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Worldwide Enterprise Machines Company (IBM) This autumn 2022 Earnings Name Transcript


Worldwide Enterprise Machines Company (NYSE:IBM) This autumn 2022 Earnings Name dated Jan. 25, 2023.

Company Contributors:

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Arvind Krishna — Chairman and Chief Govt Officer

James J. Kavanaugh — Senior Vice President and Chief Monetary Officer


Amit Daryanani — Evercore ISI — Analyst

Wamsi Mohan — Financial institution of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

Toni Sacconaghi — AllianceBernstein — Analyst

Shannon Cross — Credit score Suisse — Analyst

Erik Woodring — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Lisa Ellis — MoffettNathanson LLC — Analyst

David Grossman — Stifel Institutional — Analyst

Kyle McNealy — Jefferies LLC — Analyst



Welcome, and thanks for standing by. [Operator Instructions] If in case you have any objections, you might disconnect presently.

Now I’ll flip the assembly over to Ms. Patricia Murphy with IBM. Ma’am, you might start.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks. That is Patricia Murphy, and I’d wish to welcome you to IBM’s Fourth Quarter 2022 Earnings Presentation. I’m right here at present with Arvind Krishna, IBM’s Chairman and Chief Govt Officer; and Jim Kavanaugh, IBM’s Senior Vice President and Chief Monetary Officer. We’ll publish at present’s ready remarks on the IBM investor web site inside a few hours, and a replay will likely be out there by this time tomorrow.

To supply extra data to our buyers, our presentation consists of sure non-GAAP measures. For instance, all of our references to income progress are at fixed forex. Now we have supplied reconciliation charts for these and different non-GAAP measures on the finish of the presentation, which is posted to our investor web site. Lastly, some feedback made on this presentation could also be thought of forward-looking underneath the Personal Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements contain components that might trigger our precise outcomes to vary materially. Further details about these components is included within the firm’s SEC filings.

So with that, I’ll flip the decision over to Arvind.

Arvind Krishna — Chairman and Chief Govt Officer

Thanks for becoming a member of us. Our fourth quarter and full yr outcomes exhibit the execution of our hybrid cloud and AI technique. We delivered robust income progress in our enterprise. The expansion was broad based mostly throughout our software program, consulting and infrastructure segments in addition to throughout geographies. Our shoppers acknowledge that expertise continues to be a elementary supply of aggressive benefit. Over the past a number of quarters, it has turn into clear that expertise is taking part in a big position in boosting productiveness within the face of inflation, demographic shifts, provide chain challenges and sustainability necessities.

We entered 2022, a extra targeted firm and took steps to strengthen our place. We strengthened our consulting experience and expanded strategic partnerships. To bolster our software program portfolio, we invested in hybrid cloud and AI capabilities. We additionally delivered important improvements in infrastructure with our z16 and Energy platforms. All of this was delivered to market with a extra technical and experiential gross sales strategy.

Trying again on the yr, we’re happy with the progress we made. We delivered income progress above our mid-single-digit mannequin, and we delivered strong free money move. However I’ll acknowledge there may be extra to do. This yr, we’ll unlock extra productiveness, develop our strategic partnerships and put extra funding in particular progress markets. For 2023, we see income progress in step with our mid-single-digit mannequin vary and about $10.5 billion of free money move. This retains us on a path of sustainable progress.

I’ll now present some coloration on the progress we’re making within the execution of our technique. Our perspective is obvious. Hybrid cloud and AI are the 2 most transformative applied sciences for enterprise at present. These applied sciences work collectively to drive enterprise outcomes. Hybrid cloud is the place the world goes. Containers are the popular vacation spot for functions. Hybrid cloud provides extra worth than counting on a singular public cloud. It permits organizations to drive enterprise worth throughout a number of clouds, on-premise or on the edge. This consists of scale, safety, ease of use, flexibility of deployment, seamless experiences and quicker innovation cycles.

Our platform constructed on Purple Hat is the main container platform, permitting shoppers to harness the ability of open supply software program improvements. IBM software program and infrastructure applied sciences have been optimized for this platform. Our consultants and others leverage their in depth technical and enterprise experience to speed up shoppers’ digital transformation journeys. Shoppers are realizing actual worth from working with IBM’s hybrid cloud platform strategy.

For instance, we labored with the Canadian Imperial Financial institution of Commerce, CIBC, to undertake a hybrid cloud strategy. Utilizing Purple Hat expertise, CIBC manages and scales its infrastructure with larger pace and suppleness. They will now develop functions in a non-public cloud and rapidly deploy them to a public cloud. They delivered a whole bunch of latest functions and decreased provisioning time by 95% and deployment time by 50%.

We’re serving to Delta Air Strains leverage hybrid cloud to modernize choices, automate operations and combine safety. IBM Consulting deployed Purple Hat on Amazon Net Providers and IBM Cloud Paks to supply a constant platform. Delta now has extra levers they will use to spice up developer productiveness, scale back time to market and enhance worker satisfaction. CIBC and Delta are each nice examples of the worth hybrid cloud can present.

Let’s now speak about synthetic intelligence or AI. AI is projected to contribute $16 trillion to the worldwide economic system by 2030, together with an enormous enhance in productiveness by infusing AI into each enterprise course of. Now we have been co-creating with many purchasers to deploy AI at scale. We automated the drive-thru expertise for quick-serve eating places. We accelerated the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines by automating the processes that help hundreds of thousands of shoppers with inquiries and appointments. By making use of AI and automation we have now helped safety analysts scale back the time to reply to threats from hours or days, to minutes.

Lately, the U.S Patent and Trademark Workplace partnered with IBM to leverage a number of AI capabilities that make it simpler for individuals to glean insights from their huge database of patents. The BBC is now utilizing our AIOps software program to automate the administration of its IT infrastructure. For companies, deploying AI may be difficult as a result of it takes time to coach every mannequin. However by utilizing massive language fashions, corporations can now create a number of fashions utilizing the identical knowledge set. This implies companies can deploy AI with a fraction of the time and assets. That’s the reason we’re investing in massive language or basis fashions for our shoppers and have infused these capabilities throughout our AI portfolio.

