Jul 27, 2021

Advanced Micro Devices AMD Q2 2021 Earnings Call Transcript

AMD Q2 2020 Earnings Call
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Speaker 1: (00:00)
Hello and welcome to the AMD’s second-quarter 2021 earnings conference call. At this time, all participants are in listen only mode. If anyone should require operator assistance, please press star zero under telephone keypad. A question and answer session will follow the formal presentation. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It’s not my pleasure to turn the call over to Laura Graves, corporate vice president of investor relations. Laura, please go ahead.

Laura Graves: (00:29)
Thank you, and welcome to AMD second-quarter 2021 financial results conference call. By now we hope you have had the opportunity to review a copy of our earnings, press release, and slides. If you have not reviewed these documents yet, they can be found on the investor relations page of amd.com.

Laura Graves: (00:45)
Participants on today’s conference call are Dr. Lisa T. Su, our president and chief executive officer, and Devinder Kumar our executive vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer. This is a live call and will be replayed via webcast on our website. Before we begin, I would like to note that Saeid Moshkelani senior vice president and general manager of our client’s business and Ruth Cotter, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, human resources, investor relations and strategy will attend the Jefferies Semiconductor and Hardware Summit on Tuesday, August 31st. Devinder Kumar will attend the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference on Friday, September 10th.

Laura Graves: (01:24)
And our third quarter 2021 quiet time is expected to begin at the close of business on Friday, September 10th. Today’s discussion contains forward looking statements based on current beliefs, assumptions, and expectations speak only as of today and as such involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectation. We referred to the cautionary statement in our press release for more information on factors that could cause actual results to differ. We will refer primarily to non-gap financial measures during this call. The full non-gap to gap reconciliations are available in today’s press release and slides posted on our website. With that I will hand the call over to Lisa.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (02:10)
Thank you, Laura. And good afternoon to all those listening in today. Our business performed exceptionally well in the second quarter as strong execution and growing customer preference for our high performance products generated significant market and financial momentum. We saw a very strong demand across all of our businesses, which resulted in second quarter revenue growing 99% year-over-year to 3.85 billion.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (02:37)
We expanded our gross margins by four percentage points, doubled operating margin, and more than tripled profitability year-over-year. We also delivered record revenue for the fourth straight quarter and generated record free cash flow in the quarter. Turning to our computing and graphics segment, second quarter revenue increased 65% year-over-year to 2.25 billion driven by significant growth in both Ryzen and Radeon processor sales. In client computing we had another record quarter of processor revenue. Both desktop and notebook revenue increased by a strong double digit percentage year-over-year. And we believe we gained revenue share for the fifth straight quarter.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (03:20)
In desktop, robust demand for our highest end Ryzen processors drove a richer mix in the quarter as Ryzen 9 processor unit shipments more than doubled year-over- year. In notebooks unit shipments and ASP increased sequentially and year-over-year. We delivered our seventh straight quarter of record mobile CPU revenue led by the steep ramp of our latest generation Ryzen 5000 mobile processors. In the enterprise, Ryzen Pro mobile processor unit shipments nearly doubled year-over-year, as we won multiple high volume deployments in the quarter with fortune 500 financial services, automotive, and pharmaceutical companies. In graphics, revenue doubled year-over-year led by demand for Radeon 6000 series desktop graphics cards in the channel and adoption of our data center GPUs.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (04:12)
RDNA 2 GPU shipments grew by a double digit percentage sequentially as the first notebooks powered by our Radeon RX 6000 M series GPU’s launch, including the first AMD advantage notebooks that combined high-performance Ryzen CPUs, Radeon GPUs and AMD software with premium design features to deliver best in class gaming experiences. Asus, HP, MSI, and Lenovo announced plans to bring AMD advantage notebooks to market over the coming months as we further expand our presence in the gaming notebook market.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (04:50)
Data center graphics revenue more than doubled year-over-year driven by new deployments of our AMD Instinct accelerators, including initial shipments of our next generation data center GPUs, featuring our CDNA2 architecture. CDNA2 represents a major step forward in our multi-year data center GPU strategy, delivering more than twice the performance of our current generation and significantly higher performance than competitive offerings in HPC workloads. We expect data center GPU revenue to grow in the second half of the year as we ramp we production of our next generation AMD Instinct accelerators and open source RAKIM software to support multiple leading edge supercomputer wins, including Frontier, Lumi and [inaudible 00:05:34].

