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IBM Reports 2013 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results

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    IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced fourth-quarter 2013 diluted earnings of $5.73 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $5.13 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 12 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings were $6.13 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $5.39 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 14 percent.

    Fourth-quarter net income, which includes benefits from tax audit settlements, was $6.2 billion compared with $5.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 6 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) net income was $6.6 billion compared with $6.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 8 percent.

    Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $27.7 billion decreased 5 percent (down 3 percent adjusting for currency) from the fourth quarter of 2012.

    "We continued to drive strong results across much of our portfolio and again grew earnings per share in 2013. While we made solid progress in businesses that are powering our future, in view of the company's overall full year results, my senior team and I have recommended that we forgo our personal annual incentive payments for 2013," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer.

    "As we enter 2014, we will continue to transform our business and invest aggressively in the areas that will drive growth and higher value. We remain on track toward our 2015 roadmap for operating EPS of at least $20, a step in our long-term strategy of industry leadership and continuous transformation."

    Fourth-Quarter GAAP - Operating (non-GAAP) Reconciliation
    Fourth-quarter operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings exclude $0.40 per share of net charges: $0.25 per share for the amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition-related charges, and $0.15 per share for retirement-related items driven by changes to plan assets and liabilities primarily related to market performance.

    Full-Year 2014 Expectation
    IBM said that it expects to deliver full-year 2014 GAAP earnings per share of at least $17.00; and operating (non-GAAP) earnings per share of at least $18.00. The 2014 operating (non-GAAP) earnings exclude $1.00 per share of charges for amortization of purchased intangible assets, other acquisition-related charges, and retirement-related items driven by changes to plan assets and liabilities primarily related to market performance.

    Software
    Revenues from the Software segment were $8.1 billion, an increase of 3 percent (up 4 percent, adjusting for currency) from the fourth quarter of 2012. Software pre-tax income of $4.2 billion increased 6 percent year over year.

    Revenues from IBM's key middleware products, which include WebSphere, Information Management, Tivoli, Social Workforce Solutions and Rational products, were $5.8 billion, an increase of 5 percent (up 6 percent, adjusting for currency) versus the fourth quarter of 2012. Operating systems revenues of $687 million were down 3 percent (down 2 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with the prior-year quarter.

    Revenues from the WebSphere family of software products increased 14 percent year over year. Information Management software revenues increased 5 percent. Revenues from Tivoli software increased 1 percent. Revenues from Social Workforce Solutions increased 2 percent, and Rational software was flat.

    Services
    Global Technology Services segment revenues decreased 4 percent (down 1 percent adjusting for currency) to $9.9 billion, from the fourth quarter of 2012. Global Business Services segment revenues were up 1 percent (up 4 percent, adjusting for currency) to $4.7 billion.

    Pre-tax income from Global Technology Services decreased 2 percent; pre-tax margin increased to 19.5 percent. Global Business Services pre-tax income increased 12 percent; pre-tax margin increased to 19.1 percent.

    The estimated services backlog at December 31 was $143 billion, up 2 percent (up 5 percent, adjusting for currency).

    Financing
    Global Financing segment revenues were flat (up 3 percent, adjusting for currency) in the fourth quarter at $534 million. Pre-tax income for the segment increased 14 percent to $589 million.

    Hardware
    Revenues from the Systems and Technology segment totaled $4.3 billion for the quarter, down 26 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. Systems and Technology pre-tax income was $0.2 billion, a decrease of $768 million.

    Total systems revenues decreased 25 percent. Revenues from System z mainframe server products decreased 37 percent compared with the year-ago period. Total delivery of System z computing power, as measured in MIPS (millions of instructions per second), decreased 26 percent versus the prior year. Revenues from Power Systems decreased 31 percent compared with the 2012 period. Revenues from System x decreased 16 percent. Revenues from System Storage decreased 13 percent. Revenues from Microelectronics OEM decreased 33 percent.

    Geographic Regions
    The Americas' fourth-quarter revenues were $12.2 billion, down 3 percent (down 2 percent, adjusting for currency) from the 2012 period. Revenues from Europe/Middle East/Africa were $9.2 billion, up 1 percent (down 2 percent, adjusting for currency). Asia-Pacific revenues decreased 16 percent (down 6 percent, adjusting for currency) to $5.9 billion. OEM revenues were $452 million, down 33 percent compared with the 2012 fourth quarter.

