MANHASSET, N.Y. Dell Computer said it expects to achieve a non-GAAP earnings per share of 39 cents, the low end of the range of its previous guidance for fiscal 2006 third quarter, and expects revenue to be $13.9 billion, below its original guidance of $14.1 to $14.5 billion.
The shortfall in revenue versus previous guidance was driven in part by the company's U.S. consumer and U.K. businesses, which fell short of expectations.
Dell (Austin, Texas) also said it will take a charge in its fiscal third quarter of $450 million, or roughly $0.14 per share, yielding expected GAAP earnings per share of 25 cents. More than $300 million is associated with the cost of servicing systems that included a vendor part that failed to perform to Dell's specifications. This issue is limited to a small percentage of previous generation OptiPlex desktop systems.
The charge also includes the costs of workforce realignment, product rationalizations and excess facilities. These actions are designed to streamline the business to improve operating efficiency.