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International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

  • Tue, Jan. 20, 4:10 PM
    • International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM): Q4 EPS of $5.81 beats by $0.40.
    • Revenue of $24.11B (-13.0% Y/Y) misses by $660M.
    • 2015 guidance to be provided on conference call.
    • Shares +1.8% AH.
    • Press Release
    | Tue, Jan. 20, 4:10 PM | 16 Comments
  • Mon, Jan. 19, 5:35 PM
  • Oct. 20, 2014, 12:03 PM
    • After badly missing Q3 EPS estimates (in spite of backing out the losses of its soon-to-be-sold chip unit), IBM (IBM -6.7%) guided on its Q3 CC for 2014 EPS from continuing ops. to be down 2%-4% Y/Y. That implies a range of $15.97-$16.30, soundly below a $17.87 consensus.
    • Big Blue also says it took a $3.3B Q3 post-tax charge related to the chip business; the figure includes the $1.5B payment to Globalfoundries.
    • During a CNBC interview, CEO Ginny Rometty suggested fresh layoffs are on tap. The company recorded a $1B workforce rebalancing charge back in Q1; its headcount was at 431K at the end of 2013.
    • IBM's closely-watched services backlog fell 7% Y/Y in Q3 to $128B, a much sharper drop than Q2's 1%; the company declares it saw "insufficient" services productivity. Also worrying investors: Gross margin fell 90 bps to 49.2%, ending a long string of Y/Y gains.
    • Other pressures on EPS: 1) The non-GAAP tax rate rose 80 bps Q/Q and 320 bps Y/Y to 20.8%. 2) Buybacks fell to $1.7B from Q2's $3.7B. 3) Opex for continuing ops rose 2% Y/Y, while revenue from continuing ops fell 4% (helps explain the job cut talk).
    • Hardware revenue (excludes chips) -15% Y/Y; software -2%; global tech services -3%; global business services -2%; financing -3%. Within hardware: Mainframes -35%; Power systems -12%; x86 servers (just sold to Lenovo) -10%; storage -6%.
    • Two strong points: "Cloud delivered as a service" revenue is up over 80% YTD ($3.1B/year run rate), and security revenue is up over 20% YTD.
    • Americas revenue -2%; EMEA -2%; Asia-Pac -9%. "Growth markets" -6%, with BRIC countries down 7%.
    • Free cash flow ($2.2B) was once more well below net income ($3.7B). IBM ended Q3 with $9.6B in cash, and $17.1B in non-financing debt.
    • Q3 results, details, PR
    | Oct. 20, 2014, 12:03 PM | 4 Comments
  • Oct. 20, 2014, 7:30 AM
    • "We are disappointed in our performance," says CEO Ginni Rometty. "We saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior, and our results also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry."
    • Non-GAAP operating income from continuing operations (excludes semiconductor business whose acquisition by Globalfoundries was announced today) of $3.7B is off 18%; operating EPS of $3.68 is lower by 10%. Gross profit margin of 49.2% down 90 basis points.
    • Guidance will be discussed further in the 8AM ET conference call, but the presentation slides say the company no longer expects to deliver at least $20 in operating EPS in 2015.
    • More from Rometty: "We again performed well in our strategic growth areas cloud, data and analytics, security, social and mobile - where we continue to shift our business. We will accelerate this transformation."
    • IBM -8% premarket
    • Previously: International Business Machines misses on revenue
    | Oct. 20, 2014, 7:30 AM | 30 Comments
  • Oct. 20, 2014, 7:09 AM
    | Oct. 20, 2014, 7:09 AM | 14 Comments
  • Oct. 19, 2014, 5:30 PM
  • Aug. 7, 2014, 7:12 PM
    • Following its FQ1 beat, CSC is still targeting FY15 (ends March' 15) EPS from continuing ops of $4.35-$4.55; consensus is at $4.49.
    • Global business services revenue -3% Y/Y in FQ1 to $1.09B, with $1.2B in contract awards Global infrastructure services +1% to $1.13B, with $1.2B in contract awards. North American public sector -3% to $1.02B, with only $300M in contract awards.
    • Op. margin fell to 7.7% from 8.3% a year ago. Free cash flow was $70M, below net income of $146M. $148M was spent on buybacks.
    • CSC has also announced it's expanding an existing partnership with IBM, with a focus on providing new cloud, mobile, and big data/analytics offerings. Among other things, CSC will create a "center of excellence" for IBM offerings, and integrate its ServiceMesh Agility cloud management platform with Big Blue's SoftLayer cloud infrastructure (IaaS) platform.
    • FQ1 results, PR
    | Aug. 7, 2014, 7:12 PM | Comment!
  • Jul. 18, 2014, 5:24 PM
    • IBM's (IBM - unchanged) Q2 hardware sales (-11% Y/Y vs. -23% in Q1,) "delivered meaningful upside" to Cantor's estimates, says analyst Brian White, while reiterating a Buy. Favorable comps and healthy mainframe/storage demand allowed the hardware unit to grow 39% Q/Q, or more than twice historical seasonal growth.
    • White also thinks IBM's Chinese revenue (-11%, hurt by NSA issues) has bottomed out. On the CC (transcript), IBM said it saw "a pretty good sequential improvement" in China and India, though it added other parts of Asia-Pac remained weak.
    • Citi's Jim Suva is less enthusiastic than White: He observes a one-time asset gain boosted EPS by $0.10, that Global Business Services outsourcing (-9%) remains weak due to price pressure and contract negotiations, and that services signings are down 33% (partly due to tough comps). He also notes mainframe growth isn't expected to continue.
    • Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha, meanwhile, has doubts about "the quality" of IBM's forecast for $20 in 2015 EPS, given "results continue to be driven less by revenue growth and more by non-operational items."
