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AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results


SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 22, 2009 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2008 revenue from continuing operations1 of $1.162 billion. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue decreased 35 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 33 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was down 28 percent sequentially, excluding third quarter 2008 process technology license revenue of $191 million.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, AMD reported a net loss of $1.424 billion, or $2.34 per share. For continuing operations, fourth quarter 2008 loss was $1.414 billion, or $2.32 per share, and the operating loss was $1.274 billion. The results for continuing operations include an unfavorable impact of $996 million, or $1.64 per share as described in the table below. Loss from discontinued operations was $10 million, or $0.02 a share.

For the year ended December 27, 2008, AMD achieved revenue of $5.808 billion. Fiscal 2008 net loss was $3.098 billion. AMD reported revenue of $5.858 billion and a net loss of $3.379 billion for fiscal 2007.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Loss 1, 2, 3
(Millions except per share amounts) Q4-08 Q3-08 Q4-07
GAAP net loss / EPS $ (1,424) $ (2.34) $ (127) $ (0.21) $ (1,772) $ (3.06)
Loss from discontinued operations (10) (0.02) (150) (0.25) (474) (0.82)
Income (loss) from continuing operations (1,414) (2.32) 23 0.04 (1,298) (2.24)
ATI impairment of goodwill and acquired intangible assets (684) (1.12) (2) - (1,132) (1.96)
Incremental write-down of inventory (227) (0.37) - - - -
Process technology license revenue - - 191 0.31 - -
Marketable securities net impairment charges (21) (0.03) (9) (0.01) (69) (0.12)
Amortization of acquired intangibles, integration and other charges (30) (0.05) (30) (0.05) (50) (0.09)
Restructuring charges (50) (0.08) (9) (0.01) - -
Tax benefit from ATI acquisition-related charges - - - - 46 0.08
The Foundry Company formation costs (23) (0.04) (4) (0.01) (3) (0.01)
Gain on debt buyback 39 0.06 - - - -
Non-GAAP net loss $ (418) $ (114) $ (90)


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Income (Loss) 1, 2, 3
(Millions) Q4-08 Q3-08 Q4-07
GAAP operating income (loss) $ (1,274) $ 122 $ (1,187)
ATI impairment of goodwill and acquired intangible assets (684) (2) (1,132)
Incremental write-down of inventory (227) - -
Process technology license revenue - 191 -
Amortization of acquired intangibles, integration and other charges (30) (30) (50)
Restructuring charges (50) (9) -
The Foundry Company formation costs (23) (4) (3)
Cost of fair value adjustment of acquired inventory - - -
Non-GAAP operating loss $ (260) $ (24) $ (2)

In the third quarter of 2008, AMD had revenue from continuing operations of $1.797 billion, including process technology license revenue of $191 million, a net loss of $127 million, income from continuing operations of $23 million and operating income of $122 million. In the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD had revenue from continuing operations of $1.737 billion, a net loss of $1.772 billion, a loss from continuing operations of $1.298 billion and an operating loss of $1.187 billion.

“Although industry visibility is poor, our priorities remain clear and achievable,” said Dirk Meyer, AMD’s president and CEO. “We remain focused on further reducing our breakeven point through targeted restructuring actions while ensuring we execute our highly-competitive product and technology roadmaps. We made significant progress toward the creation of ‘The Foundry Company’ in the quarter, and anticipate closing the transaction in February. We expect our ongoing restructuring actions and asset smart strategy, combined with the strength of our innovative product offerings, will leave us well positioned for a global market recovery.”

Fourth quarter 2008 gross margin was 23 percent, including a negative impact of 20 percentage points due to a $227 million incremental write down of inventory due to weak market conditions. Third quarter 2008 gross margin was 51 percent, 45 percent excluding process technology license revenue.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Gross Margin 2, 3
(Millions, except percentages) Q4-08 Q3-08 Q4-07
GAAP Gross Margin $ 272 $ 916 $ 769
GAAP Gross Margin % 23% 51% 44%
Incremental write-down of inventory (227) - -
Process technology license revenue - 191 -
Non-GAAP Gross Margin $ 499 $ 725 $ 769
Non-GAAP Gross Margin %* 43% 45% 44%
*For Q3-08 the revenue number used in the gross margin percent calculation excludes $191 million of process technology license revenue


Segment Information 3
(Millions) Q4-08 vs Q3-08 vs Q4-07
Computing Solutions (including process technology license revenue in Q3-08)
Revenue $ 873 -37% -38%
Microprocessor Units down down
Microprocessor Average Selling Prices (ASP) down down
Graphics (including game console royalties)
Revenue $ 270 -30% -8%
Graphic Processor Units down down
Graphic Processor Average Selling Prices (ASP) up up

Current Outlook
AMD’s outlook statements are based on current expectations of its continuing operations. The following statements are forward looking, and actual results could differ materially depending on market conditions and the factors set forth under “Cautionary Statement” below.

