Sunday 18 March 2018

Intel beats expectations with $13.2bn revenue


Intel reported better-than-expected quarterly results yesterday as growth in its data centers and Internet-of-Things businesses helped offset weak demand for personal computers that use the company's chips.

Shares of the world's largest chipmaker, which also cut its full-year capital expenditure forecast for the second time, rose as much as 9.2 percent after market before paring some of their gains.

The company has been expanding its line-up of higher-margin chips used in data centers to counter slowing demand from the PC industry and agreed to buy Altera for $16.7bn in April as part of these efforts.

Revenue from the data center business, Intel's second-largest, grew 9.7 percent to $3.85bn in the second quarter from a year earlier, helped by continued adoption of cloud services and demand for data analytics.

"We continue to forecast robust growth rates of the data center group, Internet of Things group and NAND businesses, which we expect to mostly offset the PC decline," Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith said on a post-earnings call.

Revenue from the PC business, Intel's largest, fell 13.5 percent to $7.54bn in the quarter ended June 27.

"Our expectations are that the PC market is going to be weaker than previously expected," Smith said.

Research firm Gartner forecast global PC shipments to fall 4.5 percent to 300m units in 2015, with no respite until at least 2016.

Intel forecast current-quarter revenue of $14.3bn, plus or minus $500m. Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $14.08bn, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The company also cut its 2015 capex forecast to $7.7bn, plus or minus $500m. It had cut its full-year capex forecast to $8.7bn from $10bn in April.

The company's net income fell to $2.71bn from $2.80bn a year earlier. Earnings per share, however, were flat at 55 cents as the number of outstanding shares fell.

Analysts had expected a profit of 50 cents per share.

Net revenue fell 4.6 percent to $13.19bn, but edged past the average analyst estimate of $13.04bn.

Up to Wednesday's close, Intel's stock had plunged about 18 percent this year, compared with an 2.9 percent fall in the Philadelphia Semiconductor Index.


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