Armonk’s IBM’s Q4 revenue disappoints as software sales slide, shares plunge over 10%

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Armonk’s IBM’s Q4 revenue disappoints as software sales slide, shares plunge over 10%

Late on Thursday, IBM or International Business Machine Corp., the Armonk, New York-based American multinational tech conglomerate, had missed Wall St. estimates for fourth-quarter revenues, mostly stabbed by a staggering decline in sales on its software unit as more clients were seemingly averting longer-term deals while gauging the fiscal impacts of pandemic outbreak.

Aside from that, the New York-based tech consulting company had also added at its fourth-quarterly earnings’ report that the 109-year old business consultant and software maker had been preparing a top-to-bottom restructuring plan which would split the firm into two public companies, while one of them would focus on hybrid cloud computing and another would oversee its current operations.

Nonetheless, followed by the reveal of its quarterly earnings’ report that missed analysts’ estimates by a wider margin, shares’ prices of the American tech conglomerate nosedived as much as 10.75 per cent in the pre-market trading on Friday, however, had wrapped up the day down by 10.15 per cent to $118.24 apiece.

IBM posts fourth straight quarter of decline in sales

Apart from that, although the tech mogul had reported a 10 per cent upsurge at its cloud-computing business to $7.5 billion at its fiscal fourth quarter that ended on December 31, 2020 and top IBM officials were quoted saying that the company was expected to witness a rebound in sales as early as by this year, investors’ remained unconvinced and the company had shredded off more than a tenth of its market valuation in a single session on Friday as beforementioned.

Besides, according to IBM Corp’s quarterly earnings’ result revealed late on Thursday, the company’s total revenue dropped 6.5 per cent to $20.37, insanely missing Wall St. estimates of a $20.67 billion on an average, while excluding items, IBM’s quarterly earnings rose to $2.07 per share, above an analysts’ estimate of $1.79 per share, IBES data from Refinitiv had revealed.

Concomitantly, addressing to a rising pandemic-driven uncertainty whirling over the global business environment, IBM Chief Executive Arvind Krishna who took charge on last April, said in a post-earnings’ conference call with the reporters, “Our performance reflects the fact that our clients continue to deal with the effects of the pandemic and broader uncertainty of the macro environment.

This puts additional pressure on larger software transactions this quarter and project delays in some services engagements.