If you're looking to invest in an international stock, consider the world's number one IT-services company…
After the dotcom boom and bust 15 years ago, it's understandable why a lot of investors are still wary of technology-based companies.
One positive of the dotcom bubble bursting was it rid the market of the poor performers. The strong, viable companies survived and thrived.
One of these companies is IBM. And IBM could present you with an ideal investment opportunity today…
IBM is a world market leader
rivals its competitors with its ability to reinvent and transform itself. It is certainly a dominant company in its field.
To put it in perspective just how dominant a company IBM is, consider this information from the CEO’s annual letter to its shareholders:
IBM works with “90% of the world’s top banks, nine of the top ten oil and gas companies, 40 of the top 50 retailers, and 92 of the top 100 health care organisations”.
IBM mainframes “process 75% of the world’s business data”.
That’s certainly quite impressive. To add to that, IBM is also the world’s second top software company after Microsoft.
IBM is expanding into high growth areas
Yet IBM isn’t sitting on its laurels content with the fact it’s currently in such a dominant position. It thrives to improve further, Dan Ferris in Daily Wealth
To continue to compete in the marketplace, IBM invests in five strategic areas which it sees as high growth:
In just three years’ time, IBM expects these areas to make up 40% of its revenue. In 2014, it contributed 27%.
Already, IBM is the leader in cloud services when it comes to revenue. It’s made more than Amazon and Microsoft have done off their cloud services to date.
In its first quarter results for the year, IBM reported a rise in revenue from these five key areas of 30% year-on-year.
If the company continues to impress the market, it will attract more fund managers and institutional investors to buy its shares, pushing the price higher.
And to the delight of its current shareholders, IBM continues to buy back shares. In the first quarter of 2015 this rose 5% year-on-year. And its dividend is also up 17% year-on-year.
Bottom line: With the future looking bright for this IT giant, if you’re looking for some international stocks for your portfolio, IBM could be a great long-term investment.
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