A Potential Downside Scenario for IBM

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IBM's ( IBM ) two most important businesses are middleware software and technology services, in which it competes with firms like Oracle ( ORCL ) and Red Hat. Middleware and technology services account for roughly 45% and 24% of the company's stock value respectively. IBM is also among the global leaders in business systems and competes with hardware vendors like HP ( HPQ ) and Dell ( DELL ) in the server market as well as EMC ( EMC ) and NetApp (NTAP) in the storage market.

9% Downside Scenario: $169 Trefis Price Estimate for IBM

1. IBM Middleware License Revenues : We currently forecast that revenues from the sale of IBM's middleware licenses will increase from about $5.5 billion in 2010 to over $10 billion by the end of the Trefis forecast period. There could be however be a 5% downside to our $185 price estimate for IBM stock if middleware license revenues increase at the historical rate (which is lower than the growth rate we forecast) reaching close to $8.5 billion by the end of our forecast period.

2. IBM Middleware Software EBTDA Margin : We currently forecast that middleware software EBTDA margin will decrease from about 36% in 2010 to nearly 34% in 2012 and then remain constant through the remainder of our forecast period. There could be 4% downside to our $185 price estimate for IBM stock if margins continue falling, and reach pre-crisis level of 30% by the end of our forecast period.

We have a $185 base price estimate for IBM's stock , implying a premium to market price.

See our full analysis for IBM stock here



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Referenced Stocks: DELL , EMC , HPQ , IBM , ORCL

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