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 AMD Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

SUNNYVALE, Calif. 1/22/2013

Q4 2012 Results

  • AMD revenue $1.16 billion, decreased 9 percent sequentially and 32 percent year-over-year
  • Gross margin 15 percent, non-GAAP1 gross margin 39 percent
  • Operating loss of $422 million, net loss of $473 million, loss per share of $0.63
  • Non-GAAP1 operating loss of $55 million, net loss of $102 million, loss per share of $0.14

2012 Annual Results

  • AMD revenue $5.42 billion, down 17 percent year-over-year
  • Gross margin 23 percent, non-GAAP1 gross margin 41 percent 
  • Operating loss of $1.06 billion, net loss of $1.18 billion, loss per share $1.60
  • Non-GAAP1 operating income of $45 million, net loss of $114 million, loss per share $0.16

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 of $1.16 billion, an operating loss of $422 million, and a net loss of $473 million, or $0.63 per share. The company reported a non-GAAP operating loss of $55 million and a non-GAAP net loss of $102 million, or $0.14 per share.

For the year ended December 29, 2012, AMD reported revenue of $5.42 billion, an operating loss of $1.06 billion and a net loss of $1.18 billion, or $1.60 per share. The full year non-GAAP operating income was $45 million and non-GAAP net loss was $114 million, or $0.16 per share.

“AMD continues to evolve our operating model and diversify our product portfolio with the changing PC environment,” said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO.  “Innovation is the core of our long-term growth.  The investments we are making in technology today are focused on leveraging our distinctive IP to drive growth in ultra low power client devices, semi-custom SoCs and dense servers.  We expect to deliver differentiated and groundbreaking APUs to our customers in 2013 and remain focused on transforming our operating model to the business realities of today.”

Quarterly Financial Summary

  • Gross margin was 15 percent. Non-GAAP gross margin was 39 percent, a sequential increase of 8 percent. Q3 2012 gross margin of 31 percent was adversely impacted by an inventory write-down of approximately $100 million.  Fourth quarter gross margin was positively impacted by the sales of higher priced desktop microprocessors.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance, including long-term marketable securities, was $1.2 billion at the end of the quarter.
  • AMD announced restructuring actions and operational efficiencies in Q4 2012, resulting in a net restructuring charge of $90 million in the quarter, which includes costs related to actions taken in Q4 2012 as well as an estimate of the expected costs related to Q1 2013 workforce reductions.
  • Computing Solutions segment revenue decreased 11 percent sequentially and 37 percent year-over-year. The sequential and year-over-year decreases were primarily driven by lower microprocessor unit volume shipments.
    • Operating loss was $323 million, compared with an operating loss of $114 million in Q3 2012 and operating income of $165 million in Q4 2011. Q4 2012 operating loss increased $209 million sequentially primarily due to the impact of a Lower of Cost or Market (LCM) charge related to the GLOBLFOUNDRIES Inc. (GF) take-or-pay obligation of $273 million. The charge was previously expected to be $165 million.
    • Microprocessor ASP increased sequentially and decreased year-over-year.
  • Graphics segment revenue decreased 5 percent sequentially and 15 percent year-over-year. Graphics processor unit (GPU) revenue decreased sequentially and year-over-year due to lower unit volume shipments.
    • Operating income was $22 million, compared with $18 million in Q3 2012 and $27 million in Q4 2011.
    • GPU ASP was flat sequentially and increased year-over-year.

