Hey, this interim CEO thing doesn't seem to be too hard at all. Thomas Seifert, the temporary solution to the problem created by Dirk Meyer's departure from AMD's top spot, has had a pretty comfy ride reporting the company's latest quarterly results. The pecuniary numbers themselves ($1.65b revenue, $375m net income) were tame and unexciting, but Seifert got to make a pair of juicy milestone announcements. Firstly, on the mobile and ever-so-efficient front, he noted that 1.3 million Fusion APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) have been shipped to partners since AMD started deliveries in November, and secondly, in terms of discrete graphics chips, he disclosed that the Radeon HD 5000 and HD 6000 series DirectX 11 GPUs have surpassed the 35 million units shipped mark. To give you some perspective on what that means, sales of Nintendo's bestselling Wii console are hovering somewhere around the same figure. So yes, AMD, your wagon has momentum, but shouldn't it have a driver too?
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AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

* AMD revenue $1.65 billion, 2 percent sequential increase and flat year-over-year
* Net income $375 million, EPS $0.50, operating income $413 million
* Non-GAAP1,2 net income $106 million, EPS $0.14, operating income $141 million
* Gross margin 45 percent

2010 Annual Results

* AMD revenue $6.49 billion, an increase of 20 percent year-over-year
* Net income $471 million, EPS $0.64, operating income $848 million
* Non-GAAP1,2 net income $360 million, EPS $0.49, operating income $553 million
* GAAP annual gross margin 46 percent, non-GAAP annual gross margin 45 percent


SUNNYVALE, Calif. -1/20/2011

Jan. 20, 2011 – AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 of $1.65 billion, net income of $375 million, or $0.50 per share, and operating income of $413 million. The company reported non-GAAP net income of $106 million, or $0.14 per share, and non-GAAP operating income of $141 million. The non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP operating income primarily excluded a net of tax gain of $236 million, and a pre-tax gain of $283 million, respectively, that the company recognized related to a patent license and legal settlement.

For the year ended December 25, 2010, AMD reported revenue of $6.49 billion, net income of $471 million, or $0.64 per share, and operating income of $848 million. Full year non-GAAP net income was $360 million, or $0.49 per share, and operating income was $553 million.

"AMD enters 2011 with significant momentum, amplified by the successful launch of our first Fusion APUs," said Thomas Seifert, CFO and Interim CEO. "I am confident we can drive profitable growth based on the strength of new products we will bring to market. Our customers recognize that Fusion APUs are at the core of delivering the world's most vivid digital experiences."

Quarterly Summary
  • Gross margin was 45 percent, down one percentage point sequentially primarily due to lower microprocessor average selling price (ASP).
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance at the end of the quarter was $1.79 billion.
  • Computing Solutions segment revenue was flat both sequentially and year-over-year.
    • Operating income was $91 million, compared with $164 million in Q3-10 and $161 million in Q4-09.
    • Microprocessor ASP decreased sequentially and was flat year-over-year. The sequential decrease was due to lower notebook and server ASPs.
      • AMD kicked off the next era of vivid computing with the launch of the industry's first Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) aimed at providing better experiences on the types of visual and data-intensive applications that are becoming increasingly popular. Our first AMD Fusion APUs combine a low-power x86 microprocessor with DirectX®11 capable graphics to deliver optimized mobile experiences.
      • Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba plan to deliver affordable thin and light mobile PCs based on the new APUs that offer full 1080P HD experiences and long battery life.
      • Key software partners announced support for AMD Fusion APUs, including Adobe, ArcSoft, Corel, DivX and Microsoft.
      • Notebooks powered by AMD's new APU received nine prestigious innovation awards, including best innovation and editors' choice awards.
      • AMD introduced its fastest six- and dual-core processors with the AMD Phenom™ II X6 1100T and the AMD Phenom™ II X2 565 Black Edition processors.
      • AMD continues to be adopted in the world's highest performance computers. AMD technology powers more top 50 supercomputers than any other processor vendor in the latest Top500 Supercomputing list.
    • Graphics segment revenue increased nine percent sequentially and was flat year-over-year. The sequential increase was driven by increased discrete graphics processor unit ASP and a seasonally strong increase in game console revenue.
      • Operating income was $68 million, compared with $1 million in Q3-10 and $50 million in Q4-09.
      • AMD introduced its second generation of DirectX 11-capable graphics cards to widespread acclaim and market reception, receiving more than 120 awards. The unprecedented game performance, energy efficiency and unrivaled feature set drove 50 awards for the AMD Radeon™ HD 6900 series graphics alone. Popular Science magazine recognized the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 graphics card with the magazine's coveted 'Best of What's New 2010' award.

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AMD ships 1.3 million Fusion APUs, 35 million DirectX 11 GPUs, says it has 'momentum'