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Q1 2007 performance is "disappointing and unacceptable" says AMD's chief financial officer

Ten days ago, AMD announced that it was planning to restructure its business due to a significant drop in quarterly revenue. At the time, the company was projecting its Q1 revenue to come in at $1.225 billion USD.

The official numbers are in and AMD has reported Q1 revenue of $1.233 billion USD and an net loss of $611 million USD. The numbers include a charge of $113 million USD due to the acquisition of ATI and $28 million USD for employee stock-based compensation expenses. AMD had revenue of $1.773 billion USD in Q4 2006.

The ongoing price war between AMD and Intel is partially to blame for the reduced earnings. Intel has been aggressively cutting prices on its current processors and AMD has been quick to respond. AMD as a result has witnessed lower average selling prices (ASPs) in addition to lower unit sales.

"After more than three years of successfully executing our customer expansion strategy and significantly growing our unit and revenue base, our first quarter performance is disappointing and unacceptable," said AMD CFO Robert J. Rivet. "We are aggressively addressing the issues that led to our significant revenue decline. We are aligning our business model, capital expenditures and cost structure with the goal of accelerating our return to profitability. Lastly, our customer relationships remain solid, reflecting their confidence in our strategic direction, current and new products, and technology roadmaps."

On a positive note, AMD reported $197 million USD in revenue from its graphics division in Q1 2007. This represented a 19 percent gain from Q4 2006. AMD's next generation DirectX 10-based R600 graphics processor is expected to launch within the next few weeks. The top of the line AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT will feature 320 stream processors, 512-bit memory interface with eight channels, native CrossFire support, 128-bit HDR rendering, 24x anti-aliasing and HDMI output with 5.1 surround sound.

Looking to the near future, AMD plans to get its 65nm native quad-core Barcelona processors out the door during Q3. AMD has high hopes for the processors which will incorporate 2MB of L3 cache and AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology. "We expect across a wide variety of workloads for Barcelona to outperform Clovertown by 40 percent," said AMD's corporate vice president for server and workstation products, Randy Allen in January.

The company will not, however, begin production of 45nm processors until the first half of 2008. 45nm processors won’t actually ship until the second half of 2008.

Intel is well aware of AMD's plans and many have suggested that the company released early performance numbers for its quad-core Penryn processors to divert attention away from AMD's upcoming Barcelona. Intel's 45nm Penryn taped-out in January and will begin shipping in the latter half of 2007 -- roughly a year ahead of AMD's first 45nm processor.


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RE: Should never have bought ATi
By ObscureCaucasian on 4/19/2007 9:28:38 PM , Rating: 1
I think in 5-10 years down the road it will definitely be worth it.


RE: Should never have bought ATi
By defter on 4/20/2007 1:17:00 AM , Rating: 2
The current question is: can AMD survive next 5 quarters, let alone years? AMD burned $400M of cast in Q1, now they have $1.1B left with $3.6B long term debt. AMD will need to get extra cash this year to survive until 2008...


RE: Should never have bought ATi
By ThisSpaceForRent on 4/20/2007 8:37:26 AM , Rating: 2
I imagine they could always issue more stock to raise capital. I don't think anyone would shy away from purchasing AMD stock. They may be the underdog now, but I think everyone can agree they do have a habit of besting Intel from time to time.


RE: Should never have bought ATi
By osalcido on 4/22/2007 9:08:18 PM , Rating: 2
people are already dumping the stock as the price tanks


RE: Should never have bought ATi
By Roy2001 on 4/23/2007 1:47:22 PM , Rating: 2
No, Intel would not let AMD die, HP/DELL/IBM won't either. This has happend times in 90's and early 2000's and AMD survived.


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