Wednesday, October 30th 2019

AMD Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2019 of $1.80 billion, operating income of $186 million, net income of $120 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.11. On a non-GAAP(*) basis, operating income was $240 million, net income was $219 million and diluted earnings per share was $0.18.

"Our first full quarter of 7 nm Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processor sales drove our highest quarterly revenue since 2005, our highest quarterly gross margin since 2012 and a significant increase in net income year-over-year," said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. "I am extremely pleased with our progress as we have the strongest product portfolio in our history, significant customer momentum and a leadership product roadmap for 2020 and beyond."
Q3 2019 Results
  • Revenue was $1.80 billion, up 9 percent year-over-year and 18 percent quarter-over-quarter due to higher revenue in the Computing and Graphics segment, partially offset by lower revenue in the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment.
  • Gross margin was 43 percent, up 3 percentage points year-over-year and 2 percentage points quarter-over-quarter, primarily driven by increased Ryzen and EPYC processor sales.
  • Operating income was $186 million compared to $150 million a year ago and $59 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP operating income was $240 million compared to $186 million a year ago and $111 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and sequential increases were primarily due to higher revenue in the Computing and Graphics segment.
  • Net income was $120 million compared to $102 million a year ago and $35 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP net income was $219 million compared to $150 million a year ago and $92 million in the prior quarter.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.11 compared to $0.09 a year ago and $0.03 in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.18 compared to $0.13 a year ago and $0.08 in the prior quarter.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities were $1.2 billion at the end of the quarter.
Quarterly Financial Segment Summary
  • Computing and Graphics segment revenue was $1.28 billion, up 36 percent year-over-year and sequentially. Higher revenue was primarily driven by increased Ryzen client processor sales.
  • Client processor average selling price (ASP) increased year-over-year primarily driven by Ryzen desktop processor sales and increased quarter-over-quarter driven by both Ryzen desktop and mobile processor sales.
  • GPU ASP increased year-over-year driven by higher channel sales and decreased quarter-over-quarter due to a higher proportion of mobile sales.
  • Operating income was $179 million compared to $100 million a year ago and $22 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter increase was primarily due to higher revenue.
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue was $525 million, down 27 percent year-over-year and 11 percent sequentially. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases were primarily due to lower semi-custom product revenue, partially offset by higher EPYC processor sales.
  • Operating income was $61 million, compared to $86 million a year ago and $89 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter decreases were due to lower revenue and higher operating expenses.
  • All Other operating loss was $54 million compared to $36 million a year ago and $52 million in the prior quarter.
Q3 2019 PR Highlights
  • AMD launched the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors with record-setting performance across multiple enterprise, cloud and high performance computing workloads, alongside an expansive, global ecosystem of data center partners and customers.
  • Google announced deployment of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors in its internal infrastructure and that it will offer new general-purpose machines powered by the processors on Google Cloud Compute Engine.
  • Twitter announced that 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor deployments across its data center infrastructure will lower total cost of ownership by 25 percent while reducing the environmental impact of its data centers.
  • Cray announced that UK Research and Innovation will leverage Cray's Shasta supercomputer powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors for its new ARCHER2 system. Expected to be the UK's most powerful supercomputer, it will power research across multiple disciplines, including oil and gas, sustainability and health. Cray also announced that the Air Force Weather Agency will use a Cray Shasta system with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors to provide comprehensive terrestrial and space weather information to the U.S. Air Force and Army.
  • Dell Technologies, HPE, Lenovo and others announced support for over a dozen new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-powered platforms for enterprise, HPC and cloud customers.
  • IBM Cloud and Nokiadetailed the performance advantages of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors for their cloud and 5G customers, including cloud security improvements, better memory bandwidth for big data and analytics workloads, core scaling and significantly better packet throughput.
  • Microsoft announced that its new 15-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 will be powered by an AMD Ryzen mobile processor. The result of a multi-year co-engineering effort, the system combines the custom AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition processor with an optimized Windows operating system software stack to create an ultra-powerful, ultra-thin notebook with all-day battery life.
  • Leading PC companies expanded their AMD Ryzen processor-powered offerings with new commercial and consumer offerings, including:
  • HP and Lenovo announced they will offer new desktop business PCs featuring the recently launched AMD Ryzen PRO 3000 Series and AMD Ryzen PRO processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.
  • AMD also launched the AMD Athlon PRO processors with Radeon Vega Graphics. The new processors deliver powerful, energy-efficient performance and commercial-grade reliability.
  • HP unveiled its first AMD-powered gaming laptop, the Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop, featuring the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 mobile processors. HP also announced the Pavilion Gaming Desktop, offering 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen 7 desktop processors.
  • Lenovo announced that the new consumer-focused IdeaCentre A540 and IdeaPad S540 will offer high-end Ryzen CPU options.
  • AMD Radeon graphics products based on the groundbreaking new RDNA gaming architecture bring powerful performance and advanced features:
  • AMD announced the AMD Radeon RX 5500 Series graphics products, bringing the RDNA architecture to desktop PCs with the Radeon RX 5500 graphics card and to notebook PCs with the Radeon RX 5500M GPU. Systems will be available from top OEMs including Acer, HP, Lenovo and MSI beginning this November.
  • AIB partners including Sapphire, MSI, Asus, PowerColor, Gigabyte and XFX released new Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards with incredible designs for multiple form factors.
  • Microsoft began the public preview for its Project xCloud cloud-based game streaming service, which is powered by the same custom-made SoC used in Xbox One S consoles to deliver a high-quality mobile game streaming experience to players around the world.
  • AMD was named one of Fast Company's Best Places to Work for Innovators for 2019, highlighting its commitment to cultivating a workplace where employees can do their best work and push the boundaries of high-performance computing.
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 the fourth quarter of 2019, AMD expects revenue to be approximately $2.1 billion, plus or minus $50 million, an increase of approximately 48 percent year-over-year and approximately 17 percent sequentially. The year-over-year and sequential increases are expected to be driven by an increase in Ryzen, EPYC and Radeon product sales. AMD expects non-GAAP gross margin to be approximately 44 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019.

