Positivi risultati di fine anno anche per AMD
Nel corso del quarto trimestre fiscale dell'esercizio 2005, chiusosi lo scorso 25 Dicembre 2005, il produttore americano AMD ha fatto registrare un volume complessivo di 1,84 miliardi di dollari in vendite, comprendendo sia la divisione processori che quella memorie.
AMD, come noto, è in joint venture nel progetto Spansion assieme a Fujitsu, che è stato però posto in vendita da AMD alla metà del mese di Dicembre in quanto non profittevole nel corso di tutto il 2005,attraverso una prima offerta pubblica d'acquisto.
Analizzando le vendite della divisione processori, bisogna segnalare un volume complessivo di 1,31 miliardi di dollari, in crescita del 79% circa rispetto ai 730 milioni di dollari del quarto trimestre 2004.
L'utile netto del periodo è stato pari a 96 milioni di dollari, o 21 centesimi di dollaro per azione. Questo dato comprende un costo di circa 110 milioni di dollari dato dalla cessione delle proprie azioni in Spansion; senza questo dato l'utile netto del periodo sarebbe quindi stato superiore a 200 milioni di dollari.
Da segnalare che la nuova Fab36, costruita a Dresda accanto alla Fab30, entrerà in produzione ne corso del primo trimestre 2006. La nuova struttura produrrà inizialmente utilizzando tecnologia a 90 nanometri, parallelamente ai primi test con processo produttivo a 65 nanometri. Il passaggio a questa nuova tecnologia è previsto per la fine dell'anno, come originariamente anticipato da AMD.
Hector Ruiz, CEO di AMD, ha anticipato che i piani di crescita del produttore americano puntano al raggiungere una quota di mercato del 30% per il biennio 2008-2009, una crescita significativa rispetto ai valori attuali di poco superiori al 16%.
Di seguito l'intero comunicato stampa rilasciato da AMD:
AMD REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND ANNUAL RESULTS
Fourth Quarter Driven By Record Processor Sales and Profits
AMD Reports Fourth Quarter EPS of $0.45, Excluding Non-Cash Charge
SUNNYVALE, Calif. Jan. 18, 2006 AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported earnings for the quarter ended December 25, 2005. As a result of Spansion Inc.s initial public offering (IPO), AMDs financial results of operations include Spansions financial results of operations as a consolidated subsidiary only through December 20, 2005. Because comparison of fourth quarter consolidated financial results to previous periods do not correlate directly, AMD has provided non-GAAP financial statements that exclude Spansion and the Memory Segment results of operations. Management believes this non-GAAP presentation will aid investors by presenting the companys current and historical results in a form that will be more consistent with the presentation of future operating results.
AMD reported record fourth quarter sales of $1.84 billion, operating income of $206 million, and net income of $96 million, or $0.21 per share. These results include a non-cash charge of $110 million, or $0.24 per share, associated with the reduction of AMDs ownership in Spansion to 37.9 percent as a result of Spansions IPO. Excluding this charge, AMD achieved net income of $205 million, or $0.45 per share.
Fourth quarter sales of $1.84 billion, which do not include Spansions sales from the last five days of the fourth quarter due to Spansions IPO, increased 45 percent from the fourth quarter of 2004 and 21 percent from the third quarter of 2005. In the fourth quarter of 2004, AMD reported sales of $1.26 billion, operating income of $20 million, and net a loss of $30 million, or $0.08 per share. In the third quarter of 2005, AMD reported sales of $1.52 billion, operating income of $79 million, and net income of $76 million, or $0.18 per share.
AMD excluding Memory Products Segment
AMD, excluding the results of the Memory Products Group segment, had fourth quarter sales of $1.35 billion, an increase of 78 percent from the fourth quarter of 2004 and 34 percent from the third quarter of 2005. Comparable sales in the fourth quarter of 2004 were $760 million, resulting in operating income of $59 million. Comparable sales in the third quarter of 2005 were $1.01 billion, resulting in operating income of $129 million.
For the year ended December 25, 2005, AMD achieved record sales of $5.85 billion, a 17 percent increase from 2004. Fiscal year 2005 net income was $165 million, or $0.40 per share. The annual results include a non-cash charge in the fourth quarter of $110 million, or $0.25 per share, associated with the reduction of AMDs ownership in Spansion to 37.9 percent as a result of Spansions IPO. AMD reported sales in 2004 of $5.00 billion and a net income of $91 million, or $0.25 per share.
AMD, excluding the results of the Memory Products Group segment, had sales of $3.94 billion for the year ended December 25, 2005, an increase of 48 percent from 2004, and operating income of $543 million for 2005. Comparable sales in 2004 were $2.66 billion, resulting in operating income of $187 million.
AMDs growth rate increased in the fourth quarter resulting in continued market share gains across server, desktop and mobile product lines, said Robert J. Rivet, AMDs chief financial officer. In addition to solid execution against our product and technology strategies, we made significant strides in the quarter to improve our balance sheet by significantly reducing our debt and increasing our cash and short-term investment balance to $1.8 billion.
Record Computation Product Group (CPG) sales of $1.31 billion increased 79 percent from $730 million in the fourth quarter of 2004 and increased 35 percent from $969 million in the third quarter of 2005. CPG generated record operating income of $287 million in the fourth quarter, up from $90 million in the fourth quarter of 2004 and $149 million in the third quarter of 2005.
