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 AMD Reports 2014 Third Quarter Results

  • Q3 2014 Results

    • Revenue of $1.43 billion, flat sequentially and a decrease of 2 percent year-over-year
    • Gross margin of 35 percent
    • Operating income of $63 million and non-GAAP(1) operating income of $66 million
    • Net income of $17 million, earnings per share of $0.02 and non-GAAP(1) net income of $20 million, non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.03
  • Announces restructuring plan to better position the company for profitability and long-term growth
SUNNYVALE, Calif. 10/16/2014

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2014 of $1.43 billion, operating income of $63 million and net income of $17 million, or $0.02 per share. Non-GAAP(1) operating income was $66 million and non-GAAP(1) net income was $20 million, or $0.03 per share.

“AMD’s third quarter financial performance reflects progress in diversifying our business,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “Our Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment results were strong; however, performance in our Computing and Graphics segment was mixed based on challenging market conditions that require us to take further steps to evolve and strengthen the financial performance of this business. Our top priority is to deliver leadership technologies and products as we continue to transform AMD.”

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Effective July 1, 2014, AMD reorganized into two business groups, one focused on the traditional PC market and the second focused on adjacent high-growth opportunities. 

Accordingly, AMD has two reportable segments:

  • Computing and Graphics, which primarily includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics; and
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom, which primarily includes server and embedded processors, dense servers, semi-custom SoC products, engineering services and royalties.

Quarterly Financial Summary

  • Gross margin was 35 percent in Q3 2014.
    • Gross margin was flat sequentially and included a $27 million, or 2 percent benefit, from revenue related to technology licensing.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $938 million at the end of the quarter, essentially flat from the prior quarter.
  • Total debt at the end of the quarter was $2.20 billion.
  • Computing and Graphics segment revenue decreased 6 percent sequentially and decreased 16 percent year-over-year. The sequential decrease was primarily driven by lower chipset and GPU sales. The year-over-year decline was primarily due to decreased notebook processor and chipset sales.
    • Operating loss was $17 million, compared with an operating loss of $6 million in Q2 2014 and operating income of $9 million in Q3 2013. The sequential decrease was primarily driven by lower revenue while the year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by lower revenue partially offset by lower operating expenses.
    • Client average selling price (ASP) increased sequentially and year-over-year primarily driven by a richer mix of notebook processor sales.
    • GPU ASP decreased sequentially due to lower desktop GPU ASP and increased year-over-year.
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue increased 6 percent sequentially and 21 percent year-over-year primarily driven by increased sales of semi-custom SoCs.
    • Operating income was $108 million compared with $97 million in Q2 2014 and $92 million in Q3 2013. The sequential and year-over-year increase was primarily due to increased sales of semi-custom SoCs.
    • Embedded revenue grew by double digits on a percentage basis sequentially.

Q4 2014 Restructuring and Transformation Initiatives

As a part of AMD’s ongoing transformation work, the company has developed a targeted restructuring plan to better position AMD for profitability and long-term growth while aligning investments and resources with high-priority opportunities. 

The restructuring plan, which will be largely implemented in Q4 2014, is expected to:

  • Reduce global headcount by 7 percent, largely expected to be completed by the end of Q4 2014;
  • Align AMD’s real estate footprint with its reduced headcount;
  • Result in a restructuring and impairment charge of approximately $57 million in Q4 2014, primarily related to severance, and a restructuring charge of approximately $13 million in 1H 2015, primarily related to real estate actions;
    • The company expects to make cash payments related to these actions of approximately $34 million in Q4 2014 and $20 million in 1H 2015;
  • Result in operational savings, primarily in operating expenses, of approximately $9 million in Q4 2014 and approximately $85 million in 2015.

“While decisions that impact the size of our global team are never entered into lightly, this is the right step to ensure we prioritize our resources and engineering investments in our highest-priority opportunities that can drive improved profitability and long-term growth,” said Dr. Su.

