Revenue Slips for 22nd Straight Quarter, IBM Shares Advance on Upbeat Q4 Guidance
Oct, 18th 07:34
Shares of International Business Machines Corp. jumped dramatically in the extended session on Tuesday after the technology company released better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter.
IBM shares surged more than 5.5% to trade at $154.72 per share after hours. The Armonk, New York-based company reported net income of $2.73 billion, or $2.92 a share for the three-month period to September, down from $3.2 billion, or $2.98 a share, in the year-ago period. Adjusted for non-recurring items, earnings were reported to reach $3.30 a share.
Revenue also fell compared to the same period last year, slipping for the 22nd straight quarter. However, revenue ticked down slightly to $19.15 billion from $19.23 billion in the year-ago period, which was much better than the $18.6 billion analysts had been expecting.
IBM’s chief financial officer, Martin Schroeter, said the company forecast a stronger than usual seasonal bounce in revenues for the current quarter. Boosted in part by sales of its new mainframe server, fourth-quarter revenue is projected to hit $22 billion to $22.1 billion, which would top analysts’ average estimate of $21.8 billion for sales.
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