IBM’s Revenues and Profits Beat Forecasts. Software and Services Were Key.

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Updated July 19, 2021 4:15 p.m. ET / Original July 19, 2021 4:09 p.m. ET

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The IBM logo is pictured successful the Garibaldi-Porta Nuova modern territory of Milan connected June 22, 2021.

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IBM posted better-than-expected second-quarter fiscal results, driven by spot successful some bundle and services.

For the quarter, the endeavor tech elephantine reported gross of $18.75 billion, up 3% from a twelvemonth ago, and astir $450 cardinal ahead of the Street statement astatine $18.3 billion. Adjusted for currency and divestitures, gross was astir level compared with a twelvemonth earlier. 

The banal gained 3.2% to $142.60 successful after-hours trading.

IBM (ticker: IBM) said non-GAAP profits were $2.33 a share, 4 cents supra the Street statement presumption of $2.29 a share, up 7% from a twelvemonth ago. Under mostly accepted accounting principles, the institution earned $1.47 a share. On a non-GAAP basis, gross borderline inched up 0.3 percent constituent to 49.3%, portion pretax nett income was up 0.7 of a point, oregon 70 ground points, to 13.5%.

Revenue successful the company’s unreality and cognitive bundle conception was $6.1 billion, up 6.1%, oregon 2.5% successful changeless currency, and up of the Street statement forecast of $5.9 billion.

Global Business Services gross was $4.3 billion, up 11.6%, oregon 7.3% successful changeless currency, and up of the statement estimation of $4.1 billion. 

Global Technology Services, the company’s IT outsourcing business, had gross of $6.3 billion, up 0.4%, but down 4.1% adjusting for currency—a effect that was somewhat supra Street expectations. Systems revenue, which includes mainframes, was down 7.3%, oregon 10.2% adjusting for currency.

IBM said full unreality gross successful the 4th was $7 billion, up 13%, oregon 9% adjusted for currency, which was a deceleration from the archetypal quarter, erstwhile the institution posted 21% growth, oregon 18% adjusted for currency. Revenue astatine Red Hat was up 20%, oregon 17% adjusted for currency, an acceleration from 17% reported maturation (15% adjusted for currency) successful the March quarter.

IBM repeated its erstwhile forecast for full-year adjusted escaped currency travel of $11 cardinal to $12 billion, excluding $3 cardinal of expenses related to outgo simplification moves and the pending spinoff of the Kyndryl services business.

“We built connected our advancement past quarter,” IBM CFO Jim Kavanaugh said successful an interrogation with Barron’s. “This is simply a continuation of that. Clients are adopting our hybrid unreality model.” He notes that IBM has paid down astir $6.5 cardinal successful indebtedness done the archetypal half, and has present reduced borrowings by $18 cardinal since it completed its acquisition of Red Hat successful July 2019.

Kavanaugh said the Kyndryl transaction is connected way to beryllium completed by year-end.

Asked astir the situation for IT spending, Kavanaugh said that conditions are “encouraging.” He said that request has improved successful markets that are recovering from the pandemic, with gross maturation successful the latest 4th successful the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Italy, and Spain. Kavanaugh cited continued challenges successful immoderate Asian markets, including India.

Write to Eric J. Savitz astatine eric.savitz@barrons.com

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