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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.23
IBM's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
91% of the 1754 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 20.60 vs. IBM: 0.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
IBM' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.1  Med: 0.29 Max: 0.6
Current: 0.23
0.1
0.6
Equity to Asset 0.11
IBM's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
94% of the 1549 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.61 vs. IBM: 0.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
IBM' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.1  Med: 0.24 Max: 0.33
Current: 0.11
0.1
0.33
Interest Coverage 36.76
IBM's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
73% of the 1143 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10000.00 vs. IBM: 36.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
IBM' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 10.47  Med: 41.85 Max: 69.58
Current: 36.76
10.47
69.58
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 4.20
M-Score: 7.67
WACC vs ROIC
7.45%
28.58%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 19.29
IBM's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1724 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.00 vs. IBM: 19.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 8.37  Med: 13.11 Max: 19.81
Current: 19.29
8.37
19.81
Net-margin (%) 13.23
IBM's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1724 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.15 vs. IBM: 13.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 4.41  Med: 9.23 Max: 16.76
Current: 13.23
4.41
16.76
ROE (%) 82.81
IBM's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 1678 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.86 vs. IBM: 82.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 15.48  Med: 36.57 Max: 85.15
Current: 82.81
15.48
85.15
ROA (%) 10.05
IBM's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1762 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.06 vs. IBM: 10.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 3.83  Med: 9.08 Max: 14.09
Current: 10.05
3.83
14.09
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 104.30
IBM's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1736 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 22.95 vs. IBM: 104.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 30.37  Med: 65.75 Max: 120.59
Current: 104.3
30.37
120.59
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 1.40
IBM's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 1302 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. IBM: 1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -12.4  Med: 6.50 Max: 21.1
Current: 1.4
-12.4
21.1
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 4.60
IBM's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 1046 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. IBM: 4.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -22.7  Med: 9.50 Max: 31.9
Current: 4.6
-22.7
31.9
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 6.10
IBM's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 972 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. IBM: 6.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -16.1  Med: 13.70 Max: 26.4
Current: 6.1
-16.1
26.4
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Q3 2014

IBM Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Prem Watsa 1,068,100 sh (+88908.30%)
Chris Davis 2,389,948 sh (+10934.40%)
Kahn Brothers 7,258 sh (+122.77%)
Joel Greenblatt 197,782 sh (+34.69%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,310,068 sh (+12.26%)
Bill Frels 198,670 sh (+7.87%)
Arnold Van Den Berg 72,252 sh (+5.54%)
John Rogers 51,282 sh (+1.79%)
James Barrow 244,654 sh (+0.89%)
John Buckingham 35,728 sh (+0.81%)
David Dreman 11,547 sh (+0.06%)
Steven Cohen 30,000 sh (unchged)
Richard Snow 1,205 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 305,608 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 750,000 sh (unchged)
Robert Bruce 118,500 sh (unchged)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 5,170 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 70,478,012 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Private Capital Sold Out
First Eagle Investment 10,252 sh (-1.69%)
Dodge & Cox 125,165 sh (-1.77%)
Mario Gabelli 34,585 sh (-2.22%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,615,947 sh (-2.27%)
Ruane Cunniff 1,415,603 sh (-3.59%)
Tom Russo 10,455 sh (-9.52%)
Ray Dalio 171,240 sh (-18.27%)
Jeremy Grantham 6,064,070 sh (-24.78%)
Ken Fisher 46,796 sh (-54.59%)
Paul Tudor Jones 1,500 sh (-85.27%)
Jim Simons 44,800 sh (-97.28%)
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Q4 2014

IBM Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Edward Lampert 216,605 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 24,628 sh (+1541.87%)
Jim Simons 673,200 sh (+1402.68%)
Joel Greenblatt 431,911 sh (+118.38%)
Brian Rogers 1,500,000 sh (+100.00%)
Prem Watsa 1,363,100 sh (+27.62%)
Robert Bruce 138,500 sh (+16.88%)
Warren Buffett 76,971,817 sh (+9.21%)
Bill Frels 212,712 sh (+7.07%)
David Dreman 11,825 sh (+2.41%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,654,481 sh (+2.38%)
John Buckingham 36,180 sh (+1.27%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,318,010 sh (+0.61%)
Warren Buffett 76,980,817 sh (+0.01%)
Richard Snow Sold Out
Arnold Van Den Berg Sold Out
John Rogers 51,182 sh (-0.20%)
Ruane Cunniff 1,411,033 sh (-0.32%)
Kahn Brothers 7,158 sh (-1.38%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 5,090 sh (-1.55%)
James Barrow 239,476 sh (-2.12%)
First Eagle Investment 9,952 sh (-2.93%)
Dodge & Cox 121,357 sh (-3.04%)
Tom Russo 9,849 sh (-5.80%)
Ray Dalio 147,144 sh (-14.07%)
Ken Fisher 36,006 sh (-23.06%)
Jeremy Grantham 3,730,093 sh (-38.49%)
Mario Gabelli 17,485 sh (-49.44%)
Pioneer Investments 126,705 sh (-58.54%)
Chris Davis 20,760 sh (-99.13%)
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Q1 2015

