This afternoon, AMD announced their fourth quarter earnings for the 2016 fiscal year. 2016 was a challenging year for AMD, as they continue to expand their business away from only focusing on the PC market, and although they still have a long way to go, 2016 was an improvement on 2015. For Q4 AMD had revenues of $1.11 billion, which is up 15% from Q4 2015. Gross margin for the quarter was $351 million, up from $283 million a year ago. As a percentage, AMD’s gross margin was 32%, compared to 30% in Q4 2015. AMD had an operating loss of $3 million for the quarter, compared to a loss of $49 million a year ago, while net loss improved as well, from $102 million in Q4 2015 to $51 million this quarter. This resulted in a loss per share of $0.06, compared to a loss of $0.13 last year. AMD makes note that Q4 2016 was a 14-week quarter, compared to a 13-week quarter for Q3 2016 and Q4 2015.

AMD Q4 2016 Financial Results (GAAP)
  Q4'2016 Q3'2016 Q4'2015
Revenue $1106M $1307M $958M
Gross Margin 32% 5% 30%
Operating Income -$3M -$293M -$49M
Net Income -$51M -$406M -$102M
Earnings Per Share -$0.06 -$0.50 -$0.13

For the full fiscal year, AMD had revenues of $4.27 billion, which is up 7%, but a sixth amendment to their wafer supply agreement hit their margins very hard in 2016. For the full year, AMD had margins of just 23%, which is a drop of 4% compared to 2015. Operating loss was $372 million for the year, compared to $481 million in 2015, and net loss was $497 million, compared to $660 million a year ago. For the full year, AMD had a net per share loss of $0.60, which is an improvement from the $0.84 loss in 2015.

AMD also reports Non-GAAP results, which exclude stock-based compensation, restructuring charges, node transition costs, and wafer agreement charges, to give a look at their core business. On a Non-GAAP basis, AMD had revenues of $1.11 billion, just like their GAAP numbers, but they posted operating income of $26 million for the quarter, compared to an operating loss of $39 million a year ago. Net loss was $8 million, compared to $79 million in Q4 2015, and loss per share was $0.01 compared to $0.10 a year ago.

AMD Q4 2016 Financial Results (Non-GAAP)
  Q4'2016 Q3'2016 Q4'2015
Revenue $1106M $1307M $958M
Gross Margin 32% 31% 30%
Operating Income $26M $70M -$39M
Net Income -$8M $27M -$79M
Earnings Per Share -$0.01 $0.03 -$0.10

AMD attributes their increase in revenue primarily due to increased GPU sales. AMD’s Computing and Graphics segment had revenues for the quarter of $600 million, which is up 28% year-over-year. Polaris seems to be doing quite well, which is great to see. The segment still had an operating loss of $21 million, but that is a big improvement from the operating loss of $99 million a year ago. CPU average selling price fell year-over-year, but GPU average selling price increased year-over-year, thanks to higher desktop and professional graphics pricing. We eagerly await the launch of Ryzen, which AMD showed off last quarter, and expect to hear more about it this quarter.

AMD Q4 2016 Computing and Graphics
  Q4'2016 Q3'2016 Q4'2015
Revenue $600M $472M $470M
Operating Income -$21M -$66M -$99M

AMD branched into Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom designs and it has proven to be a strong source of revenue for them. With wins in both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, AMD continues to be the beneficiary of both of those consoles outselling their predecessors. For Q4, this segment had revenue of $506 million, which is up 4% year-over-year, thanks to higher embedded and semi-custom SoC revenue. This segment does have it’s ups and downs annually with consoles peaking and ebbing, but annually it has been a strong market for AMD to branch into. This segment had an operating income of $47 million for the quarter, which is down from $59 million a year ago, which AMD attributes to higher R&D investments this quarter.

AMD Q4 2016 Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom
  Q4'2016 Q3'2016 Q4'2015
Revenue $506M $835M $488M
Operating Income $47M $136M $59M

Finally, All Other had an operating loss of $29 million, compared to $9 million a year ago. The increased loss is attributed to higher stock-based compensation charges for Q4 2016.

AMD had strong margins for this quarter, and if they are going to have a strong 2017, that needs to be their focus. Ryzen may help as well, depending on how it compares, but Dr. Lisa Su, AMD’s president and CEO, has been slowly but surely bringing AMD back to a point of profitability. Looking ahead, AMD expects revenues to decrease 11% for next quarter, plus or minus 3%, which would put them at an 18% increase in revenue for Q1 2017 compared to Q1 2016, if you pick the mid-point in their target.

Source: AMD Investor Relations

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  • jjj - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    All they need right now is to allow us to buy Ryzen - as in not pricing it out of range.

    If they had 3 quad cores SKUs between 99$ and 199$, a 6 cores against the 7600k at 249$, another hexa at 299$, then some octas at 319$, 349$ and a top SKU higher, they would make this platform matter and be back in the game. They could add some more SKUs later on to further exploit certain price points but they better not launch this with 3-5 SKUs at idiotic prices.
    If they get the pricing right, in 2018 they get to 12-16 billion revenue ,7nm and 12 cores for 2019 and ample resources to keep milking existing markets and go after new ones.

    If we can't afford to buy Ryzen, they might as well just give up. Intel made it way easy for AMD and they don't deserve to exist if they don't see the opportunity.
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  • Michael Bay - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    It all is predicated on Zen being actually good, which is not happening. Reply
  • baka_toroi - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    What do you mean with "it's not happening"? Reply
  • negusp - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    Success only occurs given that Zen is actually good- pricing, sales, etc. Reply
  • vortmax2 - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    Yes, but there's no way he knows that yet. No one does, yet. Reply
  • negusp - Thursday, February 2, 2017 - link

    Did I say that I knew that or he knew it? Reread what I and Matt stated. He stated that success and pricing of Zen was predicated on it being successful. I rephrased what he said. I said nothing about Zen actually being successful. Reply
  • silverblue - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    Come on, you must have a reason for posting that, other than troll bait of course. :) Reply
  • TheJian - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    Totally wrong. You need to get a better job so you can afford it. AMD needs to charge what Intel is charging if they are performing like (or better) Intel. No discounts. Charge what you perform as. PERIOD. They just lost 500mil again this year. They can't afford to make chips for poor people, the money is made in the high end, just ask Intel/Nvidia.

    They shouldn't sell a ryzen chip that is less than $200 (much like Intel), and should run all the way up to $1730 if they have a chip that performs like one. Save crappy chips for apu. Sure I like cheap cpus too, but I'd rather have AMD charge what they are worth and make MONEY. IF you sell out immediately you're not charging enough. PERIOD. Business 101.
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  • novastar78 - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    You would think that it would be as simple as starting a mobile division, but alas it is not that simple.

    They sold the business to Qualcomm years ago and, depending on the state of the agreement, they signed a non-compete.

    Can you guess what Adreno is an anagram for?
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  • fanofanand - Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - link

    It's good to see AMD finally increasing their margins. They were terrible for the last several years and it makes dedicating money to R & D much more difficult. A strong AMD is good for everyone including Nvidia and Intel. Reply

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