Company Update (NASDAQ:AMD): Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Reports 2015 Second Quarter Results

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD), announced revenue for the second quarter of 2015 of $942 million, operating loss of $137 million, and net loss of $181 million, or $0.23 per share. Non-GAAP(1) operating loss was $87 million and non-GAAP(1) net loss was $131 million, or $0.17 per share.

GAAP Financial Results
Q2-15 Q1-15 Q2-14
Revenue $942M $1.03B $1.44B
Operating income (loss) $(137)M $(137)M $63M
Net (loss) / (Loss) per share $(181)M/$(0.23) $(180)M/$(0.23) $(36)M/$(0.05)
Non-GAAP Financial Results(1)
Q2-15 Q1-15 Q2-14
Revenue $942M $1.03B $1.44B
Operating income (loss) $(87)M $(30)M $88M
Net income (loss) / Earnings (loss) per share $(131)M/$(0.17) $(73)M/$(0.09) $38M/$0.05

“Strong sequential revenue growth in our EESC segment and channel business was not enough to offset near-term challenges in our PC processor business due to lower than expected consumer demand that impacted sales to OEMs,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “We continue to execute our long-term strategy while we navigate the current market environment. Our focus is on developing leadership computing and graphics products capable of driving profitable share growth across our target markets.”

Q2 2015 Results

  • Revenue of $942 million, down 8 percent sequentially and 35 percent year-over-year. The sequential decrease was primarily due to weaker than expected consumer PC demand impacting the company’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) APU sales. The year-over-year decline was primarily due to decreased sales across client and graphics product lines.
  • Gross margin of 25 percent, down 7 percentage points sequentially, primarily due to a higher mix of Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment sales, lower than anticipated Computing and Graphics segment APU unit volumes, and a charge of approximately $33 millionassociated with a technology node transition from 20 nanometer (nm) to FinFET. Non-GAAP(1)gross margin, excluding the impact of the $33 million charge was 28 percent.
  • Operating loss of $137 million, compared to an operating loss of $137 million for the prior quarter. Non-GAAP(1) operating loss of $87 million, compared to non-GAAP(1) operating loss of$30 million in Q1 2015, primarily due to lower revenue and gross margin driven by lower sales to OEMs attributable to a weak consumer PC market.
  • Net loss of $181 million, loss per share of $0.23, and non-GAAP(1) net loss of $131 million, non-GAAP(1) loss per share of $0.17, compared to a net loss of $180 million, loss per share of $0.23and non-GAAP(1) net loss of $73 million, non-GAAP(1) loss per share of $0.09 in Q1 2015.
  • Cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities were $829 million at the end of the quarter, down $77 million from the end of the prior quarter.
  • Total debt at the end of the quarter was $2.27 billion, flat from the prior quarter.

Financial Segment Summary

  • Computing and Graphics segment revenue decreased 29 percent sequentially and 54 percent from Q2 2014. The sequential decrease was primarily due to decreased sales to OEMs of client notebook processors and the annual decrease was driven by decreased sales across client and graphics product lines.
    • Operating loss was $147 million, compared with an operating loss of $75 million in Q1 2015 and an operating loss of $6 million in Q2 2014. The sequential decrease was primarily driven by lower notebook processor sales. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by lower sales partially offset by lower operating expenses.
    • Client average selling price (ASP) increased sequentially and year-over-year primarily driven by product mix.
    • GPU ASP increased sequentially and year-over-year primarily due to higher channel and desktop GPU ASPs.
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue increased 13 percent sequentially, primarily driven by higher sales of semi-custom SoCs. The year-over-year decrease of 8 percent was primarily driven by decreased server sales and lower non-recurring engineering (NRE) revenue.
    • Operating income was $27 million compared with $45 million in Q1 2015 and $97 million in Q2 2014. The sequential decrease was primarily driven by the technology node transition charge of $33 million. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by lower revenue and the technology node transition charge.
  • All Other category operating loss was $17 million compared with operating losses of $107 millionin Q1 2015 and $28 million in Q2 2014. The sequential improvement was primarily due to charges in Q1 2015 associated with exiting the dense server systems business. The year-over-year change was primarily due to lower stock-based compensation expense and the absence of amortization of acquired intangible assets.

