AMD shares fall on chipmaker’s soft fourth-quarter guidance


AMD Chair and CEO Lisa Su speaks at the AMD Keynote address during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 4, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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AMD reported third-quarter earnings on Tuesday that beat analyst expectations, though the chipmaker issued a weaker-than-expected forecast. The stock dropped about 4% in extended trading.

Here’s how the company did versus LSEG (formerly Refinitiv) consensus estimates for the quarter ending September:

  • EPS: 70 cents adjusted, versus expectations of 68 cents per share
  • Revenue: $5.8 billion, versus expectations of $5.7 billion

For the fourth quarter, AMD said it expects about $6.1 billion in sales, while analysts were looking for revenue of $6.37 billion.

Net income in the third quarter rose to $299 million, or 18 cents per share, from $66 million, or 4 cents per share a year ago. Revenue increased 4% from $5.6 billion a year earlier.

Revenue in AMD’s Client group, which includes sales from PC processors, rose 42% on an annual basis to $1.5 billion, driven by PC chips.

Last week, chief rival Intel reported third-quarter earnings that beat expectations for profit and sales, but still showed an annual sales decline.

Data center, which includes AMD’s server processors and AI chips, reported $1.6 billion in sales, flat from a year earlier. AMD said its sales of server CPUs grew. AMD also said that it expects strong growth in its data center business in the fourth quarter.

AMD is one of the few chipmakers capable of making the kind of high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) needed to train and deploy generative AI models. That market is dominated by Nvidia. AMD said its forthcoming AI chips, the MI300A and MI300X, are “on track” for volume production in the current quarter.

“Our data center business is on a significant growth trajectory based on the strength of our EPYC CPU portfolio and the ramp of Instinct MI300 accelerator shipments,” AMD CEO Lisa Su said in a statement, highlighting the company’s AI business.

AMD’s embedded segment revenue declined 5% to $1.2 billion, which the company blamed on a weak communications market. That includes parts for networking as well as the company’s FPGA unit that it acquired when it bought Xilinx.

Sales in AMD’s gaming segment declined 8% to $1.5 billion, because of fewer “semi-custom” chip sales. That’s what the company calls its business that makes processors for consoles like Sony’s PlayStation 5.