AMD Reports 2014 Third Quarter Results

Revenue of $1.43 billion, flat sequentially and a decrease of 2 percent year-over-year o Gross margin of 35 percent; Operating income of $63 million and non-GAAP(1) operating income of $66 million; Net income of $17 million

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Oct. 16, 2014 – AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2014 of $1.43 billion, operating income of $63 million and net income of $17 million, or $0.02 per share. Non-GAAP (1) operating income was $66 million and non-GAAP (1) net income was $20 million, or $0.03 per share.


“AMD’s third quarter financial performance reflects progress in diversifying our business,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “Our Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment results were strong; however, performance in our Computing and Graphics segment was mixed based on challenging market conditions that require us to take further steps to evolve and strengthen the financial performance of this business. Our top priority is to deliver leadership technologies and products as we continue to transform AMD.”

GAAP Financial Results

Non-GAAP Financial Results1

Effective July 1, 2014, AMD reorganized into two business groups, one focused on the traditional PC market and the second focused on adjacent high-growth opportunities.

Accordingly, AMD has two reportable segments:

  • Computing and Graphics, which primarily includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics; and
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom, which primarily includes server and embedded processors, dense servers, semi-custom SoC products, engineering services and royalties.

Quarterly Financial Summary

  • Gross margin was 35 percent in Q3 2014.
    • Gross margin was flat sequentially and included a $27 million, or 2 percent benefit, from revenue related to technology licensing.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $938 million at the end of the quarter, essentially flat from the prior quarter.
    • Total debt at the end of the quarter was $2.20 billion.
  • Computing and Graphics segment revenue decreased 6 percent sequentially and decreased 16 percent year-over-year. The sequential decrease was primarily driven by lower chipset and GPU sales. The year-over-year decline was primarily due to decreased notebook processor and chipset sales.
    • Operating loss was $17 million, compared with an operating loss of $6 million in Q2 2014 and operating income of $9 million in Q3 2013. The sequential decrease was primarily driven by lower revenue while the year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by lower revenue partially offset by lower operating expenses.
    • Client average selling price (ASP) increased sequentially and year-over-year primarily driven by a richer mix of notebook processor sales.
    • GPU ASP decreased sequentially due to lower desktop GPU ASP and increased year-over-year.
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue increased 6 percent sequentially and 21 percent year-over-year primarily driven by increased sales of semi-custom SoCs.
    • Operating income was $108 million compared with $97 million in Q2 2014 and $92 million in Q3 2013. The sequential and year-over-year increase was primarily due to increased sales of semi-custom SoCs.
    • Embedded revenue grew by double digits on a percentage basis sequentially.

Q4 2014 Restructuring and Transformation Initiatives
As a part of AMD’s ongoing transformation work, the company has developed a targeted restructuring plan to better position AMD for profitability and long-term growth while aligning investments and resources with high-priority opportunities.

The restructuring plan, which will be largely implemented in Q4 2014, is expected to:

  • Reduce global headcount by 7 percent, largely expected to be completed by the end of Q4 2014;
  • Align AMD’s real estate footprint with its reduced headcount;
  • Result in a restructuring and impairment charge of approximately $57 million in Q4 2014, primarily related to severance, and a restructuring charge of approximately $13 million in 1H 2015, primarily related to real estate actions;
    • The company expects to make cash payments related to these actions of approximately $34 million in Q4 2014 and $20 million in 1H 2015;
  • Result in operational savings, primarily in operating expenses, of approximately $9 million in Q4 2014 and approximately $85 million in 2015.

“While decisions that impact the size of our global team are never entered into lightly, this is the right step to ensure we prioritize our resources and engineering investments in our highest-priority opportunities that can drive improved profitability and long-term growth,” said Dr. Su.

