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IBM Q2 revenue drops 2.8pc to $20bn

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2016

International Business Machines Corp's quarterly revenue revenue dropped 2.8 per cent to $20.24 billion for the quarter ended June 30 from a year earlier, hurt by a fall in its traditional hardware businesses.

IBM also stood by its full-year forecast for adjusted earnings of at least $13.50 per share, dispelling any concerns about the impact from Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

"Investors were a little bit nervous about the guidance, and they'll find a little relief that the company maintained that, despite some headwinds associated with their high sales exposure to Europe," said Edward Jones analyst Bill Kreher.

IBM receives nearly a third of its revenue from Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Chief executive Ginni Rometty’s push toward cloud-based services, security software and data analytics seems to have paid off with a 12 per cent rise in revenue from "strategic imperatives" in the second quarter.

Cloud revenue jumped 30 per cent, compared with 34 per cent in the preceding quarter.

"For us, it's not about being the biggest cloud, that's not our goal, our goal is to have the best hybrid capabilities," chief financial officer Martin Schroeter said in an interview.

The company's global business services revenue, which includes consulting, fell 2 per cent, while its systems unit, which includes systems hardware, dropped 23.2 per cent.

However, the company's 17th straight quarterly revenue decline was not as steep as expected. The average analyst estimate was $20.02 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net income fell to $2.50 billion, or $2.61 per share, from $3.45 billion, or $3.50 per share.

Excluding items, IBM earned $2.95 per share, beating average analyst estimate of $2.89.

IBM's shares, which had risen 16 per cent this year through Monday, were up 0.7 per cent in extended trading. – Reuters

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