AMD Conference Call CEO Prepared Remarks

AMD's CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, started the financial call with the following report:

2019 marked another major milestone in our multi-year journey. We delivered record annual revenue of $6.73 billion and significantly increased both gross margin and net income as we successfully introduced and ramped the strongest product portfolio in our 50-year history. We grew client and server processor annual revenue by $1.5 billion in 2019, driven largely by the strong demand for our 7nm Ryzen and EPYC processors powered by our “Zen 2” processor core. Looking at the fourth quarter, we ended the year very strong with quarterly revenue increasing 50 percent year-over-year to a record $2.13 billion while also significantly increasing net income.

Computing and Graphics Segment

Fourth quarter revenue increased 69 percent year-over-year to $1.66 billion. Ryzen processor adoption accelerated sharply in 2019, helping to drive significant double-digit percentage increases in client processor annual unit shipments, ASP and revenue. We ended 2019 with our highest quarterly client processor unit shipments in more than six years based on strong demand for Ryzen desktop and mobile processors. In desktop, we had a very strong holiday period as our 2nd and 3rd generation Ryzen processors consistently held top sales spots at the largest global etailers and retailers. We launched our Ryzen 3950X processor and the 24 and 32 core versions of our 3rd generation Ryzen Threadripper processors in November. Our 16-core Ryzen 3950X processor is the world’s fastest mainstream desktop processor, while our latest Threadripper CPUs offer unmatched performance for the high-end desktop market. In January, we expanded our leadership position in the HEDT market with the launch of our flagship 64-core Ryzen Threadripper processor which is the world’s highest performance desktop processor.

In mobile, we had our eighth straight quarter of strong double-digit percentage year-over-year revenue growth as we expanded the number of AMD-powered laptops available from major OEMs. We began shipping our Ryzen 4000 mobile processors powered by our “Zen 2” core at the end of the fourth quarter. These new processors double the performance-per-watt of our prior generation and deliver leadership single threaded, multithreaded and graphics performance for thin and light notebooks, while enabling the industry’s first ultrathin laptops with 8 cores. Initial systems featuring the Ryzen 4000 processors are expected to launch later this quarter and more than 100 AMD-based consumer and commercial laptops are planned for 2020 from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and other major OEMs.

In graphics, fourth quarter unit shipments grew by a strong double-digit percentage year-over-year, driven by sales of our Radeon RX 5000 series GPUs featuring our new RDNA architecture. We further expanded our portfolio of RDNA GPUs with the introductions of the 5500XT and 5600XT desktop graphics cards, highlighted by strong third-party reviews that clearly establish the 5600XT as the most powerful gaming GPU available for under $300. We launched our RadeonTM 5000M mobile GPUs in the quarter as well, and we are seeing solid design win momentum based on their strong performance and power efficiency. The first laptops powered by the new GPUs are available now – including the recently updated Apple MacBook Pro – and we expect many more notebooks featuring our Radeon 5000M GPUs to launch throughout 2020.

Data center GPU revenue increased sequentially driven by cloud VDI and game streaming deployments. We announced a major update to our open source GPU computing software stack in the fourth quarter featuring performance optimizations, expanded development tools and support for the most popular machine learning frameworks. We continue making strategic software investments to make it easier for developers to tap into the full capabilities of our Radeon Instinct accelerators for HPC and AI applications. For the year, data center GPU revenue grew by a strong double-digit percentage as we continued to make progress growing our presence in this important part of the market.

Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom Segment

Revenue of $465 million increased 7 percent year-over-year as EPYC processor revenue growth offset declines in semi-custom revenue. Semi-custom sales continued to soften in the quarter in advance of the next-generation console launches from Sony and Microsoft planned this year. For 2020, we expect first quarter semi-custom revenue to be negligible and the ramp of next-generation semi-custom products to start in the second quarter with revenue to be heavily weighted towards the second half of the year.

In server, revenue grew by a strong double-digit percentage as unit shipments and ASP increased sequentially driven by demand for our 2nd Gen EPYC processors. Our 2nd gen EPYC processors are ramping significantly faster than the first generation as we see particularly strong pull for our higher core count models where our performance and TCO advantages are the most significant. Cloud adoption with the largest providers continues to accelerate, driven by the expanding use of EPYC processors to power their critical internal workloads as well as a significant increase in the number of AMD-powered instances publicly available. Shipments to cloud providers increased sequentially by a significant double-digit percentage to support expanding buildouts at Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Tencent. Microsoft announced the availability of four new virtual machines and AWS announced two new EC2instances powered by 2nd Gen EPYC processors. In the enterprise, Dell began shipping their full portfolio of servers powered by our latest EPYC processors. We have doubled the number of EPYC processor platforms in market to more than 100 offerings in the quarter. These new platforms are driving increased enterprise customer engagements, broadening our sales pipeline considerably. In HPC, we secured multiple large wins in the quarter based on our unmatched performance and scalability, highlighted by French, German and UK national supercomputing center deployments as well as the San Diego Supercomputing center.

