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Shares of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Tumble on Soft 2014 Guidance

Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD  ) just reported results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2013. The report matched analyst estimates but forward guidance was disappointing. AMD shares crashed hard on the news, falling as much as 11.7% in after-hours trading.

AMD reported non-GAAP earnings of $0.06 per share on sales of $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter, in line with analyst targets. Sales jumped 38% year over year on strong sales of semi-custom chips, like the processors powering modern gaming consoles. Over 30% of AMD's sales came from semi-custom and embedded chips in the second half of 2013, according to a separate sheet of commentary by CFO Devinder Kumar.

Looking ahead, AMD expects first-quarter sales to drop 16% sequentially, in line with typical seasonal patterns. For the 2014 fiscal year, AMD CEO Rory Read set the tone as follows: "Our focus in 2014 is to deliver revenue growth and profitability for the full year by leveraging our differentiated IP to drive success in our targeted new markets and core businesses."

These goals seem modest next to Wall Street's substantial sales growth and net income projections. That's the sticking point behind AMD's dramatic after-hours plunge.

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  • Report this Comment On January 21, 2014, at 7:05 PM, TEBuddy wrote:

    Well when did analysts say they expected "non-GAAP" earnings of $0.06? AMD beat 100% on GAAP financials of $0.12.

    GAAP is the accepted measure last time I checked and non-GAAP was generally for companies to normally inflate their earnings.

    Analysts must be estimating GAAP, so you are way off.

  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2014, at 3:31 AM, enihcam wrote:

    Every stock drop in Q1, but AMD just did excellent in 2013 with limited cash/resource. 2014Q1 est is still +23% than 2013Q1 which was 1.088b.

  • Report this Comment On January 22, 2014, at 10:11 AM, CraigWPowell wrote:

    Good time to buy AMD on dip:

    AMD is A Fundamentally Solid Company With An Exaggerated Negative Outlook:

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