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AMD Reports 2012 Loss of $1.18 Billion, While IBM Profits

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Semiconductor firm reported net loss of nearly half a billion dollars during 2012's fourth quarter.

AMD has made a Q4 2012 loss of nearly half a billion dollars and a net loss of $1.18 billion during the entirety of 2012, while its competitor IBM reported a profitable quarter.

The former chipmaker reported a fourth quarter net loss of $473 million, or 63 cents a share, on revenue of $1.16 billion. The figure represents a decrease of 32 percent when compared to 2011's Q4. Non-GAAP earnings, meanwhile, were 14 cents a share. Wall Street expected AMD to report a fourth quarter loss of 20 cents a share on revenue of $1.15 billion.

For the year ending on December 29, the firm suffered a net loss of $1.18 billion on revenue of $5.42 billion. Full-year non-GAAP earnings were 14 cents per share. AMD's cash balance was $1.2 billion at the end of the fourth quarter.

AMD chief executive Rory Read said it continues to "evolve our operating model and diversify our product portfolio with the changing PC environment." He added: "Innovation is the core of our long-term growth. The investments we are making in technology today are focused on leveraging our distinctive IP to drive growth in ultra low power client devices, semi-custom SoCs and dense servers. We expect to deliver differentiated and groundbreaking APUs to our customers in 2013 and remain focused on transforming our operating model to the business realities of today."

While AMD failed to turn a profit, IBM reported a more positive financial quarter report. It announced 2012 fourth quarter earnings of $5.8 billion, or $5.13 a share, on revenue of $29.3 billion, which is a decrease of 1 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings stood at $5.39 a share.

Wall Street was expecting the company to report fourth quarter earnings of $5.25 a share on revenue of $29.08 billion. For the entirety of 2012, IBM reported earnings of $16.6 billion, or $14.37 a share, on revenue of $104.5 billion. The latter figure represents a decrease of 2 percent from 2011.

"Our new hardware product introductions really performed in the quarter," said IBM CFO Mark Loughridge during a conference call. "We had excellent acceptance of our new mainframe and our System Z revenue was up 56% year to year, so it's been a very successful launch. Not only in major markets, but in growth markets where we were up 65%. And we had significant growth in our mainframe specialty engines led by Linux. This is a good indicator, not only of new work loads moving onto the platform, but also the value of a vertically integrated system."


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  • 26 Hide
    jaber2 , January 23, 2013 7:28 PM
    I demand AMD to get back and kick ass, I DEMAND IT
  • 16 Hide
    linkgx1 , January 23, 2013 8:16 PM
    I think their profits should SKYROCKET, since the new Xbox and PS4 are coming out. Not to mention the Wii U has an AMD GPU and should help out them.

    AMD should focus on a good value ratio.
  • 12 Hide
    lespy , January 23, 2013 8:19 PM
    I'll keep buying AMD as long as their around, Dont die AMD we love you!
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  • 26 Hide
    jaber2 , January 23, 2013 7:28 PM
    I demand AMD to get back and kick ass, I DEMAND IT
  • 9 Hide
    computertech82 , January 23, 2013 7:40 PM
    ouch. With such huge losses over and over, how are they staying in business?
  • 11 Hide
    A Bad Day , January 23, 2013 7:44 PM
    computertech82ouch. With such huge losses over and over, how are they staying in business?


    Cannibalization of its own assets, more lay-off, taking out more higher-interest loans, and praying for the best.
  • 3 Hide
    stingstang , January 23, 2013 8:04 PM
    I would imagine the president of the company looking at that and saying, "F**K IT! I'm out!"
  • 1 Hide
    Anonymous , January 23, 2013 8:15 PM
    good lord
  • 16 Hide
    linkgx1 , January 23, 2013 8:16 PM
    I think their profits should SKYROCKET, since the new Xbox and PS4 are coming out. Not to mention the Wii U has an AMD GPU and should help out them.

