IBM cuts 3,900 jobs, misses annual cash target

IBM cuts 3,900 jobs, misses annual cash target

Jan 25 (Reuters) – IBM Corp (IBM.N) on Wednesday introduced 3,900 layoffs as a part of some asset divestments and missed its annual cash target, dampening cheer round beating income expectations within the fourth quarter.

Chief Financial Officer James Kavanaugh informed Reuters that the corporate was nonetheless “dedicated to hiring for client-facing analysis and improvement”.

The layoffs – associated to the spinoff of its Kyndryl (KD.N) enterprise and part of AI unit Watson Health – will trigger a $300 million cost within the January-March interval, IBM stated.

Shares of the corporate fell 2% in prolonged buying and selling, erasing earlier positive aspects on the largely upbeat outcomes. Analysts stated information of the job cuts and free cash circulation miss was behind the drop.

“It appears as if the market is disillusioned by the dimensions of its introduced job cuts, which solely amounted to 1.5% of its workforce,” stated Jesse Cohen, senior analyst at

“Investors had been hoping for deeper cost-cutting measures.”

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IBM’s 2022 cash circulation was $9.3 billion, beneath its target of $10 billion, because of higher-than-expected working capital wants.

The firm additionally forecast annual income development within the mid-single digits on fixed forex phrases, weaker than the 12% it reported final yr, as pandemic-led demand for digitizing companies has given solution to cautious spending by shoppers amid rising recession fears.

In October, IBM flagged softness in new bookings in Western Europe whereas peer Accenture Plc famous weak point in its consulting enterprise. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (CTSH.O) in November reduce its 2022 forecast because of a pullback in contracts.

IBM’s software program and consulting enterprise development slowed down sequentially within the fourth quarter, however cloud spending was a shiny spot, with deal signings doubling in 2022 for establishing companies with companions resembling’s (AMZN.O) AWS and Microsoft’s (MSFT.O) Azure.

Its hybrid cloud income rose 2% within the quarter ended Dec. 31.

Total income was flat at $16.69 billion within the interval, in contrast with analysts’ estimates of $16.40 billion, in line with Refinitiv.

For 2022, IBM recorded income development of 5.5%, its highest in a decade.

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Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath

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