IBM to pay USD 1.5B to shed its chip division

IBM to pay USD 1.5B to shed its chip division

IBM will pay USD 1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division.IBM will make payments to the chipmaker over three years, but it took a USD 4.7 billion charge for the third quarter when it reported earnings today.

The company fell short of Wall Street profit expectations and revenue slid 4 per cent, sending shares down 8 per cent before the opening bell.

Privately held Globalfoundries will get IBM's global commercial semiconductor technology business, including intellectual property and technologies related to IBM Microelectronics. It also gets IBM's semiconductor manufacturing operations and plants in East Fishkill, New York and Essex Junction, Vermont, as well as access to thousands of patents and IBM's commercial microelectronics business.

Globalfoundries said that it plans to employ substantially all IBM workers at the East Fishkill and Essex Junction plants, except for a team of semiconductor server group employees who will stay with IBM.

Under the agreement, Globalfoundries will become IBM's exclusive server processor semiconductor technology provider for 22 nanometer (nm), 14nm and 10nm semiconductors for the next 10 years.

IBM said handing over the chip division will allow it to concentrate on fundamental semiconductor research and the development of future cloud, mobile, big data analytics, and secure transaction-optimized systems.

The deal is expected to close next year.

Today, IBM reported that its adjusted earnings from continuing operations were USD 3.68 per share, while revenue totalled USD 22.4 billion. The performance missed the expectations of analysts polled by FactSet, who predicted earnings of USD 4.32 per share on revenue of USD 23.39 billion.

Shares of International Business Machines Corp., based in Armonk, fell USD 14.33 to USD 167.72 in premarket trading today.

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