IBM Q2 Revenue Report Surpasses Analyst Estimates

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Strong demand at IBM’s consulting and infrastructure business helped the hardware giant post second-quarter revenue of US$15.54 billion, exceeding analyst estimates of US$15.18 billion.

IBM posted an adjusted gross profit margin of 54.5% for the quarter ended June 30, compared with an average of 56.6% expected by analysts.

IBM’s cloud revenue rose 18% to US$5.9 billion. Excluding special items, the company earned US$2.31 per share, exceeding estimates of US$2.27.

IBM is banking on high-growth software and consulting businesses with a focus on the so-called “hybrid cloud.” Despite the ongoing turbulence, the company expects continued revenue growth in regions such as Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Chief Financial Officer James Kavanaugh explained that a strong U.S. dollar and heightened political tensions had put pressure on the company’s near-term results.

Kavanaugh said, however, that the company is sticking to its full-year guidance of reaching the upper end of mid-single-digit revenue growth at constant currency.

Contrary to an earlier forecast of 3%-4%, IBM now expects a foreign exchange impact on sales of about 6% this year.

The sources for this piece include an article in Reuters.

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