AMD pre-announced portions of its Q3 earnings performance today, revising its projected revenue from $6.7 billion during the quarter to $5.6 billion, a $1.1 billion reduction. AMD also warned investors that its non-GAAP gross margin would weigh in at 50%, a reduction from the projected 54%. The company cited lower sales in the consumer PC market than expected and significant inventory corrections in the PC supply chain. However, it noted that its data center, gaming, and embedded segments are still performing to expectations.
AMD’s warning lowers its revenue projections from a year-over-year growth rate of 55% to 29%, so the company will continue to expand despite the headwinds. AMD specifically called out lower shipments and reduced average selling prices (ASPs) for its client processors as the source of the revenue miss. This problem has also vexed other semiconductor manufacturers like Intel and Nvidia due to bulging inventories as demand recedes.
The excess inventory forces retailers and OEMs to then cut prices to move inventory, thus resulting in reduced ASPs. The reduced ASPs also factor into AMD’s lowered gross margin, which is now expected at 50% instead of 54%. AMD is also taking $160 million in charges for the “inventory, pricing, and related reserves in the graphics and client business.”
AMD’s revised projections call for its client business unit, which comprises its consumer CPU business, to be down 53% quarter-over-quarter and 40% year-over-year. Meanwhile, its gaming business, which encompasses its consumer GPUs operations, will remain flat.
AMD’s CPUs business is impacted the most, though the company said the $160 million charge includes actions it has taken in its graphics business.
AMD’s competitors in both the CPU and GPU realms have suffered similar revenue shortfalls recently due to the weakening PC market and resulting inventory corrections. In August, Nvidia pre-announced a $1.4 billion miss due to plummeting GPU sales in the wake of a cryptomining collapse, ultimately resulting in poor quarterly results that found the company’s stock being heavily punished. CPU heavyweight Intel also posted its first quarterly loss in decades, losing $500 million as its sales dropped 17%.
AMD’s own shortfall comes in the wake of an impressive Q2 performance that found its revenue increasing 70% year-over-year as it continues to chew away market share from Intel even though sales of desktop CPUs were the lowest in 30 years. However, the company’s Q2 disclosures foreshadowed potential looming issues — most analysts felt that the company’s Q3 guidance was below expectations.
AMD says it will share more information regarding its downgrade and future outlook during its earnings call on November 1, 2022.