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (05:36)
Turning to our enterprise Embedded in Semi-Custom segment. Revenue increased 183% year-over-year to 1.6 billion, driven by strong growth in both Semi-Custom and Epic processor sales. Semi-Custom revenue grew sequentially and year-over-year, and we expect game console demand to remain strong throughout the year. We announced a new Semi-Custom win earlier this month as Val choose AMD to power their Steam Deck handheld game console planed to launch this December.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (06:08)
In Embedded we are making good progress, expanding our presence across key verticals, including automotive, networking, and storage. We ramped production shipments in a quarter of AMD Ryzen Embedded CPU’s and Radeon RDNA 2 GPU’s to power the in-dash infotainment systems and Tesla’s latest Model S and Model X vehicles. Now, turning to server, we delivered our fifth straight quarter of record server processor revenue. Sales grew by a significant double digit percentage sequentially driven by a higher unit shipments and ASP. We are seeing very strong demand across our full server portfolio with 2nd Gen Epic processor revenue growing sequentially, and 3rd Gen Epic processor sales more than doubling quarter over quarter. 3rd Gen Epic processor revenue is ramping faster than the prior generation as customers and multiple third party reviewers recognize the absolute performance and price performance leadership of our latest server processors. Plowed demand further accelerated in the quarter led by growing internal workload adoption and nearly 50 new AMD powered instances by AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google, Tencent, and Alibaba. Google announced to chose AMD Epic processors to exclusively power the first offering in its new Tau VM family that delivers industry leading performance and value for scale-out workloads versus other competitive x86 and Arm offerings.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (07:44)
In enterprise, we see demand accelerating as more than 100 3rd Gen Epic processor platforms are now in production from Dell, HPE, Lenovo, Supermicro, Cisco and others. In addition, we are seeing a rapid expansion in the number of AMD powered solutions and appliances from our OEM and ecosystem partners, targeting hyperconverged and virtual desktop infrastructures, as well as workloads demanding the highest per core performance, such as EDA in computational fluid dynamics.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (08:18)
We secured multiple HPC wins in the quarter, including newly announced deployments by the National Supercomputing Center in Singapore and the French Atomic Energy Commission. Our substantial momentum HPC was highlighted by the fact that the number of AMD based systems on the latest top 500 lists of the world’s fastest supercomputers increased by almost 5X in the last year. And that Epic processors power half of the 58 newly listed systems. Looking at our overall data center business revenue nearly doubled year-over-year and increased sequentially from a high teams percentage of overall revenue in the first quarter to greater than 20% in the second quarter.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (09:02)
We expect data center revenue to continue growing faster than overall revenue based on the strength of our Epic processors and Instinct accelerators, and the significantly expanded engagements we have built with leading OEMs and largest MDCs. Turning towards Xilinx acquisition, we passed additional milestones in the quarter and received unconditional regulatory approvals in multiple jurisdictions, including in the EU and the United Kingdom. We remain on track to close the strategic transaction by the end of the year and are excited about the opportunities ahead.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (09:40)
In closing, I’m extremely pleased with our execution as our business accelerated considerably in the first half of the year. Based on growing customer preference for our products and strong supply chain execution we now expect annual revenue to grow by approximately 60% year-over-year, up from approximately 37% growth we guided at the beginning of the year. Our engineering teams are aggressively driving our product and technology roadmaps to continue setting the pace of innovation for high performance computing. We remain on track to launch next generation products in 2022, including our Zen 4 processors built with industry leading five nanometer process technology and our RDNA 3 GPUs.

Dr. Lisa T. Su: (10:27)
We also recently demonstrated the next major advance in our triplet strategy with our differentiated 3D dissecting technology that enables significantly denser and more efficient connections between stackships. Based on the strength of our longterm roadmap and the deep partnerships we have established, we expect to continue growing significantly faster than the market. In summary, we’re making great progress towards our ambitious goal of establishing AMD as a high-performance computing leader and the best in class growth franchise. Now, I’d like to turn the call over to Devinder to provide some additional color on our second quarter financial performance. Devinder.

Devinder Kumar: (11:07)
Thank you, Lisa. And good afternoon everyone. AMD had another outstanding quarter. Our high performance computing product momentum is driving record revenue growth, record profitability, and significant cash generation. Second quarter revenue was 3.85 billion up 99%, from a year ago, and up 12% from the prior quarter. Year-over-year growth was driven by significant revenue increases across all businesses. Gross margin was 48%, up 360 basis points from a year ago, driven by an improve revenue mix and higher margin contribution from all businesses.

Devinder Kumar: (11:50)
Operating expenses were 909 million compared to 617 million a year ago, as we continue to invest in business growth and our long-term product roadmaps. Operating income was 924 million up 691 million from a year ago driven primarily by revenue growth. Operating margin doubled to 24%, up from 12% a year ago. Net income more than triple to 778 million, up 563 million from a year ago. Diluted earnings per share was 63 cents per share, compared to 18 cents per share a year ago. This includes a 15% effective tax rate in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 3% a year ago.

