AMD Reports 2015 First Quarter Results


SUNNYVALE, Calif. 4/16/2015

AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2015 of $1.03 billion, operating loss of $137 million and net loss of $180 million, or $0.23 per share. Non-GAAP(1) operating loss was $30 million and non-GAAP(1) net loss was $73 million, or $0.09 per share.

Q1 2015 GAAP Financial Results 

Q1 2015 Non-GAAP Financial Results 

“Building great products, driving deeper customer relationships and simplifying our business remain the right long-term steps to strengthen AMD and improve our financial performance,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "Under the backdrop of a challenging PC environment, we are focused on improving our near-term financial results and delivering a stronger second half of the year based on completing our work to rebalance channel inventories and shipping strong new products.”

Q1 2015 Results

  • Revenue of $1.03 billion, down 17 percent sequentially and 26 percent year-over-year.
  • Gross margin of 32 percent, up 3 percentage points sequentially, primarily due to a lower of cost or market inventory adjustment in Q4 2014. Non-GAAP(1) gross margin of 32 percent, decreased 2 percentage points sequentially due to product mix and lower game console royalties in the first quarter.
  • Operating loss of $137 million, compared to an operating loss of $330 million for the prior quarter, which included a goodwill impairment and a lower of cost or market inventory adjustment in Q4 2014. Non-GAAP(1) operating loss of $30 million, compared to non-GAAP(1) operating income of $52 million in Q4 2014, primarily due to lower revenue and gross margin.
  • Net loss of $180 million, loss per share of $0.23, and non-GAAP(1) net loss of $73 million, non-GAAP(1) loss per share of $0.09, compared to a net loss of $364 million, loss per share of $0.47 and non-GAAP(1) net income of $18 million, non-GAAP(1) earnings per share of $0.02 in Q4 2014.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $906 million at the end of the quarter, down $134 million from the end of the prior quarter.
  • Total debt at the end of the quarter was $2.27 billion, up $56 million from the prior quarter. 

Other Corporate Events

  • As a part of the strategy to simplify and sharpen the company’s investment focus, AMD is exiting the dense server systems business, formerly SeaMicro, effective immediately.
    • AMD recorded $75 million of special charges in Q1 2015 primarily related to impairment of previously acquired intangible assets.
  • AMD entered into a fifth amendment to our Wafer Supply Agreement with GLOBALFOUNDRIES. AMD expects to purchase approximately $1 billion in wafers in 2015, in line with the company’s current market expectations. 

Financial Segment Summary

  • Computing and Graphics segment revenue decreased 20 percent sequentially and 38 percent from Q1 2014. The sequential decrease was primarily due to lower desktop and notebook processor sales and the annual decrease was driven by lower desktop processor sales and GPU channel sales. 
    • Operating loss was $75 million, compared with an operating loss of $56 million in Q4 2014 and operating income of $3 million in Q1 2014. The sequential decrease was primarily driven by lower desktop and notebook processor sales, partially offset by lower operating expenses. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by lower desktop processor sales.
    • Client average selling price (ASP) decreased sequentially and increased year-over-year primarily driven by processor product sales mix.
    • GPU ASP increased sequentially primarily due to higher channel GPU and Professional Graphics ASPs and decreased year-over-year primarily due to a lower channel ASP.
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue decreased 14 percent sequentially, primarily driven by seasonally lower sales of semi-custom SoCs. The year-over-year decrease of 7 percent was primarily driven by lower server processor sales.
    • Operating income was $45 million compared with $109 million in Q4 2014 and $85 million in Q1 2014, primarily due to lower game console royalties, product mix and higher R&D spending. 
  • All Other category operating loss was $107 million compared with losses of $383 million in Q4 2014 and $39 million in Q1 2014. The sequential decrease was primarily due to the absence of the Q4 2014 goodwill impairment of $233 million and the lower of cost or market inventory adjustment of $58 million. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to $87 million restructuring and other special charges, consisting primarily of $75 million related to the exiting of the dense server systems business.

Recent Highlights

  • AMD provided details of the energy efficiency and design advances in the upcoming A-Series APU (codenamed “Carrizo”) which is expected to deliver double digit percentage increases in both performance and battery life compared to the previous generation.
  • AMD joined other HSA Foundation members including ARM®, LG Electronics, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Samsung to release the HSA 1.0 specification, bringing the industry one step closer to delivering true heterogeneous computing across the billons of modern SoCs powering mobile devices, desktop PCs, high-performance computing (HPC) systems, and servers.
  • Adoption of AMD’s high-performance APUs in key embedded markets continued with new product introductions from Samsung Electronics, GE Intelligent Platforms and Fujitsu.
  • AMD continued to secure new design wins and expand ecosystem support for the AMD FirePro™ professional graphics cards and server GPUs.
  • Acer, BenQ and LG Electronics began offering displays supporting AMD FreeSync™ technology, designed to enable fluid gaming and video playback at virtually any frame. Asus, Nixeus, Samsung and Viewsonic have also announced plans to introduce new monitors supporting the technology in the first half of 2015.
  • AMD announced the LiquidVR™ initiative in close collaboration with key technology partners to deliver the next-generation of Virtual Reality capable of delivering immersive awareness where situations, objects, or characters within the virtual world seem “real.”
  • AMD continued fostering the development of the 64-bit ARM-based server and embedded ecosystem with announcements that a growing base of operating systems and hypervisors will support AMD’s forthcoming 64-bit ARM processor. In addition to OpenSUSE13.2, the Linux® 3.19 kernel, Fedora 21 and Xen 4.5 will all support the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor.

