Intel today announced that first-quarter revenue is expected to be between $8.7 billion and $9.1 billion, as compared to the previous expectation of between $9.1 billion and $9.7 billion, primarily due to weaker than expected demand and a slight market segment share loss.
The company expects the first-quarter gross margin percentage to be adversely impacted by the change in revenue. Expenses (R&D plus MG&A) are expected to be lower than previously forecast due to lower revenue- and profit-related spending.
Effective with this announcement, Intel has begun its “Quiet Period.” Intel’s Business Outlook, published in the company’s fourth-quarter earnings release dated Jan. 17, 2006, and in its Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2005, no longer reflects the company’s current expectations. The company plans to provide a new Business Outlook when it reports first-quarter financial results on April 19, 2006.
The above statements and any others in this document that refer to plans and expectations for the first quarter and the future involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause Intel’s actual results to differ materially from current expectations, you can read the full list at Intel's financial section.