    Growth Markets
    Revenues from the company's growth markets decreased 9 percent (down 6 percent, adjusting for currency). Revenues in the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - decreased 14 percent (down 11 percent, adjusting for currency).

    Gross Profit
    The company's total gross profit margin was 51.7 percent in the 2013 fourth quarter compared with 51.8 percent in the 2012 fourth-quarter period. Total operating (non-GAAP) gross profit margin was 52.6 percent in the 2013 fourth quarter compared with 52.3 percent in the 2012 fourth-quarter period, driven by an increase in Services and a mix to Software.

    Expense
    Total expense and other income was flat at $7.4 billion compared with the prior-year period. S,G&A expense of $6.0 billion increased 1 percent year over year compared with prior-year expense. R,D&E expense of $1.6 billion decreased 1 percent compared with the year-ago period. Intellectual property and custom development income decreased to $201 million compared with $227 million a year ago. Other (income) and expense was income of $113 million compared with prior-year income of $47 million. Interest expense increased to $113 million compared with $109 million in the prior year.

    Total operating (non-GAAP) expense and other income decreased 1 percent to $7.1 billion compared with the prior-year period. Operating (non-GAAP) S,G&A expense of $5.8 billion was flat compared with prior-year expense. Operating (non-GAAP) R,D&E expense of $1.6 billion decreased 2 percent compared with the year-ago period.

    Pre-tax income decreased 11 percent to $7.0 billion; total operating (non-GAAP) pre-tax income decreased 8 percent to $7.4 billion. Pre-tax margin was 25.1 percent, down 1.6 points; total operating (non-GAAP) pre-tax margin was 26.8 percent, down 0.8 points.

    IBM's tax rate was 11.2 percent, down 14.3 points year over year; total operating (non-GAAP) tax rate was 11.0 percent, down 13.5 points compared to the year-ago period, due to discrete period tax items, including benefits from tax audit settlements.

    Net income margin increased 2.4 points to 22.3 percent; total operating (non-GAAP) net income margin was 23.9 percent, an increase of 3.0 points.

    The weighted-average number of diluted common shares outstanding in the fourth-quarter 2013 was 1.08 billion compared with 1.14 billion shares in the same period of 2012.

    In the quarter, IBM generated free cash flow of $8.4 billion excluding Global Financing receivables, down $1.1 billion year over year.

    Full-Year 2013 Results
    Net income for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $16.5 billion compared with $16.6 billion in the prior year, a decrease of 1 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) net income was $18.0 billion compared with $17.6 billion in 2012, an increase of 2 percent.

    Diluted earnings were $14.94 per share compared with $14.37 per diluted share in 2012, an increase of 4 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings were $16.28 per share, compared with operating diluted earnings of $15.25 per share in 2012, an increase of 7 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings per share, excluding second-quarter workforce rebalancing charges, were $16.99.

    Revenues for 2013 totaled $99.8 billion, a decrease of 5 percent (down 2 percent adjusting for currency), compared with $104.5 billion in 2012.

    GAAP - Operating (non-GAAP) Reconciliation
    Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings for the year exclude $1.34 per share of net charges: $0.68 per share for the amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition-related charges, and $0.66 per share for retirement-related items driven by changes to plan assets and liabilities primarily related to market performance.

    Geographic Regions
    From a geographic perspective, the Americas' full-year revenues were $43.2 billion, a decrease of 3 percent (down 2 percent adjusting for currency) from the 2012 period. Revenues from Europe/Middle East/Africa were $31.6 billion, flat year to year (down 2 percent, adjusting for currency). Asia-Pacific revenues decreased 12 percent to $22.9 billion (down 3 percent adjusting for currency). OEM revenues were $2.0 billion, down 13 percent compared with 2012 (down 12 percent adjusting for currency).

    Growth Markets
    Revenues from the company's growth markets decreased 5 percent (down 2 percent, adjusting for currency), and represents 23 percent of IBM's total geographic revenue. Revenues in the BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China - decreased 8 percent (down 6 percent, adjusting for currency).