AMD Teleconference
AMD will hold a conference call for the financial community at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET) today to discuss its third quarter 2019 financial results. AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its website at www.amd.com. The webcast will be available for 12 months after the conference call.

For more information, visit the AMD Investor Relations website.Cautionary Statement

This document contains forward-looking statements concerning Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) such as AMD's expectations regarding its long-term product roadmap for 2020 and beyond; the features, functionality, performance, availability, timing and expected benefits of AMD products; and AMD's expected fourth quarter of 2019 and fiscal 2019 financial outlook, including revenue, as well as the expected drivers of such revenue, and non-GAAP gross margin, which are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as "would," "may," "expects," "believes," "plans," "intends," "projects" and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this document are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this document and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Such statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond AMD's control, that could cause actual results and other future events to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Material factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, without limitation, the following: Intel Corporation's dominance of the microprocessor market and its aggressive business practices; the ability of GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. to satisfy AMD's manufacturing requirements; the ability of third party manufacturers to manufacture AMD's products on a timely basis in sufficient quantities and using competitive technologies; expected manufacturing yields for AMD's products; AMD's ability to introduce products on a timely basis with features and performance levels that provide value to its customers while supporting and coinciding with significant industry transitions; AMD's ability to generate sufficient revenue and operating cash flow or obtain external financing for research and development or other strategic investments; the loss of a significant customer; AMD's ability to generate revenue from its semi-custom SoC products; global economic uncertainty; political, legal and economic risks and natural disasters; potential security vulnerabilities; potential IT outages, data loss, data breaches and cyber-attacks; quarterly and seasonal sales patterns; AMD's ability to generate sufficient cash to service its debt obligations or meet its working capital requirements; AMD's indebtedness; the restrictions imposed by agreements governing AMD's notes and the secured credit facility; the competitive markets in which AMD's products are sold; the potential dilutive effect if the 2.125% Convertible Senior Notes due 2026 are converted; uncertainties involving the ordering and shipment of AMD's products; the market conditions of the industries in which AMD products are sold; AMD's reliance on third-party intellectual property to design and introduce new products in a timely manner; AMD's reliance on third-party companies for the design, manufacture and supply of motherboards, software and other computer platform components; AMD's reliance on Microsoft Corporation and other software vendors' support to design and develop software to run on AMD's products; AMD's reliance on third-party distributors and add-in-board partners; future impairments of goodwill and technology license purchases; AMD's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; AMD's ability to repurchase its outstanding debt in the event of a change of control; the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry; the impact of acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and/or investments on AMD's business; the impact of modification or interruption of AMD's internal business processes and information systems; the availability of essential equipment, materials or manufacturing processes; compatibility of AMD's products with some or all industry-standard software and hardware; costs related to defective products; the efficiency of AMD's supply chain; AMD's ability to rely on third party supply-chain logistics functions; AMD's stock price volatility; worldwide political conditions; unfavorable currency exchange rate fluctuations; AMD's ability to effectively control the sales of its products on the gray market; AMD's ability to adequately protect its technology or other intellectual property; current and future claims and litigation; potential tax liabilities; and environmental laws, conflict minerals-related provisions and other laws or regulations. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in AMD's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to AMD's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 29, 2019.
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18 Comments on AMD Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

#2
TheLostSwede
So AMD makes money, share prices drop...
Nothing makes any kind of sense when it comes to the AMD share price.
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TheGuruStud
TheLostSwede
So AMD makes money, share prices drop...
Nothing makes any kind of sense when it comes to the AMD share price.
Every. Single. Time.
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#4
lynx29
TheGuruStud
Every. Single. Time.
TheLostSwede
So AMD makes money, share prices drop...
Nothing makes any kind of sense when it comes to the AMD share price.
Share prices are directly tied to future outlook not current, similar to oil.

