Stock Update (NASDAQ:AMD): Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Reports 3Q:16 Results

amd5Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) announced revenue for the third quarter of 2016 of $1,307 million, operating loss of $293 million, and net loss of $406 million, or $0.50 per share. Non-GAAP operating income was $70 million and non-GAAP net income was $27 million, or $0.03 per share.

“Our third quarter financial results highlight the progress we are making across our business,” said Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “We now expect to deliver higher 2016 annual revenue based on stronger demand for AMD semi-custom solutions and Polaris GPUs. This positions us well to accelerate our growth in 2017 as we introduce new high-performance computing and graphics products.”

Q3 2016 Results

  • Q3 2016, Q2 2016, and Q3 2015 were 13-week fiscal quarters.
  • Revenue of $1,307 million, up 27 percent sequentially and up 23 percent year-over-year primarily due to record semi-custom SoC and higher GPU and mobile APU sales, partially offset by client desktop processor and chipset sales.
  • Gross margin was 5 percent, down from 31 percent from the previous quarter due to a $340 million charge related to the 6th amendment to the Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with GLOBALFOUNDRIES (GF). Non-GAAP gross margin of 31 percent was flat quarter-over-quarter.
  • Operating expenses of $376 million, compared to $353 million for the prior quarter. Non-GAAP operating expenses of $353 million, compared to non-GAAP operating expenses of $342 million in Q2 2016, driven by increased investments in research and development.
  • Operating loss of $293 million, compared to an operating loss of $8 million in Q2 2016 due to a $340 million WSA charge. Non-GAAP(1) operating income of $70 million, compared to non-GAAP(1) operating income of $3 million in Q2 2016, primarily due to higher revenue.
  • Net loss of $406 million, net loss per share of $0.50, compared to net income of $69 million, net earnings per share of $0.08 in Q2 2016. The decline was driven by a $340 million WSA charge and a $61 million loss on debt redemption offset by increased revenue. Q2 2016 net income included a $150 million pre-tax gain on the sale of 85 percent of assembly, test, mark, and pack (ATMP) facilities to Nantong Fujitsu Microelectronics (NFME).
  • Non-GAAP(1) net income of $27 million, non-GAAP(1) earnings per share of $0.03. This compares to non-GAAP(1) net loss of $40 million and non-GAAP(1) loss per share of $0.05 in Q2 2016, primarily due to increased revenue in Q3 2016.
  • Cash and cash equivalents were $1,258 million at the end of the quarter, up $301 million from the end of the prior quarter. The quarter-end cash balance includes approximately $274 million of net proceeds from recent capital markets transactions.
  • Total debt at the end of the quarter was $1,632 million, down $606 million from the prior quarter as a result of the timing and execution of Q3 2016 debt reduction actions and due to bifurcation of the newly issued 2.125 percent Convertible Notes due 2026 into equity and liability components based on GAAP accounting regulations. We plan to further reduce debt by deploying a significant portion of the remaining cash from our capital markets transactions.

Financial Segment Summary

  • Computing and Graphics segment revenue of $472 million increased 9 percent sequentially and 11 percent from Q3 2015. The sequential and year-over-year increases were driven primarily by increased sales of GPUs, offset by decreased sales of client desktop processors and chipsets. The year-over-year increase was also driven by increased sales of client mobile processors.
    • Operating loss was $66 million, compared with an operating loss of $81 million in Q2 2016 and an operating loss of $181 million in Q3 2015. The sequential improvement was driven primarily by higher GPU revenue, and the year-over-year improvement was primarily due to higher GPU revenue and the absence of an inventory write-down charge.
    • Client average selling price (ASP) decreased sequentially driven by lower mobile and desktop processor ASPs and was flat year-over-year.
    • GPU ASP increased sequentially and year-over-year driven by higher channel and professional graphics ASPs.
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue of $835 million increased 41 percent sequentially and 31 percent year-over-year due to higher sales of semi-custom SoCs.
    • Operating income was $136 million compared with $84 million in Q2 2016 and $84 million in Q3 2015. The sequential improvement was primarily due to higher revenue and the year-over-year improvement was primarily due to higher revenue and a $24 million IP licensing gain.
  • All Other category operating loss was $363 million in Q3 2016 compared with $11 million in Q2 2016 and $61 million in Q3 2015. The sequential increase was primarily driven by a $340 million WSA charge.