Devinder Kumar: (12:44)
Now, turning to the business segment results, computing and graphics segment revenue was 2.3 billion, up 65% year-over-year driven primarily by significantly higher client and graphic processor revenue with a richer product mix in both businesses. Computing and graphic segment…

Devinder Kumar: (13:03)
… in both businesses. Computing and Graphic segment operating income was $526 million or 23% of revenue compared to $200 million or 15% a year ago. Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment revenue was $1.6 billion, up 183% from $565 million the prior year. The strong revenue increase was driven by higher Semi-Custom product revenue and EPYC process sales. EESC segment operating income was $398 million or 25% of revenue compared to $33 million or 6% a year ago.

Devinder Kumar: (13:45)
Turning to the balance sheet. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $3.8 billion, up from $3.1 billion at the end of the prior quarter. Free cash flow was a record $888 million compared to $ 152 million in the same quarter last year. Free cash flow for the first half of 2021 of $1.7 billion was more than double 2020 annual free cash flow. With our strong financial results and growing guest generation, we announced the $4 billion stock repurchase program in May, under which we purchased 3.2 million shares of common stock for $256 million in the second quarter. Inventory was $1.8 billion, up from the prior quarter in support of higher revenue expected in the second half of the year.

Devinder Kumar: (14:42)
Let me now turn to the third quarter outlook. Today’s outlook is based on current expectations and contemplates the current global supply environment and customer demand signals. We expect revenue to be approximately $4.1 billion, plus or minus $100 million, an increase of approximately 46% year-over-year and approximately 6% sequentially. The year-over-year increase is expected to be driven by growth across all businesses. The sequential increase is expected to be primarily driven by growth in our data center and gaming businesses.

Devinder Kumar: (15:22)
In addition, for Q3 2021, we expect non-GAAP gross margin to be approximately 48%; non-GAAP operating expenses to be approximately $1 billion; non-GAAP interest expense, taxes and other to be approximately $150 million; and the diluted share count to be approximately 1.23 billion shares.

Devinder Kumar: (15:48)
For the full year 2021, we now expect revenue growth of approximately 60% over 2020, up from our prior guidance of approximately 50%, driven by growth across all businesses. We also expect non-GAAP gross margin to be approximately 48%, up from prior guidance of approximately 47%; non-GAAP operating expenses to be approximately 25% of revenue, down from previous guidance of approximately 26% of revenue; non-GAAP effective tax rate to be 15%; and we expect the company’s cash tax rate to be at approximately 2%. In closing, we delivered another excellent quarter with very strong year-over-year growth, accelerated our business momentum and delivered exceptional financial returns. With that, I’ll turn it back to Laura for the question-and-answer session. Laura?

Laura: (16:48)
Thank you, Devinder. Operator, we’re ready to begin the Q&A session now.

Speaker 2: (16:54)
Thank you. And I’ll be conducting a question-and-answer session. If you’d like to be placed in the question queue, please press star one on your telephone keypad. A confirmation tone will indicate your line is in the question queue. You may press star two if you’d like to remove your question from the queue. For participants using speaker equipment, maybe necessary to pick up your handset before pressing star one. One moment, please, while will poll for questions? Our first question today is coming from Toshiya Hari from Goldman Sachs. Your line is now alive.

Toshiya Hari: (17:28)
Good afternoon. Thank you so much for taking my questions and congratulations on a very strong set of results. Lisa, you didn’t really touch on the supply situation in the marketplace today. That appears to be a pretty big focus for companies and also for investors. How would you characterize the current gap between supply and demand? And importantly, as we look ahead to 2022, how comfortable are you from a foundry wafer capacity and ABS substrate capacity perspective as you continue to grow the business strong double digits? And then I’ve got a quick follow-up.

Lisa: (18:05)
Sure. Well, hey, thanks for the question. I think it’s fair to say that the semiconductor demand environment and particularly the AMD demand environment has been very strong in 2021. We’ve been working on supply for the past couple of quarters. I think I’m actually quite pleased with the progress that we’ve made in terms of increasing our supply. And I’ve said previously is, certainly, we do see some level of constraints, but we are making progress each quarter and we made progress in the second quarter that enabled us to exceed the original guidance. And as we go into the second half of the year, we’re continuing to bring on extra supply each quarter, which is leading to the full year guidance raise that we have.

Lisa: (18:53)
So I think, overall, we continue to make progress. I will that it’s tight like you’ve heard from many other companies through the end of this year. I think it improves in 2022. We’ve been planning for significant growth. Our model is one where we’re going to drive significant growth. So we’ve been planning with that with our supply chain partners, and we do have confidence that we can continue to grow substantially as we go into the second half of this year and into 2022 with the supply chain.

