Today AMD released their Q1 FY 2015 financial results, and the company reported revenue of $1.03 billion for the quarter. This is a 16.9% decrease as compared to Q4 2014, and a 26.4% decrease from the $1.40 billion recorded in Q1 2014. Operating income based on GAAP numbers was an operating loss of $137 million, which is a substantial decrease in loss as compared to Q4 2014, where they had an operating loss of $330 million, however in Q1 2014 they had a small operating income of $49 million, so although they have improved quarter-over-quarter, that is a significant reduction year-over-year. Net loss for the quarter was $180 million, or $0.23 per share, which once again is better than Q4 2014 where there was a $364 million ($0.47/share) loss, but much worse than the $20 million ($0.03/share) loss in Q1 2014.

AMD Q1 2015 Financial Results (GAAP)
  Q1'2015 Q4'2014 Q1'2014
Revenue $1.03B $1.24B $1.40B
Gross Margin 32% 29% 35%
Operating Income -$137M -$330M $49M
Net Income -$180M -$364M -$20M
Earnings Per Share -$0.23 -$0.47 -$0.03M

Part of these losses are due to the ongoing restructuring at AMD, which has contributed heavily to these numbers. One of the new restructuring fees is due to the exit from the Seamicro branded dense server business, which has cost them an additional $75 million this quarter, including $7 million in cash. Due to these hits, AMD also provides Non-GAAP results which exclude these numbers. On a Non-GAAP basis, AMD’s operating loss is just $30 million, however that is still down significantly from the $89 million operating income in Q1 2014, and the $52 million operating income from last quarter. Net loss on a Non-GAAP basis is $73 million, or $0.09 per share. This is a decline from Q4 2014 where there was a net income of $18 million ($0.02/share) and Q1 2014 where they were able to achieve a net income of $35 million ($0.05/share).

AMD Q1 2015 Financial Results (Non-GAAP)
  Q1'2015 Q4'2014 Q1'2014
Revenue $1.03B $1.24B $1.40B
Gross Margin 32% 34% 35%
Operating Income -$30M $52M $89M
Net Income -$73M $18M $35M
Earnings Per Share -$0.09 $0.02 $0.05M

AMD has also entered into a fifth amendment of their agreement with GlobalFoundries, and AMD is expecting to purchase about $1 billion in wafers in 2015.

Breaking down their product segments, the Computing and Graphics segment had a 20% decline in revenue quarter-over-quarter, and a 38% decrease year-over-year, with Q1 having net revenues of $532 million. The quarterly decrease was due to lower desktop and notebook processor sales, whereas the yearly decrease was due to lower desktop processor sales and GPU channel sales. The division had an operating loss of $75 million for the quarter, which is a significant change from the $56 million loss last quarter and the $3 million income in Q1 2014. The loss was partially offset by lower operating expenses, but clearly more work is needed. AMD is hoping for better success with their new APU, Carrizo, which they are expecting to deliver double digit performance increases and much better energy efficiency compared to Kaveri, which is the current APU.

AMD Q1 2015 Computing and Graphics
  Q1'2015 Q4'2014 Q1'2014
Revenue $532M $662M $861M
Operating Income -$75M -$56M $3M

The Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment had a year-over-year revenue decrease of 7%, and a quarter-over-quarter decrease of 14%, with Q1 2015 coming in at $498 million. The quarterly drop is due to a seasonal decrease in semi-custom SoC sales (read: Consoles had a ramp up for the holidays and are now back to lower sales) and the yearly decrease is due to lower numbers of server processors being sold. However this segment did have an operating income to report of $45 million for the quarter, but this is down from the $109 million in Q4 2014 and $85 million in Q1 2014.

AMD Q1 2015 Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom
  Q1'2015 Q4'2014 Q1'2014
Revenue $498M $577M $536M
Operating Income $45M $109M $85M

The “All Other” segment had an operating loss of $107 million. As compared to Q1 2014, this is $68 million more operating loss, which is primarily due to the $75 million hit for exiting the dense server business. In Q4 2014 this segment had a $383 million loss.

For Q2, AMD is forecasting revenue being down an additional 3%, plus or minus 3%, and non-GAAP Gross Margin to remain flat at 32%.

AMD is certainly not in a great position right now, and the new CEO Dr. Lisa Su has some work to do in order to get AMD back to a financially viable state. Part of that is diversifying revenues, especially with the PC market slowing again. AMD has not had a significant product launch in a few quarters, which has not helped either.