We are pleased with the significant traction and momentum in our server business and remain on track to achieve our goal of double-digit percentage unit share by mid-year based on the growing demand for our 2nd Gen EPYC processors.

Summary

I am very proud of our 2019 accomplishments as the successful ramps of our latest Ryzen, Radeon and EPYC processors resulted in record annual revenue and substantial increases in gross margin and net income. I want to take a moment to recognize the more than eleven thousand AMDers around the world whose focus and determination enabled us to achieve these results.

We enter 2020 well positioned to continue gaining share across the PC, gaming and server markets based on having an unmatched portfolio of leadership products spanning from desktops to laptops, data centers and game consoles. With more than twenty 7nm designs in production or development, we are very excited about our next wave of products that can accelerate our growth in 2020 and beyond.

We are still in the early stages of our journey and remain focused on meeting our commitments as we establish AMD as the high-performance computing and graphics leader.

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  • eva02langley - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    This is dumb. At this moment, an hybrid of AMD and Intel platforms should be used to prevent having to rely on a sole source supplier. Companies refusing to change are going to pay the price in the future. Reply
  • Targon - Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - link

    Many people in charge in corporate environments are clueless, and don't believe in even testing something new, even if there is a huge potential to reduce expenses by 20-30 percent. Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    I'm not sure calling it dumb it correct but at a larger scale you are exactly right. For a smaller enterprise it won't matter that much because they don't have the buying power in the first place. For large data centers like Amazon it will be a huge boon to pit vendors against each other. Reply
  • evernessince - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    "our IT director is confident that he can get the same machines we have today with an updated CPU, and get it installed with a working OS image with very little effort."

    Sounds like a bad IT director. His #1 goal should be getting the best machines for the company as possible with the lowest TCO and cost as possible that fit the performance target. If his number one goal is to be as lazy as possible, he should get the boot.
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  • mkaibear - Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - link

    Ah, I can see you've never worked in enterprise IT.

    The goal for enterprise IT is "what can we get that is the least stress for our customers, providing the most stability, and iterating on performance". Validating a completely new architecture for the enterprise takes ages. If you're doing your job properly at least.

    The IT director who "just buys the new hotness" ends up out of a job really quickly when the unexpected problems bite.
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  • evernessince - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Never said anything about buying the new hotness. You just assumed that and preceded to make a personal attack based on that assumption.

    Have you read your own comment by the way? Has Intel's security patches not provided significant stress for enterprise customers? Stability? Intel certainly hasn't provided that. I explicitly remember some games having to rent more cloud servers due to Intel's security patches reducing performance and the downtime those cause due to the reduced performance causing customers to lag out.

    Iterating on performance? If you bought Intel you actually went reverse after the security patches.

    According to your own comment, companies should very well be evaluating AMD as a option. I don't expect it to happen overnight but we should be hearing more along those lines.

    FYI you completely forgot about TCO, which is very important Mr. Internet expert.
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  • haghands - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    You mocking someone and calling them "mr internet expert" when you really sound like you're just talking out of your ass is hilarious. Like, come on dont play, you ain't never even seen a server homie we all know it just chill. You over here talking about you "heard some games had to rent more cloud servers." That's incredible, hilarious, kinda adorable even. Stay in your lane, Get on back to Apex or whatever lol. Reply
  • evernessince - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Do you have something useful to say or are you just here to throw insults? Reply
  • tetse88319 - Thursday, January 30, 2020 - link

    Can someone give me the run down on validation? Intel and AMD are both x86/64. Heck amd created the instruction set for 64 bit. Why would validation take months? if it works on Intel, it should run on AMD and vice-versa. Reply
  • evernessince - Friday, January 31, 2020 - link

    Validation has four main goals

    1. Find hardware or configuration issues before being deployed

    2. Help ensure the product being deployed is dependable

    3. Test integration with current systems

    4. Ensure compatibility and performance with the software or platform in use

    How long validation takes depends entirely on the company and software in use. In the case of something like a cloud provider, it's the sheer complexity of the platform and the number of servers that take time. You can certainly get under 2 months for smaller projects though, although you do need time to ensure dependability beforehand.
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