IBM shares rise after Q4 earnings

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

18:47, 25 January 2022

International Business Machine Corp (IBM) surpassed expectations with its Q4 2021 earnings

The software and services company revealed that it had an adjusted EPS of $3.35 compared with the $3.30 expected by analysts. Revenue came in at $16.70 billion, significantly higher than the $15.90 billion initially forecasted.

Moreover, in the fourth quarter, the company's net income surged 72% to $2.33 billion.

In the quarter, IBM turned the management infrastructure services business into Kyndryl – which began trading as a public company on the NYSE on November 4. Despite the separation, part of the continuing operation's growth came from sales to Kyndryl. The new company generated $4.6 billion in revenue, having more than 4,000 customers and approx. 90,000 employees.

Besides the Kyndryl transaction, IBM revealed the acquisition of SXiQ – an Australian cloud consulting company – and a consulting unit specialized in Adobe implementations. Also, it will work alongside Samsung to a vertical semiconductor transistor architecture.  

For the future, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna reiterated that the company expects a mid-single-digit growth goal and the free cash flow to come in at $10 billion - $10.5 billion.

After the news hit the wires, IBM's share price went up 7%.


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