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AMD stock rose on Monday in response to LBO rumors, but then fell on Tuesday

Shares of AMD rose on Monday amidst rumors of a leveraged buyout. AMD shares were up 74 cents, or 5 percent, at $15.43 in yesterday’s morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange. AMD has traded between $14.43 and $42.70 over the last year.

“It wouldn't surprise me if there was some sort of 'creative solution' in the works to help (strengthen) AMD's balance sheet,” said FTN Midwest Securities analyst JoAnne Feeney to the AP. “They took on a fair amount of debt for the ATI acquisition, and clearly AMD needs to do something about its balance sheet.”

"When they acquired ATI, they had to borrow quite a lot to finance that purchase and that's created a higher debt-to-capital ratio than they had in the past. It's still in that squeeze,” Feeney said to Reuters.

“The volume in AMD March calls have been abnormally high,” said Steve Sosnick, equity risk manager at Timber Hill and common source for M&A commentary. “There are rumors of a private equity buyout. At least in the near term, the options market is giving some credence to these rumors.”

While the analysts quoted by the recent news agencies reports seem to think that such a buyout is possible, another Wall Street analyst, American Technology Research's Doug Freedman, said earlier this month that AMD would be an unattractive candidate for private equity firms due to the company’s struggling cash flow from its price war with Intel.

In related news, FTN Midwest today cut its stock rating for AMD from a “buy” to a “neutral,” citing that the Sunnyvale company could be facing increased competition if Intel is able to deliver its 45nm product ahead of schedule. Analysts believe that AMD would have to cut prices even further to avoid further losses of market share, and may not recover until mid-2008.

Shares of AMD current sit down nearly 4 percent at $15.06.

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RE: This wouldn't change anything?
By Viditor on 2/27/2007 8:28:37 PM , Rating: 2
Actually since July, Intel's stock has been up as much as 25%

You need to look at the same dates year on year as sales are seasonal...
The same fluctuations happen to AMD and the other semicondutor stocks.
So no, it's really not misleading to base changes on the same date a year ago.
And the price has stayed the same...

RE: This wouldn't change anything?
By Viditor on 2/27/2007 8:40:19 PM , Rating: 2
BTW, you should also keep in mind that Intel spends more to keep it's share price up (dividends, share buybacks) than AMD makes in a year...
As of the end of Q3 06, Intel had spent (for the 2006 year) $3.6 Billion for share buybacks, and $1.7 Billion in dividends.
This money is spent strictly to keep shareholders happy and make the stock more attractive...the net result was to have the stock price stay the same.

RE: This wouldn't change anything?
By Adonlude on 2/28/2007 1:18:40 PM , Rating: 2
Um, yea, that is what a successfull, healthy company does. They repay their investors through dividens and buybacks. Why are you presenting this as if it's an artificial or "cheap" way to create a higher stock price???

I dont think you understand how stock works. AMD has been performing bad, Intel has been performing good. Good = more money in Intels coffers = more money for company owners (including investors) = ownership of Intel being more valueable (higher stock price).

When a large company like Intel is running a very successful bussiness sometimes it is not beneficial to invest its massive profits in further growth. For example: If Intel is alreay meeting current processor demands does it need to build another fab? Another fab in this situation would lead to overstock of processors which takes away value for company owners. In these cases it is better to give cash directly back to company owners (investors).

Intel spends more to keep its stock price up than AMD you say? Yep, that is becuase Intel is currently far more profitable than AMD... but this is the wrong way to look at it.

By Viditor on 3/1/2007 11:23:17 AM , Rating: 2
I dont think you understand how stock works

Golly, you must be right...I better liquidate my own portfolios and tell all those people whose portfolios I manage that I just don't get it...
AMD has been performing bad, Intel has been performing good

So THAT's how it works...I knew it was a mistake to study those balance sheets, obviously both companies were lying!
For example: If Intel is alreay meeting current processor demands does it need to build another fab?

Absolutely...I'm sure they just had all those thousands of lay-offs to be mean. Maybe they didn't like those people?
Intel spends more to keep its stock price up than AMD you say?

No, I said Intel spends more to keep the stock price up than AMD makes in total gross revenue...

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