Turbotodd

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Hiding in Plain Sight

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Happy Thursday. 

The U.S. Markets are only down about 3% for the week…then again, it’s only October 3.

Friendly reminder: It was October 19, 1987 that saw the biggest one-day percentage loss in history: 22.6%. If we panic hard and enough, we can try and break the record!

A quick Hong Kong update…after dampening the CCP’s 70th anniversary on Tuesday with more protests, HK protesters are losing a tech edge in their ability to elude authorities.

Fast Company is reporting that Apple has removed an app from its app store called “HKmap Live,” which allowed anyone using it to track both protesters and police movements around HK. The app was removed on Tuesday, the same day as the Chinese celebration, and the makers of the app suggest that Apple’s decision was “more a bureaucratic f up than censorship.”

Whatever the case, the web-based version of the HKmap is still live….For now.

Today’s tech funding brief: Unqork, a platform for developing enterprise app without code, has raised an $80M Series B led by CapitalG. 

The company is focused on “no-code” solutions for enterprise insurance and financial services (Think drag and drop development.)

Hello world.

Written by turbotodd

October 3, 2019 at 9:56 am

Surface Disruption

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It’s gonna be a very busy day…in the markets, and in tech.

On the markets front, I would urge you to stop looking at the ticker tape — it’s October, it happens.

On the tech front, Microsoft is making some new announcements in its Surface line, with expectations there will be a new Surface Pro 7, an AMD-powered Surface Laptop 3, and an ARM-powered Surface Pro with all day battery life. You know, so you can watch that ticker tape drive deeper into the bear-filled ditch!

Microsoft is also expected to announce a kind of “Windows Lite,” which is slated to be ready for dual-screen and foldable devices.

Here’s a thought: Can I get one of those foldable devices and use Windows Lite to only see the part of the ticker that has positive news?!

Out west, TechCrunch Disrupt 2019 kicks into high gear at Moscone North in SF later this a.m.

Disrupt positions itself as “the original startup conference,” but with so many unicorns being scared off by their investor expectation’s long shadows — and the ticker headed south — ’twill be very interesting to see what memes and headlines emerge.

Expect a whole lot of AI, blockchain, and pivots! (Hint: If there in person, keep an eye out for the IBM Developer presence and learn more about the Code and Response initiative!)

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October 2, 2019 at 10:02 am

IBM Reports 1Q 2019 Results, Accelerates Cloud Revenue

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IBM announced its first quarter 2019 financial results this afternoon, with the lead being it both accelerated its cloud revenue growth and continued its margin expansion.

The top line: 

  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $1.78
  • Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $2.25
  • Revenue of $18.2 billion, down 4.7 percent (down 0.9 percent adjusting for currency)
  • Cloud revenue growth accelerated in the quarter; now $19.5 billion over the last 12 months, up 10 percent (up 12 percent adjusting for currency)
  • As-a-service annual exit run rate for cloud revenue of $11.7 billion, up 10 percent year to year (up 15 percent adjusting for currency)
  • Gross profit margin: GAAP, up 100 basis points; Operating (non-GAAP), up 90 basis points — GBS gross profit margin up 280 basis points; GTS up 110 basis points
  • Pre-tax income margin: GAAP, up 440 basis points; Operating (non-GAAP), up 320 basis points
  • Maintains full-year EPS and free cash flow expectations ARMONK, N.Y.

“In the first quarter, our cloud revenue growth accelerated, and we again grew in key, high-value areas in Cloud and Cognitive Software and in consulting,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. “IBM’s investments in innovative technologies coupled with our industry expertise and our commitment to trust and security position us well to help clients move to chapter two of their digital reinvention.”

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April 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm

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Bull Run

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The 2019 bull run continues.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 211.22 points higher at 25,928.68 today, and CNBC reports that the S&P 500 has notched its best start to a year since 1998. 

What happened to that inverted bond yield???

Perhaps that’s all just more goodness for the soon-to-be rampant unicorns, including Lyft, whose IPO float today send the stock trading up 8.7 percent to $78.29, with more than 70 million shares trading on its first day as a public company. 

That lifted Lyft’s market valuation to $22.2 billion.

Other unicorns likely to be unleashed into the wild soon? Uber, Slack, Pinterest, among others.

Just remember, Lyft is currently #2 in the ride-hailing pecking order and lost $900 million in 2018.

While we’re on the subject of moolah, let’s talk about TechCrunch’s story about consumer spending on apps.

Sarah Perez’s headline suggests that spending will reach $156 billion across iOS and Google Play by 2023. Yes, you read that right.