IBM Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Leon Cooperman 333,067 sh (New)
Chase Coleman 141,823 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 114,260 sh (+363.94%)
Pioneer Investments 370,607 sh (+192.50%)
David Dreman 13,311 sh (+12.57%)
John Rogers 54,607 sh (+6.69%)
Warren Buffett 79,565,115 sh (+3.37%)
Diamond Hill Capital 1,344,455 sh (+2.01%)
John Buckingham 36,872 sh (+1.91%)
Bill Frels 216,031 sh (+1.56%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 1,672,649 sh (+1.10%)
Mario Gabelli 17,646 sh (+0.92%)
Chris Davis 20,839 sh (+0.38%)
Kahn Brothers 7,158 sh (unchged)
Brian Rogers 1,500,000 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 1,363,100 sh (unchged)
Robert Bruce 138,500 sh (unchged)
Edward Lampert Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Ronald Muhlenkamp Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 1,401,148 sh (-0.70%)
James Barrow 233,576 sh (-2.46%)
Dodge & Cox 118,202 sh (-2.60%)
Tom Russo 9,549 sh (-3.05%)
Ray Dalio 136,044 sh (-7.54%)
First Eagle Investment 9,052 sh (-9.04%)
Ken Fisher 30,560 sh (-15.13%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,227,972 sh (-67.08%)
Joel Greenblatt 109,177 sh (-74.72%)
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Q2 2015

IBM Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 95,455 sh (New)
Brian Rogers 1,500,000 sh (unchged)
Kahn Brothers 7,158 sh (unchged)
Ken Fisher 29,919 sh (-2.10%)
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Guru Investment Theses on International Business Machines Corp

Diamond Hill Capital Comments on International Business Machines Corp - Mar 17, 2015

Diversified information technology company International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) declined after the company reported disappointing third quarter earnings and management indicated that it would fail to meet the 2015 earnings guidance detailed in the company’s much-publicized 2015 Roadmap.

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Diamond Hill Capital Comments on International Business Machines Corp - Oct 17, 2014

Diversified information technology company International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) reported second quarter earnings that demonstrated continued execution of the company’s long-term plans. Revenue in the Systems & Technology (hardware) segment as well as revenue in China, two areas of recent concern, improved during the quarter leading to less investor pessimism about the future.

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Diamond Hill Capital Comments on International Business Machines Corp - Jul 25, 2014

Shares of diversified information technology company International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) declined during the quarter as investors continued to worry about the company’s ability to grow revenue, particularly in China and other emerging markets. We continue to have a favorable view of the company’s long-term competitive position.

From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)'s Select Fund Second Quarter 2014 Commentary.

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Hotchkis & Wiley Comments on IBM - Mar 20, 2014

We took a new position in IBM (NYSE:IBM) (1.5%)*, which we believe is a well-positioned, diversified technology company with a strong balance sheet, prudent capital allocation, and an attractive valuation.



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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 13.32
IBM's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1093 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 26.40 vs. IBM: 13.32 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
IBM' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 8.86  Med: 14.12 Max: 22.45
Current: 13.32
8.86
22.45
Forward P/E 9.85
IBM's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
87% of the 529 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 19.69 vs. IBM: 9.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 10.30
IBM's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1087 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 26.20 vs. IBM: 10.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
IBM' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 8.86  Med: 14.01 Max: 22.4
Current: 10.3
8.86
22.4
P/B 13.03
IBM's P/B is ranked lower than
90% of the 1614 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.71 vs. IBM: 13.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
IBM' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 3.34  Med: 8.43 Max: 14.14
Current: 13.03
3.34
14.14
P/S 1.77
IBM's P/S is ranked higher than
55% of the 1701 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.19 vs. IBM: 1.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
IBM' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1  Med: 1.75 Max: 2.38
Current: 1.77
1
2.38
PFCF 12.31
IBM's PFCF is ranked higher than
82% of the 812 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 25.40 vs. IBM: 12.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
IBM' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.61  Med: 14.38 Max: 18.08
Current: 12.31
7.61
18.08
POCF 9.31
IBM's POCF is ranked higher than
79% of the 1012 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.40 vs. IBM: 9.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
IBM' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.93  Med: 10.00 Max: 12.94
Current: 9.31
5.93
12.94
EV-to-EBIT 9.33
IBM's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
75% of the 1145 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.09 vs. IBM: 9.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
IBM' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.9  Med: 12.10 Max: 18.6
Current: 9.33
7.9
18.6
PEG 1.51
IBM's PEG is ranked higher than
61% of the 481 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.91 vs. IBM: 1.51 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
IBM' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.64  Med: 1.17 Max: 24.53
Current: 1.51
0.64
24.53
Shiller P/E 11.93
IBM's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
89% of the 688 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 31.14 vs. IBM: 11.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
IBM' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 11.5  Med: 18.14 Max: 25.15
Current: 11.93
11.5
25.15
Current Ratio 1.30
IBM's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
75% of the 1590 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. IBM: 1.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
IBM' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.88  Med: 1.21 Max: 1.36
Current: 1.3
0.88
1.36
Quick Ratio 1.24
IBM's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
73% of the 1590 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.94 vs. IBM: 1.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
IBM' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.82  Med: 1.10 Max: 1.29
Current: 1.24
0.82
1.29
Days Inventory 18.09
IBM's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
50% of the 1012 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.83 vs. IBM: 18.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
IBM' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 16.22  Med: 19.41 Max: 49.01
Current: 18.09
16.22
49.01
Days Sales Outstanding 76.83
IBM's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
58% of the 1486 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 69.02 vs. IBM: 76.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
IBM' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 35.76  Med: 45.86 Max: 90.6
Current: 76.83
35.76
90.6

