IBM beats Street 3Q forecasts

Posted October 17

— International Business Machines Corp. on Monday reported better-than-expected third-quarter results, thanks to strong growth in cloud and other strategic initiatives.

The Armonk, New York-based company earned $2.85 billion, or $2.98 per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions and non-recurring costs, came to $3.29 per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.21 per share.

The technology and consulting company posted revenue of $19.23 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $19.01 billion.

A year earlier, IBM earned $2.95 billion, or $3.02 per share, on revenue of $19.28 billion.

IBM's strategic imperatives revenue, which includes cloud, analytics, mobility and security, rose 16 percent year over year, with cloud revenue alone up 44 percent.

IBM said it still expects full-year earnings of at least $13.50 per share. That compares with the average analyst estimate of $13.51 per share, based on a survey by FactSet.

IBM shares have risen 12 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen 4 percent. The stock shed 2.9 percent in after-hours trading.


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