Dell - Statistics & Facts

Dell is a multinational computer technology company founded in Texas in 1984. The company began trading publicly in June 1988 but became privately-owned having been bought in October 2013 in a leveraged buyout worth 24.4 billion U.S. dollars. This buyout was led by Michael Dell, the founder of the company, and is the largest technology buyout to date, surpassing the 2006 buyout of Freescale Semiconductor for 17.5 billion U.S. dollars.

Dell’s net revenue broke the 62 billion U.S. dollar mark for the first time in 2012, but the figure fell some 5 billion U.S. dollars to 57 billion U.S. dollars in the following year. The company is the third largest PC vendor in the world based on unit shipments, behind only Lenovo and HP. It is the market leader in the shipment of PC monitors worldwide, shipping over 5 million units in the second quarter of 2014. Dell is also one of the largest technological corporations in the world based on employees as it employed over 111,000 people worldwide in 2013. This means that the company’s workforce has almost doubled in size since the number of employees stood at 55,200 in 2005. It is also among the top 100 American retailers based on its U.S. retail sales, which reached 4.11 billion U.S. dollars in 2013. Wal-Mart tops this list of American retailers with its sales of almost 335 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.

Aside from the PC market, which contributes to around half of the Dell’s revenue, the company also plays a significant role in the server industry. Servers are Dell’s most profitable products as the company generated revenue in excess of 13 billion U.S. dollars with the shipment of over 2 million servers in 2013. Based on this revenue, Dell held a global server market share of 17.7 percent at the beginning of 2014, an increase from the 14.9 percent share it held two years previously.

Although Cisco controls the worldwide ethernet switch market with a share of around 60 percent, Dell’s small share of the market nevertheless generated the company revenue of over 450 million U.S. dollars in 2013. As of the first quarter of 2014, Dell held a 2.16 percent share in this industry, a slight increase from the 2.02 percent share it held in the previous quarter.

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