Our accomplice ecosystem performs a vital position within the execution of our technique. Within the fourth quarter, we made a sequence of latest IBM Software program choices out there as-a-Service within the AWS market. Likewise, Purple Hat continued the growth of its choices in hyperscaler marketplaces, making Ansible Automation Platform out there on each Azure and AWS. Adobe and Salesforce are additionally leveraging open-source innovation based mostly on Purple Hat applied sciences of their choices. Enterprise with our strategic companions continues to develop, with SAP, Microsoft and AWS throughout a billion {dollars} in income for the yr. We’ve had nice success with our strategic companions, and as we enter the brand new yr, we’re increasing and higher enabling our broader ecosystem. We lately launched PartnerPlus, a brand new simplified program that will increase our attain and scale by means of new and present IBM companions.

We stay targeted on delivering new improvements that matter to our shoppers. Within the fourth quarter, we launched Purple Hat System Edge, a light-weight resolution to flexibly deploy conventional or containerized workloads on small gadgets equivalent to robots, IoT gateways, factors of sale and public transport. We additionally fashioned a collaboration with the Japanese consortium Rapidus to leverage the depth of our mental property on superior semiconductors. We unveiled Osprey, a 433-qubit quantum processor that brings us nearer to delivering our objective of constructing a 1,000- qubit system later this yr.

On the similar time, we proceed to amass corporations to enrich our natural innovation. Within the fourth quarter we acquired Octo, which improves our footprint within the US Federal market. This caps a yr with eight acquisitions throughout Software program and Consulting. As sustainability turns into extra of a precedence, corporations want digital applied sciences to research knowledge, making a baseline and enhance the way in which they function. Our software program has helped IBM scale back its personal carbon footprint. Throughout IBM’s international actual property presence, we had been in a position to scale back carbon emissions by over 61% when in comparison with 2010. Utilizing IBM Sustainability Software program, we have now simplified and automatic our sustainability reporting processes and decreased reporting prices by 30%.

Let me wrap by saying I’m happy with the progress we have now made with our portfolio, our go-to-market and our ecosystem. I’m assured in our capacity to leverage hybrid cloud and AI to assist shoppers flip enterprise challenges into alternatives. Our technique continues to strongly resonate with shoppers and companions, and this provides us a strong basis to construct upon on this yr. Whereas there may be extra to be accomplished, we enter the brand new yr as a extra succesful and nimble firm, well-equipped to fulfill our shoppers’ wants.

I’ll now flip it over to Jim, who provides you with extra detailed data on our efficiency and expectations.

James J. Kavanaugh — Senior Vice President and Chief Monetary Officer

Thanks, Arvind. I’ll begin with the monetary highlights of the fourth quarter. We delivered $16.7 billion in income, $3.8 billion of working pre-tax earnings and working earnings per share of $3.60. In our seasonally strongest quarter, we generated $5.2 billion of free money move. Our income for the quarter was up over 6% at fixed forex. Whereas the greenback weakened a bit from 90 days in the past, it nonetheless impacted our reported income by over $1 billion and 6.3 factors of progress. As at all times, I’ll focus my feedback on fixed forex. And I’ll remind you that we wrapped on the separation of Kyndryl originally of November. The one-month contribution to our fourth quarter income progress was offset by the influence of our divested well being enterprise.

Income progress this quarter was once more broad based mostly. Software program income was up 8% and Consulting up 9%. These are our progress vectors and signify over 70% of our income. Infrastructure was up 7%. Inside every of those segments, our progress was pervasive. We additionally had good progress throughout our geographies, with mid-single digit progress or higher in Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. And for the yr, we gained share general. We had robust transactional progress in software program and {hardware} to shut the yr.

On the similar time, our recurring income, which supplies a strong base of income and revenue, additionally grew, led by software program. I’ll remind you that on an annual foundation, about half of our income is recurring. Over the past yr, we’ve seen the outcomes of a extra targeted hybrid cloud and AI technique. Our strategy to hybrid cloud is platform centric. As we land the platform, we get a multiplier impact throughout Software program, Consulting and Infrastructure. For the yr, our hybrid cloud income was over $22 billion, up 17% from 2021.

Taking a look at our revenue metrics for the quarter, we expanded working pretax margin by 170 foundation factors. This displays a robust portfolio combine and enhancing Software program and Consulting margins. These similar dynamics drove a 60-basis level improve in working gross margin. Our expense was down year-to-year, pushed by forex dynamics. Inside our base expense, the work we’re doing to digitally remodel our operations supplies flexibility to proceed to put money into innovation and in expertise. Our working tax price was 14%, which is flat versus final yr. And our working earnings per share of $3.60 was up over 7%.

Turning to free money move, we generated $5.2 billion within the quarter and $9.3 billion for the yr. Our full-year free money move is up $2.8 billion from 2021. As we talked about all yr, we have now a couple of drivers of our free money move progress. First, I’ll remind you 2021’s money move outcomes included Kyndryl-related exercise, together with the influence of spin prices and capex. Second, we had working capital enhancements pushed by efficiencies in our collections and mainframe cycle dynamics. Regardless of robust collections, the mixture of income efficiency above our mannequin and the timing of the transactions within the quarter led to higher-than-expected working capital on the finish of the yr. This impacted our free money move efficiency versus expectations. Our year-to-year free money move progress additionally features a modest tailwind from money tax funds and decrease funds for structural actions, partially offset by elevated capex funding for at present’s IBM.

When it comes to money makes use of for the yr, we invested $2.3 billion to amass eight corporations throughout software program and consulting, mitigated by over $1 billion in proceeds from divested companies, and we returned practically $6 billion to shareholders within the type of dividends.

From a steadiness sheet perspective, we ended the yr in a robust liquidity place with money of $8.8 billion. That is up over $1 billion year-to-year. And our debt steadiness is down practically $1 billion. Our steadiness sheet stays robust, and I’d say the identical for our retirement-related plans. At yr finish, our worldwide tax-qualified plans are funded at 114%, with the US at 125%. Each are up year-to-year.

You’ll recall again in September, we took one other step to cut back the chance profile of our plans. We transferred a portion of our U.S. certified outlined profit plan obligations to insurers, with out altering the advantages payable to plan members. This resulted in a big non-cash cost in our GAAP leads to the third quarter, and we’ll see a profit in our non-operating prices going ahead. You may see the good thing about this and different pension assumptions to the 2023 retirement-related prices in our supplemental charts.

