AMD turns a profit in Q3 thanks to custom PS4, Xbox One chips

By Justin Kahn ยท 10 replies
Oct 18, 2013
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  1. After more than a year of significant losses, AMD is back in the black. The company reported a profit of $48 million on $1.46 billion in revenue for Q3 2013. By comparison, AMD lost $29 million last quarter and reported...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Great to see AMD turning a profit finally and I am going to say no the revenue will not decline on consoles for a good while and they are going to be turning over a lot more cash once consoles are released as they will be getting more orders which increases revenue!
  3. backo

    backo TS Enthusiast Posts: 59   +8

    "AMD said themselves just a few months ago that game console revenue would likely begin to decline after this holiday season and that royalties on the units will decrease significantly as time goes on."
    I guess you know AMD better than AMD.
  4. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    No but I do understand that the PS4+XBOX ONE won't just sell like 10million consoles then like less than 10million each year I mean come on do you really think the only good sales day they have would be the day its released? hell no its bound to get better specially as not everyone has buttloads of cash and wont be get both at the same time some will get one now then the other later.

    Watch in a few months after release we see "Consoles selling better than release thanks to x/y/z.

    For one I have seen such things happen frequently I am surprised you haven't also their is a reason ps2 has sold more than any other console and no it didn't all happen on release date that was just a fraction.
  5. Scavengers

    Scavengers TS Booster Posts: 110   +21

    Revenue will decline. Profits will show a steady straight line for a while. Manufacturing costs will decline and a portion of that will translate to lower costs for the customers. But the new consoles will gain traction and start an upward climb in sales for years to come. So the console makers will see reduced costs, but AMD will profit on a fairly even curve.

    I can refer you to Intel and their profits and margins when they supplied the CPU's.

    AMD's statement was to keep tech investors (I am one of them) on an even keel.

  6. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Bear in mind that one of the main reasons AMD turned a profit in Q3 is from selling their property assets:
    Basically you're looking at a short term cut-and-slash of assets to fulfil AMD's promise of break even to satisfy investors and stock holders within the year:

  7. Scavengers

    Scavengers TS Booster Posts: 110   +21

    Those calculations have already been done.
    In a nutshell, AMD turned a relatively small $2.1m profit before revenue from the sale.
    Up $31m from last year.

  8. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,264   +436

    lol I was just gonna say this.

    But I guess the Armchair analyst knows best.
  9. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    It is excellent that AMD are making a profit. Hopefully they may invest more in R&D. Competition in the CPU market has been minimal and consumers have been losing out.
  10. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Doesn't work like that I'm afraid- not unless one side of the competition has a performance disadvantage or is suffering from a degradation of brand perception. When both (or more) competitors offer roughly equal performance and both brands are viewed as strong then they charge accordingly. Most people would agree that the last time AMD had an architecture that went toe-to-toe with Intel were the days of the Athlon 64. The market segments were pretty much aligned alike on both sides. Here is what the top SKU priced at:
    23 Sep. 2003 Athlon 64 FX-51....$733
    03 Nov. 2003 Pentium 4 3.2EE...$999
    02 Feb. 2004 Pentium 4 3.4EE...$999
    18 Mar. 2004 Athlon 64 FX-53....$799
    19 Oct. 2004 Athlon 64 FX-55.....$827
    02 Nov.2004 Pentium 4 3.46EE. $999
    01 May 2005 Pentium EE 840.....$999
    27 Jun.2005 Athlon 64 FX-57.....$1031
    10 Jan.2006 Athlon 64 FX-60.....$1031
    16 Jan.2006 Pentium EE 955.....$999
    22 Mar.2006 Pentium EE 965.....$999
    23 May.2006 Athlon 64 FX-62....$1031

    Remarkably consistent pricing- both between competitors, and the $1K price point that Intel sets for its top desktop SKU. FWIW, the ~$550 and ~$250 price points for the second and third tier SKU's also reflect the top parts continuity of pricing historically.
  11. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    But two companies producing comparable items is better than one having a complete monopoly.

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