Intel, the multinational technology company, reported its second-quarter earnings on Thursday, announcing a return to profitability after two consecutive quarters of losses. The company also provided a stronger-than-expected forecast, which delighted investors and led to a 7% increase in Intel shares during extended trading.
For the quarter ending on July 1, Intel’s earnings per share stood at $0.13, adjusted, surpassing Refinitiv consensus expectations of a 3 cents loss per share. The company’s revenue for the same period reached $12.9 billion, exceeding the estimated $12.13 billion. Looking ahead, Intel foresees earnings of $0.20 per share, adjusted, and revenue of $13.4 billion at the midpoint for the third quarter. This projection is higher than analysts’ expectations of 16 cents per share and $13.23 billion in sales.
Reasons for Strong Performance
Intel’s Chief Financial Officer, David Zinsner, attributed the company’s better-than-expected results to the progress it has made in cost reduction – aiming to cut $3 billion this year. Earlier in 2021, Intel reduced its dividend and announced plans to save $10 billion annually by 2025, including workforce reductions.
Despite the positive financial news, Intel continues to face challenges. Revenue fell to $12.9 billion from $15.3 billion compared to the same quarter last year, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of declining sales for the company. Intel’s Client Computing group, responsible for laptop and desktop processors, experienced an annual decrease of 12% in revenue, reaching $6.8 billion. Additionally, the Data Center and AI division, which focuses on server chips, saw a 15% decline in sales to $4.0 billion. The Network and Edge division, responsible for selling networking products for telecommunications, also reported a decline of 38% to $1.4 billion. Mobileye, Intel’s subsidiary specializing in self-driving cars, experienced a 1% decrease in sales, generating $454 million. However, Intel Foundry Services, the company’s foundry business that manufactures chips for other companies, reported $232 million in revenue.
Improved Gross Margin
Intel’s gross margin, which measures the profitability of the company’s manufacturing processes, was nearly 40% on an adjusted basis, exceeding the company’s previous forecast of 37.5%. This improvement in gross margin is particularly significant as Intel continues to invest heavily in manufacturing capability. Increasing gross margins while investing in manufacturing is a key goal for investors, and Intel’s positive result in this area is encouraging.
The Path to Turnaround
In the first quarter, Intel faced its largest loss ever due to a slowdown in the PC and server markets, as well as declining demand for its central processors. However, the company’s second-quarter results surpassed the forecast provided by management during that time. Intel’s management has emphasized that the company’s turnaround will take time. They are striving to match the chip manufacturing capabilities of TSMC by 2026, aiming to produce the most advanced mobile processors for other companies. This strategy, known as “five nodes in four years,” outlines their ambitious goals for technological advancement.
Intel reassured investors that it remains on track to achieve its technological goals. As the company continues its efforts to reduce costs and enhance manufacturing capabilities, it is well-positioned to capitalize on anticipated growth in the technology sector. With a return to profitability and a stronger-than-expected forecast, Intel’s future prospects appear promising.
Intel’s second-quarter earnings report showcased a positive turnaround for the company. While experiencing declines in sales, Intel managed to exceed expectations and post a return to profitability. By focusing on cost reduction and investing in technological advancements, the company demonstrates its commitment to future success in the highly competitive technology industry.