Turning to the segments. Software program income grew 8%, fueled by progress in each Hybrid Platform & Options and Transaction Processing. We concluded the yr with seasonally robust transactional efficiency in addition to a strong and rising recurring income base in Software program. In Hybrid Platform & Options, income was up 10% with pervasive progress throughout our enterprise areas; Purple Hat, Automation, Knowledge & AI and Safety. Our platform-based strategy to hybrid cloud and AI is resonating with shoppers. As a proof level, OpenShift, our industry-leading hybrid cloud platform, now has $1 billion in annual recurring income. And we’ve modernized and optimized our software program capabilities, together with by means of Cloud Paks, throughout Automation, Knowledge & AI and Safety for that platform.

Purple Hat income grew 15% within the quarter led by power in OpenShift and Ansible, each rising double digits and gaining market share. Automation income was up 9%. Development was led by Enterprise Automation, Utility Servers and Integration as shoppers look to automate enterprise workflows and enhance functions. Knowledge & AI income grew 8%, with enterprise wants to prepare, retailer and handle their knowledge. This efficiency displays demand in areas together with Knowledge Administration, Knowledge Cloth and Asset & Provide Chain Administration.

Safety delivered 10% income progress. We’re serving to shoppers detect, stop and reply to safety incidents, which led to power throughout Risk Administration, Knowledge Safety and Id. Throughout these companies, the Annual Recurring Income, or ARR, for Hybrid Platform & Options is $13.3 billion. And for all of Software program, hybrid cloud income is now greater than $9.3 billion during the last yr, up 16%. In Transaction Processing, income was up 3%. Demand for this mission-critical software program has adopted will increase in zSystems put in base capability during the last couple of product cycles. And powerful renewal charges continued this quarter. Each are proof of the significance of this platform in a hybrid cloud atmosphere.

Transferring to Software program revenue, our pre-tax margin was up 2 factors this quarter, contributing to a full-year margin of practically 25%. Consulting income grew 9%. Shoppers are leveraging IBM’s hybrid cloud management and deep {industry} experience to navigate the complexity of their digital transformation journeys. Income progress was broad based mostly throughout all enterprise traces and geographies. And I’ll remind you that that is on high of the 16% progress Consulting delivered within the fourth quarter of 2021. Sturdy demand for our choices led to signings progress of 17%. With this, fourth quarter had the most effective quarterly book-to-bill of the yr, and we sequentially improved our trailing-twelve-month book-to-bill ratio to 1.1.

Shoppers are partnering with IBM Consulting as they resolve what functions to modernize and methods to migrate these functions throughout hybrid, multi-cloud environments. Over the past 12 months, Consulting delivered $9 billion in hybrid cloud income, which is up 23%. This quarter, our Purple Hat apply was once more a significant contributor to this progress. Income from strategic partnerships additionally grew at a robust double-digit price. We proceed to see momentum on this area. In combination, our strategic partnership bookings had been up over 50%, with Azure and AWS greater than doubling.

Turning to our traces of enterprise, Enterprise Transformation income grew 7%. Development in Enterprise Transformation was as soon as once more pushed by knowledge and consumer expertise transformations, together with provide chain and finance optimizations. Our partnerships with key ISV companions like SAP, Salesforce and Adobe allow IBM Consulting to rework vital workloads at scale. In Know-how Consulting, the place we architect and implement shoppers’ cloud platforms and techniques, income was up 10%. Development was led by cloud software growth practices.

Purple Hat engagements together with our strategic hyperscaler partnerships contributed to the expansion. Utility Operations income grew 12%. We assist shoppers to optimize their operations and scale back price by taking up the administration of functions in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Our incumbency and understanding of shoppers’ functions are key differentiators.

Transferring to Consulting revenue, our pre-tax margin was 11% for the quarter and practically 9% for the yr. The fourth quarter margin is up practically two factors year-to-year and over one level sequentially. We’re beginning to see the profit from pricing actions and productiveness, and our acquisitions have turn into extra accretive.

Turning to the Infrastructure section, income grew 7% pushed by Hybrid Infrastructure, which was up 11%. Inside Hybrid Infrastructure, zSystems income grew 21% this quarter. Among the many new z16 capabilities, shoppers are leveraging cyber-resiliency to adjust to enterprise rules and proactively keep away from outages of their operations. And the brand new on-chip AI accelerator, for instance, has been serving to mitigate threat and detect fraud in bank card software processing.

Our Distributed Infrastructure income was up 5%. This efficiency was fueled by power in Energy, following the extension of Power10 innovation all through the product line. Infrastructure Assist efficiency was flat, together with the influence from consumer adoption of latest {hardware} with the newest z16 product cycle. Transferring to Infrastructure revenue, pre-tax margin was down lower than 1 level within the quarter, and for the total yr our pre-tax margin was practically 15%.

Now let me convey it again as much as the IBM stage to wrap up. At our investor briefing 15 months in the past, we laid out our hybrid cloud and AI technique, and our priorities of income progress and free money move era. Since then, we’ve been targeted on our portfolio, our go-to-market mannequin, our ecosystem and our capital allocation to execute that technique and create worth by means of focus. We’ve now simply accomplished the primary yr as Right this moment’s IBM.

Our 2022 income was up practically 12%, together with practically 4 factors of incremental Kyndryl contribution. That’s above our mannequin of mid-single digit progress. Over 70% of our income was in our progress vectors of Software program and Consulting, and about half of our income is recurring. With this excessive worth combine and contribution from the incremental Kyndryl income, we expanded our full-year working pre-tax margin by 2.5 factors. And our free money move And our free money move was $9.3 billion, up $2.8 billion from the prior yr. We invested organically and inorganically, and returned important worth to shareholders by means of dividends.

Now, there have been some exterior components that we confronted this previous yr that impacted our revenue and money. We exited a worthwhile enterprise in Russia, we’re coping with a a lot stronger greenback, and we’re working in a extremely inflationary atmosphere, which put strain on our margins, particularly in Consulting. Placing all of it collectively, we’re happy with the basics of our enterprise and the progress we have now made in executing our technique.

