IBM reveals strongest revenue growth in three years

By: Miguel A. Rodriguez

15:21, 20 July 2021

One of the largest technology companies in the world posted impressive second quarter 2021 earnings

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) reported an EPS of $2.33 on revenues of $18.75 billion. The figures topped the $2.29 earnings per share, and $18.29 billion revenue expected by analysts.

According to the company’s statement, revenue grew 3% year-over-year in the quarter, marking the fastest increase in three years. IBM’s Global Technology Services segment, which focuses on managing services, outsourcing and support, delivered $6.34 billion in revenue, counting for most of the overall revenue.

In Q2 2021, IBM made $1.75 billion worth of acquisitions, the most in a single quarter since Q3 2019 when it closed the $34 billion Red Hat deal. It purchased myInvenio – a process-mining software company, Turbonomic – an application-management company, and Waeg – Salesforce consulting company.

For the full year, IBM expects revenue to continue its upward trajectory rather than decline. CEO Arvind Krishna stated: “With the economy reopening in many parts of the world, many markets and industries are getting back on track. We see this in North America and in select industries. […] The overall spend environment continues to improve.”

After the news, IBM shares rose 4%. Since the beginning of the year, the company’s shares gained 9%, while USA500 added almost 13%.


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