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AMD Tops Consensus Estimates

January 27, 2021

AMD reported revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 of $3.24 billion, operating income of $570 million, net income of $1.78 billion and diluted earnings per share of $1.45. Fourth quarter net income included an income tax benefit of $1.30 billion associated with a valuation allowance release, which contributed $1.06 to EPS. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income was $663 million, net income was $636 million and diluted earnings per share was $0.52.

For full year 2020, the company reported revenue of $9.76 billion, operating income of $1.37 billion, net income of $2.49 billion and diluted earnings per share of $2.06. Full year results included a fourth quarter income tax benefit of $1.30 billion associated with a valuation allowance release, which contributed $1.07 to annual EPS. On a non- basis, operating income was $1.66 billion, net income was $1.58 billion and diluted earnings per share was $1.29.

AMD's Q4 EPS of $0.52 bested the Street expectation of $0.47 and their revenue of $3.24 billion also outpaced the $3.03 billion consensus estimates. AMD guided the current quarter between $3.1 billion and $3.3 billion and looks for 2021 revenue to grow 37%. AMD’s revenue in 2020 was up 45% year-over-year.

“We significantly accelerated our business in 2020, delivering record annual revenue while expanding gross margin and more than doubling net income from 2019,” said Dr. Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO. “Our 2021 financial outlook highlights the strength of our product portfolio and robust demand for high-performance computing across the PC, gaming and data center markets. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and very confident in our long-term strategy as we continue executing our leadership product roadmaps.”

Q4 2020 Results

  • Revenue of $3.24 billion was up 53 percent year-over-year and 16 percent quarter-over-quarter driven by both the Computing and Graphics segment and the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment.
  • Gross margin was 45 percent, flat year-over-year and up 1 percentage point quarter-over-quarter.
  • Operating income was $570 million compared to $348 million a year ago and operating income of $449 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP operating income was $663 million compared to $405 million a year ago and $525 million in the prior quarter. Operating income improvements were primarily driven by revenue growth.
  • Net income was $1.78 billion, including an income tax benefit of $1.30 billion associated with a valuation allowance release, as compared to $170 million a year ago and $390 million in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP net income was $636 million compared to $383 million a year ago and $501 million in the prior quarter.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.45, including an income tax benefit that contributed $1.06 to earnings per share, as compared to $0.15 a year ago and $0.32 in the prior quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.52 compared to $0.32 a year ago and $0.41 in the prior quarter.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $2.29 billion at the end of the quarter.
  • Operating cash flow was $554 million in the quarter compared to $442 million a year ago and $339 million in the prior quarter. Free cash flow was $480 million in the quarter compared to $400 million a year ago and $265 million in the prior quarter.

Quarterly Financial Segment Summary

  • Computing and Graphics segment revenue was $1.96 billion, up 18 percent year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter primarily driven by strong sales of Ryzen™ processors.
    • Client processor average selling price (ASP) was lower year-over-year due to a higher mix of Ryzen mobile processor sales. Client processor ASP was higher quarter-over-quarter driven by Ryzen desktop processor sales.
    • Radeon™ graphics product ASPs were higher year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter.
    • Operating income was $420 million compared to $360 million a year ago and $384 million in the prior quarter. The year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter increases were primarily driven by higher Ryzen processor sales.
  • Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue was $1.28 billion, up 176 percent year-over-year and 13 percent quarter-over-quarter driven by higher semi-custom and EPYC™ processor sales.
    • Operating income was $243 million compared to $45 million a year ago and $141 million in the prior quarter. Operating income improvements were primarily driven by higher revenue.
  • All Other operating loss was $93 million, including $14 million acquisition-related costs, as compared to operating losses of $57 million a year ago and $76 million in the prior quarter.

2020 Annual Results

  • Revenue of $9.76 billion was up 45 percent over 2019 driven by significantly higher revenue in both the Computing and Graphics segment and the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment.
  • Gross margin was 45 percent, up 2 percentage points over 2019. Gross margin expansion was primarily driven by Ryzen and EPYC processor sales.
  • Operating income was $1.37 billion compared to $631 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP operating income was $1.66 billion compared to $840 million in the prior year. The operating income improvement was primarily driven by higher revenue and gross margin expansion.
  • Net income was $2.49 billion, including a $1.30 billion income tax benefit recorded in the fourth quarter, as compared to $341 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP net income was $1.58 billion compared to $756 million in the prior year.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $2.06, including an income tax benefit contribution of $1.07 per share, as compared to $0.30 in the prior year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $1.29 compared to $0.64 in the prior year.
  • Operating cash flow was $1.07 billion for the year compared to $493 million in the prior year. Free cash flow was $777 million for the year compared to $276 million in the prior year.

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