Our 2022 efficiency demonstrates that we now have a higher-growth, higher-value firm with increased return on invested capital and a robust and rising free money move. For 2023, we once more anticipate strong progress in our two most essential measures of success; income and free money move. Arvind talked concerning the essential position expertise performs on this atmosphere, and the way our options are carefully aligned to the wants of our shoppers. With this, we anticipate fixed forex income progress for the yr to be in step with our mid-single digit mannequin. As we enter this yr, I feel it’s prudent to anticipate the low finish of the mid-single digit mannequin. And without spending a dime money move, we’d anticipate to generate about $10.5 billion in 2023, which is up over $1 billion year-to-year.

Let me spend a minute on our expectations for fixed forex income and pre-tax revenue efficiency by section. In Software program, with continued momentum in our recurring income stream in each Hybrid Platform & Options and Transaction Processing, we anticipate income progress in step with Software program’s mid-single digit mannequin. This income progress generates working leverage, and we’d anticipate Software program pre-tax margin to develop by about 2 factors year-to-year.

Consulting’s mannequin is to ship excessive single-digit income. We’re coming off a robust yr with income progress of 15%, as we assist shoppers with their digital transformations. This momentum and robust book-to-bill ratio assist Consulting income progress on the excessive finish of its mannequin, regardless of the robust evaluate. We anticipate to develop Consulting pre-tax margin by at the very least 1 level as we proceed to comprehend extra of the worth will increase and improved utilization.

Infrastructure income is roughly flat over the mid-term mannequin horizon, with efficiency in any yr reflecting product cycle dynamics. We’re getting into the yr with three quarters into the z16 cycle, and also will wrap on Power10. In consequence, we anticipate 2023 Infrastructure income beneath its mannequin, and pretax margin within the low teenagers. For perspective, Infrastructure ought to influence IBM’s general income progress by over 1 level. With these section dynamics, we might anticipate IBM’s working pre-tax margin to develop by about 0.5 level, that’s in step with our mannequin. And our tax price must be within the mid-to-high-teens vary.

Let me touch upon a couple of gadgets inside our expectations. First, as I mentioned, forex was a big headwind in 2022, impacting income by $3.5 billion. With the motion of spot charges during the last 90 days, forex translation could be pretty impartial to income in 2023, with a headwind within the first half flipping to a tailwind within the second. However, I’ll remind you that we had over $650 million of hedging positive aspects in 2022, which is not going to repeat in 2023, leading to a influence to our revenue and money on a year-to-year foundation.

Second, as you understand we taken numerous important portfolio actions during the last couple of years, which has resulted in some stranded prices in our enterprise. We anticipate to deal with these remaining stranded prices early within the yr and anticipate a cost of about $300 million within the first quarter. We’d begin to see advantages within the second half and pay again by the top of the yr.

After which third, we frequently overview the helpful lives of our property. Because of advances in expertise, we’re making an accounting change to increase the helpful lifetime of our server and networking gear, efficient the primary of January. Based mostly on our year-end asset base, we anticipate this modification to profit 2023 pre-tax revenue by over $200 million, primarily in our Infrastructure section. Given it is a change to depreciation, there’s no profit to money.

Trying on the first quarter, our fixed forex income progress must be pretty according to the total yr. Reported progress will even embody a few 3 level forex headwind at present spot charges. With working leverage, we’d anticipate working pre-tax margin to develop 50 foundation factors to 100 foundation factors within the first quarter, and that’s earlier than the cost I simply talked about for the remaining stranded prices.

Given the timing of forex and stranded price dynamics, we’d anticipate about one-third of our internet earnings within the first half and about two-thirds within the second half. To sum all of it up, we have now made lots of progress this previous yr. Whereas there may be at all times extra work to do, we’re assured within the fundamentals of our enterprise and the way we’re positioned as we enter the brand new yr.

Patricia, let’s go to the Q&A.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Jim. Earlier than we start the Q&A, I’d like to say a few gadgets. First, supplemental data for the quarter and the yr is supplied on the finish of the presentation. After which second, as at all times, I’d ask you to chorus from multipart questions.

Operator, let’s please open it up for questions.

Questions and Solutions:


Thanks. [Operator instructions] Our first query will come from Amit Daryanani with Evercore. Your line is open.

Amit Daryanani — Evercore ISI — Analyst

Thanks loads for taking my query. I assume my query is across the free money move numbers. And maybe you can spend a bit of little bit of time on — you touched on form of the 22 levers a good bit and the way you bought there. However as you consider calendar ’23 free money move of $10.5 billion, uplift of $1.2 billion.

What are the places and takes? What are the bridge that will get you there? After which possibly associated to that, as I take into consideration what you probably did in ’22 and ’23, it does suggest to get to the $35 billion quantity over the three years, ’24 must be $14 billion-plus. So, maybe you may stage set that as a result of I do assume from while you supplied the $35 billion quantity, a good bit has modified. So, possibly a bridge for ’23 and simply an replace on how you consider the $35 billion quantity over three years as properly. Thanks.

James J. Kavanaugh — Senior Vice President and Chief Monetary Officer

Thanks, Amit. That is Jim. I recognize the query. So, let’s begin there. We noticed a strong free money move era in 2022, up $2.8 billion yr over yr. Now, as you bear in mind, we entered 2022. We talked a few very robust free money move era engine. And we put in place a steering for 2022 properly in extra of our mannequin of $750 million yr to yr. First, as we had been very clear, we had been going to get at the very least about half of that out of the Kyndryl-related spin dynamics. That’s the fees in capex.

And we had been going to get a bit of bit greater than half of that out of our base operations general. And I feel while you take a look at 2022, what occurred we bought impacted by two exterior components: primary, the unlucky humanitarian disaster with the battle in Russia and Ukraine, and we exited that enterprise, the appropriate choice. Second is unprecedented U.S. greenback appreciation. I feel final time I seemed, the speed, the breadth, the magnitude of the change is essentially the most we’ve seen in a number of a long time.