Recent Highlights

  • AMD appointed Dr. Lisa Su as president and CEO and a member of the board of directors, succeeding Mr. Rory Read who will remain with the company through 2014 to advise on the transition. Mr. Joseph Householder was also appointed to the company’s board. Mr. Householder currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sempra Energy.
  • AMD and Synopsys announced a multi-year agreement, with Synopsys acquiring rights to AMD’s interface and foundation IP. The IP partnership will provide AMD with access to a range of Synopsys tools and IP for advanced FinFET process nodes.
  • AMD expanded its award-winning AMD Radeon™ R9 series graphics family with the launch of the AMD Radeon™ R9 285 graphics card designed to run the most demanding games at the highest settings.
  • AMD completed its most advanced APU lineup to date for the component channel  with the introduction of new AMD A-Series APUs with HSA features and GCN architecture for the system builder and DIY market, along with new APUs designed for smaller form factor gaming and home theater PC (HTPC) systems.
  • Demonstrating its leadership in building a robust software ecosystem for 64-bit ARM servers, AMD announced immediate availability of the AMD Opteron™ A1100-Series development kit, featuring AMD’s first 64-bit ARM®-based processor, and showcased the first public demonstration of Apache™ Hadoop® running on an ARM® Cortex®-A57-based AMD Opteron™ A-Series processor. AMD is the first company to provide a standard ARM Cortex®-A57-based server platform for software developers and integrators.
  • AMD expanded its AMD FirePro™ professional graphics offerings with the introduction of 4 new next-generation AMD FirePro™ W-series professional graphics cards that deliver at least 2x2 more graphics memory over the previous generation, multi-display 4K capability and increased compute performance. AMD secured several new design wins with tier-1 OEMs, including multiple HP mobile and desktop workstations. AMD also introduced the most powerful server GPU ever built for High Performance Computing with the AMD FirePro™ S91503.
  • Mentor Graphics announced the availability of commercial Embedded Linux® software, enabling developers to easily migrate to new commercially-supported versions for the AMD Embedded G-Series SoC and CPU, and the AMD Embedded R-Series APU.
  • AMD announced a new technology partnership with OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company, for AMD Radeon™-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs).
  • In collaboration with Canonical®, AMD announced a ready-to-deploy OpenStack private cloud based on the SeaMicro SM15000™ server. The “out of the box” experience is meant to ease the complexities of deploying OpenStack technology and automates complex configuration tasks, simplifies management, and provides a graphical user interface to dynamically deploy new services on demand.
  • Dow Jones named AMD to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America, marking more than a decade-long appearance on the list and exemplifying the company’s legacy of corporate responsibility and commitment to social, economic and environmental issues.

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.

For Q4 2014, AMD expects revenue to decrease 13 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, sequentially.

For additional details 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 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) today to discuss its third quarter financial results. AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its web site at www.amd.com. The webcast will be available for 12 months after the conference call.

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About AMD

AMD (NYSE: AMD) designs and integrates technology that powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers, tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Cautionary Statement

This earnings press release and the conference call remarks contain forward-looking statements concerning AMD; its ability to increase profitability and improve financial performance; its restructuring plan, including the timing of actions implemented in connection with the plan and expected restructuring and impairment charges, cash payments and operational savings; expected benefits of its restructuring plan and transformation initiatives; its expected fourth quarter of 2014 revenue; and timing of and expected revenue in connection with its future products, 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 “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “intends,” “pro forma,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “projects,” “would” 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 may negatively impact AMD’s plans; that AMD will require additional funding and may be unable to raise sufficient capital on favorable terms, or at all; that customers stop buying AMD’s products or materially reduce their operations or demand for AMD’s products; that AMD may be unable to develop, launch and ramp new products and technologies in the volumes that are required by the market at mature yields on a timely basis; that AMD’s third-party foundry suppliers will be unable to transition AMD’s products to advanced manufacturing process technologies in a timely and effective way or to manufacture AMD’s products on a timely basis in sufficient quantities and using competitive process technologies; that AMD will be unable to obtain sufficient manufacturing capacity or components to meet demand for its products or will not fully utilize its projected manufacturing capacity needs at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Inc. (GF) microprocessor manufacturing facilities; that AMD’s requirements for wafers will be less than the fixed number of wafers that it agreed to purchase from GF or GF encounters problems that significantly reduce the number of functional die it receives from each wafer; that AMD is unable to successfully implement its long-term business strategy; that AMD inaccurately estimates the quantity or type of products that its customers will want in the future or will ultimately end up purchasing, resulting in excess or obsolete inventory; that AMD is unable to manage the risks related to the use of its third-party distributors and add-in-board (AIB) partners or offer the appropriate incentives to focus them on the sale of AMD’s products; that AMD may be unable to maintain the level of investment in research and development that is required to remain competitive; that there may be unexpected variations in market growth and demand for AMD’s products and technologies in light of the product mix that it may have available at any particular time; that global business and economic conditions will not improve or will worsen; that PC market conditions will not improve or will worsen; that demand for computers will be lower than currently expected; and the effect of political or economic instability, domestically or internationally, on AMD’s sales or supply chain. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 28, 2014. 

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Contact Information
Drew Prairie
Media Contact
512-602-4425
drew.prairie@amd.com

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Investor Contact
408-749-3887
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