Could IBM be a Turn-Around Stock like Microsoft?

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Written By Marcus Reynolds

IBM’s Recent Surge: A Prelude to a Microsoft-Esque Transformation?

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IBM’s stock witnessed a remarkable 9% climb, reaching an 11-year peak on January 25, following its impressive fourth-quarter financial performance.

The company reported a 4% increase in revenue to $17.4 billion, surpassing analysts’ expectations by $100 million.

Furthermore, its adjusted earnings experienced an 8% growth, reaching $3.87 per share, also beating the consensus forecast by $0.07 per share.

This financial success hints at the positive outcomes of IBM’s restructuring efforts under CEO Arvind Krishna, who assumed leadership in April 2020.

This article explores whether IBM is on the brink of a revival akin to Microsoft’s resurgence as a tech powerhouse through its cloud expansion over the last decade.

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The Genesis of IBM’s Revitalization Strategy

Between 2010 and 2020, IBM witnessed a significant revenue dip from $99.9 billion to $55.2 billion, necessitating a strategic overhaul.

This decline stemmed chiefly from IBM’s delayed adaptation to cloud-based services and the divestiture of its lower-margin businesses, which, although intended to streamline operations, inadvertently led to a revenue shortfall.

Instead of channeling proceeds from these divestitures into strategic investments, IBM opted for share buybacks, further delaying its entry into the cloud market.

Such strategic missteps eroded investor confidence, including that of Warren Buffett, resulting in a meager 4% stock price increase over a decade, significantly underperforming compared to the S&P 500’s 237% rise during the same period.

Krishna’s Blueprint for IBM’s Renaissance

Arvind Krishna, mirroring the path of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, who also spearheaded their respective companies’ cloud ventures before becoming CEOs, prioritized IBM’s cloud division expansion upon his appointment.

His significant initial step was the spin-off of IBM’s managed infrastructure services unit, Kyndryl, in November 2021. This move was aimed at concentrating efforts on the more lucrative hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) sectors.

Acknowledging the stiff competition from giants like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google in the public cloud realm, Krishna shifted focus towards hybrid cloud services, leveraging IBM’s Red Hat acquisition to enhance this strategy alongside AI tool development.

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Evaluating IBM’s Potential for a Microsoft-Like Turnaround

In 2021, IBM simplified its structure into three core segments: software, consulting, and infrastructure, with a vision for “sustainable mid-single digit revenue growth” from 2022 to 2024.

Despite surpassing these targets in 2022, the company faced growth hurdles, particularly in its consulting and infrastructure arms, throughout 2023.

However, a rebound was observed in the latter half as these sectors began to recover.

For 2024, IBM anticipates mid-single digit revenue growth in constant currency terms, slightly tempered by currency fluctuations. This forecast aligns with the market expectation of a 3% growth rate.

The Verdict: Is IBM Poised to Mirror Microsoft’s Success?

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While IBM shows promising signs of recovery, it remains a bargain with a forward earnings multiple of 19 and a generous 3.8% dividend yield.

This presents a stark contrast to Microsoft’s higher valuation at 37 times forward earnings and a modest 0.7% dividend yield. Despite Microsoft’s rapid growth in cloud and AI, IBM is yet to match this pace.

In conclusion, it might be too soon to liken IBM’s trajectory to Microsoft’s storied revival. IBM is indeed sprouting new growth avenues, but it’s still in the process of establishing a solid foothold in the competitive cloud and AI landscapes, unlike Microsoft, which has already secured a dominant position.

While IBM may stabilize and grow incrementally in the coming years, equating it with Microsoft’s dynamism and market leadership requires further evidence of sustained, high-impact growth engines.

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