Intel shares down as datacenter CPU sales fell 20 percent -- laptop CPUs hit record

Posted on Friday, Apr 23 2021 @ 10:14 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Despite chip shortages and fierce competition from AMD, Intel keeps selling a lot of volume. PC processor sales were up a massive 38 percent year-over-year, with laptop processor volume hitting a new all-time high. First-quarter revenue came in at $19.7 billion, down 1 percent versus the same period a year earlier. Non an adjusted, non-GAAP basis, Intel pulled in net income of $5.7 billion, down 6 percent year-over-year. On a per share basis, the chip giant earned $1.39, down just 1 percent year-over-year thanks to share buybacks.

Non-GAAP earnings per share were 25 cents higher than Wall Street consensus, while revenue beat by a whopping $1.75 billion. For the full year 2021, Intel now anticipates $77.0 billion in revenue, versus Wall Street estimates of $72.84 billion.

Why INTC shares dropped

Intel shares fell 2.19 percent to $62.57 in after-hours trading. At least on the surface, various figures were better than expected, but analysts are concerned about Intel's data center business. Intel's data center group sales came in at $5.6 billion, a shocking 20 percent below Q1 2021's revenue. The lower revenue is a mix of lower unit volume pushed and lower pricing. The number of datacenter processors sold fell 9 percent quarter-over-quarter and 13 percent year-over-year. The rest of the decline came from lower average selling prices (ASPs). Basically, AMD is eating Intel's lunch in the server market.
“Intel delivered strong first-quarter results driven by exceptional demand for our leadership products and outstanding execution by our team. The response to our new IDM 2.0 strategy has been extraordinary, our product roadmap is gaining momentum, and we’re rapidly progressing our plans with re-invigorated focus on innovation and execution,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO. “This is a pivotal year for Intel. We are setting our strategic foundation and investing to accelerate our trajectory and capitalize on the explosive growth in semiconductors that power our increasingly digital world.”

First-quarter revenue exceeded January guidance by $1.1 billion led by continued, strong PC demand. PC unit volumes were up 38 percent YoY, and notebook volumes set a new Intel record. The company also saw initial recovery of Enterprise and Government sales in the Data Center Group (DCG). Intel also achieved better-than-expected revenue in Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and Mobileye, and Mobileye set a new revenue record in the quarter.

In the first quarter of 2021, Intel shipped new CPU products and announced key customer design wins. The company also completed the CEO transition to Pat Gelsinger who unveiled Intel's new, differentiated IDM 2.0 strategy for manufacturing, innovation and product leadership. -- Intel

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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