AMD announced their first quarter results from fiscal year 2016. AMD has certainly been struggling of late, but CEO Lisa Su made the announcement that AMD had made a joint-venture with THATIC for x86 processor development for the Chinese market. AMD will receive $52 million immediately and the total agreement is for $293 million, plus future royalties. This is a significant agreement for AMD, and licensing their IP is one of the ways they hope to get back to profitability.

Looking at the overall quarter, AMD had revenues of $832 million, which is down a significant 19% from last year. But the good news for AMD is that their gross margin is up to 32%, an increase over last quarter and having it come back to the same level as a year ago. AMD reported an operating loss of $68 million for the quarter, which is an improvement over the $137 million loss last year. The net loss for the quarter was $109 million, or $0.14 per share, which is once again an improvement over last year’s $180 million loss, or $0.23 per share.

AMD Q1 2016 Financial Results (GAAP)
  Q1'2016 Q4'2015 Q1'2015
Revenue $832M $958M $1030M
Gross Margin 32% 30% 32%
Operating Income -$68M -$49M -$137M
Net Income -$109M -$102M -$180M
Earnings Per Share -$0.14 -$0.13 -$0.23

AMD also reports non-GAAP results, which exclude restructuring costs and stock-based compensation. On a non-GAAP basis, AMD had an operating loss of $55 million, compared to a $30 million loss last year where they had high restructuring charges. Gross margin came in at the same 32%, and there was a net loss of $96 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to a net loss of $73 million, or $0.09 per share last year.

AMD Q1 2016 Financial Results (Non-GAAP)
  Q1'2016 Q4'2015 Q1'2015
Revenue $832M $958M $1030M
Gross Margin 32% 30% 32%
Operating Income -$55M -$39M -$30M
Net Income -$96M -$79M -$73M
Earnings Per Share -$0.12 -$0.10 -$0.09

The Computing and Graphics segment is still the largest part of AMD, and for this quarter they had revenue of $460 million. That is a drop sequentially of 2%, and a year-over-year drop of 14%, but AMD improved their operating loss for this segment, with a loss of $70 million for the quarter. This is an improvement over the $99 million loss last quarter, and an improvement over the $75 million loss a year ago. The revenue drop from last quarter was attributed to a drop in desktop processor sales, and the annual drop is due to a decline in notebook processor sales. Lowered operating expenses were the reason for the better operating loss levels, but both desktop and notebook processors are seeing a decrease in average selling price for AMD. GPU sales also dropped average selling price compared to last quarter, but increase year-over-year with higher channel and professional GPU prices.

AMD Q1 2016 Computing and Graphics
  Q1'2016 Q4'2015 Q1'2015
Revenue $460M $470M $532M
Operating Income -$70M -$99M -$75M

The Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom segment had revenue of $372 million for the first quarter of this year, which is down 24% from last quarter and 25% from last year. This group is profitable though, although just slightly this quarter, with an operating income of $16 million for the quarter. This compares to a $45 million income in Q1 2015 though, which is a big drop when AMD’s already cutting it pretty close. AMD attributes the revenue drop to lower sales of semi-custom SoCs, of which a big market is consoles. It makes sense that as the consoles mature, sales will trail off, but AMD did well to get inside both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on this round of consoles, since both have been selling well compared to the previous generation. The decrease in operating income due to lower sales and higher R&D spending, but was offset by a $7 million IP licensing deal.

AMD Q4 2015 Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom
  Q1'2016 Q4'2015 Q1'2015
Revenue $372M $488M $498M
Operating Income $16M $59M $45M

The All Other category had an operating loss of $14 million for the quarter, compared to a $107 million loss last year. That is because AMD had some large restructuring charges on the books last year.

Unsurprisingly, AMD is still sorting out their future, and their results reflect that. They have had a pretty large processing disadvantage compared to Intel for a long time now, and later this year they will finally start shipping on 14 nm nodes, but it is the deals for IP licensing which bring in constant revenue without the associated costs of revenue which are the big news this quarter. With rumours of updated consoles, they may also get a bump in their semi-custom SoC if and when that happens. Looking to next quarter, AMD is expecting revenues to come in 15% higher, plus or minus 3%.

Source: AMD Investor Relations

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  • nikon133 - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    Best comeback in quite some time ;) Reply
  • Tuishimi - Saturday, May 14, 2016 - link

    lol!! Reply
  • Kjella - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    That division is all traditional CPU/APU/GPUs and it's the CPU business that is most in trouble. They need Zen more than they need Polaris. Reply
  • Michael Bay - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    Their problem is, world at large doesn`t need Zen. Consumer CPUs as a whole have entered this dreaded era of commodization, and Intel was there first. Reply
  • Senti - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    World definitely needs good Zen because Intel monopoly only continues to make things worse for not so lively consumer CPU market. Reply
  • WaitingForNehalem - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    This. Hardware is a complete commodity nowadays. Reply
  • Michael Bay - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    So even US government doesn`t deem AMD processor designs important enough to warrant stopping such deal from happening. Reply
  • Demiurge - Friday, April 22, 2016 - link

    They didn't seem to stop the several incarnations of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tianhe-I. Why should they stop this particular deal? It is far less significant IMO Reply
  • beck2050 - Monday, April 25, 2016 - link

    They lost 100 million and revenue down 20 % for the year. The licensing agreement only maxes out if targets are hit and AMD has had a long history of failing to meet projections. Next couple of quarters are critical. Reply
  • CiccioB - Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - link

    It makes sense that as the consoles mature, sales will trail off, but AMD did well to get inside both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on this round of consoles, since both have been selling well compared to the previous generation.

    This is non-sense.
    AMD did well for being a monopoly in console CPU/GPU supplier but getting (almost) zero gain out of that deal?
    It this being good? It seems they just played at dumping concurrency but getting no gain at the end. I wonder if either nvidia o Intel just could no make a better HW than that AMD provided given a bunch more dollars, since the selling price is so low.

    It may be that MS/Sony came with a request: who can provide a CPU/GPU solution for 10 buck a piece? And only AMD responded without questioning about just how low was the margin.
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