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Intel Withdraws 2020 Guidance Due to COVID-19 Uncertainty

By Donna Fuscaldo - Apr 24, 2020 at 11:13AM

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The world's largest chipmaker said it expects data center weakness from government and enterprise customers in the second half of this year.

Intel (INTC -0.37%) withdrew its guidance for all of 2020 and offered up a lower-than-expected outlook for the current second-quarter, citing uncertainty driven by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

In conjunction with its first-quarter earnings release, the world's largest chipmaker announced it was withdrawing guidance for the full year due to COVID-19. 

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"Our factories remain operational and in Q1, we are able to mitigate most of the COVID-19 related supply chain disruptions and fulfill all of our customers' committed client CPU orders as expected," said Intel CEO Bob Swan during a conference call to discuss the quarter and outlook with Wall Street. "Near term PC demand has increased due to work-from-home and online learning. But the second half demand picture is more uncertain." Intel said it expects data center demand from enterprise and government customers to be weaker in the second half of 2020. 

As for the tech stock's second-quarter, Intel said adjusted earnings should come in at $1.10 a share, and revenue should be $18.5 billion, lower than what some Wall Street analysts had expected. If Intel is able to achieve its target, it would represent 12% year-over-year growth in revenue and a 4% increase in EPS. That's much lower than the growth it achieved in the first quarter. 

For its first-quarter, Intel weighed in with adjusted earnings of $1.45 a share and revenue of $19.83 billion.  Revenue was up 23% year-over-year with data-centric sales up 34%, and PC centric revenue up 14% compared to last year.  EPS was 63% higher year-over-year. 

"The role technology plays in the world is more essential now than it has ever been, and our opportunity to enrich lives and enable our customers' success has never been more vital," said Intel's CEO in prepared remarks. "I am confident we will emerge from this situation an even stronger company."

Donna Fuscaldo has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Intel. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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