Revenue Increased 26 Percent Year-over-Year
AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2017 of $1.64 billion, operating income of $126 million and net income of $71 million, and diluted earnings per share of $0.07. On a non-GAAP(1) basis, operating income was $155 million, net income was $110 million, and diluted earnings per share was $0.10.
“Strong customer adoption of our new high-performance products drove significant revenue growth and improved financial results from a year ago,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “Our third quarter new product introductions and financial execution mark another important milestone as we establish AMD as a premier growth company in the technology industry.”
Q3 2017 Results
- Revenue was $1.64 billion, up 26 percent year-over-year, primarily driven by higher revenue in the Computing and Graphics segment (CG). Revenue was up 34 percent sequentially, driven by the Enterprise Embedded and Semi-Custom segment (EESC) revenue seasonality and higher revenue in CG. In the quarter, AMD closed a patent licensing transaction which positively impacted revenue in the segments.
- On a GAAP basis, gross margin was 35 percent, up 30 percentage points year-over-year primarily due to a $340 million charge related to our GLOBALFOUNDRIES Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) in the year ago period (WSA charge). In addition, the gross margin increase was primarily driven by the benefit from IP related revenue and a richer revenue mix from CG partially offset by costs associated with the WSA for certain wafers purchased at another foundry. Gross margin was up 2 percentage points sequentially primarily driven by the benefit from IP related revenue, partially offset by costs associated with the WSA for certain wafers purchased at another foundry. Operating income was $126 million compared to an operating loss of $293 million a year ago and operating income of $25 million in the prior quarter. Net income was $71 million compared to net losses of $406 million a year ago and $16 million in the prior quarter. Diluted earnings per share was $0.07 compared to losses per share of $0.50 a year ago and $0.02 in the prior quarter.
- On a non-GAAP(1) basis, gross margin was 35 percent, up 4 percentage points year-over-year primarily driven by the benefit from IP related revenue and a richer revenue mix from CG, partially offset by costs associated with the WSA for certain wafers purchased at another foundry. Gross margin was up 2 percentage points sequentially primarily driven by the benefit from IP related revenue, partially offset by costs associated with the WSA for certain wafers purchased at another foundry. Operating income was $155 million compared to $70 million a year ago and $49 million in the prior quarter. Net income was $110 million compared to $27 million a year ago and $19 million in the prior quarter. Diluted earnings per share was $0.10 compared to $0.03 a year ago and $0.02 in the prior quarter.
- Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $879 million at the end of the quarter, compared to $844 million in the prior quarter.
Quarterly Financial Segment Summary
- Computing and Graphics segment revenue was $819 million, up 74 percent year-over-year primarily driven by strong sales of Radeon™ graphics and Ryzen™ desktop processors.
- Client average selling price (ASP) increased significantly year-over-year, due to higher desktop processor ASP driven by Ryzen™ processor sales.
- GPU ASP increased significantly year-over-year.
- Operating income was $70 million, compared to an operating loss of $66 million a year ago. The year-over-year improvement was primarily driven by higher revenue.
- Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue was $824 million, approximately flat year-over-year primarily driven by lower semi-custom SoC sales, mostly offset by IP related and EPYC™ processor revenue.
- Operating income was $84 million, compared to $136 million a year ago. The year-over-year decrease was primarily due to higher costs partially offset by the net benefit of IP related items.
- All Other operating loss was $28 million compared with an operating loss of $363 million a year ago. The year-over-year difference in operating loss was primarily related to the WSA charge in the year ago period.
Q3 2017 Highlights
- AMD continued driving innovation and competition into the consumer and commercial PC markets with new Ryzen™ processors:
- Ryzen™ Threadripper™ processors launched for the High End Desktop and workstation markets. Available in 8-, 16- and 12-core variants, Threadripper™ processors are available from over 90 retailers, OEMs, and system integrators worldwide, including in the Alienware Area-51 Threadripper™ Edition gaming PC, BOXX APEXX 4 6301 and NextComputing Edge TR workstations.
- Ryzen™ 3 CPUs offer exceptional responsiveness and performance at mainstream pricing, completing the Ryzen™ mainstream desktop lineup.
- Ryzen™ PRO desktop solutions have received broad support from top global commercial PC suppliers, including Dell, HP, and Lenovo.
- AMD expanded its graphics offerings with new consumer, professional, and embedded graphics solutions:
- Launched the “Vega” architecture-based Radeon™ RX Vega family of GPUs, marking a return to the enthusiast-class gaming segment. These new “Vega” architecture-based GPUscombine cutting-edge capabilities with 8GB of HBM2 memory to deliver up to 13.7 TFLOPS of peak performance.
- Launched the Radeon™ Pro WX 9100 professional graphics card, delivering up to 12.3 TFLOPS of peak single precision compute performance.