Q3 2016 Highlights

  • AMD completed capital markets transactions that raised approximately $1.4 billion in cash, before issuance costs, to lower overall debt, reduce interest expense payments, and further support growing business opportunities.
  • AMD announced a five-year amendment to the WSA with GF that strengthens the strategic partnership, while providing AMD with flexibility in sourcing foundry services and greater financial predictability.
  • AMD disclosed new details about its upcoming high-performance x86 “Zen” core architecture and “Zen”-based products, including:
    • A public preview of the competitive performance of the “Zen”-based “Summit Ridge” desktop processor,
    • A first look at “Naples,” its “Zen”-based 32-core, 64-thread server product, and
    • A detailed technical overview of the new grounds-up “Zen” core architecture at the 28th annual Hot Chips conference.
  • AMD expanded its family of mainstream and workstation class graphics based on its new Polaris architecture based on 14nm FinFET technology.
    • Launched the new Radeon™ RX 470 GPU, enabling exceptional HD gaming, true asynchronous compute, and support for high dynamic range (HDR) monitors.
    • Launched the Radeon™ RX 460 GPU for eSports gamers who demand pristine HD gaming, smooth beyond-HD streaming capabilities, and an assortment of future-ready gaming technologies.
    • Unveiled the new Radeon™ Pro WX Series of professional graphics cards, a set of new solutions to address modern content creation and engineering.
    • Introduced the upcoming Radeon™ Pro SSG (Solid State Graphics), a new Radeon™ Pro solution with 1 terabyte of dedicated memory designed for large dataset applications, which will be available initially as a developer kit.
  • Customer adoption of Radeon™ RX GPUs expanded with notable gaming PC design wins with HP and Alienware.
    • HP announced support for the Radeon™ RX 400-Series graphics cards and introduced the HP OMEN X, a fully customizable enthusiast gaming desktop PC designed for top-end gaming and superior VR experiences that can accommodate up to two Radeon™ R9 Fury X graphics cards.
    • Alienware introduced its latest line of premium gaming laptops, including the new Alienware 15 and new Alienware 17 available with the future-proof2Radeon™ RX 470 graphics card.
  • AMD continued to gain momentum in virtual reality (VR) with the introduction of the most affordable VR-ready PC to-date, the limited edition CyberPowerPC, featuring the AMD FX 4350 processor and Radeon™ RX 470 graphics. Priced at $499 standalone or $999 when bundled with the Oculus Rift headset.
  • AMD strengthened its GPUOpen initiative with the addition of AMD TrueAudio Next and Radeon™ ProRender.
    • TrueAudio Next is an API that lets developers leverage the GPU for audio rendering, allowing developers and sound designers to add physics-based environmental audio to games and VR apps across platforms.
    • Radeon™ ProRender is an open source professional GPU-optimized photorealistic renderer that gives developers access to the source code and enables creators to bring ideas to life through high-performance applications and workflows enhanced by photorealistic rendering.
  • AMD announced the availability of new consumer and commercial desktop systems based on 7th Generation AMD APUs and the new AM4 platform.
    • The AMD AM4 socket is a new unified infrastructure that supports both 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs and the upcoming “Zen”-based high-performance “Summit Ridge” AMD desktop CPU. AM4 platforms feature DDR4 Memory and next-gen I/O and peripheral support, including PCIe® Gen 3, USB 3.1 Gen 2, NVMe, and SATA Express.
    • AMD 7th Generation APU-based consumer desktop systems are now available from HP, with other global OEM designs to follow.
    • The commercial-focused HP EliteDesk 705 G3 Series desktops feature the new 7th Generation AMD PRO APUs.
      • AMD 7th Generation AMD PRO APUs deliver up to 14 percent more compute and 22 percent more graphic performance, and are 32 percent more energy efficient than the previous generation3, while providing a secure and stable platform to protect customers’ IT investments.
  • Sony announced a new, thinner and lighter PS4, as well as the PS4 Pro with support for 4K gameplay, both powered by AMD semi-custom SoCs.
  • AMD announced two new, Polaris-based Embedded Radeon™ discrete GPU products with 4K and 3D support — the E9260 and E9550 — targeting medical imaging, digital signage and casino gaming applications, among others.
  • AMD reinforced its commitment to open standards by participating in three consortia with the overarching goal of bringing open standards to future servers and datacenters through high-performance interconnect technologies. Other technology leaders taking part in these consortia include Dell EMC, Google, HPE, IBM,Lenovo, Qualcomm, Samsung and Xilinx.
  • AMD was recognized for its commitment to corporate responsibility by receiving the Catalyst Award by the Green Electronics Council for its 25×20 Energy Efficiency Initiative and being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the 15th consecutive year.

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 Q4 2016, AMD expects revenue to decrease 18 percent sequentially, plus or minus 3 percent. The midpoint of guidance would result in Q4 2016 revenue increasing approximately 12 percent year-over-year and 2016 revenue increasing 6 percent from 2015. (Original Source)

AMD shares are down nearly 4% to $6.70 in after-hours trading Thursday. AMD has a 1-year high of $8.00 and a 1-year low of $1.75. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $6.59 and its 200-day moving average is $5.30.

On the ratings front, AMD stock has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on October 18, Canaccord analyst Matt Ramsay reiterated a Buy rating on AMD, with a price target of $8.50, which represents a potential upside of 25% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on October 17, Jefferies’ Mark Lipacis reiterated a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $9.00.

According to, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Matt Ramsay and Mark Lipacis have a total average return of 13.2% and 22.3% respectively. Ramsay has a success rate of 65% and is ranked #115 out of 4180 analysts, while Lipacis has a success rate of 79% and is ranked #11.

Overall, 3 research analysts have rated the stock with a Sell rating, 10 research analysts have assigned a Hold rating and 4 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 $6.13 which is -10% under where the stock opened today.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is a global semiconductor company that develops computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets. It design and integrate technology for intelligent devices, including personal computers, game consoles and cloud servers. The company operates through the following segments: Computing and Graphics, and Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom. The Computing and Graphics segment includes desktop, notebook processors, chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics. The Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment includes server and embedded processors, dense servers, semi-custom SoC products, engineering services and royalties. 


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