Revenue for the first quarter of 2022 was $14.2 billion, which was up 8% from 2021 and beat analyst expectations of $13.9 billion. Net income from continuing operations jumped 64% to $662 million. IBM shares rose 3% on the news in after-market trading Tuesday evening.
“Harnessing the power of technology such as hybrid cloud and AI remains essential as our clients face a number of strategic challenges and opportunities, whether it’s competing for talent, supply chain issues, inflation, cybersecurity or geopolitical instability,” Krishna told analysts after the results were announced.
Both IBM’s software and consulting segments saw strong revenue growth, with software generating $5.8 billion, which was up 12% year-on-year, and consulting contributing $4.8 billion, which was up 13%.
IBM also shed its Watson Health division this quarter, with CFO James Kavanaugh telling analysts that the expected divestiture is already included in the company’s improved guidance for the rest of the year. “IBM is now a very different company,” Krishna told analysts. “We have in effect changed our company’s trajectory and while much remains to be done, we are beginning to reap the rewards of our hard-earned efforts and we are confident in our trajectory for the year.”