New York: Technology giant IBM has posted a 4 percent increase in net income to $5.5 billion for the fourth quarter ended 31 December 2011, helped by higher revenue and robust growth in the software and services segments.
Total revenues grew by 2 percent vis-a-vis the year-ago period to $29.5 billion in the quarter under review.
“We had a strong fourth-quarter performance, capping a year of record earnings per share, revenue, profit and free cash flow,” IBM president and CEO Ginni Rometty said.
“We delivered outstanding results in all four of our strategic initiatives for the quarter and the year as we continued to realise the benefit of our long-term investments in growth markets, business analytics, Smarter Planet solutions and cloud,” Rometty added.
IBM’s revenues from the software segment rose by 9 percent to $7.6 billion, while revenues from the systems and technology segment, or hardware, fell by 8 percent to $5.8 billion. In addition, the global technology services segment’s revenues grew 3 percent to $10.5 billion.
In terms of geographical locations, BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India and China—were the best performing markets for the company during the quarter, with revenue growth of USD 10 per cent.
In addition, Asia-Pacific revenues increased by 2 percent to $6.7 billion, while Americas fourth quarter revenues stood at $12.5 billion, an increase of 3 percent, and revenues from the Europe/Middle East/Africa rose by 1 percent to $9.6 billion.
IBM registered a net income of $15.9 billion for the year 2011, up 7 percent in comparison to the preceding year. Revenues for 2011 totalled $106.9 billion, an increase of 7 percent compared to 2010.
Looking ahead, Rometty said, “We are well on track toward our long-term roadmap for operating earnings per share of at least $20 in 2015.”