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martes, 22 de enero de 2013

IBM earnings rise 6% to $5.8 billion

International Business Machines Corp. reported a fourth-quarter profit of $5.8 billion, or $5.13 a share, on revenue of $29.3 billion
During the same period a year ago, IBM earned $5.5 billion, or $4.62 a share, on $29.48 billion in sales
Excluding one-time times, IBM would have earned $6.1 billion, or $5.39 a share
Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast IBM to earn $5.25 a share on $29.12 billion in sales
For its 2013 fiscal year, IBM said its expects to earn at least $16.70 a share excluding one-time items

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El Genio dijo...

International Business Machines Corp.’s fourth-quarter earnings increased 6.3% as the technology heavyweight’s software sales and margins strengthened, though overall revenue declined slightly.

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For the new year, IBM projected operating earnings of at least $16.70 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters most recently predicted $16.63 a share. The company said it is on “well on track” toward its long-term road map for operating earnings of at least $20 in 2015.

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IBM has benefited from its push toward higher-margin software and services that command higher fees and prices, while shedding less profitable businesses. However, Big Blue has been pressured by businesses’ weak technology spending, a shortfall that has been worsened by economic uncertainty. IBM’s revenue, which has now declined for three straight quarters, was also hurt by currency headwinds in 2012.

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“Our performance in the fourth quarter and for the full year was driven by our strategic growth initiatives — growth markets, analytics, cloud computing, Smarter Planet solutions — which support our continued shift to higher-value businesses,” said IBM Chairman and Chief Executive Ginni Rometty.

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IBM has been making heavy investments in emerging markets, which has generally helped boost results in recent periods. In the latest quarter, revenue in IBM’s growth markets — which include Brazil, Russia, India and China — jumped 7%.

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Overall, IBM reported a profit of $5.83 billion, or $5.13 a share, up from $5.49 billion or $4.62 a share a year earlier. Operating earnings, which exclude retirement-plan costs and amortization, rose to $5.39 a share from $4.71 a share.

El Genio dijo...

Revenue slipped 0.6% to $29.3 billion, and was flat when adjusted for currency fluctuations.

Analysts most recently predicted earnings of $5.25 a share and revenue of $29.09 billion.

Gross margin widened to 51.8% from 49.9%.

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Revenue in IBM’s systems-and-technology unit, which includes its hardware business, edged down 0.7%. The unit has now seen year-over-year revenue declines for five straight quarters.

In the software segment, revenue climbed 3.5%.

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Technology services revenue was down 1.6%, while business services revenue declined 3.2%.

Services backlog totaled $140 billion in the latest period, up slightly from $138 billion in the third quarter.

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Revenue in the Americas — IBM’s largest market — was flat, or up 1% adjusting for currency impacts. Total sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa decreased 5%, and were down 3% adjusting for currency. Total revenue in Asia improved 4%, an increase of 5% when adjusted for currency.