AMD Reports Third Quarter Results and Announces Restructuring

Fourth quarter actions to target cost savings of more than $200 million through 2013
SUNNYVALE, Calif. 10/18/2012

Q3 2012 Results

  • AMD revenue $1.27 billion, 10 percent sequential decrease and a 25 percent decrease year-over-year
  • Net loss $157 million, loss per share $0.21, operating loss $131 million
  • Non-GAAP7  net loss $150 million, loss per share $0.20, operating loss $124 million
  • Gross margin 31 percent

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2012 of $1.27 billion, a net loss of $157 million, or $0.21 per share, and an operating loss of $131 million.  The company reported a non-GAAP net loss of $150 million, or $0.20 per share, and a non-GAAP operating loss of $124 million.  AMD is also announcing a restructuring plan designed to reduce operating expenses and better position the company competitively. 

“The PC industry is going through a period of very significant change that is impacting both the ecosystem and AMD,” said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO.  “It is clear that the trends we knew would re-shape the industry are happening at a much faster pace than we anticipated.  As a result, we must accelerate our strategic initiatives to position AMD to take advantage of these shifts and put in place a lower cost business model. Our restructuring efforts are designed to simplify our product development cycles, reduce our breakeven point and enable us to fund differentiated product roadmaps and strategic breakaway opportunities.”

Quarterly Summary

  • Gross margin was 31 percent. 
    • Gross margin decreased sequentially due to an inventory write-down of approximately $100 million primarily consisting of first generation A-Series Accelerated Processor Units (APUs) (“Llano”), weaker-than-expected demand, which contributed to lower average selling prices (ASPs) for the company’s microprocessor products and lower utilization of the company’s back-end manufacturing facilities.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance, including long-term marketable securities, was $1.48 billion at the end of the quarter.  The sequential cash decline was primarily from cash used in operations.
  • Computing Solutions segment revenue decreased 11 percent sequentially and 28 percent year-over-year.  The sequential decrease was driven primarily by a weaker consumer buying environment impacting sales to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) as well as lower ASPs across all geographies. 
    • Operating loss was $114 million, compared with operating income of $82 million in Q2-12 and $149 million in Q3-11.
    • Microprocessor ASP decreased sequentially and year-over-year.
    • AMD launched the second generation A-series APU for the desktop channel market, offering PC enthusiasts affordable performance, discrete-level graphics, multiple cores and fast processing for outstanding responsiveness.
    • AMD Introduced the AMD Z-60 APU tablet processor for upcoming Windows 8 tablets. Supporting full HD 1080p of resolution, the AMD Z-60 APU delivers up to 10 hours of idle battery life, nearly eight hours of Web browsing and six hours of video playback8.
    • AMD launched the AMD AppZone, a new online showcase where consumers can download and run thousands of popular Android™ apps on AMD-based tablets, notebooks and all-in-one PCs.
    • Qualcomm and Samsung became Founder members of the HSA Foundation, adding their support to AMD’s vision of delivering a common hardware standard for heterogeneous computing.   Since its formation in June 2012, the HSA Foundation has more than doubled its membership. 
    • AMD announced new products that firmly cement the company as the leader in fabric computing and micro servers, including the SeaMicro SM15000, which extends the SeaMicro Freedom Fabric beyond the chassis to connect directly to massive disk arrays and which will also be offered with AMD Opteron processors. 
  • Graphics segment revenue decreased seven percent sequentially and 15 percent year-over-year.  Graphics processor unit (GPU) revenue decreased 14 percent sequentially due to lower unit shipments to OEMs partially offset by higher channel sales.
    • Operating income was $18 million, compared with $31 million in Q2-12 and $12 million in Q3-11.
    • GPU ASP was up sequentially and year-over-year.
    • AMD continued to expand its industry-leading graphics solutions:
    • AMD launched the next generation of AMD FirePro™ products based on the company’s Graphics Core Next Architecture. Setting new levels of performance-per-dollar, the AMD FirePro W5000, W7000, W8000 and W9000 GPUs are capable of delivering 1.5 times greater performance than other available solutions9.
    • AMD added to its powerful line-up of professional graphics solutions with the introduction of the AMD FirePro S7000 and S9000 cards for server data center environments. Excelling at compute and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), these solutions redefine data center graphics capability while consuming 95 percent less power at idle and dramatically cutting data center operating costs10.
    • AMD announced  a collaboration with CiiNOW to deliver the first cloud gaming solution powered by AMD Radeon™ graphics to enable the best online gaming experience possible.

Operational Restructuring Designed to Enhance Financial Results, Set New Revenue Breakeven Target

AMD’s restructuring plan, a significant portion of which will be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2012, will include a workforce reduction and site consolidations. 

AMD expects that the restructuring actions taken in the fourth quarter of 2012 will result in operational savings, primarily in operating expenses, of approximately $20 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and approximately $190 million in 2013.  The savings will be largely driven through a reduction of AMD’s global workforce by approximately 15 percent, which is expected to be largely completed in the fourth quarter of 2012. The company currently estimates it will record a restructuring expense in the fourth quarter of 2012 of approximately $80 million in connection with these actions.

AMD is also putting in place a business model to break even at an operating income level of $1.3 billion of quarterly revenue.  The company is targeting to achieve this by the end of the third quarter of 2013.

“Our restructuring efforts are decisive actions that position AMD to compete more effectively and improve our financial results,” said Mr. Read.  “Reducing our workforce is a difficult, but necessary, step to take advantage of the eventual market recovery and capitalize on growth opportunities for our products outside of the traditional PC market.”

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 the fourth quarter of 2012, AMD expects revenue to decrease 9 percent, plus or minus 4 percent, sequentially.

For additional details regarding AMD’s results and outlook please see the CFO commentary posted at

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 third quarter financial results and provide more details with respect to today's restructuring announcement.  AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its Web site at AMD.  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

Cautionary Statement

This document contains forward-looking statements concerning AMD, its fourth quarter of 2012 revenue, its targeted revenue breakeven point and the timing to attain its breakeven point, and its restructuring plan, including the timing of actions in connection with the plan, anticipated restructuring charges and operational savings, 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," 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 the company’s plans; the company 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 the company’s third party foundry suppliers will be unable to transition its products to advanced manufacturing process technologies in a timely and effective way or 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; the company’s requirements for wafers are less than the fixed number of wafers that it agreed to purchase from GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF) in 2012 or GF encounters problems that significantly reduce the number of functional die the company receives from each wafer; that customers stop buying the company's products or materially reduce their operations or demand for the company’s products; that the company 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 the market growth and demand for its products and technologies in light of the product mix that the company may have available at any particular time or a decline in demand; that the company will require additional funding and may be unable to raise sufficient capital on favorable terms, or at all; that global business and economic 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 the company’s sales or supply chain. 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 June 30, 2012.

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