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IBM Tops Q2 Earnings Forecast, Cautions On Strong Dollar Hit to 2022 Revenues

International Business Machines  (IBM) – Get International Business Machines Corporation Report  posted better-than-expected second quarter earnings Monday but cautioned that the impact of the strongest dollar in more than two decades would erode full-year sales by around  $3.5 billion.

IBM said revenues for the three months ending in June rose 9% from last year to $15.5 billion, topping the Street consensus forecast of $15.19 billion. Adjusted earnings of $2.31 per share, a 0.85% decrease from last year but also beat the Street forecasts by around 4 cents.

The group took a $900 million hit to second quarter revenues owing to the surging U.S. dollar, which hit a fresh 20-year peak during much of the three-month period, a figure that was around $200 million higher than its prior forecast. CFO James Kavanaugh told Reuters that the full year hit could top $3.5 billion.

Revenues from Red Hat, the cloud computing group that IBM purchased for $34 billion in 2019, were up 12% from last year, thanks in part to an AI partnership with chipmaker Nvidia  (NVDA) – Get NVIDIA Corporation Report. Consulting revenues were own 9%.

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“In the quarter we delivered good revenue performance with balanced growth across our geographies, driven by client demand for our hybrid cloud and AI offerings. The IBM team executed our strategy well,” said CEO Arvind Krishna. “With our first half results, we continue to expect full-year revenue growth at the high end of our mid-single digit model.”  

IBM shares were marked 0.3% lower in after-hours trading immediately following the earning release to indicate a Tuesday opening bell price of $137.70 each.

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