Recent Highlights

  • At its 2015 Financial Analyst Day event, AMD outlined a multi-year strategy to drive profitable growth based on delivering a broad set of high-performance, differentiated products across the key areas of gaming, immersive platforms, and the datacenter. AMD also provided a product roadmap update that included its upcoming x86 processor core (codenamed “Zen”) for high-performance client and server computing.
  • AMD announced that Jim Anderson joined the company as senior vice president and general manager of AMD’s Computing and Graphics (CG) business group, responsible for managing all aspects of strategy, business management, engineering, and sales for AMD’s computing and graphics products and solutions.
  • AMD was named to the Fortune 500 List for the 15th year in a row.
  • AMD demonstrated technology leadership with the introduction of the industry’s first graphics chip to combine die-stacked high-bandwidth memory (HBM) with its new flagship AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X GPU, which delivers 60 percent more memory bandwidth and 4x the performance-per-watt of GDDR5 memory2. AMD also announced a full family of new Radeon™ R9 and Radeon™ R7 Series graphics cards as well as the AMD Radeon™ 300 and M300 Series Graphics.
  • AMD announced the AMD 6th Generation A-Series mobile processors, delivering a significant 2.4x improvement in energy efficiency over previous generation processors3 and 2x the gaming performance of competing platforms4. AMD also introduced the latest addition to its line of desktop A-Series processors, the AMD A10-7870K APU, providing a best-in-class experience for eSports and online gaming. All new APUs are designed for the future with Microsoft Windows® 10 compatibility.
  • AMD expanded its leadership position in virtual reality (VR) as technology partners continue to realize the benefits of AMD LiquidVR™ technology across a variety of industries, includingeducation, entertainment, gaming, and medical research.
  • AMD continued to build on its No. 1 position in the thin client space with new designs introduced from HP and Samsung, both powered by the AMD Embedded G-Series SoC.
  • AMD drove continued momentum for its AMD FirePro™ professional graphics with new design wins and support in key vertical categories, including:
  • AMD demonstrated its commitment to leadership in HPC with the announcement that theUniversity of Warsaw’s new ORION supercomputer cluster uses 150 Dell PowerEdge R730 servers each featuring 2 AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPUs to deliver a GPU peak compute performance of 1.52 petaFLOPS single precision and 0.76 petaFLOPS double precision for OpenCL™ applications5.
  • At the Red Hat Developer Summit, AMD extended its efforts to grow the ARM®-based server ecosystem by showcasing new 64-bit ARM development platforms from Linaro and SoftIron featuring the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series processor (codenamed “Seattle”).

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 Q3 2015, AMD expects revenue to increase 6 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, sequentially. (Original Source)

Following earnings, shares of Advanced Micro Devices are up 2.14% to $1.91 in after-hours trading. AMD has a 1-year high of $4.77 and a 1-year low of $1.87. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $2.32 and its 200-day moving average is $2.58.

On the ratings front, Advanced Micro Devices has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on July 7, Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees maintained a Hold rating on AMD, with a price target of $2.25, which implies an upside of 14.2% from current levels. Separately, on the same day, Jefferies Co.’s Mark Lipacis maintained a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $3.50.

According to, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Betsy Van Hees and Mark Lipacis have a total average return of 13.3% and 11.5% respectively. Hees has a success rate of 50.0% and is ranked #422 out of 3707 analysts, while Lipacis has a success rate of 64.0% and is ranked #280.

Overall, 3 research analysts have rated the stock with a Sell rating, 7 research analysts have assigned a Hold rating and 3 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $2.84 which is 44.2% above where the stock opened today.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc is a semiconductor company with facilities around the world. It operates in two segments: Computing Solutions and Graphics and Visual Solutions.

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