Source: AMD Investor Relations

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  • TheJian - Friday, April 17, 2015 - link

    Incorrect. They have lost 6B+ in a dozen years. You don't read financial reports apparently. Is 12+yrs long term to you? No end in sight for another year+ to these losses and even then only if cpu/gpu are both a big hit. I'd say long term survival depends on selling short term, as in PUT THE COMPANY UP FOR SALE TODAY. The purchase price of ATI was the worst thing, but they've compounded it by not concentrating on CORE products (consoles stole from cpu/gpu/server), and making it worse by laying off 30% of the people that MAKE the core products that might one day make a profit. They need to sell so they can re-arm with engineers via somebody that has the cash to get the job done.

    One more point on poor management; management needs to be fired for not understanding a few simple rules of business. Charge a price for your product you can make a profit at, and quit slashing attempting to price enemies to death that you financially can't price to death (NV price war is stupid, Jen has said so, AMD refuses to get the obvious). Intel can afford to price an AMD to death, but AMD can't afford to price an Nvidia to death. You only end up pricing yourself to death doing this crap. If AMD puts out 300's and prices below NV they are idiots. Nv will respond with higher prices as Jen has said openly he'd rather be making more money then being in a price war (well he should say that, he has ~2/3 of his money invested in himself and his company). Why does AMD keep pricing their products into losses? Intel is a bit different here, as they are actively seeking a price war at times, where NV doesn't want one at all (they'd rather be making 2007 income, which they haven't hit SINCE 2007...LOL). If you take out Intel's 266mil/yr paid to NV, they're making ~1/4 of what they made in 2007. Nvidia would love to make Intel's 266mil+800mil from 2007 vs. 266mil+200mil today, but AMD management insists on acting like idiots hurting both sides. I love low prices, don't get me wrong, but don't want either side not being able to do R&D because of it.

    AMD needs to release a CPU sans gpu again with massive IPC on a closer process to Intel so they can beat them while they're totally concentrating on gpu and ignoring cpu (intel ignores enthusiasts these days for a stupid gpu we turn off). Dedicate all the wasted gpu space (on apus which will never make a dime vs. Intel coming down the chain and ARM coming up) on a pure cpu die. That is a chip you could charge a premium for until Intel could fix the problem. Intel is giving away 4.1B of chips to stop ARM, so no chance AMD will get rich off of mobile any time soon and notebooks won't do any better either no matter what AMD does in apu. They've been better than Intel in gpu side on these for ages and it makes them nothing. A cpu for enthusiasts (who Intel has been ignoring for ages since AMD gave up) would get a premium as enthusiasts pay premiums for the best experience in gaming etc. Nobody pays a premium for an APU. Catering to poor people will never make you rich.

    As I've said many times before consoles are dying, and would never make them rich either (mobile is going to kill them, see GDC 2013/2014/2015 surveys). NV wisely listened to their bean counters, and surmised as Jen himself said, it would steal from their CORE product R&D. We see he was correct looking at AMD. When will AMD quit chasing things that can't make them a dime and start getting back to products that can at least have a chance at PREMIUM pricing? The last time they made consistent profits? They had a CPU king. They currently have the best opportunity in years if they'd just take advantage of Intel chasing gpu. You have Keller+Papermaster and are wasting them if not making a KING CPU. Beyond that though, SELL NOW before your tech is worthless and just bought for patent ip wars (chizow's pennies on the dollar comment) and no real product worth.

    It's comic they dumped dirk, because he wanted to concentrate on CORE PRODUCTS, stating you could go back to the rest AFTER you were on solid ground on CORE stuff. Bring back Dirk and Jerry, maybe they can get something done then...LOL. I loved Jerry. Then again, they may have shoved him out for other nefarious reasons:

    Who knows how that realy went down but it wasn't good :( GF deal has been a mistake hurting AMD for years too (still going on!). It's almost like AMD has Obama/Kerry as their negotiators...ROFL. Bad price for ATI (3x what should have been paid), bad margin on chips for consoles, bad GF deal, bad Seamicro purchase etc etc...It's like they keep saying we just want to ink something today, no matter how bad it is for our company (or country, allies etc).
  • Solandri - Friday, April 17, 2015 - link

    While I agree things look dire for AMD, it ain't over til the fat lady sings. I'm old enough to remember when 3dfx was king and Nvidia (then written nVidia) was a 3rd rate GPU manufacturer. I had one of their first video cards in my work computer (which caused me no end of headaches because of the hardware bugs).