Nvidia's future is still brighter because they are investing in medical field and AI, and that is where the money is. Niche computer games are not that big of a market in comparison.
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#5
R0H1T
lynx29
Share prices are directly tied to future outlook not current, similar to oil.

Nvidia's future is still brighter because they are investing in medical field and AI, and that is where the money is. Niche computer games are not that big of a market in comparison.
Not sure what you're hinting, AMD's total addressable market is much much bigger than Nvidia. Granted they are a relative small fry in servers right now, a few quarters down the line that big money will have a big impact on their revenue & profitability. In fact as things stand today, with Intel entering the GPU market, Nvidia is in a bigger "potential" strife in their most lucrative market i.e. HPC.
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cucker tarlson
R0H1T
Not sure what you're hinting, AMD's total addressable market is much much bigger than Nvidia. Granted they are a relative small fry in servers right now, a few quarters down the line that big money will have a big impact on their revenue & profitability. In fact as things stand today, with Intel entering the GPU market, Nvidia is in a bigger "potential" strife in their most lucrative market i.e. HPC.
Well Intel entering GPU market probably will not shake NVIDIA that much but may give AMD really hard time.
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#7
R0H1T
In HPC it will, at least in the short term. For gaming, unless Intel sells their cards for wafer thin margins I don't expect them to break the AMD/Nvidia duopoly anytime soon.
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#8
londiste
TheLostSwede
So AMD makes money, share prices drop...
Nothing makes any kind of sense when it comes to the AMD share price.
AMD share price has tripled since beginning of 2017. It has doubled since start of 2019.
There definitely were bumps in stock price in the middle of the year with release of new generation hardware but that seems to go back down after a while.

Stock prices are driven by sentiment and as someone noted earlier - future expectations.
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#9
john_
I always think Nvidia as a huge giant with ONE foot. If they lose that foot, goodbye.

AMD on the other hand looks like a company that everyone expects it to skyrocket, but something is holding it back.

Intel is a company that's biggest weakness and biggest strength is it's size. Even if is loses in some market(s), will gain more money from others.
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#10
kapone32
Not too shabby at all. I wouldn't worry about the stock price, everytime there is an announcement it goes up.
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#11
renz496
R0H1T
In HPC it will, at least in the short term. For gaming, unless Intel sells their cards for wafer thin margins I don't expect them to break the AMD/Nvidia duopoly anytime soon.
Short term? Just look at top500 listing and try counting how many system are using AMD accelerator? AFAIK intel pretty much killed AMD in accelerator market ever since they launch 1st xeon phi to the market. I think the one that still being listed in top500 listing were machine with AMD tahiti accelerator in it. I don't think hawaii and vega based supercomputer ever listed in top500 listing.
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#12
Vya Domus
renz496
Short term? Just look at top500 listing and try counting how many system are using AMD accelerator? AFAIK intel pretty much killed AMD in accelerator market ever since they launch 1st xeon phi to the market. I think the one that still being listed in top500 listing were machine with AMD tahiti accelerator in it. I don't think hawaii and vega based supercomputer ever listed in top500 listing.
What accelerators are you talking about, AMD never had an accelerator, just GPUs. Xeon Phi was never a resounding success and has been killed off by Intel themselves in 2017 because almost no one wanted them, they were never even close to matching AMD nor Nvidia.

Also a lot of the systems in Top500 don't even have GPU nodes.
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renz496
Vya Domus
What accelerators are you talking about, AMD never had an accelerator, just GPUs. Xeon Phi was never a resounding success and has been killed off by Intel themselves in 2017 because almost no one wanted them, they were never even close to matching AMD nor Nvidia.

