AMD reports Q4 loss on weak graphics sales
Chips sales hurt by hard drive shortage
TechTrade | 25 Jan 2012 :
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) reported a fourth quarter net loss yesterday on weak sales of graphics chips and charges related to a restructuring.
AMD reported a loss of $177 million for the quarter ended 31 December, compared to a profit of $375 million in the same quarter a year earlier.
The loss includes a $209 million charge related to AMD's investment in Globalfoundries and a restructuring charge of $98 million. The restructuring charge follows AMD's announcement in December that it will lay off 10% of its workforce to reduce costs.
Excluding the charges, AMD would have made a profit of $138 million and earnings per share of $0.19, the company said. That beat the consensus analyst forecast of $0.16 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.
AMD's revenue for the quarter was $1.69 billion, flat from a year earlier.
Revenue from AMD's graphics segment decreased 10%, to $382 million, AMD said. The decline resulted partly from the hard-drive shortage caused by flooding in Thailand, which reduced demand for add-in graphics boards, according to CEO Rory Read (pictured) who spoke via conferencce call.
But average selling prices for graphics processors increased both sequentially and year over year, AMD said.
Read sounded positive about the graphics market going ahead, even though graphics chips are increasingly being integrated with CPUs. AMD hopes to get back on track with its latest Radeon HD 7970 graphics processor, which was launched in December.
AMD's Computing Solutions segment, which makes CPUs and chipsets, performed better, with revenue up 7% year over year to $1.3 billion, helped by sales of mobile processors and chipsets. Read said the company is on track to launch new laptop chips codenamed Trinity by midyear.
"With the next-generation product Trinity we are well ahead of the pace," Read said. The chips will enable thinner laptops and better performance-per-watt than their predecessors, he said.
AMD has said Trinity chips will come in dual- and quad-core options, and give the same performance but consume half the power of its current A-series laptop chips.
The restructuring efforts will help AMD to fund new opportunities in low-power computing, cloud computing and emerging markets, Read said.
"No question, we have more work to do," he said.
IDG News Service