and the company is well positioned to support the business over the long
Year-To-Date 2012 Results
Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $10.8 billion, a year-to-year increase of 4 percent, or $10.9 billion, up 5 percent, excluding the impact of UK pension-related charges. Diluted earnings per share were $9.27 compared with $8.48 per diluted share for the 2011 period, an increase of 9 percent, or $9.38, up 11 percent excluding the impact of UK pension-related charges. Revenues for the nine-month period totaled $75.2 billion, a decrease of 3 percent (flat, adjusting for currency) compared with $77.4 billion for the nine months of 2011.
Operating (non-GAAP) net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 was $11.5 billion compared with $10.7 billion in the year-ago period, an increase of 7 percent. Operating (non-GAAP) diluted earnings per share were $9.90 compared with $8.77 per diluted share for the 2011 period, an increase of 13 percent.
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements
Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on the company's current assumptions regarding future business and financial performance. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including the following: a downturn in economic environment and corporate IT spending budgets; the company's failure to meet growth and productivity objectives, a failure of the company's innovation initiatives; risks from investing in growth opportunities; failure of the company's intellectual property portfolio to prevent competitive offerings and the failure of the company to obtain necessary licenses; cybersecurity and data privacy considerations; fluctuations in financial results and purchases, impact of local legal, economic, political and health conditions; adverse effects from environmental matters, tax matters and the company's pension plans; ineffective internal controls; the company's use of accounting estimates; the company's ability to attract and retain key personnel and its reliance on critical skills; impacts of relationships with critical suppliers and business with government clients; currency fluctuations and customer financing risks; impact of changes in market liquidity conditions and customer credit risk on receivables; reliance on third party distribution channels; the company's ability to successfully manage acquisitions and alliances; risk factors related to IBM securities; and other risks, uncertainties and factors discussed in the company's Form10-Q, Form10-K and in the company's other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or in materials incorporated therein by reference. Any forward-looking statement in this release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. The company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
Presentation of Information in this Press Release
In an effort to provide investors with additional information regarding the company's results as determined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the company has also disclosed in this press release the following non-GAAP information which management believes provides useful information to investors:
IBM results and expectations --
presenting operating (non-GAAP) earnings per share amounts and related income statement items;
presenting non-global financing debt-to-capitalization ratio;
adjusting for free cash flow;
adjusting for currency (i.e., at constant currency);
adjusting for workforce rebalancing charges.
The rationale for management's use of non-GAAP measures is included as part of the supplemental materials presented within the third-quarter earnings materials. These materials are available on the IBM investor relations Web site at www.ibm.com/investor and are being included in Attachment II ("Non-GAAP Supplemental Materials") to the Form8-K that includes this press release and is being submitted today to the SEC.
Conference Call and Webcast
IBM's regular quarterly earnings conference call is scheduled to begin at 4:30p.m. EDT, today. The Webcast may be viewed at www.ibm.com/investor/3q12. Presentation charts will be available on the Web site shortly before the Webcast.
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