An analyst pointed out that this move could mean that Mubadala would bail out AMD, if it had to.
“If you have a lender of last resort like that, what’s the potential of you not having options?” said Cody Acree, an analyst at Williams Financial Group, in an interview with Bloomberg.
AMD is making adjustments to its business to sail through the current economic storm. The company refinanced a $485 million debt payment that was due in Q3; AMD announced that it would sell its Austin company campus for about $150 to $200 million, presumably to cover a $225 million payment that is due to be paid to Globalfoundries in Q1 2013; and a 15 percent cut of its workforce should positively influence its balance sheet further.
For the fourth quarter of 2012, AMD said it expects revenue to decrease by 9 percent sequentially.
AMD should get a clue about the management issue if they want good market share and higher profitability.
They have to rise back up, they just have to for the sake of the rest of us.
If one of every single enthusiast or general PC user spent $100 on one of AMD's CPU's, they would be out of trouble faster than you can say that really long word from Merry Poppins.
Overhead has to be reduced.
1. It lost trust in it's own employees.
2. It engaged in a losing price war against Intel, who had better fab plants on their side.
3. It failed to expand into new profitable markets. AMD APU was a good idea, but not good enough.