That research estimate came from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, and suggests that both stores will more than double their revenues over the next five years. That’s +16.8 percent CAGR, if you’re counting along.

Getting further down into the numbers, that’s an estimated $96 billion for Apple and $60 billion for Google, with Apple taking nearly 62 percent of all revenue generated by the two platforms.

To put that in perspective, the global film industry was worth an estimated $136 billion as of 2018.

Time to hone those developer skills, because the bull run appears to continue across the board.

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March 29, 2019 at 3:50 pm

IBM Reports 4Q18 Earnings, Margin Expansion, Return to Full-Year Revenue Growth

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IBM announced 4Q18 earnings this afternoon.

The top line:

  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $2.15
    • Includes charge of $1.9 billion related to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
  • Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $4.87
  • Revenue of $21.8 billion, down 3 percent (down 1 percent adjusting for currency)
    • Global Business Services and Cognitive Solutions revenue grew year to year
  • Gross profit margin up 10 basis points year to year; pre-tax income margin up more than 50 basis points year to year
    • Continued strong services gross profit margin expansion year to year
  • Full Year:
  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $9.51
    • Includes charge of $2.0 billion related to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
  • Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $13.81
  • Revenue of $79.6 billion, up 1 percent (flat year to year adjusting for currency)
  • Strategic imperatives revenue of $39.8 billion, up 9 percent
  • Cloud revenue of $19.2 billion, up 12 percent
    • As-a-service annual exit run rate for cloud revenue of $12.2 billion in the quarter, up 18 percent year to year (up 21 percent adjusting for currency) IBM)

“In 2018 we returned to full-year revenue growth, reflecting growing demand for our services and leadership solutions in hybrid cloud, AI, analytics and security,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Major clients worldwide, such as BNP Paribas, are turning to the IBM Cloud and our unmatched industry expertise to transform their businesses and drive innovation.”

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January 22, 2019 at 4:14 pm

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IBM Reports 2018 Third-Quarter Results

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IBM today announced its 2018 third-quarter results, generating its best year-to-year gross margin performance in three years, which reflected the company’s move towards higher value businesses.

Highlights are as follows:

  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $2.94; Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $3.42
  • Revenue of $18.8 billion, down 2 percent (flat adjusting for currency)
  • Strategic imperatives revenue of $39.5 billion over last 12 months, up 13 percent (up 11 percent adjusting for currency)
  • Cloud revenue of $19.0 billion over last 12 months, up 20 percent (up 18 percent adjusting for currency) 
  • As-a-service annual exit run rate for cloud revenue of $11.4 billion in the quarter, up 21 percent year to year (up 24 percent adjusting for currency)
  • Strong services gross profit margin expansion year to year
  • Maintains full-year operating (non-GAAP) EPS and free cash flow expectations

“IBM’s progress and momentum this year in the emerging, high-value segments of the IT industry are driven by our innovative technology, deep industry expertise and commitment to trust and security,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.  “Our leadership in the technology and services that deliver hybrid cloud, AI, blockchain, analytics and security has helped drive our overall performance, and is helping our clients unleash the full business value of these innovations.”

Written by turbotodd

October 16, 2018 at 4:45 pm

IBM Announces 2Q18 Earnings, Revenue Up 4% YOY

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IBM announced its 2Q 2018 earnings a few moments ago.

Some highlights:

  • GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $2.61; Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $3.08; both up 5 percent
  • GAAP Pre-tax income up 14 percent; Operating (non-GAAP) pre-tax income up 11 percent — Pre-tax margins expanded more than 100 basis points year to year
  • Revenue of $20.0 billion, up 4 percent (up 2 percent adjusting for currency)
  • Strategic imperatives revenue of $39.0 billion over last 12 months, up 15 percent (up 12 percent adjusting for currency); represents 48 percent of IBM revenue
  • Cloud revenue of $18.5 billion over last 12 months, up 23 percent (up 20 percent adjusting for currency)
  • As-a-service annual exit run rate for cloud revenue of $11.1 billion in the quarter, up 26 percent year to year (up 24 percent adjusting for currency)
  • Maintains full-year operating (non-GAAP) EPS and free cash flow expectations

“We delivered strong revenue and profit growth in the quarter, underscoring IBM’s progress and momentum in the emerging, high-value segments of the IT industry,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. “More clients are engaging IBM on their journey to the cloud, and deploying IBM Cloud, Watson AI, analytics, blockchain and security solutions. This demonstrates IBM’s unique leadership in providing innovative technology coupled with deep industry expertise, trust and security.”

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July 18, 2018 at 3:52 pm

Posted in 2018, earnings, wall street

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