Toshiya Hari: (19:24)
Great. And then as a quick follow-up, I guess a multi-part question on your server CPU, business or data center business more broadly. I was hoping you could speak to sort of the revenue construct in the second quarter. And if you can differentiate between a second gen and third gen roam versus Milan and then what you’re seeing on the cloud side versus enterprise side of your business and the outlook into the second half, as you think about sort of the different segments of that business. And then finally, you talked about data center being more than 20% of revenue in Q2. What’s embedded in your second half guidance? Thank you.

Lisa: (20:06)
Sure. Okay. Quite a few questions there, so let me try to work through them. So in terms of the makeup of our data center business, I mean, our server business was very strong. I think the product capability and sort of the performance and the total cost of ownership for Milan has proven out very well with our customers. So we’re very happy with that launch. In the second quarter, we did see significant growth with Milan. And that being the case, so Rome was still a larger portion of the revenue. And I would say in the second quarter, it was more cloud weighted. So we saw cloud tends to ramp faster on new generation, and that was the case in the second quarter. So cloud grew faster than enterprise.

Lisa: (20:53)
As we go into the second half of the year, we expect that Milan will ramp very quickly and third gen will crossover second generation in the third quarter. And what we’re seeing actually is continued strength across cloud and HPC, which have been traditionally strong for AMD, but we’re actually seeing very good momentum and enterprise. And I think with the breadth of the platforms that we have out there and just the coverage and then sort of the per core performance as well as the overall socket level performance, we’re getting a very strong traction, and that we’re pleased to see that. So I think as we go into the second half of the year, I think enterprise will be a stronger component for us that it wasn’t the first half of the year, and that’s the balance that we want. But overall, we’re pleased with that.

Lisa: (21:43)
And then in terms of your question about data center was greater than 20% of our revenue in the second quarter, we believe that the data center business will continue to be a strong driver for us into the second half of the year. So it’ll be a larger percentage of our overall revenue in the second half of the year.

Speaker 2: (22:05)
Thank you. Our next question is coming from Aaron Rakers from Wells Fargo. Your line is now alive.

Aaron Rakers: (22:10)
Yeah. Thanks for taking the question. Congratulations as well on the quarter. I wanted to ask about kind of the trajectory of gross margin. If we take the full year guidance now guiding up 100 basis points with the 3Q guide into consideration, it looks like you’re actually pushing towards a 50% gross margin. Maybe you can unpack how we should think about the segment gross margin levels. And do you think that if we’re hitting 50%, that’s a new threshold that we can consider modeling going forward?

Devinder Kumar: (22:47)
I think on the gross margin, first of all, I would say we are very pleased with the progress we have made. And as you observed, we have taken up the guidance for the year from 47 to 48. And our long-term target model, we have plans to get better than 50%. And I think the descent of the businesses that Lisa just talked about, especially in the data center, help us get there. The product mix is important. The ramp in the data center and the client PC business, as we green revenue share, is going to be important to drive that. And we are confident that we can continue to improve the gross margin, given the mix of the business and also the revenue ramp in the businesses that are higher than corporate average gross margin. So feel very good about getting to greater than 50% over time.

Lisa: (23:31)
Yeah. And maybe [crosstalk 00:23:32].

Aaron Rakers: (23:32)
I’m sorry.

Lisa: (23:34)
Aaron, I was just going to add to that. I think the most important thing to think about as you think about our business going forward is it really is about the mix of business. So as data center becomes a higher percentage of our business, that’s a favorable mix for us. And then within the segments as well, as we look at where we’re strategically focusing as we really mix to the higher end of the portfolio, those are the key things that we’re looking at from a margin standpoint. But they’re always puts and takes in the business. It’s just really about the mix.

Aaron Rakers: (24:05)
Yep. And then just as a real quick follow-up. As Milan ramps and appreciating that role, it sounds like still the majority of the epic lineup. How successful have you been at as far as leveraging a stronger position with regard to uplift on blended ASP’s as we think about the continuation of Milan and even starting to think about Genoa going forward? Thank you.

Lisa: (24:31)
Yeah. So as we think about sort of the trajectory of the business, it is about offering more performance per socket, and that is what we’re doing. So I think Milan is certainly a performance uplift relative to Rome. It does lend itself to a higher ASP or higher mix of the business. And then clearly, as you know, we go to Genoa. We’re going to continue that trajectory. And then within server, there’s also a mix between cloud and enterprise. As I said earlier, we’re quite cloud-weighted here in the first half of the year. And as we go to a stronger percentage of enterprise, that would also be a favorable mix in the service side of the business.

Speaker 2: (25:15)
Thank you. Our next question is coming from the Vivek Arya from Bank of America Securities.

