Another Strong Quarter for VMware Amid Dell Deal Uncertainty

Virtualization solutions provider VMware (NYSE: VMW) reported its first-quarter results after the market closed on May 31. The company is seeing strong growth across many of its product lines, including growth businesses like NSX and vSAN. A potential merger with parent company Dell continues to cloud the company’s long-term story, and VMware provided no new information on that front. Here’s what investors need to know about VMware’s first-quarter results.

VMware: The raw numbers


Q1 2019

Q1 2018*

Year-Over-Year Change


$2.01 billion

$1.77 billion


GAAP net income

$942 million

$245 million


GAAP earnings per share




Non-GAAP earnings per share




Data source: VMware. GAAP = generally accepted accounting principles. *Q1 2018 numbers adjusted to reflect the adoption of ASC 606.

What happened with VMware this quarter?

  • License revenue rose 20.7% year over year to $774 million.
  • Services revenue jumped 9.8% year over year to $1.23 billion.
  • Hybrid cloud subscription and software-as-a-service accounted for over 10% of total revenue, up from over 8% in the fourth quarter.
  • NSX license bookings grew by more than 30% year over year, while vSAN license bookings grew by more than 70% year over year.
  • All ten of the company’s top ten deals during the quarter included vSAN and NSX, while nine included EUC.
  • Enterprise agreements were 36% of total bookings, with five deals valued over $10 million.
  • EUC license bookings and compute license bookings rose by low double-digit percentages.

VMware’s second-quarter guidance:

  • Total revenue of $2.145 billion, up 11% year over year; license revenue of $875 million, up 11.7% year over year
  • Non-GAAP operating margin of 33.5% and non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.49

VMware’s full-year guidance:

  • Total revenue of $8.78 billion, up 11.7% year over year; license revenue of $3.61 billion, up 12.8% year over year
  • Non-GAAP operating margin of 33.6% and non-GAAP EPS of $6.14
  • Cash flow from operations of $3.6 billion and free cash flow of $3.32 billion

Image source: VMware.

What management had to say

During the quarterly conference call, in response to an analyst question, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discussed the long-term potential of NSX:

We are now at 4,500 customers for NSX, but I will say it’s still largely a high-end product. We haven’t really brought it into the mainstream offering. And that’s something that we are definitely working on for the future, Mark, is to have versions of the product that [are] more mid-market for the hundreds of thousands of vSphere customers. Today, the product of the family really has been largely for the enterprise customer, tens of thousands of customers as opposed to hundreds of thousands. So, we do see this as something that’s critical to our future.

Gelsinger also commented on the success of the company’s IBM cloud partnership and its support for Microsoft Azure:

The VMware Cloud Provider Program, of which IBM is central, had another very good quarter. So that’s seeing a great momentum, and the IBM partnership is going well. But as you suggest, we do see that customers will be using multiple cloud providers in the future, so we are expanding our relationship with Azure.

Management provided no further updates on the potential merger with parent company Dell.

Looking forward

VMware put up another solid quarter, with double-digit revenue and earnings growth, and its guidance calls for more of the same throughout the rest of the fiscal year. The company’s focus on supporting multicloud and hybrid cloud environments, via partnerships with Amazon Web Services, IBM, and other cloud providers, is helping to drive cloud and subscription revenue higher.

This strong performance comes at a time of uncertainty surrounding a potential transaction with Dell, which owns around 80% of VMware. Rumors have been swirling for months, but investors may still have to wait a while before anything is announced.

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