—Revenue, gross margin and profitability grew year-over-year for the fifth straight quarter; gross margin expanded to 40 percent—
AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2018 of $1.65 billion, operating income of $150 million, net income of $102 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.09. On a non-GAAP1 basis, operating income was $186 million, net income was $150 million and diluted earnings per share was $0.13.
“We delivered our fifth straight quarter of year-over-year revenue and net income growth driven largely by the accelerated adoption of our Ryzen, EPYC and datacenter graphics products,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “Client and server processor sales increased significantly although graphics channel sales were lower in the quarter. Looking forward, we believe we are well positioned for further market share gains as we continue making significant progress towards our long-term financial targets.”
Q3 2018 Results
- Revenue was $1.65 billion, up 4 percent year-over-year and down 6 percent quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year increase was driven by higher client revenue in the Computing and Graphics business segment. The sequential decrease was driven by lower graphics revenue in the Computing and Graphics business segment. Third quarter revenue included IP-related revenue, of which $86 million was related to our THATIC joint venture. Third quarter 2017 revenue also included IP-related revenue.
- Gross margin grew to 40 percent, up 4 percentage points year-over-year, primarily driven by the ramp of new products, including RyzenTM and EPYCTM processors. On a sequential basis, gross margin was up 3 percentage points primarily driven by IP-related revenue and the ramp of new products. Excluding IP-related revenue and memory and inventory related adjustments, gross margin would have been 2 percentage points lower.
- On a GAAP basis, operating income was $150 million compared to operating income of $119 million a year ago and $153 million in the prior quarter.
- Net income was $102 million compared to net income of $61 million a year ago and $116 million in the prior quarter. Diluted earnings per share was $0.09, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.06 a year ago and $0.11 in the prior quarter.
- On a non-GAAP basis, operating income was $186 million compared to operating income of $148 million a year ago and $186 million in the prior quarter.
- Non-GAAP net income was $150 million compared to net income of $100 million a year ago and $156 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.13, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.09 a year ago and $0.14 in the prior quarter.
- Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $1.06 billion at the end of the quarter.
- Cash flow from operating activities was $95 million as compared to $66 million a year ago. Free cash flow was $62 million, up from $32 million a year ago.
Quarterly Financial Segment Summary
- Computing and Graphics segment revenue was $938 million, up 12 percent year-over-year and down 14 percent quarter-over-quarter. Year-over-year revenue growth was primarily driven by strong sales of Ryzen desktop and mobile products, partially offset by lower graphics revenue. Blockchain-related GPU sales in the third quarter were negligible. In the third quarter of 2017, blockchain-related GPU sales were approximately high single digit percentage of total AMD revenue. The quarter-over-quarter decline was due to significantly lower graphics revenue driven by high channel inventory, partially offset by higher Ryzen processor revenue.
- Client processor average selling price (ASP) was higher year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter primarily due to higher desktop and mobile processor ASP.
- GPU ASP decreased year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter due to lower GPU channel sales.
- Operating income was $100 million, compared to operating income of $73 million a year ago and operating income of $117 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year operating income improvement was primarily driven by a richer client product mix and IP-related revenue, partially offset by lower graphics revenue. The quarter-over-quarter operating income decline was primarily due to lower graphics revenue.
- Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue was $715 million, down 5 percent year-over-year and up 7 percent quarter-over-quarter. The year-over-year revenue decrease was driven primarily by lower semi-custom product and IP-related revenue, partially offset by higher server sales. The quarter-over-quarter increase was primarily driven by higher semi-custom, IP-related and server revenue.
- Operating income was $86 million, compared to operating income of $74 million a year ago and $69 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to a richer server and semi-custom product mix. The quarter-over-quarter increase was primarily due to IP-related and server revenue.
- All Other operating loss was $36 million compared with operating losses of $28 million a year ago and $33 million in the prior quarter.
Recent PR Highlights
- AMD EPYC datacenter processor adoption continues to accelerate, with new platforms and deployments from several industry leaders showcasing the performance and value EPYC processors bring to a variety of workloads:
- Microsoft announced a new Azure H-Series cloud instance for high performance computing workloads powered by AMD EPYC processors.
- Dropbox announced that it will leverage AMD EPYC 7351P one-socket processor platforms to support future growth and refresh its existing infrastructure for its most demanding compute workloads.
- Xilinx revealed a new world-record for inference throughput of 30,000 images per-second, achieved by a system using two AMD EPYC 7551 CPUs alongside eight Xilinx Alveo U250 acceleration cards.