Vivek Arya: (25:22)
Thanks for taking my question. Lisa, it’s to continue on the server business. Until last year, we saw AMD take about two to three points of server share annually. This year, the share gains seem to be accelerating on the order of four to five points. I’m curious, what’s driving this acceleration. And did you see anything from Intel’s roadmap, disclosures yesterday that you think can impact your server share gain momentum?

Lisa: (25:51)
Yeah. Vivek, thanks for the question. Well, as you know very well, we’re very focused on sort of multi-quarter, multi-year progress in the server, in the data center business. I think we’re-

Lisa: (26:03)
Us in the server and the data center business. I think we’re excited with the momentum around our server business. I think the product roadmap is very strong. I think the execution has been very strong.

Lisa: (26:13)
I think customers also, with the third generation in Milan, felt much more comfortable to go more broadly with Milan, just because this was sort of the third time. Many of our customers were on Rome already, but with Milan, it was sort of socket compatible, and so it was a faster time to ramp, and we’re seeing it ramp faster.

Lisa: (26:37)
We feel good about where we’re positioned. It’s a very competitive market out there, [Vivek 00:26:41]. I’ll always say that. We expect our competition to be really good, and we need to be better than that.

Lisa: (26:47)
And so our team is very focused on execution, and we’re excited about Genoa. I think our customers are excited about Genoa, and so we need to keep the momentum and keep the roadmap execution as strong as it has been.

Vivek: (27:03)
Got it. And for my followup, you announced a $4 billion share buyback. I believe you kind of midway through Q2, you only did about 256 million of that. How should we think about buybacks going forward? Do you have a certain timeframe in mind? What’s going to guide your decision, when and how much of buybacks to do? Thank you.

Divinder: (27:31)
Yeah. I think no specifics, Vivek. As you know, these programs have been really opportunistic, and we will obviously return capital to the shareholder as the balance sheet continues to improve. We were really pleased to initiate the program in Q2 with about 256 million purchased at 3.2 million. And you will see us do more over time, but I wouldn’t want to get into any specifics on this call.

Speaker 3: (27:56)
Thanks. Our next question is coming from Matt Ramsay from Cowen & Company. Your line is now live.

Matt Ramsay: (28:00)
Thank you very much. Good afternoon, everybody. I guess Lisa, one of the things I was really pleased to see in this set of results, and investors have asked me about quite a bit, is that you’re delivering the revenue upside, but the operating margin leverage is coming with that.

Matt Ramsay: (28:18)
You guys have rightly been spending a ton to grow the business, and that’s been reflected in the growth. And I just wonder how you’re thinking about the balance of revenue growth versus delivering sort of upside to operating margins going forward, because it’s an item that’s been a fulcrum from some investors in my conversations. Thanks.

Lisa: (28:38)
Sure, Matt. Maybe I’ll start and then see if [Divinder 00:28:41] has anything to add. I think we’ve always been very thoughtful about how we both invest in the business as well as delivering operating leverage. And look, I think our revenue growth has been very strong. It’s certainly above what we had previously forecasted.

Lisa: (28:58)
We are taking the opportunity to invest in the business, and that’s investing in R&D and investing in sales and marketing and really the overall capabilities there. But you do see the operating leverage in the business, and I think we intend to continue to deliver improved operating margins as we go forward.

Lisa: (29:16)
I think we can do all of those things. I think we can continue to grow revenue significantly above the industry. We will continue to invest in op ex at a lower rate than the revenue growth. And we will continue to deliver operating margin improvement over time.

Divinder: (29:34)
Yeah. I think you covered it, Lisa. I think that’s well said. As you saw, we did update the guidance for op ex as a percent of revenue from about 26% to 25% for the year, and we [inaudible 00:29:45] from a viewpoint of the investments we need to make to grow the business as well as obviously invest in R&D, go to market. Hiring people is another area of focus right now as the business is growing pretty significantly.

Matt Ramsay: (30:01)
Thank you both for that. As my followup, it’s interesting, the more strength the PC market shows, it’s almost like the more concern investors have that eventually we revert back towards the mean. And Lisa, your competitor gave some fairly bullish commentary about the state of the PC industry going forward. And I wonder if you might share your view.

Matt Ramsay: (30:26)
And we’ve heard of, in our work, a few bobbles in the Chromebook market, and maybe a couple of PC OEMs saying they’re building a tiny bit of CPU inventory. On the back of that commentary about the market, if you have any views on your own visibility and inventory of AMD parts or maybe the gap between orders and your ability to fulfill them in the PC market, those things would be really helpful. Thank you.

Lisa: (30:49)
Yeah. Sure, Matt. Look, there are lots of different signals in the PC market, so maybe I will make a few comments.

