IBM stock slips after revenue shortfall


IBM will release first-quarter earnings after market close on Tuesday.

Here are the numbers to watch:

  • Earnings: $2.22 per share as expected by analysts, excluding certain items, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $18.46 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.

The estimate implies that analysts expect IBM’s revenue to be down 3.2% from the year-ago quarter. This would be the third consecutive quarter in which revenue declined from a year ago. Previously, IBM had a streak of 22 consecutive quarters of annualized revenue declines that ended in 2017.

In the first quarter IBM said it had sold its mortgage-servicing business to Mr. Cooper Group, and it said that later that this year it would wind down its business of providing working capital to certain kinds of information-technology companies.

IBM stock is up 27 percent since the beginning of 2019.

IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion is expected to close in the second half of this year. “IBM is winning new, even cloud-native, customers before RHT,” Nomura Instinet analysts led by Jeffrey Kvaal wrote in a note distributed to clients on April 9. “OpenShift [a Red Hat product] should help IBM win new customers and new workloads as enterprises begin to usher mission-critical applications from on-premise to public or private clouds.”

Executives will discuss the results with analysts at 5 p.m. Eastern time.

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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