Dell has crashed hard over the last few years, and with slowing PC growth this year, the trend doesn't appear to be slowing. The company's made-to-order model was very successful for its time and allowed Dell to run a lean inventory while they used their massive size to delay payments to suppliers and bring in money from sales at a faster clip. That window is narrowing, though, as Dell has lost clout and its days sales outstanding has grown 60% from a few years ago. That coupled with weaker sales means money is coming in slower -- and lighter -- than before.
While the company may resemble a great value play, its between a rock and a hard place.
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