Lisa: (30:56)
I think it’s fair to say that end user demand has been very strong, very strong in the first half of the year, very strong in the second half of last year. And that’s from all this work from home, school from home, sort of, and then some of this return to office trends. Within that, there is a little bit of mixed shift as you go through time.

Lisa: (31:17)
When I look at the market, I would say that we’ve performed very well. Within this market backdrop, we continue to gain revenue share, and what that means is we’re focusing on the most strategic segments of the PC market.

Lisa: (31:34)
As we go forward, I do agree that end user demand is strong. I also believe that if you look at the second half of this year for the PC market, you’ll hear about sort of pockets of component shortages or match sets and things like that. We’re taking that into account as we think about the second half of the year.

Lisa: (31:55)
From our perspective, we’re planning our PC business to be about flattish first half into second half. And again, we think that that’s very well supported by all of the ordering patterns and all of our sort of look at what the PC OEMs are doing.

Lisa: (32:14)
From an inventory standpoint, we do not believe there’s significant inventory. We do track it very closely, of AMD product, anyways. We look at it at the retailers as well as with our OEMs. We’re watching it very closely and recognize that the PC market may go up or down.

Lisa: (32:35)
We’re expecting it to be, like I said, for our business, roughly flattish first half into second half. And that being the case, we continue to believe that there is strong end user demand, and there’s just some supply matching that needs to happen in the marketplace.

Speaker 3: (32:54)
Thank you. Our next question today is coming from John Pitzer from Credit Suisse. Your line is now live.

John Pitzer: (33:00)
Yeah. Good afternoon, Lisa. Thanks for letting me ask a question, and congratulations on the solid results. First is just a clarification. I think you said in your prepared comments, relative to the June quarter, that Epic grew solidly double digits sequentially. The overall segment grew about 19%. I’m just curious, did Epic outgrow the overall segment, or was it more in line? Can you give us a sense of how it did relative to the segment?

Lisa: (33:23)
Yes. We outgrew the segment in the second quarter.

John Pitzer: (33:28)
Perfect. And then my second question is just more of a strategic question around pricing. Clearly, last week on their conference call, Intel talked about perhaps being a little bit more price aggressive, especially in data center, to protect share. And I’d like to get kind of your thought on pricing.

John Pitzer: (33:45)
In my mind, that market is much more about total cost of ownership than an entry point. And given your price performance, I’m just kind of curious as to how concerned you are about the pricing environment and how concerned you think we should be over time.

Lisa: (34:01)
Yeah. Thanks for that, John. Look, I think the market has always been competitive. I don’t see that it has become more competitive or that’s changed. As you said, pricing is not the first order variable when you’re buying a server CPU. It really is about total cost of ownership.

Lisa: (34:20)
I think the performance leadership that we have is clearly there, and I think customers see that. We’ll always fight for every socket. You know that. We’re very competitive in that fashion. But we think that the way to do that is with the strength of the roadmap and the strength of the deep partnerships. And price is sort of a second order lever in this market.

John Pitzer: (34:47)
Thank you.

Speaker 3: (34:50)
Thank you. Our next question today is coming from Harlan Sur from JP Morgan. You line is now live.

Harlan Sur: (34:57)
Good afternoon and great job on the quarterly execution. Now with Milan on a strong ramp trajectory and also good to see the momentum in enterprise, as you guys continue to drive Epic into new markets, just wanted to get an update on the [inaudible 00:35:11] in the total service provider market. It’s a relatively big market, right? It’s about a $6, $7 billion market.

Harlan Sur: (35:17)
Milan supports much more networking functionality versus prior generations, and operators continue to virtualize the core of their networks. And with 5G, they’re also starting to virtualize their radio access networks. And so just wanted to see if the team is seeing early momentum with Milan with total equipment OEMs as well as with some of the large 5G service providers.

Lisa: (35:40)
Yes. Sure. Harlan, thanks for the question. Yeah. Look, we believe the telco segment is a very good segment for us, and I would say that there is a lot of interest. I wouldn’t say it’s a significant piece of revenue today. I view that as sort of opportunity as we continue to build out the solutions for Milan. But it is one of the areas that we believe is very strategic for AMD.

Lisa: (36:03)
And as Xilinx comes into, as we combined the Xilinx business with ours, I think their relationships as well in the communications and telco market will be helpful in just bringing the overall solution set together.

Lisa: (36:21)
Yes. We think it’s a good market for us, but I would say we’re still very early on that particular cycle.

Harlan Sur: (36:29)
Great. Thank you. And then on the strong early momentum in enterprise as you move into the second half and as you probably have some visibility into next year, because the enterprise growth cycles are probably a bit longer than some of your cloud customers, can you just talk about the breadth of the engagements in enterprise across large corporations and small to medium sized businesses?

