Tuesday, October 16, 2012

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) set to continue its record of robust earnings

Technology company International Business Machines Corp.(NYSE:IBM) is expected to continue its winning streak of reporting healthy earnings for nearly a decade.

 Analysts, on average, are expecting earnings of $3.61 per share on revenue of $25.4 billion.

The earnings estimate excludes the costs of past acquisitions and certain other items unrelated to IBM's on going business.

IBM earned $3.28 per share last quarter, after subtracting certain items, on revenue of $26.2 billion.

The world's largest technology services company will be announcing its results on Tuesday after market closes. The company has been profitably pursuing its strategy of selling software and range of technology services to businesses and government agencies.

The company follows a sound business strategy of locking its customers into contracts which guarantees it regular payments so that it has committed cash flows even during tough economic conditions.

Technology companies have been hit by slowing growth in Europe and China where technology spends have been declining.

Now that IBM is no longer in the business of selling personal computers, the sales slump in that segment is not having any impact on the company.

Business software and technology services are high margin business and this is working in the company’s favour.

These are all the factors due to which analysts are confident that IBM's earnings for the three months ending September will at least match the projections that influence investors' decisions on whether to buy or sell a stock.

If IBM hits the target set by analysts, it will be the 39th consecutive quarter in which IBM's earnings have been higher than the same time in the previous year.

Shares of IBM are up 0.42% to $209.80 in early trading.

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