In light of the current macroeconomic conditions, very limited visibility and continued corrections in the supply chain, AMD expects first quarter 2009 revenue to decrease from the fourth quarter 2008.

Additional Highlights

  • The formation of ‘The Foundry Company’ remains on track to close in February. AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) obtained clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS") regarding the creation of “The Foundry Company”. In addition, the Empire State Development Corporation and the New York Public Authorities Control Board approved the transfer of development incentives from AMD to “The Foundry Company.”
  • AMD announced the widespread availability and broad OEM, ISV, channel and system builder support for its 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor. HP, Dell, IBM and Sun Microsystems introduced more than a dozen new systems designed to take advantage of the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processor’s superior virtualization performance, energy-efficiency and platform stability. Additionally, Microsoft® selected the new AMD processor for its Windows® Azure™ cloud computing service.
    • Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers captured the top VMmark virtualization performance scores for 2-, 4- and 8-socket servers while two-socket servers based on the new processor have achieved the four highest SPECweb2005 scores. SPECweb2005 is a leading performance indicator for Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing environments.
  • AMD Opteron processors now help drive seven of the Top 10 supercomputer systems in the world, including “Jaguar,” the first ever wholly x86-based supercomputer to achieve the petaflop performance milestone.
  • AMD announced the availability of the AMD platform for ultrathin notebooks, codenamed “Yukon”, based on the new AMD Athlon™ Neo processor, ATI Radeon™ X1250 integrated graphics and optional ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3410 discrete graphics. The first product offering based on the Yukon platform will be the HP Pavilion dv2 Entertainment Notebook PC, which was named “Best Notebook of CES” by Laptop magazine and is expected to be available in April.
  • AMD launched the “Dragon” platform for desktop PCs, featuring the new AMD Phenom™ II X4 processor. HP, Dell and Alienware plan to offer desktop systems based on the Dragon platform in the first quarter.
  • AMD continued to strengthen its leading-edge mobile graphics portfolio, with the introduction of the ATI Mobility Radeon 4000, the world’s first TeraFLOPS class visual compute power in a notebook. Asus, MSI and Toshiba all introduced new ATI Mobility Radeon 4000-powered laptops. Additionally, Alienware and OCZ both released notebooks utilizing AMD’s CrossfireX™ dual-GPU configurations based on the ATI Radeon HD 3800 series.
  • AMD expanded ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 series with the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 4830, which delivers exceptional game performance and is designed for an expanded PC gaming market segment.
  • AMD announced plans to create, in partnership with OTOY, the “AMD Fusion Render Cloud”, a petaFLOPS-class supercomputer designed to process and electronically distribute HD video and gaming content to thin clients and handheld devices via HTML browsers when completed in the second half of 2009.
  • As part of the Company’s strategy to focus on x86 computing and graphics technologies, AMD completed the sale of its Digital TV (DTV) processor business to Broadcom Corporation for $141.5 million in cash and the sale of technology assets, intellectual property and resources that formed the basis of its Handheld business to Qualcomm for $65 million in cash.

AMD Teleconference
AMD will hold a conference call for the financial community at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) today to discuss its 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. The webcast will be available for 10 days after the conference call.

About AMD
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated to collaborating with customers and partners to ignite the next generation of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

Cautionary Statement
This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the expected closing of The Foundry Company joint venture and the increased investment by the Mubadala Development Company, first quarter 2009 revenue, and the company’s breakeven goals, restructuring actions, asset smart strategy and its future products and technologies, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are commonly identified by words such as “would,” “may,” “expects,” “believes,” “plans,” “intends,” “projects,” and other terms with similar meaning. Investors are cautioned that the forward-looking statements in this release are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the date of this release and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. Risks include the possibility that Intel Corporation’s pricing, marketing and rebating programs, product bundling, standard setting, new product introductions or other activities targeting the company’s business will prevent attainment of the company’s current plans; global business and economic conditions will continue in their current state or worsen, resulting in lower than currently expected revenue in the first quarter of 2009 and beyond; the company’s Asset Smart strategy will not reach fruition or will be less beneficial than anticipated; the announced transaction for the formation of The Foundry Company and the associated fourth-party investment will not occur as anticipated; demand for computers and consumer electronics products and, in turn, demand for the company’s products will be lower than currently expected; customers stop buying the company’s products or materially reduce their demand for its products; the company will require additional funding and may not be able to raise funds on favorable terms or at all; the company’s restructuring efforts will not be effective; the company will be unable to develop, launch and ramp new products and technologies in the volumes and mix required by the market and at mature yields on a timely basis; there will be unexpected variations in market growth and demand for the company’s products and technologies in light of the product mix that it may have available at any particular time or a decline in demand; the company will be unable to transition to advanced manufacturing process technologies in a timely and effective way, consistent with planned capital expenditures; the company will be unable to maintain the level of investment in research and development and capacity that is required to remain competitive; and the company will be unable to obtain sufficient manufacturing capacity or components to meet demand for its products or will under-utilize its microprocessor manufacturing facilities. Investors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncertainties in the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 27, 2008.

AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron, AMD Phenom, AMD Athlon and combinations thereof, and ATI, the ATI logo, FireGL, CrossFireX and Radeon are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other names are for informational purposes only and used to identify companies and products and may be trademarks of their respective owner.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Loss 1, 2
(Millions except per share amounts) Q4-08 Q3-08 Q4-07 2008 2007
GAAP net loss / EPS $ (1,424) $ (2.34) $ (127) $ (0.21) $ (1,772) $ (3.06) $ (3,098) $ (5.10) $ (3,379) $ (6.06)
Loss from discontinued operations (10) (0.02) (150) (0.25) (474) (0.82) (684) (1.12) (551) (0.99)
Income (loss) from continuing operations (1,414) (2.32) 23 0.04 (1,298) (2.24) (2,414) (3.98) (2,828) (5.07)
ATI impairment of goodwill and acquired intangible assets (684) (1.12) (2) - (1,132) (1.96) (1,089) (1.79) (1,132) (2.03)
Incremental write-down of inventory (227) (0.37) - - - - (227) (0.37) - -
Process technology license revenue - - 191 0.31 - - 191 0.31 - -
Gain on sale of 200 millimeter equipment - - - - - - 193 0.32 - -
Marketable securities net impairment charges (21) (0.03) (9) (0.01) (69) (0.12) (66) (0.11) (111) (0.20)
Amortization of acquired intangibles, integration and other charges (30) (0.05) (30) (0.05) (50) (0.09) (137) (0.23) (254) (0.46)
Restructuring charges (50) (0.08) (9) (0.01) - - (90) (0.15) - -
Tax benefit from ATI acquisition-related charges - - - - 46 0.08 - - 46 0.08
The Foundry Company formation costs (23) (0.04) (4) (0.01) (3) (0.01) (35) (0.06) (3) (0.01)
Gain on debt buyback 39 0.06 - - - - 39 0.06 - -
Cost of fair value adjustment of acquired inventory - - - - - - - - (25) (0.04)
Debt issuance charges - - - - - - - - (5) (0.01)
Non-GAAP net loss $ (418) $ (114) $ (90) $ (1,193) $ (1,344)


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Operating Income (Loss) 1, 2
(Millions) Q4-08 Q3-08 Q4-07 2008 2007
GAAP operating income (loss) $ (1,274) $ 122 $ (1,187) $ (1,955) $ (2,310)
ATI impairment of goodwill and acquired intangible assets (684) (2) (1,132) (1,089) (1,132)
Incremental write-down of inventory (227) - - (227) -
Process technology license revenue - 191 - 191 -
Gain on sale of 200 millimeter equipment - - - 193 -
Amortization of acquired intangibles, integration and other charges (30) (30) (50) (137) (254)
Restructuring charges (50) (9) - (90) -
The Foundry Company formation costs (23) (4) (3) (35) (3)
Cost of fair value adjustment of acquired inventory - - - - (25)
Non-GAAP operating loss $ (260) $ (24) $ (2) $ (761) $ (896)


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Gross Margin 2
(Millions, except percentages) Q4-08 Q3-08 Q4-07 2008 2007
GAAP Gross Margin $ 272 $ 916 $ 769 $ 2,320 $ 2,189
GAAP Gross Margin % 23% 51% 44% 40% 37%
Incremental write-down of inventory (227) - - (227) -
Process technology license revenue - 191 - 191 -
Cost of fair value adjustment of acquired inventory - - - - (25)
Non-GAAP Gross Margin $ 499 $ 725 $ 769 $ 2,356 $ 2,214
Non-GAAP Gross Margin %* 43% 45% 44% 42% 38%
*For Q3-08 the revenue number used in the gross margin percent calculation excludes $191 million of process technology license revenue


Segment Information
(Millions) Q4-08 vs Q3-08 vs Q4-07 2008 vs 2007
Computing Solutions (including process technology license revenue in Q3-08)
Revenue $ 873 -37% -38% $ 4,559 -3%
Microprocessor Units down down down
Microprocessor Average Selling Prices (ASP) down down down
Graphics (including game console royalties)
Revenue $ 270 -30% -8% $ 1,165 17%
Graphic Processor Units down down up
Graphic Processor Average Selling Prices (ASP) up up up

1. During the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company determined that the discontinued operation classification criteria for the Handheld business unit were no longer met. Accordingly, the results of the Handheld business have been reclassified from discontinued operations to continuing operations. Prior periods have been recast to conform to current period.

2. In this press release, in addition to GAAP financial results, AMD has provided non-GAAP financial measures for net loss, operating income (loss) and gross margin. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude certain adjustments as reflected in the tables in this press release. Management believes this non-GAAP presentation makes it easier for investors to compare current and historical period operating results.

3. Refer to corresponding table at the end of this press release for annual data.