Lisa: (36:53)
Yes, Harlan. We have seen a very strong pipeline, and that started with Rome. But we see that expanding with Milan. I think if you look at the breadth of platform offerings from all the largest OEMs for Milan, it’s just broader than our past generation. And I think people are also starting to come up with more appliances, and we’ve done quite a bit more ISV optimization as well.

Lisa: (37:23)
Our visibility is very good into the second half of the year, and it’s also very good into 2022. I think the good piece about this, as you said, it is longer design cycles. But with large companies and certainly with some of the tier two cloud guys, we’ve seen good, strong visibility for multiple quarters. And then as we think about sort of the small, medium business and more of the channeled business, I think all of that is strong opportunity for us.

Speaker 3: (38:00)
Thank you. Our next question is coming from Joe Moore from Morgan Stanley. Your line is now live.

Joe Moore: (38:05)
Great. Thank you. I wonder if you could talk about the seasonality of the console business in the back half of the year. Is there any seasonality? Or does that continue to be kind of more of a supply constraint?

Lisa: (38:18)
Sure, Joe. The console business, we’re quite early in the console cycle, and I think you’ve seen that there’s very strong demand for those products. And so I think the seasonality is not typical. Typically, we see the second half stronger than the first half, and that is sort of more muted this year. There is some growth into the second half of the year, but it’s not nearly what it is in a typical console seasonality.

Joe Moore: (38:49)
Great. Thank you.

Speaker 3: (38:53)
Thank you. Our next question is coming from Stacy Rasgon from Bernstein Research. Your line is now live.

Stacy Rasgon: (38:58)
Hi, guys. Thanks for taking my questions. Around the PC environment, so you-

Stacy: (39:03)
… my questions. Lisa, around the PC environment, so you sound a bit more sanguine about it versus your competitor who does seem to be calling for growth next year and maybe that’s a function of some of the other opportunities that you have. I’m just curious, given your other outlook for continued strong growth, do you think that strong growth is dependent at all on the state of the PC market [inaudible 00:39:26]? So for example, if PCs say were down 10% next year, do you still think you could still go strongly year over year in 2022 off the rest of the portfolio?

Lisa: (39:35)
Yeah. Yeah. Sure, Stacy. So I think there are lots of different signals in the PC market for 2022. So I think what we’re doing is taking, let’s call it, we’re planning for various different scenarios. But I would say that, from our point of view, the overall answer to your question is yes. We believe that we have strong growth momentum across the portfolio. And we believe that we can grow in the PC business as well, even if the market is, let’s call it, not as robust as some might forecast.

Lisa: (40:14)
Our view is that we’re still underrepresented across the board in the markets that we play in, whether you’re talking about data center or PCs or gaming. And on the PC side in particular, we’re making very good progress in commercial, premium gaming notebooks, premium consumer. We have more platforms coming with our Ryzen 5,000 in our next generation, so I think our outlook is less dependent on what exactly happens in the market, but obviously we watch the market very closely and we work with our OEM partners very closely to stay in tune with what they’re seeing.

Stacy: (40:56)
Got it. Thank you. That’s helpful. For my follow-up I want to ask the OpEx question a little more explicitly, so you did take it down for the year in your 25%, but if I’m doing my math right, the Q4 OpEx percentage is closer to 28 and I get why, I understand. But I think the analyst game model you’d given 16 months ago had an OpEx to revenue midpoint somewhere in the mid 26s. Should we think about OpEx, I guess, trending down from that exit rate to that more model level? Or are you still going to be taking this opportunity, at least for the next several quarters, maybe to invest at a bit of a higher level? Is that exit rate of OpEx to revenue more representative what we might see in the near to medium term?

Divinder: (41:39)
Yeah. I think, Stacy, first of all, you heard it right. The priority for this is the investment of business for growth. We are growing significantly and just took up the guidance. So obviously there’s a lot of areas to invest in to support that growth, whether it’s R and D, or go-to-market, or even hiring. Second of the year, you also have salary increases that kick in for all employees. And obviously that does drive the OpEx higher, just given the guide we gave for Q3, which is higher than Q2 from an overall OpEx standpoint.

Divinder: (42:08)
As far as the numbers of concerned, I know you’re probably running your model there, but those numbers are approximate. And really, if you ask me from an overall standpoint, I would expect that for the year we come in a little under 35%. We gave the approximate guidance of 25%, but I think we’ll come in under 35% for the year. Nothing extraordinary there. It’s just making sure we plan the business, support the growth and make sure that into 2022, as we have new product introductions that Lisa just talked about, we continue to support that now, because a lot of new products coming into 2022. So really that’s what it is, Stacy.

Stacy: (42:49)
Got it. Thank you very much.

Speaker 4: (42:51)
Thank you, Stacy. Operator, two more questions, please.

