How IBM Spent $84 Billion in 12 Months

A slideshow shows what Big Blue does with its revenue.

John Maxfield
John Maxfield
Dec 2, 2015 at 12:44PM
Investment Planning

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty formally launches a new strategic initiative for the next evolution of technology and business. Image credit: IBM.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) may be in the process of transforming its business model, but the storied technology firm still generates a ridiculous amount of money. Over the last 12 months, it earned $84 billion in revenue, ranking 29th among S&P 500 companies. What does the 104-year-old company do with all this money? The slideshow below provides an answer.

Viewers of the slideshow will learn two interesting points, among other things, from scrolling through it:

  • First, IBM pays out a smaller share of its annual earnings than many other major companies do.
  • Second, IBM enjoys wider profit margins than the typical large-cap stock.

What else can investors learn about IBM from an analysis of its revenue flows? Scroll through the brief slideshow below to find out.


All slideshow data sourced from YCharts.com on Dec. 1, 2015. Slideshow image credits: IBM, istock/Thinkstock.