AMD Posts $611 Million Net Loss in Q1
April 19, 2007 9:13 AM
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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
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
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
to divert attention away from AMD's upcoming
. Intel's 45nm
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
4/21/2007 11:54:11 AM
I wish to add some spices to your comment-
1) "The execution of the ATI merger was just sort of a disaster," said Doug Freedman, an analyst with American Technology Research, adding: "The guys who wrote the debt saw this coming."
2)The usual fund-raising options are less attractive due to the debt terms AMD agreed to when it bought ATI. A regulatory filing from last October details conditions under which AMD must pay back the debt early:
--All net proceeds from any new debt
--All cash proceeds from asset sales over $30 million
--All cash proceeds from sales of AMD's stake in its former memory chip unit, Spansion Inc.
--Half of the net proceeds from issuing new shares
--Half of excess cash flow
Looks like a pretty bad situation
is the conclusion of the AMD review
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