Speaker 2: (42:54)
Certainly our next question is coming from Blaine Curtis from Barkley. Your line is now live.

Blaine Curtis: (42:58)
Hey. Thanks for letting me ask questions. Coy asked on the graphic strength and you said it doubled. Just curious. Is there a way to parse out how much is coming from crypto? And then I think what I heard you say is in the back half, it’s a driver for September, just driving into December with PCs [inaudible 00:43:17] again, maybe you could describe how much the strength and graphics is more client graphics versus the data center.

Lisa: (43:24)
Yeah, sure. Blaine, so to your question about the second quarter, we do not believe there was a significant crypto component in our graphics revenue. The graphics revenue, as we see it, it’s really RDNA 2 ramping. We launched some new products in mobile and we’re pleased with the reception of RDNA 2 in mobile, as well as we started shipments of some of our data center GPU’s. So our view is that the crypto based component is really negligible.

Lisa: (43:59)
And then as we go into the second half of the year, I wouldn’t say graphics is the largest driver of our business. The driver really is around data center and that data center across CPU’s as well as some of the early ramp of the GPU’s. But there continues to be strong demand for gaming graphics. And we know there are a lot of gamers out there who are still looking to get some of their cards. And so we will support that demand, but I don’t think crypto was a big piece of it. And we’ll continue to focus our efforts on getting our gaming graphics over into the gamers hands.

Blaine Curtis: (44:43)
Thanks. And then maybe just a follow-up on the data center, GPU opportunity, you’ve mentioned you have some new wins with HVC and a couple of them are fairly chunky. Just curious when you to think about that impact in the model. Is that a next year story? Or is it a bit further out?

Lisa: (44:58)
Yeah. So we’ll see some growth in the second half of the year off of a small base. I think it becomes a more meaningful driver as we go into next year and then certainly the following year. So think about the data center, GPU story as the early innings of what we did on the CPU side. We’re excited about the product, Blaine. I think it’s a very exciting product with our next generation CDNA2. I think we have won some early wins with HVC. We’re continuing to work with some cloud customers on the machine learning and AI aspects of it, but it’s really a multi-year journey. And the larger driver of our data center business is the server CPU side.

Speaker 2: (45:44)
Thank you. Our final question today is coming from Mark Lapaces from Jeffrey. Your line is now live.

Mark Lapaces: (45:51)
Hi. Thanks for taking my questions. Lisa, I have a question about your announcement with Google for their Tau instances. I thought it was fascinating because it looks like they’re disabling one of the threads and running Milan in a single threaded mode, which seems to me like a throwback to 20 years ago. So I had a couple of questions on this. I haven’t seen Intel Xeon Processors in this mode. Is there something about the AMD architecture, the Milan architecture beyond higher core count that just makes it more sense to use AMD processors in this mode of versus Intel Processors? Are you seeing a lot of demand outside of Google for this single threaded implementation? And if you are, would it make sense to make a separate line of CPS that streamlines the logic for only one processing thread and then you could potentially fit a lot more cores on the CPU and set the power dissipation? That seems like it would be the next logical step. Would that even be feasible? Is that something you consider you’re getting demand for? Thank you.

Lisa: (47:01)
Sure. So, Mark. The way I would say is this, and again, I want to be a little bit broad in how I answer the question. I think what you see in the server land is that there are lots of different use cases for the processors. And you have some that are looking for the bleeding edge performance, and the multi-threading is very, very useful and you get better watt performance per dollar, and just overall stock at level performance. I think what we’ve seen is that as you look across use cases, there are some use cases where you’re more focused on performance per dollar than overall performance. And you might choose to optimize what you do, how you configure the processor differently.

Lisa: (47:55)
I think what you’ll see from us, Mark, is we’re spending a lot of time with our hyper scale partners. And what we want to do is offer them the type of incidents that they need and that their customers need. So you’ll see us do more customization across the board with the idea of we want to satisfy that range of performance across the entire range of use cases. So I think we’ll talk more about how we think about the roadmap as we go forward. But I will say that we’re being very thoughtful in ensuring that we have the right product for the right workload and that it’s optimized for performance and power and cost and in all those areas.

Mark Lapaces: (48:42)
Great. Thank you very helpful. I appreciate it.

Lisa: (48:44)
Thanks, Mark.

Speaker 2: (48:46)
Thank you. We’ve reached the end of our question and answer session. I’d like to turn the floor back over for any further closing comments.

Speaker 4: (48:52)
Thank you, everyone. We appreciate your time today and certainly you’re interest in AMD. As always, we appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you at an event here in Q3. Have a great day.

Speaker 2: (49:02)
Thank you. That does conclude today’s teleconference and webcast. You may disconnect your line at this time and have a wonderful day. We thank you for your participation today.

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