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AMD posts first quarter profit of $510 million

Posted on Friday, April 22 2011 @ 22:40:33 CEST by

AMD's latest quarterly results show the chip designer recorded a net profit of $510 million, or 68 cents per share, on revenue of $1.61 billion for the first quarter of 2011. Earnings per share, excluding special items, came in at 8 cents per share, 3 cents better than estimated by financial analysts. For the next quarter AMD expects revenue to be flat to slightly down.

Here's the PR with more info and some sales figures:
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2011 of $1.61 billion, net income of $510 million, or $0.68 per share, and operating income of $54 million. The company reported non-GAAP net income of $56 million, or $0.08 per share, and non-GAAP operating income of $92 million.

“First quarter operating results were highlighted by strong demand for our first generation of AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs),” said Thomas Seifert, CFO and interim CEO. “APU unit shipments greatly exceeded our expectations, and we are excited to build on that momentum now that we are shipping our ‘Llano’ APU.”

Quarterly Summary
Gross margin was 43 percent.

Non-GAAP gross margin was 45 percent, flat sequentially.

Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance at the end of the quarter was $1.75 billion.

Computing Solutions segment revenue decreased 2 percent sequentially and increased 3 percent year-over-year. The sequential decrease was driven primarily by lower average selling price (ASP) partially offset by higher desktop microprocessor sales. The year-over-year increase was primarily driven by strong microprocessor unit sales in the channel.

Operating income was $100 million, compared with $91 million in Q410 and $146 million in Q110.

Microprocessor ASP decreased sequentially and year-over-year.

AMD commenced revenue shipments of AMD’s first Fusion APU for mainstream notebooks (codenamed “Llano”) that combines discrete-class graphics capabilities, personal supercomputing performance and AMD AllDay™ power.

Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Sony and Toshiba shipped sleek new thin-and-light notebooks based on AMD’s low-power APUs capable of delivering high definition visual experiences and extended battery life.

More than 50 applications from software companies including Adobe, ArcSoft, Corel, CyberLink and Microsoft take advantage of the incredible compute power found in AMD’s APUs and GPUs to dramatically improve application performance and power efficiency.

AMD launched the world’s first APU specifically designed for embedded systems with a record number of embedded partners for the company. Fujitsu, Kontron, Quixant and Congatec announced APU-based solutions for graphics-intensive markets like digital signage, Internet-ready set top boxes, casino gaming machines and point-of-sale kiosks. Acer, Cray, Dell, HP, SGI and other server manufacturers launched new or updated systems based on five newly introduced AMD Opteron™ 6100 series processors.

In the high performance computing market (HPC), AMD Opteron-based solutions continue to gain traction based on their greater scalability. New customer wins include Lockheed Martin’s cluster for the US Department of Defense and the University of Sao Paulo’s cluster to enable advanced scientific astronomical research.

AMD expanded its enthusiast desktop offerings with the introduction of its fastest four-core processor, the AMD Phenom™ II X4 975 Black Edition.

Graphics segment revenue decreased 3 percent sequentially and was flat year-over-year. The sequential decrease was driven primarily by a seasonal decline in royalties received in connection with the sale of game console systems.

Operating income was $19 million, compared with $68 million in Q410 and $47 million in Q110.

GPU ASP decreased sequentially and year-over-year.

AMD maintained its graphics performance leadership position with the launch of the world’s fastest graphics card, the AMD Radeon™ HD 6990.

Apple refreshed its Macbook Pro line-up with the new AMD Radeon HD 6490M and HD 6750M graphics chips. AMD now provides discrete graphics solutions across Apple’s iMac and Macbook Pro product lines.

Strong industry adoption of AMD’s mobile graphics continued, as HP and Dell launched new designs powered by the new AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M family of graphics processors.

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.

AMD expects revenue to be flat to slightly down sequentially for the second quarter of 2011.



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