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IBM 2012 second quarter earnings were just released, and IBM’s operating earnings per share (non-GAAP) came in above expectations at $3.51/share, a 14 percent increase YOY.
Revenue came in at $25.8 billion, down 3 percent YOY, but up 1 percent YOY when adjusted for common currency.
Operating net income was $4.1 billion, up 8 percent YOY, and free cash flow came in at $3.7 billion, up 9 percent YOY.
Second quarter segment highlights included software revenue led by Europe, Japan and the growth markets, and services profit, which was up 18 percent (with the services backlog flat at constant currency).
IBM’s software business reported revenues of $6.2 billion, which were up 4 percent when adjusted for common currency.
Once again, the WebSphere brand led the way, coming in at 3 percent growth YOY (7 percent when adjusted for common currency).
The Tivoli brand grew 2 percent YOY, 6 percent when adjusted for common currency. Overall gross margins for the software business were flat at 88.4 percent, but pre-tax income was $2.5 billion, up some 8 percent YOY.
IBM’s Systems and Technology group revenues were negatively impacted by the product cycle, coming in down 9 percent YOY, but STG gained share in the POWER systems segment.
IBM saw continued strength in its growth initiatives, with growth markets realizing YTD revenue growth of 9 percent YOY when adjusted for constant currency, and its business analytics business up 13 percent YOY.
Cloud computing revenue doubled YOY, and Smarter Planet revenue grew by over 20 percent YOY.
IBM’s annuity business provided a solid base of revenue, profit, and cash, and productivity initiatives drove structural improvements and helped contribute to IBM’s margin expansion.
Following is what IBM CEO Ginny Rometty had to say about IBM’s 2Q 2012 earnings:
“In the second quarter, we delivered strong profit, earnings per share and free cash flow growth. This performance reflects continued strength in our growth initiatives and investments in higher value opportunities,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM president and chief executive officer. “These are fundamental elements of our long-term business model.
“Looking ahead, we are well positioned to deliver greater value to a wider range of clients and to our shareholders. Given our performance in the first half and our outlook for the second half, we are raising our full-year operating earnings per share expectations to at least $15.10.”
Monday. What can you say about Mondays other than Monday?
The first thing I typically do on Mondays is check the news.
When I did so today, one of the first headlines I read said “Buffett Buys Into IBM.” At first I missed the function “into” and thought Buffet had bought IBM.
No, he didn’t buy the whole company, but he did buy a nice big chunk (He being renowned investor Warren Buffett). He bought 64 million shares, around 5.4% of the outstanding stock.
As the Journal article pointed out, Buffett has historically stayed away from tech stocks, but said in this case “It’s [IBM] a company that helps IT departments do their job better.”
He went on to say that he “admired IBM” because they had laid out clear long-term goals and met them.
A fiduciary vote of confidence from Warren Buffett — now that’s a nice way to start a Monday.
Okay, okay, methinks I cursed the market.
I joked in yesterday’s post about hoping to avoid an economic meltdown, seeing as our U.S. Congress came through at the last minute with a debt ceiling bill.
Little did I know that only THEN would the market panic.
As an investor, and future retiree candidate, I’m not going to totally freak. Like a good little investor, I’m in this for the long haul, what goes up must come down (and hopefully go back up again), and panicking didn’t do Chicken Little any good.
But Double-U Tee Eff!?!?!
I turn away from CNBC for a few hours to get some work done and the market sinks 500 points?!
Not without some irony, I’ve been speaking with my financial adviser the last week, preparing for a possible meltdown. We had the strategy all planned. But that was assuming the meltdown would happen on Monday or Tuesday, or maybe over last weekend.
NOT TWO DAYS LATER!
Okay, I feel better now. I’m also going to turn lemons into lemonade.
Buy low, sell high, right? But maybe someone could warn me about the big hill in advance next time!
Well, back to techland. Scott Laningham, my trusted developerWorks amigo and podcasting guru, finally got back into the studio, so to speak, to record a recent episode. We talked about Operation RAT, the Google/IBM patent deal, and the 30th birthday of the IBM Personal Computer.
Me, I’m off to lick my investing wounds.
Oh, and if you don’t hear from me next week, that’s ‘cause I’m going to do a little vacating. But I’m sure it won’t last nearly long enough, and you’ll hear from me again very soon.