    Segments
    Software segment revenues in 2013 totaled $25.9 billion, an increase of 2 percent (up 3 percent, adjusting for currency). Total Global Services revenues decreased 3 percent (flat adjusting for currency). Revenues from the Global Technology Services segment totaled $38.6 billion, a decrease of 4 percent (down 1 percent, adjusting for currency) compared with 2012. Revenues from the Global Business Services segment were $18.4 billion, down 1 percent (up 3 percent, adjusting for currency). Global Financing segment revenues totaled $2.0 billion, flat year to year (up 3 percent, adjusting for currency). Systems and Technology segment revenues were $14.4 billion, a decrease of 19 percent (down 18 percent, adjusting for currency).

    The company's total gross profit margin was 48.6 percent in 2013 compared with 48.1 percent in 2012. Overall gross profit margins improved year over year for the 10th consecutive year. Total operating (non-GAAP) gross profit margin was 49.7 percent in the 2013 period compared with 48.7 percent in the 2012 period, with an increase in Services and a mix to Software.

    The weighted-average number of diluted common shares outstanding in 2013 was 1.10 billion compared with 1.16 billion shares in 2012. As of December 31, 2013, there were 1.05 billion basic common shares outstanding.

    Debt, including Global Financing, totaled $39.7 billion, compared with $33.3 billion at year-end 2012. From a management segment view, Global Financing debt totaled $27.5 billion versus $24.5 billion at year-end 2012, resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of 7.2 to 1. Non-global financing debt totaled $12.2 billion, an increase of $3.4 billion since year-end 2012, resulting in a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 39.0 percent, up from 36.1 percent.

    IBM ended 2013 with $11.1 billion of cash on hand and generated free cash flow of $15.0 billion excluding Global Financing receivables, down approximately $3.2 billion year over year. The company returned $17.9 billion to shareholders through $4.1 billion in dividends and $13.9 billion of gross share repurchases. The company's balance sheet remains strong and is well positioned to support the business over the long term.

    Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
    Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on the company's current assumptions regarding future business and financial performance. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the following: a downturn in economic environment and corporate IT spending budgets; the company's failure to meet growth and productivity objectives; a failure of the company's innovation initiatives; risks from investing in growth opportunities; failure of the company's intellectual property portfolio to prevent competitive offerings and the failure of the company to obtain necessary licenses; cybersecurity and data privacy considerations; fluctuations in financial results and purchases, impact of local legal, economic, political and health conditions; adverse effects from environmental matters, tax matters and the company's pension plans; ineffective internal controls; the company's use of accounting estimates; the company's ability to attract and retain key personnel and its reliance on critical skills; impacts of relationships with critical suppliers and business with government clients; currency fluctuations and customer financing risks; impact of changes in market liquidity conditions and customer credit risk on receivables; reliance on third party distribution channels; the company's ability to successfully manage acquisitions and alliances; risk factors related to IBM securities; and other risks, uncertainties and factors discussed in the company's Form 10-Qs, Form 10-K and in the company's other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or in materials incorporated therein by reference. Any forward-looking statement in this release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. The company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

    In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the company's results as determined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company has also disclosed in this press release the following non-GAAP information which management believes provides useful information to investors:

    IBM results and expectations -
    • presenting operating (non-GAAP) earnings per share amounts and related income statement items;
    • presenting non-global financing debt-to-capitalization ratio;
    • adjusting for free cash flow;
    • adjusting for currency (i.e., at constant currency);
    • adjusting for workforce rebalancing.
    The rationale for management's use of non-GAAP measures is included as part of the supplementary materials presented within the fourth-quarter earnings materials. These materials are available on the IBM investor relations Web site at www.ibm.com/investor and are being included in Attachment II ("Non-GAAP Supplementary Materials") to the Form 8-K that includes this press release and is being submitted today to the SEC.
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    These are decent numbers in a worldwide economic recession that just won't quit but the drop in revenues is troubling looking toward the future. At least they had the integrity to NOT take annual bonuses this year. I'm sure they'll get this years and more back if the world economy ever rebounds.
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