Recent Highlights

  • AMD appointed Dr. Lisa Su as president and CEO and a member of the board of directors, succeeding Mr. Rory Read who will remain with the company through 2014 to advise on the transition. Mr. Joseph Householder was also appointed to the company’s board. Mr. Householder currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Sempra Energy.
  • AMD and Synopsys announced a multi-year agreement, with Synopsys acquiring rights to AMD’s interface and foundation IP. The IP partnership will provide AMD with access to a range of Synopsys tools and IP for advanced FinFET process nodes.
  • AMD expanded its award-winning AMD Radeon™ R9 series graphics family with the launch of the AMD Radeon™ R9 285 graphics card designed to run the most demanding games at the highest settings.
  • AMD completed its most advanced APU lineup to-date for the component channel with the introduction of new AMD A-Series APUs with HSA features and GCN architecture for the system builder and DIY market, along with new APUs designed for smaller form factor gaming and home theater PC (HTPC) systems.
  • Demonstrating its leadership in building a robust software ecosystem for 64-bit ARM servers, AMD announced immediate availability of the AMD Opteron™ A1100-Series development kit, featuring AMD’s first 64-bit ARM®-based processor, and showcased the first public demonstration of Apache™ Hadoop® running on an ARM® Cortex®-A57-based AMD Opteron™ A-Series processor. AMD is the first company to provide a standard ARM Cortex®-A57-based server platform for software developers and integrators.
  • AMD expanded its AMD FirePro™ professional graphics offerings with the introduction of 4 new next-generation AMD FirePro™ W-series professional graphics cards that deliver at least 2×2 more graphics memory over the previous generation, multi-display 4K capability and increased compute performance. AMD secured several new design wins with tier-1 OEMs, including multiple HP mobile and desktop workstations. AMD also introduced the most powerful server GPU ever built for High Performance Computing with the AMD FirePro™ S91503.
  • Mentor Graphics announced the availability of commercial Embedded Linux® software enabling developers to easily migrate to new commercially-supported versions for the AMD Embedded G-Series SoC and CPU, and the AMD Embedded R-Series APU.
  • AMD announced a new technology partnership with OCZ Storage Solutions, a Toshiba Group Company, for AMD Radeon™-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs).
  • In collaboration with Canonical®, AMD announced a ready-to-deploy OpenStack private cloud based on the SeaMicro SM15000™ server. The “out of the box” experience is meant to ease the complexities of deploying OpenStack technology and automates complex configuration tasks, simplifies management, and provides a graphical user interface to dynamically deploy new services on demand.
  • Dow Jones named AMD to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America, marking more than a decade-long appearance on the list and exemplifying the company’s legacy of corporate responsibility and commitment to social, economic and environmental issues.

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 2014, AMD expects revenue to decrease 13 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, sequentially.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Income1

Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Non-GAAP Net Income

1. In this earnings press release, in addition to GAAP financial results, AMD has provided non-GAAP financial measures including non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP earnings (loss) per share. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect certain adjustments as presented in the tables in this earnings press release. AMD also provided Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP free cash flow as supplemental measures of its performance. These items are defined in the footnotes to the selected corporate data tables provided at the end of this earnings press release. AMD is providing these financial measures because it believes this non-GAAP presentation makes it easier for investors to compare its operating results for current and historical periods and also because AMD believes it assists investors in comparing AMD’s performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that it does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance and for the other reasons described in the footnotes to the selected data tables. Refer to the data tables at the end of this earnings.
2. Compared to the previous generation of AMD FirePro™ professional graphics.
3. AMD FirePro™ S9150 max power is 235W and delivers up to 2.53 TFLOPS peak double and up to 5.07 peak single precision floating point performance. Nvidia’s highest performing server cards in the market as of June 2014 are the Tesla K40, max power of 235W, with up to 1.43 TFLOPS peak double and up to 4.29 peak single, and the K10, max power 225W, with up to 4.58 TFLOPS peak single and 190 GFLOPS peak double precision. Visit for Nvidia product specs. FP-97