2017 has been a great year for the tech enthusiast, with the return of meaningful competition in the PC space. Today, AMD announced their third quarter earnings, which beat expectations, and put the company’s ledgers back in the black in their GAAP earnings. For the quarter, AMD had revenues of $1.64 billion, compared to $1.31 billion a year ago, which is a gain of just over 25%. Operating income was $126 million, compared to a $293 million loss a year ago, and net income was $71 million, compared to a net loss of $406 million a year ago. This resulted in earnings per share of $0.07, compared to a loss per share of $0.50 in Q3 2016.

AMD Q3 2017 Financial Results (GAAP)
  Q3'2017 Q2'2017 Q3'2016
Revenue $1643M $1220M $1307M
Gross Margin 35% 33% 5%
Operating Income +$126M +$25M -$293M
Net Income +$71M -$16M -$406M
Earnings Per Share +$0.07 -$0.02 -$0.50

AMD also provides Non-GAAP results, which can give a look at the underlying business. It’s especially important this quarter, because a year ago, AMD took a charge of $340 million for an amendment to their wafer supply agreement with GlobalFoundries. This impacted their GAAP results severely, but as a one-time charge, it can skew how the numbers look. AMD’s Non-GAAP results exclude charges for the wafer agreement, loss on debt redemption, stock based compensation, and several other factors. On a Non-GAAP basis, AMD had the same revenue of $1.64 billion, up 25%. Operating income up 121% to $155 million, and net income was up 307% to $110 million. Earnings per share came in at $0.10, up 233% from $0.03 a year ago.

AMD Q3 2017 Financial Results (Non-GAAP)
  Q3'2017 Q2'2017 Q3'2016
Revenue $1643M $1222M $1307M
Gross Margin 33% 33% 31%
Operating Income +$155M +$49M +$70M
Net Income +$110M +$19M +$27M
Earnings Per Share +$0.10 +$0.02 +$0.03

The good news for AMD is that even on a GAAP basis, they were profitable. They’ve made some tough decisions to get here, and on a GAAP basis for this quarter, they have a gross margin of 35%, which is right where they need to be.

The Computing and Graphics segment has been a key to these numbers, with some impressive launches this year, especially on the CPU side. Revenue for this segment was up 74% to $819 million, and AMD attributes this to strong sales of both Radeon GPUs and Ryzen desktop processors. Average Selling Price (ASP) was also up significantly thanks to Ryzen sales. AMD is still undercutting Intel on price, but they don’t have to almost give things away like they did the last couple of years. ASP of GPUs was also up significantly, and the proliferation of cryptocurrency likely played a large part in that. Operating income for the segment was an impressive $70 million, compared to an operating loss of $66 million last year.

AMD Q3 2017 Computing and Graphics
  Q3'2017 Q2'2017 Q3'2016
Revenue $819M $659M $472M
Operating Income +$70M +$7M -$66M

The Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom segment has been strong for AMD in the past, often providing the majority of the operating income for the company thanks to AMD’s success in the console market. This quarter has tended to be especially strong for the company as the console makers prepare for the holiday sales. This quarter, we’ve also got the lead-up to the Xbox One X, however revenue for this group is actually down year-over-year, about 1.3%, to $824 million. AMD attributes that to lower semi-custom SoC sales, which were mostly offset by IP related and EPYC processor revenues. We’ll have to wait and see how the console market plays out here, but it seems like it could finally be slowing down after several years of solid sales. Operating income for this segment also took a hit, down 38% to $84 million. They’ve also noted that gross margins overall were impacted by costs associated with the wafer agreements for “certain wafers purchased at another foundry” which likely means the TSMC wafers used for consoles.

AMD Q3 2017 Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom
  Q3'2017 Q2'2017 Q3'2016
Revenue $824M $563M $835M
Operating Income $84M $42M $136M

The All Other category had a operating loss of $28 million, compared to an operating loss of $363 million a year ago, which was mostly the wafer agreement charges.

It’s great to see AMD back, offering quality products at good prices. The hard work has clearly paid off, at least for the short term, and their earnings have borne this out. Looking ahead to next quarter, AMD is expecting a revenue decrease from this quarter of about 15%, plus or minus 3%, which would be about a 26% increase from Q4 2016.

Source: AMD Investor Relations

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  • acme64 - Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - link

    an idea used to account for a situation or justify a course of action.
  • Arbie - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    @ddriver: Gentle reminder (in defense of our language) that "begs the question" doesn't mean "raises the question". Not even close. Please use "raises" where that is your intent.
  • ddriver - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    Thanks, I will make a note of it ;) TBH I've always interpreted that in a purely logical way, yet it seems the actual idiom takes departure from logic. Possibly a case of mistranslation from ancient Greek, however as it is the accepted context I am inclined to do what great people do in such cases, which is admit to their faults :)
  • ddriver - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    Ah, no wonder it makes zero logical sense. It is after all the product of mistranslation. In light of this I will continue using it in the context of "prompting one to raise a question", and to those who criticize that use I will answer that insisting in the correctness of a mistranslation is simply dumb.

    BTW this is not a case of misusing an overheard and misunderstood phrase, but simply the logical speech construct closest to illustrating my point.
  • Arbie - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    @ddriver: Wikipedia has a good article, which I suppose you saw but read too fast. The fact that a minor mistranslation is involved in deriving today's English words from the Latin is immaterial since, even directly translated, the meaning is the same. To "beg the question" means "to assume that the question has been answered". You can either misuse the phrase and contribute to its demise and the impoverishment of our language - or use "raises the question" when that was your intent.
  • Reflex - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    Everything leads to a conspiracy theory for you. AMD is not the only company that has done nothing but lose money for most of their existence, have fun with the history of Tivo or dozens of giant Japanese corporations. Or Airbus.

    So long as a company can sucker in additional investors they can continue to lose money consistently. AMD has done that very well repeatedly (just ask the Saudis). Uber is a relatively new entrant into the world of financial black holes.

    No conspiracy required.
  • mkaibear - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    Why do you think the CPU and GPU market is a "legacy, declining industry"

    All the growth predictions I've seen for the microprocessor markets are a slow but steady growth, except in smartphones and IoT which is a fast and steady growth.

    Your suggestion that this is a "pump and dump" is quite suspect as well (and borderline libel, hope you used an anonymiser to post this) - this is a factual reporting of trading, surely? Pump-and-dump scams require some untruthfulness.
  • Communism - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    Gotta get that 10 cents per post huh Shill?
  • mkaibear - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    If I'm a shill I'm a shockingly bad one. Didn't mention any company, didn't jump to the defence of anyone except AT's news reporting...

    Has Purch (AT's parent company) done an IPO yet? I'm not even certain you can buy shares in Purch at the moment.

    Want to try again?

    (or alternatively you can tell me why you think that the CPU and GPU market is a "legacy, declining industry", like I originally asked.)
  • Communism - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - link

    Keep up your rhetorical questions.

    10 more cents for you, Shill.

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