International Business Machines
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Dec. 31 (Q4), International Business Machines met expectations on revenue and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly, and earnings per share grew.
Margins grew across the board.
International Business Machines logged revenue of $29.5 billion. The 23 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ wanted to see a top line of $29.7 billion. Sales were 1.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $29.0 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
Non-GAAP EPS came in at $4.71. The 25 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $4.62 per share on the same basis. GAAP EPS of $4.62 for Q4 were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.18 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 49.9%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 24.9%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.6%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $25.2 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.66.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $109.7 billion. The average EPS estimate is $14.78.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 3,982 members out of 4,399 rating the stock outperform, and 417 members rating it underperform. Among 1,002 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 943 give International Business Machines a green thumbs-up, and 59 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on International Business Machines is outperform, with an average price target of $195.08.
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