On Jan. 17, IBM (NYSE:IBM) released Q4 2005 earnings for the period ending Dec. 31, 2005.

  • Strong increases in margins across the board.
  • Solid working capital management and cash balances.
  • Sales softer than analysts had expected.

Figures in millions, except per-share data

Income Statement Highlights

Avg. Est.

Q4 2005

Q4 2004

% Change

Sales

$25,480

$24,427

$27,671

-11.7%

Net Profit

--

$3,187

$2,827

+12.7%

EPS

$1.94

$1.99

$1.67

+19.2%



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Margin Checkup

Q4 2005

Q4 2004

% Change

Gross Margin

44.07%

38.81%

+5.26%

Op. Margin

18.90%

14.77%

+4.13%

Net Margin

13.05%

10.22%

+2.83%



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Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q4 2005

Q4 2004

% Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$13,686

$10,570

+29.5%

Inventory

No Data

No Data

No Data

Accounts Rec.

$31,975

$36,573

-12.6%



Liabilities

Q4 2005

Q4 2004

% Change

Long-Term Debt

$15,425

$14,828

+4.0%

Accounts Pay.

$27,936

$31,687

-11.8%



Cash Flow Highlights

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  • Accenture (NYSE:ACN)
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  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
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  • Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW)

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