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 Q2 2015, AMD expects revenue to decrease 3 percent, plus or minus 3 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 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) today to discuss its first quarter financial results. AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its website at The webcast will be available for 12 months after the conference call.

AMD Q1 2015 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Gross Margin 

AMD Q1 2015 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Income (Loss) 

AMD Q1 2015 Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) /Earnings (Loss) per Share 

*Beginning in Q1 2015, AMD started excluding the impact of stock-based compensation from non-GAAP results.  Prior periods have been adjusted accordingly.

About AMD

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Cautionary Statement

This earnings press release and the conference call remarks contain forward-looking statements concerning AMD; AMD’s ability to improve its near-term financial results and deliver a stronger second half of the year; AMD’s estimate of its future wafer purchases from GF for 2015; that AMD’s estimated future wafer purchases are in line with current market expectations; the features, functionality and availability of AMD’s future products and; its expected second quarter of 2015 revenue, 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 document are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this document and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Risks include that Intel Corporation’s dominance of the microprocessor market and its aggressive business practices may limit AMD’s ability to compete effectively; AMD relies on GF to manufacture most of its microprocessor and APU products and certain of its GPU and semi-custom products. If GF is not able to satisfy its manufacturing requirements, AMD’s business could be adversely impacted; AMD relies on third parties to manufacture its products, and if they are unable to do so on a timely basis in sufficient quantities and using competitive technologies, AMD’s business could be materially adversely affected; failure to achieve expected manufacturing yields for AMD’s products could negatively impact its financial results; the success of its business is dependent upon its ability to introduce products on a timely basis with features and performance levels that provide value to its customers while supporting and coinciding with significant industry transitions; if AMD cannot generate sufficient revenue and operating cash flow or obtain external financing, it may face a cash shortfall and be unable to make all of its planned investments in research and development or other strategic investments; AMD may not be able to successfully implement its business strategy to refocus its business to address markets beyond AMD’s  core PC market to high-growth adjacent markets; the completion and impact of the 2014 restructuring plan and its transformation initiatives could adversely affect AMD; global economic uncertainty may adversely impact AMD’s business and operating results; AMD may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service its debt obligations or meet its working capital requirements; AMD has a substantial amount of indebtedness which could adversely affect its financial position and prevent it from implementing its strategy or fulfilling its contractual obligations; the agreements governing AMD’s notes and its amended and restated senior secured asset based line of credit for a principal amount up to $500 million (Secured Revolving Line of Credit) impose restrictions on AMD that may adversely affect AMD’s ability to operate its business; the markets in which AMD’s products are sold are highly competitive; the loss of a significant customer may have a material adverse effect on it; AMD’s receipt of revenue from its semi-custom SoC products is dependent upon AMD’s technology being designed into third-party products and the success of those products; the demand for AMD’s products depends in part on the market conditions in the industries into which they are sold. Fluctuations in demand for AMD’s products or a market decline in any of these industries could have a material adverse effect on AMD’s results of operations; AMD’s ability to design and introduce new products in a timely manner is dependent upon third-party intellectual property; AMD depends on third-party companies for the design, manufacture and supply of motherboards, BIOS software and other computer platform components to support its business; if AMD loses Microsoft Corporation’s support for its products or other software vendors do not design and develop software to run on AMD’s products, its ability to sell AMD products could be materially adversely affected; AMD may incur future impairments of goodwill; uncertainties involving the ordering and shipment of AMD’s products could materially adversely affect AMD; AMD’s reliance on third-party distributors and AIB partners subjects AMD to certain risks; AMD’s inability to continue to attract and retain qualified personnel may hinder its product development programs; in the event of a change of control, AMD may not be able to repurchase  all of the outstanding debt as required by the applicable indentures and its Secured Revolving Line of Credit, which would result in a default under the indentures and its Secured Revolving Line of Credit; the semiconductor industry is highly cyclical and has experienced severe downturns that have materially adversely affected, and may continue to materially adversely affect, AMD’s business in the future; AMD business is dependent upon the proper functioning of its internal business processes and information systems and modification or interruption of such systems may disrupt AMD’s business, processes and internal controls; data breaches and cyber-attacks could compromise AMD’s intellectual property or other sensitive information and cause significant damage to AMD’s business and reputation; AMD’s operating results are subject to quarterly and seasonal sales patterns; if essential equipment or materials are not available to manufacture AMD’s products, AMD could be materially adversely affected; if AMD’s products are not compatible with some or all industry-standard software and hardware, AMD could be materially adversely affected; costs related to defective products could have a material adverse effect on AMD; if AMD fails to maintain the efficiency of its supply chain as it responds to changes in customer demand for AMD’s products, AMD’s business could be materially adversely affected; AMD outsources to third parties certain supply-chain logistics functions, including portions of  its product distribution, transportation management and information technology support services; acquisitions could disrupt its business, harm its financial condition and operating results or dilute, or adversely affect the price of, its common stock; AMD’s worldwide operations are subject to political, legal and economic risks and natural disasters, which could have a material adverse effect on AMD; worldwide political conditions may adversely affect demand for AMD’s products; unfavorable currency exchange rate fluctuations could adversely affect AMD; AMD’s inability to effectively control the sales of its products on the gray market could have a material adverse effect on AMD; if AMD cannot adequately protect its technology or other intellectual property in the United States and abroad, through patents, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks and other measures, AMD may lose a competitive advantage and incur significant expenses; AMD is party to litigation and may become a party to other claims or litigation that could cause it to incur substantial costs or pay substantial damages or prohibits AMD from selling its products; a variety of environmental laws that AMD are subject to could result in additional costs and liabilities; higher health care costs and labor costs could adversely affect AMD’s business; and, AMD’s business is subject to potential tax liabilities. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the AMD’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2014.





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