    AMD should focus on a good value ratio.
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    tom in fairfax , January 23, 2013 8:19 PM
    I don't think you meant to call them a former chip maker. Anyway, the results were better than investors were expecting and the stock price rallied today. AMD still makes a product with great value for the money and they have many new things in the pipeline.
  • 12 Hide
    lespy , January 23, 2013 8:19 PM
    I'll keep buying AMD as long as their around, Dont die AMD we love you!
  • 6 Hide
    joytech22 , January 23, 2013 8:24 PM
    Don't you die on me son, DON'T YOU DIE ON ME!
    Seriously AMD, Don't you die on us. QUICK EVERYONE BUY THINGS FROM THEM!

    AMD, Buddy ol' pal we need you. Please oh please let the rumors around the new consoles be correct.
    AMD GPU's in the 360 and AMD CPU's in the PS4.

    If we lose the only competitor to Intel I'll cry lol.
  • 9 Hide
    Vorador2 , January 23, 2013 8:31 PM
    Come on AMD, you might have lost the desktop battle, but there's still war to be fought. Their APU models (processor+IGP) are far better than Intel efforts. AMD simply needs to know where to pick their battles.
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    kartu , January 23, 2013 8:32 PM
    So, IBM is the AMD's competitor.

    Since it's a zakislam article, let me follow the tradition and mention Apple to really zakislam it:

    (Steve Jobs threatened Palm with patent suit if it objected to no-poaching pact)
    http://www.macworld.com/article/2026075/steve-jobs-threatened-palm-with-patent-suit-if-it-objected-to-nopoaching-pact.html
    Don't tell me this is not an innovative way of using USPTO and US Legal system.
  • 1 Hide
    kartu , January 23, 2013 8:32 PM
    Good news for AMD is winning both Sony&M$ as a supplier of console chips.
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    linkgx1 , January 23, 2013 8:39 PM
    Quote:
    So, IBM is the AMD's competitor.

    Since it's a zakislam article, let me follow the tradition and mention Apple to really zakislam it:

    (Steve Jobs threatened Palm with patent suit if it objected to no-poaching pact)
    http://www.macworld.com/article/2026075/steve-jobs-threatened-palm-with-patent-suit-if-it-objected-to-nopoaching-pact.html
    Don't tell me this is not an innovative way of using USPTO and US Legal system.

    What?
  • 10 Hide
    Novuake , January 23, 2013 8:47 PM
    How is IBM a competitor to AMD?
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    esrever , January 23, 2013 8:50 PM
    AMD beat wallstreet and the stock is rising...
  • 1 Hide
    iam2thecrowe , January 23, 2013 9:16 PM
    NovuakeHow is IBM a competitor to AMD?

    they both make cpu's.
  • 7 Hide
    back_by_demand , January 23, 2013 9:28 PM
    iam2thecrowethey both make cpu's.

    Not in the same markets they don't, so they are not competitors
    ...
    It's like saying sales of bicycles are competitors to cars because they both go on the road
    ...
    If anything they are collaboraters for consoles, as AMD do the graphics and IBM do the CPU
  • 7 Hide
    back_by_demand , January 23, 2013 9:33 PM
    NovuakeHow is IBM a competitor to AMD?

    This is what is called "bad journalism", the writer of the article has taken 2 companies that live it the IT world, one of which made money, the other lost it, leading the reader to think there is some competative lean to the information. There isn't enough information to write 2 articles and is relatively dull by themselves, writing like this adds an element of sensationalism you typically see with gutter press and supermarket tabloids
    ...
    Must do better
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    johnners2981 , January 23, 2013 9:49 PM
    I imagine AMD will do quite well when the next generation of consoles come out as it looks like they're going to supply the gpu and cpu for microsoft and sony
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    acerace , January 23, 2013 10:10 PM
    lespyI'll keep buying AMD as long as their around, Dont die AMD we love you!


    Buying new products without any legitimate reason. Seems retarded to me.
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