The Warren Effect: IBM’s Financial Future
NEW YORK, January 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
The quick-to-adapt business model of conglomerate IBM will keep itself very profitable
for years to come with a shift towards services over manufacturing and products.
Multinational technology and consulting company International Business Machines (NYSE:
IBM) [Full Research Report
[http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/full_research_report/14b1_IBM ]](1) grabbed
headlines and saw its share price soar in November last year after investment mogul Warren
Buffett bought over $10 billion worth of stock, or 5.98 percent of IBM’s ownership.
This alone demonstrates the intrinsic value of IBM, rooted in the fact that the
company is earning on a consistent basis, and will continue to do so for a very long time.
Its ability to quickly adapt to changes in market dynamics allows IBM to meet client
demands as they evolve.
Their recent move towards being a services company away from a manufacturing and
products-centric one has helped position them to where they are now and where they will be
in the future. It was the right choice, considering the speed of change and innovation in
business and technology. Instead of competing through building and delivering new
products, IBM decided their services would set them apart.
For example, IBM not only develops cloud computing – one of their growth areas – but
they also deliver cloud computing consulting services for cloud capabilities developed by
other companies or organizations.
The shift started in early 1993, when newly installed then-chief executive Louis V.
Gerstner Jr. put a much larger focus on services and started selling low-margin
businesses, like the PC business that was later sold to Chinese firm Lenovo. Even with a
new CEO in former EVP Virginia Rometty, this will likely continue, with a projected $20
per share earnings in four years.
Another factor would be the company’s continuous pursuit for innovation and new
research, as a report from International Business Times suggests. At least five IBM
employees have won Nobel Prizes in the past for their innovations, including the
scanning-tunneling microscope and superconductivity.
In addition, the company and their more than 8,000 inventors across the world lead the
United States in a number of patents awarded by the US Patent Office for 20 straight
years. Last year, IBM received a record 6,478 patents in analytics, cyber security, cloud
computing, among others.
However, among a sea of praise, there is an emerging threat to IBM from smaller, more
agile players emerging in the space. IBM must remain diligent in its commitment to
innovation and set itself apart, leveraging its strong brand. In a time when everything is
changing, it seems International Business Machines is ready and willing to change with the
times. For more information, download our research report below.
(1) The Full Research Report on International Business Machines – including full
detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets – is available to download free of
charge at: [http://www.nationaltradersassociation.org/r/entire_report/14b1_IBM]
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