ARMONK, N.Y., January 18, 2011 . . . IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced fourth-quarter 2010 diluted earnings of $4.18 per share, compared with diluted earnings of $3.59 per share in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 16 percent.
Fourth-quarter net income was $5.3 billion compared with $4.8 billion in the fourth quarter of 2009, an increase of 9 percent. Total revenues for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $29.0 billion increased 7 percent (7 percent, adjusting for currency) from the fourth quarter of 2009.
"We completed an outstanding year, with record profit and free cash flow, and exceeded the high end of our 2010 earnings per share roadmap objective," said Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We also capped a decade in which our shift to high-value businesses, our global integration of IBM, our investment in research and development of almost $60 billion and our acquisition of 116 companies have helped us to nearly triple our EPS and return more than $100 billion to shareholders.
“As IBM enters its second century, we will continue to focus on our long-term strategic initiatives -- growth markets, Smarter Planet Solutions, cloud and business analytics -- as we drive to achieve our new roadmap target of operating earnings per share of at least $20 in 2015."