- Launched the Embedded Radeon™ E9170 Series GPU, which delivers up to 3X the performance-per-watt over previous generations, and is targeted at digital casino games, thin clients, medical displays, digital and retail signage, and industrial systems(2).
- With new announcements from Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Tencent, AMD enterprise solutions have now been chosen by five of the “Super 7” datacenter and cloud services companies. Previously announced collaborations include Alibaba, Baidu and Microsoft Azure.
- Amazon Web Services selected AMD Radeon™ Pro MxGPU technology for the new Graphics Design instance type on Amazon AppStream 2.0, which allows users to run graphics-accelerated applications at a fraction of the cost of using graphics workstations.
- Tencent announced plans to use AMD EPYC™ 7000 series server processors in their datacenters.
- Atari disclosed that a customized AMD processor featuring Radeon™ graphics technology will power the upcoming Ataribox game console, which is targeted for global launch in spring 2018.
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 2017, AMD expects revenue to decrease approximately 15 percent sequentially, plus or minus 3 percent. The midpoint of guidance would result in fourth quarter 2017 revenue increasing approximately 26 percent year-over-year. AMD now expects annual 2017 revenue to increase by greater than 20 percent, compared to prior guidance of mid-to-high teens percentage.
For additional details regarding AMD’s results and outlook please see the CFO commentary posted at quarterlyearnings.amd.com.
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 2017 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 12 months after the conference call.
Q3 2017 GAAP diluted earnings per share calculated based on 1,042 million shares and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is calculated based on 1,143 million shares, which includes 100.6 million shares related to the Company’s 2026 convertible notes and also includes a $5 million cash interest expense add-back to net income under the "if converted" method.
Q3 2016 GAAP basic net loss per share is calculated based on 815 million shares and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is calculated based on 865 million shares.
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(1) The Computing and Graphics segment primarily includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete graphics processing units (GPUs) and professional graphics processors. The Company also licenses portions of its intellectual property portfolio.
(2) The Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment primarily includes server and embedded processors, semi-custom System-on-Chip (SoC) products, development services and technology for game consoles. The Company also licenses portions of its intellectual property portfolio.
(3) All Other category primarily includes certain expenses and credits that are not allocated to any of the operating segments. Also included in this category is stock-based compensation expense. In addition, the Company also included a charge related to the sixth amendment to the WSA with GF for the three and nine months ended September 24, 2016 and restructuring and other special charges, net for the nine months ended September 24, 2016.
(4) Starting in Q1 2017, the Company classifies production mask sets as property, plant and equipment on its balance sheet.
(5) Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA*
(6) Free cash flow reconciliation**
* The Company presents “Adjusted EBITDA” as a supplemental measure of its performance. Adjusted EBITDA for the Company is determined by adjusting operating income (loss) for depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation expense. In addition, the Company excluded a charge related to the sixth amendment to the WSA with GF for the three and nine months ended September 24, 2016 and restructuring and other special charges, net for the nine months ended September 24, 2016. The Company calculates and presents Adjusted EBITDA because management believes it is of importance to investors and lenders in relation to its overall capital structure and its ability to borrow additional funds. In addition, the Company presents Adjusted EBITDA because it believes this measure assists investors in comparing its performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that the Company does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance. The Company’s calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may or may not be consistent with the calculation of this measure by other companies in the same industry. Investors should not view Adjusted EBITDA as an alternative to the GAAP operating measure of operating income (loss) or GAAP liquidity measures of cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account changes in certain assets and liabilities as well as interest income and expense and income taxes that can affect cash flows.
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- In this earnings press release, in addition to GAAP financial results, AMD has provided non-GAAP financial measures including non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect certain adjustments as presented in the tables in this earnings press release. AMD also provided adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow as supplemental non-GAAP measures of its performance. These items are defined in the footnotes to the selected corporate data tables provided at the end of this earnings press release. AMD is providing these financial measures because it believes this non-GAAP presentation makes it easier for investors to compare its operating results for current and historical periods and also because AMD believes it assists investors in comparing AMD’s performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that it does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance and for the other reasons described in the footnotes to the selected data tables. Refer to the data tables at the end of this earnings press release.
- AMD Embedded Radeon™ E6760 with 6 compute units (CU) and configured at standard engine clock speed 600 MHz can reach a maximum of 461 GFLOPS SP within thermal design power (TDP) of 30W, yielding 15.36 GFLOPS/W. AMD Embedded Radeon™ E9173 with 8 CUs and configured at standard engine clock speed 1124 MHz can reach a maximum of 1151 GFLOPS SP within TDP of 25W, yielding 46.04 GFLOPS/W, achieving nearly 3x performance-per-watt compared to AMD Embedded Radeon™ E6760, EMB-142.