MarketWatch First Take: Dell returns to public markets with inscrutable numbers

Dell Technologies Inc. returned to Wall Street as a public company with financial results that were so inscrutable that average investors practically needed degrees in accounting to decipher them.

On Thursday, the computer and storage company, which became a public company again at the end of December, reported a fiscal fourth-quarter GAAP loss that doubled, on revenue growth of 9%, to $23.8 billion. In its press release, Dell DELL, -0.76% did not report its earnings per share or an outstanding share count to calculate its earnings. It pointed investors to a slideshow that became available during its conference call with analysts.

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