Compared to the third quarter of 2005, CPGs fourth quarter sales growth was driven by an increase in both units and average selling price (ASP), increased demand from AMDs largest global customers, and an acceleration of AMDs commercial server and client businesses. Server, mobile and desktop processor sales each grew significantly compared to the third quarter of 2005. Mobile processor sales growth was driven by increased shipments of AMD Turion 64 processors. Server and desktop sales growth was driven in particular by increased customer adoption of Dual-Core AMD processors. Geographically, processor sales were especially strong in North America, Europe and Greater China.
In the fourth quarter of 2005, Memory Products Group (MPG) sales through December 20, 2005, of $487 million decreased 3 percent from $504 million in the fourth quarter of 2004 and 6 percent from $516 million in the third quarter of 2005. MPG had an operating loss of $62 million compared to an operating loss of $50 million in the third quarter of 2005.
AMD Chairman of the Board, President and CEO Hector Ruiz was named CEO of the Year by Electronic Business magazine.
AMD continues to be a technology partner of choice for an increasing number of enterprises recognizing the performance-per-watt advantages of AMD64 technology. Today, 90 percent of the top 100 and more than 45 percent of the top 500 of the Forbes Global 2000 companies or their subsidiaries are using AMD64 technology. Recent additions include American International Group (AIG), Albertsons, Inc., Clear Channel Communications, Inc. and Nissan Motor Co., Inc. amongst others.
The AMD64 platform has earned more than 160 global industry awards since introduction, adding more than 20 awards in the fourth quarter alone. Highlights include VARBusiness awarding the AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor a Tech Innovator Award, Maximum PC naming the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor Gear of the Year, and EDN editors naming the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor to the magazines list of "Hot 100 Products of 2005."
AMD celebrated the grand opening of Fab 36 located in Dresden, Germany. The new 300mm facility will more than double AMDs output during the next three years. Production shipments are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2006 and the ramp of 65nm technology remains on schedule.
AMD and Sun Microsystems collaborated to build Japans largest supercomputer for the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The supercomputer is Suns largest installation to-date, and will use Sun Fire x64 servers powered by 10,480 AMD Opteron processor cores running both the Linux and Solaris operating systems. Once completed, the supercomputer is expected to be among the top 5 highest performing computers in the world.
Key global OEMs and partners continued to expand their portfolios of AMD-based solutions for the commercial market. HP introduced the HP dx5150 Business Desktop as well as high-performance blade PCs featuring low-power AMD Athlon 64 processors. Fujitsu Siemens Computers launched the PRIMERGY BX630 scalable blade server and a new two-way PRIMERGY RX220 server. Supermicro Computer, Inc. announced general availability of a broad range of AMD Opteron processor-based server and motherboard solutions.
Chinas third largest PC maker, Tsinghua Tongfang, launched nine AMD-powered systems targeting the commercial and consumer markets.
AMD recently unveiled its AMD Live! digital media vision to apply the power and flexibility of the PC to enable enhanced digital entertainment experiences on all the screens in peoples lives. True to AMDs customer-centric approach which differs from competitive closed-system offerings, AMD LIVE! enables innovative, complementary, industry-friendly solutions that enhance the consumer electronics and broadcast devices already accepted and used by consumers today.
As part of the companys efforts to expand in high-growth markets, AMD licensed the low-power AMD Geode GX2 processor to Chinas Ministry of Science and Technology and Peking University, enabling Chinese entities to develop innovative x86-based solutions that will expand the total available market and extend AMDs x86 everywhere vision.
AMDs outlook statements are based on current expectations. From December 21, 2005, Spansions financial results will no longer be consolidated as part of AMDs financial results. Instead, AMD will utilize the equity method of accounting to reflect its share of Spansions net income. The following statements are forward looking, and actual results could differ materially depending on market conditions.
AMD expects first quarter sales to be flat to slightly down seasonally from the fourth quarter of 2005. If achieved, this would approach a 70 percent increase from comparable sales in the first quarter of 2005.
AMD will hold a conference call for the financial community at 2:30 p.m. PT today to discuss fourth quarter financial results. AMD will provide a real-time audio broadcast of the teleconference on the Investor Relations page of its Web site at www.amd.com or www.streetevents.com. The webcast will be available for 10 days after the conference call.
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is a leading global provider of innovative microprocessor solutions for computing, communications and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 1969, AMD is dedicated to delivering superior computing solutions based on customer needs that empower users worldwide. For more information visit www.amd.com.
This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the first quarter of 2006, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements in this release involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the companys current expectations. Risks include the possibility that global business and economic conditions will worsen resulting in lower than currently expected sales in the first quarter of 2006; that Intel Corporations pricing, marketing programs, product bundling, new product introductions or other activities targeting the companys microprocessor business will prevent attainment of the companys current microprocessor sales plans; that demand for personal computers and, in turn, demand for the companys microprocessors will be lower than currently expected; that adoption of AMD64 products by OEMs will not occur as expected; that the company may not achieve its current product and technology introduction schedules; that the company will not be able to raise sufficient capital to enable it to establish leading-edge capacity to maintain its market leadership positions; that solutions providers will not timely provide the infrastructure, including operating systems and applications, to support the companys AMD64 technology; and that unfavorable results of operation of Spansion will adversely impact the companys results of operations. We urge investors to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the companys Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2004, and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 25, 2005.