    • Some bright spots: 1) With the help of SoftLayer, IBM's "cloud delivered as a service" revenue is now on a $2.8B run rate. That's roughly equal to 3% of total revenue. 2) Ahead of the Apple deal, "mobile revenue" (a nebulous term) is up over 100% YTD.
    • Prior IBM earnings coverage.
    | Jul. 18, 2014, 5:24 PM | Comment!
  • Jul. 17, 2014, 5:00 PM
    • With the help of easier comps, IBM's hardware/chip sales fell 11% Y/Y in Q2, a notable improvement from Q1's 23% and Q4's 26%. Mainframe sales -1%, Power servers (UNIX-focused) -28%, x86 servers (due to be sold to Lenovo) -3%, storage -12%, chips (reportedly on the block) -18%.
    • Global Technology Services -1% vs. -3% in Q1. Global Business Services -2% vs. flat Q1 growth. The services backlog stood at $136B, -1% Y/Y after backing out the sale of IBM's customer care outsourcing ops to Synnex.
    • Software revenue +1% vs. +2%. OS sales (hurt by server weakness) fell 13%, while key branded middleware rose 1%. Global financing +4% vs. +3%.
    • Big Blue spent $3.7B on buybacks, less than the whopping $8.2B spent in Q1. Gross margin rose 40 bps Y/Y to 49.1%. Q2 free cash flow was $3B, less than net income of $4.3B (continuing a recent trend).
    • Americas revenue -1%, EMEA +1%, Asia-Pac (weak in recent quarters) -9%. "Growth markets" -7%, and BRIC countries -2%.
    • Tax rate was 20%, even with Q1 but down from 22% a year ago. IBM ended Q2 with $9.7B in cash, and $17.1B in non-Global Financing debt.
    • IBM now -1.1% AH. Q2 results, PR.
    | Jul. 17, 2014, 5:00 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jul. 17, 2014, 4:10 PM
    • IBM (NYSE:IBM): Q2 EPS of $4.32 beats by $0.03.
    • Revenue of $24.36B (-2.2% Y/Y) beats by $230M.
    • Guidance for full-year EPS of at least $18 is reiterated. Consensus is at $17.87.
    • Shares +2.4% AH. CC at 4:30PM ET.
    • Press Release
    | Jul. 17, 2014, 4:10 PM | 15 Comments
  • Jul. 16, 2014, 5:35 PM
  • Apr. 16, 2014, 4:31 PM
    • IBM is reiterating full-year guidance for EPS of at least $18 (consensus is at $17.84).
    • Big Blue spent an eye-popping $8.2B on buybacks in Q1, up from $5.8B in Q4. That allowed EPS to nearly meet estimates in spite of a $450M revenue miss. On the other hand, IBM's tax rate (the subject of recent scrutiny) rose to 20% from Q4's 11% and Q3's 16%. A 90 bps Y/Y increase in gross margin to 47.6% also boosted EPS.
    • Hardware/chip sales remain bleak: They fell 23% Y/Y vs. 26% in Q4.  Software +2% vs. +3%, global technology services -3% vs. -4%, global business services flat vs. +1%, global financing +3% vs. flat. The services backlog stood at $138B at quarter's end, down $5B Q/Q and $3B Y/Y.
    • Asia-Pac remains a weak spot: Sales fell 12% Y/Y. Americas were down 4%, and EMEA up 4%. "Growth markets" and BRIC sales each fell 11%.
    • Q1 free cash flow was just $0.6B, well below net income of $2.6B. Cash on hand fell to $9.7B from $11.1B at the end of Q4, and non-global financing debt rose to $15.7B from $12.2B.
    • Q1 results, PR
    | Apr. 16, 2014, 4:31 PM | 8 Comments
  • Apr. 16, 2014, 4:12 PM
    • International Business Machines Corporation (IBM): Q1 EPS of $2.54 misses by $0.01.
    • Revenue of $22.48B (-4.0% Y/Y) misses by $450M.
    • Shares -2.3%.
    • Press Release
    | Apr. 16, 2014, 4:12 PM | 19 Comments
  • Apr. 16, 2014, 12:10 AM
  • Apr. 15, 2014, 5:35 PM
  • Jan. 21, 2014, 6:27 PM
    • IBM, which has already carried out a string of job cuts in recent quarters, expects to record a fresh $1B workforce rebalancing charge in Q1.
    • The news follows a quarter in which a 5.5% Y/Y revenue drop led IBM's SG&A spend to rise to 21.6% of revenue from 20.2% a year earlier, and its R&D spend to rise to 5.7% of revenue from 5.4%.
    • In addition to its huge buybacks, much attention is being given to the role an 11% tax rate (down from 16% in Q3) played in boosting IBM's earnings. Fund manager Mike Bergen estimates EPS would've been $0.80 lower if Big Blue's tax rate was at the 23% level expected by analysts.
    • Software (+3% Y/Y) was a relative bright spot, thanks to healthy middleware (+15%) and database (+5%) sales. "Cloud revenue," a catch-all phrase covering a variety of hardware, software, and services sales, rose 69% Y/Y to $4.4B, boosted by the SoftLayer acquisition.
    • 2013 free cash flow was $15B, less than net income of $18B. IBM ended Q4 with $11.1B in cash, and $12.2B in non-global financing debt. CEO Ginni Rometty insists IBM is on track to hit its 2015 EPS goal of "at least" $20.
    • IBM -2.9% AH.  More on IBM's Q4.
    | Jan. 21, 2014, 6:27 PM | 3 Comments
Company Description
International Business Machines Corp is an Information Technology (IT) company. It creates business value for clients and solves business problems through integrated solutions that leverage information technology & knowledge of business processes.