- Oracle announced the launch of multiple new AMD EPYC-powered service instances on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure that offer significant TCO and performance advantages for general purpose cloud computing workloads and popular Oracle applications.
- AMD expanded its client compute product portfolio with new high-performance desktop processors spanning from high-end desktop to entry-level:
- AMD launched its 2nd Generation AMD RyzenTM ThreadripperTM processors including a new WX Series for professional computing and improved X Series for enthusiasts and gamers. The Ryzen Threadripper 2990 WX processor is the world’s most powerful desktop processor, delivering up to 53 percent faster multi-thread performance than the competition.
- AMD introduced its first “Zen” core-based AMD AthlonTM and Athlon PRO desktop processors, bringing the combined power of the high-performance “Zen” and “Vega” architectures to its entry-level consumer and commercial desktop processing product line-ups. The AMD Athlon 200GE consumer desktop processor delivers up to 67 percent more GPU performance and up to 2X greater power efficiency than the competition.
- AMD continues to enable state-of-the-art visualization and virtualization with powerful professional graphics solutions:
- AMD introduced the Radeon™ Pro WX 8200 graphics card, delivering the world’s best workstation graphics performance for under $1,000 for real-time visualization, VR and photorealistic rendering.
- AMD introduced the Radeon™ Pro V340 graphics card, a high-performance dual-GPU Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution. The “Vega” architecture-based graphics card is purpose-built to power and accelerate the most demanding datacenter virtualization workloads.
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 2018, AMD expects revenue to be approximately $1.45 billion, plus or minus $50 million, an increase of approximately 8 percent year-over-year, and non-GAAP gross margin to increase to approximately 41 percent, driven by sales growth of Ryzen, EPYC and datacenter GPU processor sales. For comparative purposes, Q4 2017 revenue was $1.34 billion, adjusted for the ASC 606 revenue accounting standard, and included blockchain-related GPU sales of approximately low double-digit percent of overall AMD revenue.
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 2018 financial results and forward-looking financial guidance. 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. A slide presentation of quarterly financial results can be found at ir.amd.com.
The three months ended June 30, 2018 GAAP diluted EPS is calculated based on 1,147 million shares, which include 100.6 million shares related to the Company’s 2026 Convertible Notes and an $11 million interest expense add-back to net income under the "if converted" method. The three months ended September 29, 2018 and September 30, 2017 GAAP diluted EPS are calculated based on 1,076 million shares and 1,042 million shares, respectively, and do not include potential shares from the conversion of the Company’s 2026 Convertible Notes because their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive under the “if-converted” method.
The three months ended September 29, 2018, June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017 Non-GAAP diluted EPS are calculated based on 1,177 million shares, 1,147 million shares and 1,143 million shares, respectively, which include 100.6 million shares related to the Company’s 2026 Convertible Notes and $5 million interest expense add-back to net income under the "if converted" method for the three periods.
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The three months ended June 30, 2018 diluted EPS is calculated based on 1,147 million shares, which include 100.6 million shares related to the Company’s 2026 Convertible Notes and an $11 million interest expense add-back to net income under the "if converted" method. The three months ended September 29, 2018 and September 30, 2017 diluted EPS are calculated based on 1,076 million shares and 1,042 million shares, respectively, and do not include potential shares from the conversion of the Company’s 2026 Convertible Notes because their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive under the “if-converted” method.
The nine months ended September 29, 2018 diluted EPS are calculated based on 1,058 million shares, and do not include potential shares from the conversion of the Company’s 2026 Convertible Notes because their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive under the “if-converted” method.
(1) The Computing and Graphics segment primarily includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete and integrated graphics processing units (GPUs) and professional GPUs. 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.
(4) Reconciliation of GAAP Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA*
(5) 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 for stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization expense. 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.
** The Company also presents free cash flow as a supplemental Non-GAAP measure of its performance. Free cash flow is determined by adjusting GAAP net cash provided by (used in) operating activities for capital expenditures. The Company calculates and communicates free cash flow in the financial earnings press release because management believes it is of importance to investors to understand the nature of these cash flows. The Company’s calculation of free cash flow may or may not be consistent with the calculation of this measure by other companies in the same industry. Investors should not view free cash flow as an alternative to GAAP liquidity measures of cash flows from operating activities.
The Company has provided reconciliations within the earnings press release of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
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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 expense, 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.