Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD)’s net income probably slid almost 80% in the fourth quarter as revenue growth dropped to its slowest pace in more than three years amid a slowdown in PC sales that likely offset the chipmaker’s robust data center business.
AMD is forecast to report earnings of $0.19 per share, a 76% decline from the previous year, according to estimates from Visible Alpha. Revenue growth is expected to slow to 14% year-over-year from 29% in the third quarter, reflecting a second quarter of contraction in the company’s PC CPU sales. The declines come even as the company, which reports after markets close on Tuesday, expanded its market share in data centers.
The grim forecast reflects the difficult environment facing the semiconductor industry. Total shipments of PCs fell by almost 30% in the fourth quarter, the largest quarterly decline ever, as consumers reined in spending amid higher prices and a worsening economic outlook.
Weak demand and excess inventory weighed heavily on rival Intel (INTC), whose shares plummeted last week after it forecast a net loss in the first quarter of 2023. Analysts were concerned over AMD’s profitability even before Intel’s dismal forecast. Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon downgraded AMD to market perform from outperform last week, saying the chipmaker had “no margin for error.”
AMD shares have fallen 32% in the past year, compared to a 17% decline for the S&P 500 Information Technology sector.
Estimate for Q4 FY 2022
Q4 FY 2021
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Adjusted Earnings Per Share ($)
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Source: Visible Alpha
AMD’s market share in the data center market has continued to grow steadily. Even with the total revenue decline, data center revenue is expected to rise by 48% to $1.7 billion from $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021. AMD’s new Genoa processor is said to offer greater cloud-computing performance than rival Intel’s existing products.
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