Supreme Court of Spain. It is unclear at this time what the effect of this decision will be on copyright levies in Spain and the other EU member states. Dell continues to collect and remit levies in Spain and other EU countries where it has determined that based on local law it is probable that Dell has an obligation.
The ultimate resolution of these matters and the associated financial impact to Dell, if any, including the number of units potentially affected, the amount of levies imposed, and the ability of Dell to recover such amounts remains uncertain at this time. Should the courts determine there is liability for previous units shipped beyond what Dell has collected or accrued, Dell would be liable for such incremental amounts. Recovery would only be possible on future collections related to future shipments.
Sharp Corporation v Dell Inc. - Sharp Corporation (“Sharp”) filed a suit against Dell in October 2008 for trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution in the U.S. District Court in the State of New Jersey. Sharp alleges that it is the owner of the “SHARP” mark and that this mark and related marks are used in connection with Sharp's sale of a wide variety of electrical and consumer electronic products. Sharp alleges that Dell has infringed the “SHARP” mark by using the “UltraSharp” and “Dell UltraSharp” marks to promote, advertise and sell computer monitors and notebook computers, from 2002 to the present. Sharp alleges that Dell's use of “UltraSharp” has and will continue to

 
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cause actual consumer confusion regarding the source of “UltraSharp.” In addition, Sharp has asserted a claim for dilution of its SHARP marks on the alleged ground that Dell's use of DELL UltraSharp and UltraSharp has weakened the distinctive value of its marks. Sharp seeks damages measured by Dell's profits made from the sale of DELL UltraSharp products, treble damages, punitive damages, costs and attorneys' fees. Sharp also seeks a permanent injunction precluding the use of Dell's allegedly infringing “UltraSharp” mark. Dell disputes the claims and is vigorously defending the case. Trial in this matter is currently scheduled for June 2011. The ultimate resolution of this matter and the associated financial impact to Dell, if any, remains uncertain at this time.
Chad Brazil and Steven Seick v Dell Inc. - Chad Brazil and Steven Seick filed a class action suit against Dell in March 2007 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs allege that Dell advertised discounts on its products from false “regular” prices, in violation of California law. The plaintiffs seek compensatory damages, disgorgement of profits from the alleged false advertising, injunctive relief, punitive damages and attorneys' fees. In December 2010, the District Court certified a class consisting of all California residents who had purchased certain products advertised with a former sales price on the consumer segment of Dell's website during an approximately four year period between March 2003 and June 2007. During the first quarter of Fiscal 2012, the plaintiffs and Dell reached a classwide settlement in principle regarding the dispute on terms that are not material to the company, however, the settlement is still subject to submission and approval by the District Court.
Convolve Inc. v Dell Inc. - Convolve, Inc. sued Dell, Western Digital Corporation (“Western Digital”), Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Inc., and Hitachi Ltd. (collectively “Hitachi”) on June 18, 2008 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, alleging that the defendants infringe United States Patent No. 4,916,635 (entitled “Shaping Command Inputs to Minimize Unwanted Dynamics”) and United States Patent No. 6,314,473 (entitled “System for Removing Selected Unwanted Frequencies in Accordance with Altered Settings in a User Interface of a Data Storage Device”). Western Digital and Hitachi are hard drive suppliers of Dell. This case is scheduled to go to trial in July 2011. Plaintiff seeks damages for each product with an allegedly infringing hard drive sold by Dell, plus exemplary damages for allegedly willful infringement. Dell disputes the plaintiff's damages calculations and also disputes the validity of the patents. Dell further disputes that it infringes the patents, and will assert all of these defenses at trial. The ultimate re