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Research Annual Analysis of IBM’s Historical Results
IBM: In a League of Its
Big Blue Set to Pass $1.5 Trillion in Cumulative Revenues in 2001
PHOENIX, Feb. 15 - There aren’t many companies around with records and traditions like IBM’s. The company seems to be in a league of its own.
Six years ago (in 1995), Big Blue joined a very exclusive club of trillion-dollar global corporations (in terms of cumulative revenues). Last year (in 2000), IBM set another record, by exceeding $100 billion in cumulative earnings over its 88-year history (1912-2000). This year, IBM is set to surpass $1.5 trillion in cumulative revenues, a milestone that will probably occur at some point in the third quarter (see Table 2).
Meanwhile... despite the fact that the 1990s represented a decade of slowest growth in the company’s 88-year history, IBM still managed to outpace the U.S. GDP by almost twofold (11.8% vs. 6.3% compounded annually - 1912-2000).
IBM earnings similarly grew at 11.5% compounded annually during the same period. But that’s down from a peak of 14% compounded growth rate that IBM reached in 1970s.
But it was in the 1980s, thanks in part to its “great lease base sale,” that IBM earned the most money in absolute figures for its shareholders - $49.5 billion. The 1990s came in second with $30.7 billion in cumulative net profits, followed by the 1970s with $20 billion.
It was the 1950s and the 1960s, however, that were the IBM “Golden Era.” That’s when the net earnings grew at compound annual rates of over 18%, while revenues surged at 24% and 16% respectively. IBM’s 1950s aggregate revenues and earnings were 6.1-fold and 4.3-fold higher than those in the decade before, while the corresponding 1960s figures were 5.3-fold and 6.5-fold greater than those in the 1950s (see the chart and Table 3).
The 1990s, on the other hand, were a period of slowest growth in IBM’s history. Cumulative revenues were only 1.4 times the corresponding total in the 1980s.
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Volume XVII, No. 2001-05
Editor: Bob Djurdjevic
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