We bought hit with that, however we’re in a position to overcome a few of that with the basic underpinnings of our enterprise general and nonetheless delivered virtually $3 billion of free money move yr over yr. By the way in which, Russian forex by themselves is over $600 million of revenue and money we needed to take in. So, now, to your query about 2023, we guided, as you heard within the ready remarks, a $10.5 billion that’s up $1.2 billion yr over yr and once more, above our $750 million yr to yr.

The underpinnings of that, although, are going to be very completely different in ’23. Given the enhancing enterprise fundamentals of our now sustainable income progress with a high-value combine contribution, we see then continued working leverage. So, our money PTI goes to ship a considerable quantity of that free money move era yr over yr. We’re nonetheless going to get working capital effectivity. So, our realization will certainly be up over 100%.

However that’s actually given the quantity dynamics of what occurred within the fourth quarter with a really robust and accelerated progress profile as we went by means of fourth quarter, we completed extraordinarily robust on our transactional enterprise within the month of December. So, that now creates a possibility without spending a dime money move era in ’23 and that’s in our steering. After which there are another places and takes. Sure, we’ll get modest structural actions tailwind, however they’re going to be offset by a money tax headwind for the yr.

So, that form of performs out 2022 and 2023 now. How does that relate to a midterm mannequin? Initially, we’re one yr into that midterm mannequin and as I talked about, the dynamics in coping with the choice to exit our Russia enterprise and the numerous U.S. greenback appreciation. I quantified it for you over a $600 million influence on revenue and money.

However as you all know fairly properly, that’s not a one-time influence, that can proceed over a multi-period, and it positively places strain on our midterm mannequin to the tune cumulatively about over $2.5 billion. So, we’re completely targeted on how we execute this firm on a sustainable income progress profile and producing that $10.5 billion of free money move. So, it permits us, with the appropriate ample monetary flexibility, to proceed to put money into our enterprise and return worth to our shareholders general.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Amit. Sheila, let’s go to the subsequent query.


Our subsequent query comes from Wamsi Mohan with Financial institution of America. Your line is open.

Wamsi Mohan — Financial institution of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst

Yeah. Thanks. Arvind, good to see the income information right here. I used to be questioning should you may share some ideas round what’s taking place in software program, particularly, you’ve had a very robust efficiency in transaction processing over the previous yr. How are you fascinated about the trajectory of that? I do know traditionally, we’ve form of considered this as mid-single digit or increased decliner, and clearly, we’re monitoring very in a different way right here. Should you may share some ideas across the trajectory of that in 2023 and past, that will be very useful. Thanks.

Arvind Krishna — Chairman and Chief Govt Officer

Yeah. Thanks, Wamsi, for the query. So, I’ll deal with your transaction processing query first after which all of software program proper after that. So, a few of you have got heard me speak about that transaction processing could be a mid-single-digit decliner previously. And that’s successfully, Wamsi, is what you requested, what’s going to be completely different. As we take a look at our enterprise there and we glance each on the underlying MIPS progress, in addition to the criticality of that software program, in addition to our capacity to have some very modest pricing uplift, we might now take a look at that enterprise as being a slight improve versus a modest decliner. So, I feel if you’re that one, Wamsi, low single-digit will increase for transaction processing is what we predict is suitable for the quick to medium-term mannequin wanting ahead.

Now, that does assist in general software program. So, first, let’s take a look at software program and decompose it. Software program, as Jim talked about in his ready remarks, is nearly 80% recurring income. We see that recurring income rising according to our mannequin of the mid-single digits based mostly on each the consumption, the utilization, in addition to what we have now seen by means of ’22 in individuals renewing that base of software program enterprise. Then I’ll acknowledge to you that ’22 was an awesome ELA yr, ’23 will likely be inferior to ’22. However with the transactional piece of the enterprise being lower than 20%, that has a a lot smaller influence on the general progress price. As you place all that collectively, we see the mid-single digits as being acceptable for the software program enterprise.

Wamsi Mohan — Financial institution of America Merrill Lynch — Analyst


Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Wamsi. Let’s go to the subsequent query.


Our subsequent query comes from Toni Sacconaghi with Bernstein. Your line is open.

Toni Sacconaghi — AllianceBernstein — Analyst

Yeah. Thanks. I used to be questioning should you may simply touch upon working revenue extra broadly. I feel your goal originally of the yr was for working revenue to enhance 400 foundation factors, and it got here in at 270. I feel your goal for the fourth quarter was 250 foundation level enchancment in working margin and got here in at 170. And that’s manifesting itself right into a free money move quantity that was decrease than you had anticipated and this yr and doubtlessly for subsequent yr relative to your $35 billion goal.

So, you have got a twin mandate, Arvind. One is to attempt to develop mid-single digits and the opposite is to ship very robust money move, which is impacted by margins. The margin was not as robust this yr, and I’m questioning should you can spotlight what was completely different out of your expectations. And what had been the challenges in forecasting that and the way buyers ought to take into consideration that and free money move realization going ahead?

Arvind Krishna — Chairman and Chief Govt Officer

Yeah, Toni. Thanks. So, you’re fully correct that these numbers are barely beneath our expectations from the start of the yr. I’ll ask Jim to remark and provide you with much more coloration on it. However let me first remark in your assertion of we have now a double mandate of income progress and free money move progress, however I need to even be clear, income progress has — which manifests itself in consumer satisfaction, increased NPS from our shoppers higher consumption of each software program and consulting from our shoppers, which permits them to eat an increasing number of over time is what we’re targeted on.

And we have now to ship the free money move progress. Jim talked about in a response to the primary query that we weren’t anticipating the enterprise and Russia to get shut down, that impacted it a bit of bit. We weren’t anticipating the forex headwinds to be as extreme because it turned out to be. That’s actually impacted. And I’ll acknowledge an inflation as in wage inflation confirmed up and impacted our margins in consulting much more than we had been anticipating. Now a solution may have been to not rent individuals and to not give that however that will have resulted then in decrease capability on the finish of this yr, which might not have allowed us the boldness into the expansion, each in consulting and in software program that we at the moment are committing for 2023.

In order we steadiness these, it turns into a enterprise choice to say we’re going to maintain occurring rising capability, which ends up in more healthy income and it’ll lead to enhancing margins, however that flows by means of into 2023 versus giving all of it to us in 2022. So, Toni, that’s form of how we take into consideration balancing the investments within the enterprise versus a quarterly end result. And I’ll ask Jim to remark a bit extra on a few of the specifics of what you had been asking.