    If it's possible for a tiny GPU maker with less than 1% market share to rise to dominate the market, it's possible for AMD to recover.
  • CiccioB - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - link

    No today it is not possible, unless you make constant huge investments in things that is not technologically limited only.
    nVidia grew as first VGA chip player (then GPUs) because the 3D market was relative new and could invest in many new technological solutions that could compete and beat its competitors. Strategic choices were important (like using 32bit pipelines instead of only 16bit like 3D FX did).
    Then all the others improvements that brought it to n.1 before all the others just died because of their own incapacity to stand up with nvidia progresses.

    Today you can repeat that. You cannot innovate in this market as you could at the time. Both CPU and GPU are mature markets. You can't really expect to surpass the competition with something extraordinary that it cannot do or do so bad to give you a winning position on the market.

    And many forget that creating HW is useless if you cannot support it as it should. AMD has the problem that can create the best HW ever, but if they cannot use it at it full, it is just useless. Think about the fact that AMD doesn't have a up to the competitive professional market. All those publicized DP and SP numbers that Hawaii/Tahiti can crunch, are simply wasted as they are not able to sell it to any HPC producer. Good for useless LuxRender benchmarks and nothing more.
    SW is as important as transistor. And as long as AMD invests only in the latters, no matter how good is the final product, they cannot surpass the competition that spend on SW as much as on HW.
  • Crunchy005 - Friday, April 17, 2015 - link

    Just curious here, I thought if they sell and are part of another company they will lose their license agreement with intel. If that happens bye bye x86. Not sure just wondering.
  • JumpingJack - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - link

    Not necessarily. The publicly redacted form of the cross license agreement is available on the SEC website and, yes, there is a clear provision that the license is not transferable in the event of change of ownership of the company.

    However, the FTC settlement in 2010, Intel agreed to negotiate with any potential buyer in good faith to transfer the license if such a situation arises.
  • ppi - Friday, April 17, 2015 - link

    It is also part the shareholders, because they have picked CEO with this "go mobile" and "cut costs" vision.
  • JlHADJOE - Friday, April 17, 2015 - link

    AMD is selling huge Tahiti chips for $200 or so. Income is definitely declining.

    My guess is they're probably selling near cost, if not at a loss. Still better than having unsold inventory, but no there's no way the current prices on the 290/290X are anywhere near profitable.
  • dragonsqrrl - Friday, April 17, 2015 - link

    The problem is AMD really doesn't have a solution for this near term. According to rumors the only GCN 1.3 GPU in AMD's upcoming lineup will be Fiji. The rest of the lineup will be refreshes of existing GCN 1.1 and 1.2 GPU's, with at most hardware revisions to improve efficiency. This means that we're still going to see something like Tonga at ~$200 price point, and something like Hawaii at ~$300-$400 price point, along with their expensive GPU's and memory interfaces relative to the competition.

    But AMD fanboys don't really ever seem to see this as a problem for AMD. I think they're too preoccupied by their single minded obsession with price/performance ratios to even begin to think in this way.
  • silverblue - Saturday, April 18, 2015 - link

    I think with the enhanced compression in Tonga, AMD are trying to reverse the trend of stupidly complex memory controllers, much like NVIDIA did. Can't speak for HBM, though.

    It's much easier to scale down large GPUs that scaling up small ones as far as I can see, so the GPUs within even lower end AMD cards are far more complex than they should be, hence some of the power drain (remember - the 5830 used more power than the 5850), though it does mean they get to reuse more failed parts.

    AMD were late to the party with compute, but they might have been too early to the party with asynchronous shaders.
  • TheJian - Monday, April 20, 2015 - link

    The problem with HBM here, is it isn't needed for a while yet. I mean NV just went from 384bit to 256bit bus and BEAT their own card handily while doing it. IE, you don't need more bandwidth and if NV does they can just go back to 384. For AMD, this is like Intel's old blue crystals (marketing hype) except for AMD it will cause a price hike on the cards that nets them nothing in perf. NV has wisely chosen to avoid HBM until 1) it's actually needed, and 2) cost is down. Until then you're just adding costs to your cards for nothing. We also see in many benchmarks that you get more from a gpu clock increase than mem, so again, we can use far more gpu before the old memory is tapped out and with die shrinks that old stuff gets faster also giving even more bandwidth. I'm not quite sure why AMD would want to go HBM probably a year or two before needed (I say two because we are supposed to have 300's now, but delayed due to channel being stuffed with old stuff nobody wants), other than again, TERRIBLE management decisions. Memory bandwidth doesn't sell cards, the fps does (and now with more tools, how fluid that is while playing). Compute crap is doing nothing for AMD besides winning junk stuff like F@H (who cares). They need to put out a pure gaming card like NV did with TitanX (and all maxwells). Lower the power and up the perf or just get weaker vs. NV.

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