Also a lot of the systems in Top500 don't even have GPU nodes.
Compute accelerator (tesla, firepro, phi). no one wanted them? well they are not as popular as nvidia tesla that's for sure but they still end up having more design win than AMD with their Firepro. you can look the top 500 list for yourself. even the latest listing there was at least one machine using intel phi end up in the top 10 ranking. if you look the entire listing you will still going to find several other using xeon phi....and maybe just one machine using AMD Firepro in the entire 500 listing.
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#14
LFaWolf
TheLostSwede
So AMD makes money, share prices drop...
Nothing makes any kind of sense when it comes to the AMD share price.
Share price reflects the bullishness of the investors (future looking). AMD earnings is quite low, compared to its competitors such as NVIDIA and Intel (earnings per share, Intel - $4.27, NVIDIA - $4.43, AMD - $0.19), and it has a very high P/E ratio (Intel - 14, NVIDIA - 46, AMD - 170). Their profit margin is really, really low. AMD needs to raise prices but that is contrary to its business practice of low price and great value. The other way to make more money is by gaining more market share across the board which will be tough given the dominance of Intel and NVIDIA in their respective space.

Investors in general have really given AMD the benefit of the doubt and AMD has to consistently beat earnings and raise guidance in order for the share price to rise. The consensus is the stock is already overvalued. Short and midterm could be up, but long term could be flat as Intel fights back in the consumer and server space. I feel AMD will top out no higher than $40 for the next few years.
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Vya Domus
renz496
Compute accelerator (tesla, firepro, phi). no one wanted them? well they are not as popular as nvidia tesla that's for sure but they still end up having more design win than AMD with their Firepro. you can look the top 500 list for yourself. even the latest listing there was at least one machine using intel phi end up in the top 10 ranking. if you look the entire listing you will still going to find several other using xeon phi....and maybe just one machine using AMD Firepro in the entire 500 listing.
I don't think you quite got this, they stopped making them back in 2017. That's how great they were.

Firepro have no place in data centers as is the case with Quadros. It's the Instinct line of products that are intended for that and they only got introduced in recent years. You clearly don't understand where these products are actually used.

And just so you know the fastest super computer is planned to be built on AMD's Epyc and Instinct infrastructure. From not being listed to first place is quite the achievement.

So I would say hold onto your horses right there about who won what.
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#16
John Naylor
TheLostSwede
So AMD makes money, share prices drop...
Nothing makes any kind of sense when it comes to the AMD share price.
The problem with tech stocks is that it's much more internet driven than anything else. A gamer is on line, sees an article about AMD expecting HUGE earnings and "well yeah I agree, I use AMD for gaming" and think they are savvy enough to invest. The problem is, these are mostly pump and dump foffer where market manipulators are recommending what will make them money, not you. If they are exclaiming buy, buy, buy ... rest assured, they are selling short.

if you are getting stock advice or picking dates over the internet ... you are doing it wrong. Ask the State Farm guy about his pretty blonde BF

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#17
Redwoodz
renz496
Compute accelerator (tesla, firepro, phi). no one wanted them? well they are not as popular as nvidia tesla that's for sure but they still end up having more design win than AMD with their Firepro. you can look the top 500 list for yourself. even the latest listing there was at least one machine using intel phi end up in the top 10 ranking. if you look the entire listing you will still going to find several other using xeon phi....and maybe just one machine using AMD Firepro in the entire 500 listing.
Maybe you need to reread the PR highlights at the bottom of the article. It takes time to build an EPYC 2 Cray supercomputer, several are on the way. ;)

Also: Intel can't even produce enough 14nm chips right now vs AMD's 7nm server hardware. 10nm is a complete bust except for moble and 7nm is 2 years away. Just stick your head in the sand aready!
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#18
renz496
Vya Domus
I don't think you quite got this, they stopped making them back in 2017. That's how great they were.

Firepro have no place in data centers as is the case with Quadros. It's the Instinct line of products that are intended for that and they only got introduced in recent years. You clearly don't understand where these products are actually used.

And just so you know the fastest super computer is planned to be built on AMD's Epyc and Instinct infrastructure. From not being listed to first place is quite the achievement.

So I would say hold onto your horses right there about who won what.
yes intel stop making them way back in 2017. but still it does not change the fact there are more system using intel phi than AMD Firepro. also you said you said Firepro have no place in data centers. FYI AMD used to call their both accelerator and professional visual GPU as firepro. they only change the name to Instinct when they launch Vega. ever heard of Firepro S10000 and S9150? some hint: S9150 is dub as nvidia killer back when AMD announced the card. even top500 have an article how they imagine in 6 to 12 month time the top 20 spot in the top500 listing will be dominated by AMD accelerator.....which in the end never happen.

yes i know about the upcoming fastest supercomputer will be fully AMD based. that is AMD first major win since SANAAM that is based on S10000. but just because AMD win that contract that AMD have superior solution to the market. when SANAAM first comes out they said more system will going to use AMD accelerator in the future. S9150 was supposed to killed everything else out there including nvidia GK210. we know how that goes by now.
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