AMD Plunges Back in the Red, Posts Gloomy Outlook
January 25, 2012 12:42 PM
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AMD at least has the release of Trinity, Southern Islands to look forward to
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.'s (
) new CEO Rory Read said AMD is working to be a company that "consistently delivers on its commitments."
It looks as though the company has a bit of work left to do.
its earnings for (calendar) Q4 2011 late Tuesday and the result was a clear miss. Versus much of the rest of 2011 [
], where it posted profits, Q4 saw a $177M USD net loss when the results were adjusted to the general acceptable accounting practices (GAAP), the U.S. accounting standard.
Revenue stayed constant from Q3 2011 at $1.69B USD. This is a fairly substantial miss from the analyst consensus earnings target of $1.71B USD [
Aside from a slightly depressed gross margin (down 1 percent), the net loss comes largely due to a set of charges (losses). AMD took a $209M USD impairment charge on its investment in the GlobalFoundries chip fab, a $24M USD payment to GlobalFoundries charge, and a $98M USD general restructuring charge. AMD
began laying off some employees
in Nov. 2011.
AMD warns that the situation will get worse, with weakening demand expected for H1 2012. It's predicting$1.56B USD in Q1 2012 revenue. Previously, analyst targets had hovered around $1.7B USD, but they've since been adjusted down to a slightly more optimistic $1.59B USD.
The chipmaker saw graphics revenue dip 10 percent, with mobile GPU sales down. This dip may be compensated in H1 2011 by the official availability of
the Radeon 7000 HD series
). In the good news department, AMD's "computing solutions" department surged 7 percent in sales, keeping revenue steady from Q3 2011. AMD says its server and chipset sales have improved.
Picture top to bottom:
, the Fusion APU
(middle), and the
are expected to launch in 2012 and give a boost to AMD's revenue
's on-die GPU is partially derived
). [Image is property of DailyTech/Jason Mick]
In total, AMD made a net income (annual profit) of $491M USD in 2011, up modestly from 2010, a critical turnaround year for the firm.
Looking ahead AMD's gloomy forecast is definitely cause for caution. However, substantial excitement is surrounding AMD's next-generation
ultrathin-geared "Fusion" accelerated processing units
AMD is looking to stay aggressive with pricing, allowing for sub-$500 ultrathin laptops. Assuming AMD can keep its volume of the new chips high, it could see strong sales based on this attractive price point. AMD is confident that its APUs will beat similar Intel Corp. (
in price, battery life, and graphics, though it concedes that
will likely have more computing power.
AMD shares were puzzling trading 2.6 percent higher, despite the earnings miss and despite the general market being down about a quarter of a percent.
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1/26/2012 3:14:56 AM
Agree with the "good enough" point, in as much as that 's what many people need, and recognise that too. I don't think that many people could argue with it.
The problem is, AMD aren't the only manufacturers of processors in this bracket.
Intel make the best processors, and they also make good enough processors that compete at a similar price point to AMD, so is it any wonder that people see that brand and want to go with it, at whatever level they can afford?
AMD don't offer much at the top end for people to aspire to, or it be associated with. People will often prefer to by a cheap version of a performance brand rather than one that has just become about being "good enough" and that alone. And sales people will always find selling a performance brand easer too, and want to focus there.
Unless AMD really go for the good enough thing and market it very cleverly, rather than hoping that people will really work this out themselves and/or the big PC retailers and manufacturers will do it for them, things are only going to continue to get worse for AMD.
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