James J. Kavanaugh — Senior Vice President and Chief Monetary Officer

Yeah. Simply to place some numbers round this, Toni, you’re precisely proper. We entered the yr — we talked a few enterprise profile, increased income progress firm, increased working margins, robust free money move yield. And we had guided at mid-single-digit income progress, and we guided that 4 factors of working margin enchancment. The 2 factors of exterior that each Arvind and I’ve each talked about Russia and forex. By the way in which, that was a few half a degree as a result of forex, bear in mind, as we’ve talked about many instances all through these calls, not solely the speed, breadth, and velocity and alter in magnitude that we haven’t seen in about two to a few a long time, however it impacts human capital-based consulting enterprise very in a different way than a product technology-based enterprise.

As we talked about, human capital is all just about a pure hedge as a result of your price is mainly matched together with your income exterior of world supply. However in a product-based enterprise, our prices just like the {industry} is predominantly U.S. greenback supply, and that’s why you’ve seen strain on the gross revenue margin line and the pre-tax revenue margin line round our expertise base of enterprise. Now, underlying that, although, I feel you’re seeing a elementary enchancment in our margins as we go ahead so about 50 foundation factors of forex.

The remaining 100 foundation factors was consulting. And we talked about that. That’s been a rate-and-pace dialogue. You dial again 15, 18 months in the past we referred to as a really accelerated demand atmosphere of our shoppers shifting to digital transformation and journey to cloud. And beginning within the second half of ’21, we made the wager to make investments round ability functionality ecosystems, and we opened up the aperture to construct prolonged capabilities inorganically. And we knew as we went by means of 2022 that we then had been working in a extremely inflationary atmosphere.

After which it turned a price and tempo dialogue on how fast are you able to get worth margin and optimization and understand by means of your backlog. And I feel we’ve acknowledged that we had been fairly sluggish all year long. Now, with that mentioned, we completed the yr about 9 factors of margin in consulting. We had good enchancment. We exited fourth quarter at 11-point PTI mannequin that was up virtually 200 foundation factors yr over yr. Our first half to second half, we noticed an acceleration of three factors of margin from a few seven-point working PTI mannequin to properly over 10 factors of an working PTI mannequin. And most significantly, the inexperienced shoots are beginning to play out within the fourth quarter.

Our utilization of efficient capability, one of many three levers we talked about all yr, up three factors within the fourth quarter. Our worth margins, third consecutive quarter are up yr to yr, and also you’re seeing that play out in that working revenue efficiency. And eventually, acquisitions. Now, we’re on a gentle state and our acquisitions are again to accretion. So, we see good inexperienced shoots that result in our steering in 2023 on the excessive finish of our excessive single-digit mannequin in consulting on income coming off of a really robust 15% progress in ’22 and guiding one other one-point-plus in working margins going ahead.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks for the query, Toni. Let’s go to the subsequent query.


Our subsequent query will come from Shannon Cross with Credit score Suisse. Your line is open. Shannon, we’re not in a position to hear you in convention. Please verify the mute function in your telephone.

Shannon Cross — Credit score Suisse — Analyst

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Sure, we are able to hear you now. Chances are you’ll go forward.

Shannon Cross — Credit score Suisse — Analyst

Okay. Attention-grabbing. Yeah. Arvind, are you able to discuss a bit about AI and the way it runs by means of your small business? There’s clearly a lot dialogue proper now about open AI and Microsoft making investments. And I assume I’m making an attempt to consider how we should always take into consideration IBM monetizing it, capitalizing on it, how you consider your aggressive place relative to others. I don’t know if there are examples you can provide the place you’re using it. However I’m simply — I’m questioning, as AI will get an increasing number of of a — turns into an increasing number of of a dialogue level apparently for 2023 and you’ve got such an extended historical past with it, how we should always take into consideration the place you at the moment are and the place you’re going to take it. Thanks.

Arvind Krishna — Chairman and Chief Govt Officer

Thanks, Shannon. So, first, let me acknowledge AI has turn into a giant subject of dialog this yr. I used to be in Davos final week, and it in all probability got here up at virtually each single dialogue round expertise, what’s taking place with AI, in addition to what’s taking place with OpenAI. If I give it some thought during the last decade, I feel there have been three moments you may speak about, after which I’ll start to translate these right into a enterprise influence. One, when IBM received Jeopardy with Watson, I feel it was a giant second, and AI got here onto everybody’s street map.

Second, when deep thoughts from Google or Alphabet began profitable competitions round, for instance, GO, and that turned one other large second together with the protein folding that they did and now with OpenAI and ChatGPT. But when I step again only a second, all of this newest model is predicated on what is known as massive language fashions because the underlying science. Universities do it, Google does it, IBM does it as does OpenAI. To only get to why it’s so thrilling; for instance, for us, it permits us to do 13 language fashions after we are understanding completely different pure languages in the identical price as initially one.

That’s what is so thrilling about these applied sciences as a result of if you will get an order of magnitude enchancment in price and pace and the useful resource consumed, each by way of {hardware} and other people, that’s extremely thrilling. Now, let me translate this into how will we monetize this. So, our monetization of AI may be very a lot targeted on that $16 trillion of productiveness that I’ve talked about that we’re going to recover from the last decade.

The overwhelming majority of that comes from enterprise automation and after I say enterprise, I embody governments into it. Some examples, should you can automate the drive-through and order-taking for quick-serve eating places, that’s an instance of what can occur. If we are able to get deflection charges of 40%, 50%, 60% at everybody’s name facilities, that’s an enormous operational effectivity for all of our shoppers. If we might help retirees get their pensions by means of interacting with a Watson-powered AI chatbot that’s an enterprise use case the place all of those applied sciences come into play.

By the way in which, all my three examples are actual shoppers the place we’re leading to anyplace from a whole bunch to hundreds of individuals, effectivity for every of those shoppers. So, that’s how we get it. If I look inside IBM, how we do promotions, how we do individuals motion, how we start to enhance our code to money, how we enhance our customer support and other people ask difficult questions round triage of IT programs happening are all very actual examples the place we’re enhancing consumer service and saving cash all on the similar time.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks very a lot. Sheila, can we go to the subsequent query?