Recent Highlights

  • AMD executive Devinder Kumar was named Chief Financial Officer. Kumar has been with AMD more than 28 years, serving as corporate controller of the company since 2001 and as senior vice president since 2006.
  • AMD successfully amended its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with GF, solidifying the company’s new operating model and better aligning with PC market dynamics. 
  • AMD announced a collaboration with ARM that builds on the company’s rich IP portfolio, including deep 64-bit processor knowledge and industry-leading AMD SeaMicro Freedom™ Supercomputing Fabric, to offer the most flexible and complete processing solutions for the modern data center. AMD will design 64-bit ARM® technology-based processors in addition to its x86 processors for multiple markets, starting with cloud and data center servers. 
  • At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), AMD highlighted its 2013 client product offerings and customer adoption momentum including:
    • Demonstrated working silicon of the company’s first true system-on-chip (SoC) APUs, codenamed “Temash” and “Kabini,” which will be the industry’s first quad-core x86 SoCs and target the tablet and entry-level mobile markets respectively;
    • Introduced the new A-series APU codenamed “Richland,” which delivers visual performance increases ranging from 20 to 40 percent compared with the previous generation of AMD A-Series APUs1;  
    • VIZIO joined AMD’s customer portfolio and introduced a new portfolio of AMD-based platforms, including an 11.6" APU-powered tablet with a 1080p touch screen along with two high-performance ultrathin notebooks and an impressive 24" All-in-One (AiO) system. 
  • AMD launched several new AMD Opteron™ processors based on the “Piledriver” core architecture during the quarter. The new AMD Opteron6300 Series processors strike a balance between performance, scalability and cost effectiveness to help lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The new AMD Opteron4300 Series and 3300 Series also launched. 
  • AMD announced the AMD Open 3.0 platform, a radical rethinking of the server motherboard designed to create simplified, energy efficient servers that better meet the demands of the modern data center.  AMD’s new platform is compliant with the standards developed by the Open Compute Project and is designed to reduce data center power consumption and cost while increase performance and flexibility.
  • AMD introduced new members of the Guinness World Record-setting2 AMD FX family of central processing units (CPUs) based on the “Piledriver” core, expanding its offerings that deliver fully unlocked and customizable experiences for performance desktop PC users. The AMD FX 8350 delivers performance increases of 15 percent at mainstream price points3 and has been overclocked at to 8.67 GHz to-date
  • AMD introduced the AMD Radeon™ HD 8000M Series of low-power mobile GPUs, the first mainstream notebook GPUs to be offered with the award-winning AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. Notebooks are already available featuring the new graphics solution, including several ultrathin notebooks. 
  • Nintendo launched the next-generation Wii U console, powered by custom AMD Radeon™ HD graphics technology. 
  • AMD introduced the “Never Settle” Bundle which packaged the holiday season’s biggest PC gaming titles, including “Far Cry 3” along with “Hitman: Absolution” and “Sleeping Dogs”, with the purchase of select AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series graphics cards. AMD also released the “Never Settle” version of its AMD Catalyst™ Driver, providing owners of AMD Radeon graphics cards with massive performance improvements in many of their favorite games. 
  • AMD launched the AMD FirePro™ S10000, the industry’s most powerful server graphics card, designed for high-performance computing (HPC) workloads and graphics intensive applications. The AMD FirePro S10000 is the first professional-grade card to exceed one teraFLOPS (TFLOPS) of double-precision floating-point performance, helping to ensure optimal efficiency for HPC calculations4.

Current Outlook

AMD’s outlook statements are based on current expectations. The following statements are forward-looking, and actual results could differ materially depending on market conditions and the factors set forth under “Cautionary Statement” below.

AMD expects revenue to decrease 9 percent, plus or minus three percent, sequentially for the first quarter of 2013.

For additional detail regarding AMD’s results and outlook please see the CFO commentary posted at quarterlyearnings.amd.com.

AMD Teleconference

AMD will hold a conference call for the financial community at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) today to discuss its fourth quarter financial results. AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its website at www.amd.com. The webcast will be available for 10 days after the conference call.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD's server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD's superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Cautionary Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning AMD, its first quarter 2013 revenue, its future growth in key segments and the timing and functionality of planned future products and technologies which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects," and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this release are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this release and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Risks include the possibility that Intel Corporation's pricing, marketing and rebating programs, product bundling, standard setting, new product introductions or other activities targeting the company's business will prevent attainment of the company's current plans; the company will be unable to develop, launch and ramp new products and technologies in the volumes and mix required by the market and at mature yields on a timely basis; GLOBALFOUNDRIES will be unable to manufacture the company’s products on a timely basis in sufficient quantities and using competitive technologies; the company will be unable to obtain sufficient manufacturing capacity or components to meet demand for its products or will under-utilize its commitment with respect to GLOBALFOUNDRIES' microprocessor manufacturing facilities; the company will be unable to transition its products to advanced manufacturing process technologies in a timely and effective way; global business and economic conditions will not continue to improve or will worsen resulting in lower than currently expected demand; demand for computers and consumer electronics products and, in turn, demand for the company's products will be lower than currently expected; customers stop buying the company's products or materially reduce their demand for its products; the company will require additional funding and may not be able to raise funds on favorable terms or at all; there will be unexpected variations in market growth and demand for the company's products and technologies in light of the product mix that it may have available at any particular time or a decline in demand; and the company will be unable to maintain the level of investment in research and development that is required to remain competitive. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 29, 2012.

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