AMD reports Q4 and annual results – first profitable quarter in 2 year
Jan 23, 2004
Fourth quarter sales up 26% sequentially to $1.2 billion, EPS of $0.12, based on strong Flash memory and processor salesAMD (NYSE:AMD) reported sales of $1.206 billion and net income of $43 million for the quarter ended December 28, 2003. Net income amounted to $0.12 per share. Fourth quarter sales increased by 76 percent from the fourth quarter of 2002 and increased by 26 percent from the third quarter of 2003. In the fourth quarter of 2002, AMD reported sales of $686 million and a net loss of $855 million, or $2.49 per share. In the third quarter of 2003, AMD reported sales of $954 million and a net loss of $31 million, or $0.09 per share. The fourth quarter results include a favorable impact of $14 million, or $0.03 per share, due to an adjustment to previously recorded restructuring charges and purchase accounting related to the FASL LLC transaction. The third quarter of 2003 results included a favorable impact of $8 million, or $0.02 per share, due to an adjustment to previously recorded restructuring charges. For the full year ended December 28, 2003, sales increased by 30 percent from 2002. For fiscal 2003, AMD reported sales of $3.5 billion and a net loss of $274 million, or $0.79 per share. AMD reported sales in 2002 of $2.7 billion and a net loss of $1.3 billion, or $3.81 per share. "Fourth quarter profitability was driven by solid sales growth across all business lines," said Robert J. Rivet, AMD’s chief financial officer. "Sales increased in all regions, and we saw continued penetration in emerging markets, highlighted by record sales in China and Latin America. We continued to achieve high yields across all product lines based on our leading-edge processes and award-winning fabs. "We saw positive growth across all microprocessor brands, including strong AMD Athlon™ XP processor sales in the fourth quarter. Furthermore, we continue to lead the industry to pervasive 64-bit computing based on increasing adoption of AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Opteron™ processors. The addition of new global customers such as Daimler Chrysler, Qualcomm, Pirelli and Bristol-Myers Squibb demonstrate that we have a clear winner in our AMD Opteron processor. "In its second quarter of existence, our Spansion™ Flash memory brand has increased its market share leadership in the growing NOR Flash market. We increased sales to our existing customer base and added new wireless and consumer electronics customers, especially in emerging markets. MirrorBit™ technology continues to earn widespread acceptance as an emerging industry standard, and was our fastest growing memory product line." BUSINESS OVERVIEW As a result of 26 percent sequential sales growth, AMD recorded a fourth quarter operating profit of $46 million. Cash flow from operations was positive for the second quarter in a row and AMD ended the fourth quarter with a cash balance of $1.313 billion, up from $1.076 billion at the end of the third quarter. Computation Products Group (CPG) sales of $581 million were up 38 percent as compared to the fourth quarter of 2002 and increased by 15 percent from $503 million in the third quarter of 2003. CPG generated operating income of $63 million in the fourth quarter, up from $19 million in the third quarter, on the strength of an improved average selling price (ASP) and higher unit volumes. During the quarter, there was strong demand for the AMD Athlon XP desktop processor line and its superior price-performance, which helped drive the increase in ASP. In addition, momentum for AMD64 processors continued to increase. AMD Opteron processor sales grew in the fourth quarter with solid penetration in the enterprise segment. AMD Athlon 64 FX processor sales were strong, and the company believes it is becoming the platform of choice for enthusiasts. IBM, HP and Fujitsu-Siemens began selling AMD64 processor-based systems in the fourth quarter and Sun Microsystems announced plans to deliver AMD Opteron processor-based enterprise servers in the first half of 2004. Flash memory sales of $566 million in the fourth quarter increased 34 percent from $424 million in the third quarter of 2003 and were up 161 percent from the fourth quarter of 2002. The Flash memory business narrowed its operating loss to $3 million in the fourth quarter. Flash memory sales growth over the third quarter was attributable to large Spansion Flash memory market share gains in the wireless and consumer electronics segments and strong seasonal growth. The business also experienced an increase in average bit density in the Flash products it sold. AMD’s Flash operation successfully qualified 110 nm floating gate technology in the quarter, an important milestone on its path to expand the company’s leading-edge capacity. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE QUARTER * Sun Microsystems, Inc. and AMD announced a strategic alliance through which Sun will deliver new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Fire™ enterprise servers. The new servers will run Solaris, Linux and Sun’s Java Enterprise System on two- and four-way servers and are expected to ship in the first half of 2004. Sun also launched the B100x Blade Server with the Mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1800+. * AMD broke ground on a 300 millimeter manufacturing facility. The facility, named AMD Fab 36, is located in Dresden, Germany, adjacent to AMD Fab 30. AMD Fab 36 is expected to be in volume production in 2006. * Fujitsu Siemens Computers announced the CELSIUS V810 high-end workstation based on the AMD Opteron processor 200 Series. The new workstation is targeted at customers who use computer-intensive applications such as digital content creation and computer-aided design. * AMD expanded the AMD Opteron™ processor family with Models 148, 248 and 848 — enabling servers and workstations to simultaneously provide cutting-edge 32-bit performance and 64-bit capability. * AMD announced support for Microsoft® Windows® Small Business Server 2003 on AMD Opteron processor-based servers to provide a high-performance, cost-effective solution for small-to-medium business customers for their most critical IT needs, including file and print, e-mail, Web and database services. * The AMD Opteron processor debuted on the Top500 Supercomputer List, appearing four times on the list. In addition, the AMD Opteron processor was awarded the HPCwire Editor’s Choice award for Vendor Delivering Most Innovative HPC Technology for 2003. * Desktop systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 processor became available from a variety of tier 1 customers, including Packard Bell, Fujitsu Siemens, Fujitsu, HP and eMachines. * PC Magazine honored the AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Opteron™ processors with the 2003 Award for Technical Excellence. The AMD Athlon 64 FX-51 processor won Tom’s Hardware Guide Readers Choice award for "Best Innovation in CPUs" for 2003. The AMD64 platform won eWeek’s Top Technologies of 2003. AMD Opteron also received "product of the year" awards from CNET and China Computerworld. * The Flash business continued to leverage its industry-leading technology with the first Spansion Flash memory product based on advanced 110nm MirrorBit technology for the wireless market. The Spansion S29WS256N is a high performance, 256 Mbit 1.8-volt product, with sampling expected in the first half of 2004. * As part of its long-term strategy, the Flash business announced plans to increase leading edge capacity for 110nm floating gate and 110nm MirrorBit technologies in 2004, with 128Mbit equivalent capacity planned to be more than 60 percent of total fab capacity output. * Robert Bosch GmbH recognized the outstanding performance, quality and reliability of Spansion Flash memory products with an award for the period 2001-2002. This is the second consecutive award from Bosch recognizing AMD’s delivery of such products over a four-year period. * AMD and Founder Group announced plans to establish a new joint Platform Development Lab in Beijing for integrating and developing products targeted at information appliances beyond the PC market, initially focusing on home digital media centers. CURRENT OUTLOOK AMD’s outlook statements are based on current expectations. The following statements are forward-looking, and actual results could differ materially. Economic and industry conditions remain uncertain and continue to make it particularly difficult to forecast product demand. AMD’s current outlook for the first quarter of 2004 is based on the following projections: * In its Flash memory business, notwithstanding typical seasonal patterns, AMD expects sales to be approximately flat for the quarter due to the company’s strong position in the market. * For the processor business, AMD expects to be in the range of industry seasonal patterns. * In general, AMD believes that seasonal patterns are expected to prevail, and aggregate sales to be down slightly.