Our subsequent query comes from Erik Woodring with Morgan Stanley. Your line is open.

Erik Woodring — Morgan Stanley — Analyst

Hey, guys. Good afternoon, and thanks for taking the query. I wished to simply contact on the consulting enterprise. Signings had been very robust within the December quarter, up 17%. Your quarterly book-to-bill was an enchancment from the September quarter. Are you able to possibly simply, once more, simply step again and elaborate on the atmosphere, what we’re in, what you noticed in 4Q that doubtlessly stood out to you the place power in signings is coming from adjustments to contract period? Possibly simply double-clicking on the consulting enterprise. Simply to assist us perceive what offers you confidence to be form of on the excessive finish of your midterm mannequin for 2023. Thanks.

James J. Kavanaugh — Senior Vice President and Chief Monetary Officer

Thanks, Erik, for the query. I’ll take this. Once we entered the fourth quarter, we had a reasonably strong pipeline. And we talked about reaffirmed mid-teens progress for consulting for the yr, which as you understand, is properly above our mannequin. However once more, as I talked about on the earlier query, we had made the investments in bringing in ability functionality, increasing ecosystem, strategic partnerships, and acquisitions.

However we noticed that pipeline getting into the quarter — we noticed a really strong and fairly disciplined gross sales closure price as we transfer by means of the yr. Now, how did the yr finish? That positions us for 2023, and let me simply put some stats to actually convey it dwelling. Primary, ecosystem velocity, we noticed proceed to extend all year long of our strategic partnerships. I feel we mentioned within the ready remarks, strategic partnerships, one grew income 25% in 2022 and was about 40% of our consulting base of enterprise.

That’s up about 50% yr over yr. Now we have noticed — seen in depth acceleration. And by the way in which, within the fourth quarter, our signings progress which delivered a 1.3 book-to-bill, our hyperscaler partnerships with Azure, and what AWS, our signings had been 2 instances. And our ISV portfolio with the likes of SAP, Salesforce, Adobe, we had been up over 50% in signings. So, our guide of enterprise and the partnerships we have now super power that’s fueling our backlog, level primary. Level quantity two, Purple Hat. We proceed to see acceleration of consulting being the tip of the spear that’s actually driving the size and adoption of our hybrid cloud platform.

And oh, by the way in which, can also be dragging IBM expertise and software program. Since inception, a bit of over three years we signed $7.4 billion of enterprise in Purple Hat, super power, and that, once more, fuels our backlog for 2023. And you then take a look at full yr, we grew each massive transformational offers, and we grew small offers double digit, either side. So, it’s pervasive throughout the board. So, after we take a look at our backlog, we take a look at all of our indicators of our enterprise on the conclusion of that mannequin. We glance on the acquisition portfolio and the way it’s scaling. We really feel fairly assured concerning the excessive finish of our excessive single-digit mannequin in 2023. Oh, by the way in which, to Toni’s query, at working margins being accretive.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Erik thanks for the query. Let’s go to the subsequent one, please.


Our subsequent query comes from Lisa Ellis with SVB MoffettNathanson. Your line is open.

Lisa Ellis — MoffettNathanson LLC — Analyst

Hello. Good afternoon. Thanks for taking my query. Possibly following on that, I had a broader query, Arvind, on the general demand atmosphere you’re seeing. I feel with earnings coming in from varied enterprise tech gamers, to this point, we’re seeing a reasonably big selection of alerts about how the demand atmosphere is shaping up for 2023. Are you able to simply remark a bit on what you’re seeing out of your massive shoppers, say, form of relative to this previous yr? Thanks.

Arvind Krishna — Chairman and Chief Govt Officer

Yeah. Thanks, Lisa, for the query. Look, if I take into consideration our general consumer base, we had been first actually happy that there wasn’t a lot of a distinction by geography. As I form of undergo it, Japan, India, Australia, the Center East, Western Europe, the UK, North America had been actually fairly robust in demand throughout. So, I feel, Lisa, if I break it down into the 2 parts round expertise and consulting, what we’re seeing is that almost all of our shoppers do imagine that even when there are some, I’ll name, the minor or completely different headwinds in 2023, they’ll emerge stronger.

As they’re to emerge stronger, meaning they’re all deploying expertise to assist offset wage inflation, cyber points, provide chain challenges, and all of the demographic shifts, that means there’s simply fewer expert individuals to rent. Consequently, we’re seeing them double down, and that’s the reason we have now targeted on sure areas and sure companions, each for consulting and in expertise. All of them need to deploy automated methods to get from the entrance to the again.

Possibly Salesforce and Adobe play a really robust position in that. All of them need to leverage cloud applied sciences, to allow them to scale expertise as much as higher deal with consumer demand. Our partnerships with the hyperscalers play into that. All of them need to leverage much more expertise than they’ve earlier than to counteract the wage inflation and different inflationary facets. And what we do with Purple Hat performs into that.

So, I form of see, Lisa, that each one of our shoppers play into that. Now you’ve talked about a large spectrum from the individuals you’re seeing lately. I feel the explanation that we’re remaining on this optimistic way of thinking, we have now no client enterprise. I agree that our shoppers might have a client enterprise, however we don’t have that immediately. And so, I feel, consequently, we is perhaps seeing a bit of bit completely different subset of the economic system than those that may need a big direct publicity to a client enterprise.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Lisa. Let’s go to the subsequent query, please.


Our subsequent query comes from David Grossman with Stifel. Your line is open.

David Grossman — Stifel Institutional — Analyst

Thanks. So that you had an excellent transactional momentum within the Software program enterprise within the fourth quarter, and also you supplied some good high-level commentary in your ready remarks concerning the enterprise, and the broad-based progress might mirror lots of these adjustments that you simply’ve been speaking about within the go-to-market technique and gross sales adjustments.

That mentioned, Arvind, are you able to discuss particularly or establish any product-specific adjustments in software program that you simply assume could also be driving that momentum and that will counsel your aggressive positioning is shifting in any of these three non-Purple Hat segments? After which only one different factor, simply sorry concerning the two-part query. However only for Jim, I simply wished to make clear with that working capital headwind within the fourth quarter that you simply talked about reverses in 2023. Thanks.