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.87
IBM's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
76% of the 1243 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. IBM: 2.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
IBM' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.71  Med: 1.60 Max: 2.87
Current: 2.87
0.71
2.87
Dividend Payout 0.28
IBM's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
97% of the 744 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. IBM: 0.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
IBM' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.08  Med: 0.18 Max: 55
Current: 0.28
0.08
55
Dividend growth (3y) 13.60
IBM's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
61% of the 430 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.10 vs. IBM: 13.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
IBM' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 7.3  Med: 14.00 Max: 34.6
Current: 13.6
7.3
34.6
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.64
IBM's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1272 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. IBM: 5.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
IBM' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.39  Med: 3.14 Max: 5.58
Current: 5.64
1.39
5.58
Share Buyback Rate 5.90
IBM's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
97% of the 1152 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: -2.20 vs. IBM: 5.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
IBM' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 14.2  Med: 4.80 Max: -11.3
Current: 5.9

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 1.01
IBM's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 794 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.82 vs. IBM: 1.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
IBM' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.7  Med: 1.16 Max: 6.08
Current: 1.01
0.7
6.08
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 0.52
IBM's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked higher than
96% of the 96 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. IBM: 0.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 1.00
IBM's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
65% of the 1546 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. IBM: 1.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
IBM' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.41  Med: 1.01 Max: 1.68
Current: 1
0.41
1.68
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.77
IBM's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
51% of the 334 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.77 vs. IBM: 1.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
IBM' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.66  Med: 1.43 Max: 5.1
Current: 1.77
0.66
5.1
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 10.68
IBM's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1696 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.70 vs. IBM: 10.68 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.4  Med: 8.30 Max: 12.7
Current: 10.68
5.4
12.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 13.47
IBM's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 668 Companies
in the Global Information Technology Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.77 vs. IBM: 13.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
IBM' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -0.5  Med: 17.80 Max: 23.6
Current: 13.47
-0.5
23.6

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International Business Machines Corp was incorporated in the State of New York on June 16, 1911. The company creates business value for clients and solves business problems through integrated solutions that leverage information technology and knowledge of business processes. Its solutions create value by reducing a client's operational costs or by enabling new capabilities that generate revenue. These solutions draw from an industry portfolio of consulting, delivery and implementation services, enterprise software, systems and financing. The company's operations consist of five business segments namely Global Technology Services and Global Business Services, which the company collectively calls Global Services, and Software, Systems and Technology and Global Financing. Global Services is a component of the company's strategy of providing IT infrastructure and business insight and solutions to clients. While solutions include industry's IBM software and systems, other suppliers' products are also used if a client solution requires it. Within Global Services, there are two reportable segments namely Global Technology Services and Global Business Services. Global Technology Services (GTS) provides IT infrastructure and business process services, creating business value for clients through technology and IP, Global Business Services (GBS) delivers predictable business outcomes to the company's clients across two primary business areas namely Consulting and Application Management Services. The role of GBS is to drive initiatives that integrate IBM content and solutions and drive the progress of the company's four growth initiatives. Software consists mainly of middleware and operating systems software. Middleware software enables clients to integrate systems, processes and applications across a standard software platform to improve their business results, solve critical problems and gain competitive advantage within their industries. IBM middleware is designed on open standards, making it easier to integrate disparate business applications, developed by different methods and implemented at different times. Operating systems are the software engines that run computers. Systems and Technology (STG) provides clients with business solutions requiring advanced computing power and storage capabilities. Approximately half of Systems and Technology's server and storage sales transactions are through the company's business partners; with the balance direct to end-user clients. In addition, Systems and Technology provides semiconductor technology, products and packaging solutions for IBM's own advanced technology needs and for external clients. Global Financing facilitates clients' acquisition of IBM systems, software and services. Global Financing invests in financing assets, leverages with debt and manages the associated risks with the objective of generating consistent returns on equity. The Company has global presence, operating in more th
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