Arvind Krishna — Chairman and Chief Govt Officer

Yeah. Thanks, David. Let me discuss a bit of bit concerning the product capabilities and as you mentioned, exterior Purple Hat referred to as deal with automation, knowledge, AI, and cyber. If I take a look at these — let’s take automation. I’m actually happy with the progress we have now made round an space I’ll name AIOps. But when you consider, we made a few small acquisitions, Instana and Turbonomic, we constructed our personal AIOps portfolio, and we’re seeing super pickup from that as our shoppers need to take out labor complexity but additionally need to optimize their general IT infrastructure, {hardware}, and software program.

In addition they need to have uptime that’s now the speak about not simply two nines and three nines however as much as 5 nines. They usually additionally need to fear about how to ensure some go to at all times on. And so, I feel our AIOps portfolio there actually benefits us, and I imagine we’re in a novel place as a result of we assist our shoppers in an atmosphere throughout a number of public clouds and on-premise and with their non-public clouds in that area.

If I take into consideration knowledge and AI, our deal with knowledge cloth and permitting our shoppers to leverage the information wherever it’s, not at all times shifting it however permitting them to catalog it, leveraging AI deep inside our merchandise is one other instance of the place we have now a novel functionality. And third, if I take a look at cyber, we focus loads on menace administration. And if we take into consideration how we are able to leverage the inputs from every kind of sources in as of late and individuals are actually apprehensive about the entire threats coming, whether or not from nation-states or from simply unhealthy actors, then it permits them to leverage that portfolio higher.

Consequently, we’re going to stay fairly targeted on these areas. It’s best to anticipate each natural and inorganic funding. And David, I can’t assist however say, we’re giving our shoppers the flexibility to deploy these capabilities on a number of public clouds, in addition to on-premise. And I imagine that does benefit them as a result of it offers them much more flexibility and freedom than they could have from another distributors.

James J. Kavanaugh — Senior Vice President and Chief Monetary Officer

Yeah. I might simply construct on that, Arvind. I imply, Software program guide of enterprise at present, it’s an integral a part of our hybrid cloud platform thesis. It’s the basis. We eclipsed $25 billion for the primary time ever right here in 2022, so over 40% of IBM’s income and two-thirds of our EBITDA. So, while you take a look at it, we’re a hybrid cloud AI platform-centric firm general, and Software program is true at that course. So why that recurring income stream and the enhancements we’ve been seeing all through 2022?

And as Arvind answered earlier, getting that again to a rising contribution not solely helps the competitiveness and market share of our high line, however I feel all of you perceive the marginal greenback of that guide of enterprise is within the 90-plus % vary as we transfer ahead. So, David, I feel you additionally requested a query about clarification. Free money move progress, $10.5 billion about, up $1.2 billion yr to yr, above our mannequin of $750 million. That will likely be pushed based mostly on the basic enhancements of our underlying income progress and working leverage and money PTI, however there will even be, sure, a working capital effectivity contribution to our money era subsequent yr, actually simply the quantity dynamics of what performed out within the fourth quarter. We’ll get that again.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, David. We’re previous the highest of the hour, however let’s take yet another query.


Our final query will come from Kyle McNealy with Jefferies. Your line is open.

Kyle McNealy — Jefferies LLC — Analyst

Thanks very a lot for squeezing it in. And this one is macro-related as properly, however it’s fairly fast. It looks as if a few of the slowing macro’s implied in your 2023 steering, however I don’t assume you talked particularly about whether or not you’re seeing something particularly slowing. It sounded typically optimistic for you guys, regardless that there’s a little bit of a slowdown implied within the steering.

Microsoft and F5 talked a few divergence between new enterprise and new functions, seeing some progress versus renewal enterprise, capability expansions, cross-selling, and issues like that. Are you seeing an analogous factor by way of new functions slowing a bit and a few of the form of recurring and cross-selling capability expansions holding up? How a lot of both of these is driving your decrease finish of mid-single-digit progress steering for 2023? And form of break it down should you can. Thanks.

Arvind Krishna — Chairman and Chief Govt Officer

Okay. Look, I feel that first — and I’ll deal with your level on new software versus present fairly immediately. The purpose concerning the decrease finish of the mid-single digit is essentially from the truth that Infrastructure section will likely be a headwind going into 2023, whereas it was a tailwind in ’22. I wouldn’t learn something greater than that into our low finish versus the center of the vary. Now, for us, I don’t actually see that. I see that our shoppers do need to do new growth. Now from our perspective, if anyone is doing an expanded Salesforce deployment, I name {that a} new software.

If anyone is doing a brand new software on Azure or if they’re shifting, properly, they by no means actually immediately transfer. They at all times speak about refactoring, placing in new operate, integrating with different functions they could have of their store or that they purchase as SaaS properties, we take into account all that new growth. And so, for us, our consulting groups are largely doing that new growth for our shoppers. And in that course of, they have a tendency to make use of OpenShift from Purple Hat.

They have a tendency to make use of Purple Hat Linux. They have a tendency to make use of our AI automation. Our AI automation then surrounds all these issues to make them far more resilient, far more sturdy, far more safe, and people are the capabilities we convey. So, we’re not actually seeing that divergence, I’ll inform you straightforwardly, however there may be possible a spotlight that in that new software, is it serving to automate issues extra. Is it serving to make issues, I’ll name it, straight by means of versus with lots of guide intervention? That’s in all probability an even bigger focus.

Possibly we don’t see it as a result of we form of name that play in late ’21 as a result of we form of noticed these issues coming and changing into extra essential. And we determined to put money into them, each in expertise and in consulting. Patricia, with that being the final query, let me now make a few very fast feedback to wrap up the decision. 2022 was an essential yr for us. As Jim mentioned, it was the primary full yr of the brand new IBM. The outcomes we delivered reinforce our confidence in our technique and our mannequin. Whereas there may be at all times extra to do, we’re happy with our place as we enter 2023, and I stay up for persevering with this dialogue as we transfer by means of the yr.

Patricia Murphy — Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Arvind. Sheila, let me flip it again to you to shut out the decision.


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