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Intel Posts Record Second-Quarter Revenue Of US$9.2 Billion

  • 20 July, 2005 15:18

<p>SYDNEY, Australia, July 20, 2005 – Intel Corporation today announced second-quarter revenue of US$9.2 billion, up 15 per cent year-over-year and down 2 per cent sequentially.</p>
<p>Second-quarter net income was US$2 billion, up 16 per cent year-over-year and down 6 per cent sequentially. Earnings per share were 33 US cents, up 22 per cent from 27 US cents in the second quarter of 2004 and down 6 per cent from 35 US cents in the first quarter of 2005.</p>
<p>“Intel delivered record second-quarter revenue, with growth of 15 per cent versus a year ago led by strong demand for our notebook platforms,” said Paul Otellini, president and CEO. “Our investments in new products, advanced silicon capacity and emerging markets are paying off with growth that is outpacing the industry. We look forward to the second half of 2005 as we ramp dual-core microprocessors into high volume, begin production on our 65nm process technology and deliver innovative new platforms.”</p>
<p>Intel’s results for the previous quarter included an additional week of business because 2005 is a 53-week fiscal year for the company. As discussed in the company’s June 9 Mid-Quarter Business Update, Intel’s results for the second-quarter included a tax adjustment primarily related to an increase in estimated research and development credits for prior years.</p>
<p>The reversal of previously accrued taxes increased second-quarter earnings-per-share by approximately 2 US cents. Intel’s results for last year’s second quarter included a reversal of previously accrued taxes that increased earnings-per-share by 1.3 US cents.</p>
<p>The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. Please see the Risk Factors Regarding Forward-Looking Statements in this release for a description of certain important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ and refer to Intel's annual and quarterly reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a more complete description of the risks. These statements do not include the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments or other business combinations that may be completed after July 18, 2005.</p>
<p>** Revenue in the third quarter is expected to be between US$9.6 billion and US$10.2 billion.</p>
<p>** Gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be approximately 60 per cent, plus or minus a couple of points, as compared to 56.4 per cent in the second quarter. The gross margin percentage expectation for 2005 has been narrowed from 59 per cent, plus or minus a few points, to 59 per cent, plus or minus a couple of points. The gross margin percentage could vary from expectations based on changes in revenue levels, product mix and pricing; variations in inventory valuation, including variations related to the timing of qualifying products for sale; excess or obsolete inventory; manufacturing yields; changes in unit costs; capacity utilisation; impairments of long-lived assets, including manufacturing, assembly/test and intangible assets; and the timing and execution of the manufacturing ramp and associated costs, including start-up costs.</p>
<p>** Expenses (R&amp;D plus MG&amp;A) in the third quarter are expected to be between US$2.8 billion and US$2.9 billion, higher than US$2.5 billion in the second quarter, primarily driven by increases in research and development. The company is transferring resources from 65nm start-up programs to 45nm development and increasing investments in new platforms. Expenses, particularly certain marketing and compensation expenses, vary depending on the level of demand for Intel’s products and the level of revenue and profits.</p>
<p>** The R&amp;D spending expectation for 2005 is unchanged at approximately US$5.2 billion.</p>
<p>** The capital spending expectation for 2005 has been increased to approximately US$5.9 billion, plus or minus US$200 million, as compared to the previous expectation of US$5.4 billion to US$5.8 billion, to support higher expected demand.</p>
<p>** Gains from equity investments and interest and other in the third quarter are expected to be approximately US$130 million.</p>
<p>** The tax rate for the third and fourth quarters is expected to be approximately 30.5 per cent. The tax rate expectation does not reflect the impact of any potential repatriation of cash under the American Jobs Creation Act (Jobs Act). The company currently expects to finalise its analysis of whether, and to what extent, foreign earnings might be repatriated under the Jobs Act in September, which would impact the third-quarter tax rate. The tax rate expectation is based on current tax law and current expected income and assumes Intel continues to receive tax benefits for export sales. The tax rate may be affected by the closing of acquisitions or divestitures; the jurisdiction in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed; changes in the estimates of credits, benefits and deductions; the resolution of issues arising from tax audits with various tax authorities; and the ability to realise deferred tax assets.</p>
<p>** Depreciation for the third quarter is expected to be between US$1 billion and US$1.1 billion, approximately flat with the second quarter. Depreciation for 2005 is now expected to be between US$4.3 billion and US$4.4 billion, as compared to the previous expectation of US$4.4 billion, plus or minus US$100 million.</p>
<p>** Amortisation of acquisition-related intangibles and costs is expected to be approximately US$30 million in the third quarter. The full-year expectation is now approximately US$120 million, slightly below the previous expectation of US$125 million.</p>
<p>Financial Review</p>
<p>** Intel used US$2.5 billion in cash to repurchase 98.9 million shares of its common stock during the quarter under an ongoing program.</p>
<p>** The company paid a cash dividend of 8 US cents per share on June 1 to stockholders of record on May 7.</p>
<p>** Gains from equity investments and interest and other in the second quarter were US$105 million. The amount included US$22 million in net losses from equity investments driven by US$133 million in impairments, primarily due to a US$105-million impairment of Intel's investment in Micron Technology to reflect the difference between the cost basis of the investment and the stock price at the end of the quarter. The impairments were partially offset by gains from dispositions.</p>
<p>** In June 2005, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service proposed certain adjustments related to the amounts reflected as a tax benefit for export sales in Intel’s 2001 and 2002 tax returns. The company does not agree with these adjustments and is in the process of appealing similar adjustments with respect to Intel's 1999 and 2000 tax returns (see Intel's SEC filing on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 2, 2005). If the IRS were to prevail with respect to the 2001 and 2002 proposed adjustments, Intel’s federal income tax due for these years would increase by approximately US$400 million, plus interest.</p>
<p>Key Product Trends (Sequential)</p>
<p>** Total microprocessor units were at record levels. The average selling price was slightly lower primarily due to an increase in Xbox* processor shipments along with slightly lower computing processor prices.</p>
<p>** Chipset units were higher.</p>
<p>** Motherboard units were lower.</p>
<p>** Flash memory units were higher and at record levels, with lower average selling prices.</p>
<p>** Wireless connectivity units set a record.</p>
<p>** Wired connectivity units were lower.</p>
<p>Digital Enterprise</p>
<p>For business PCs, the company introduced the first Intel® Professional Business Platform which is based on the recently introduced Intel® Pentium® 4 processor with Hyper-Threading Technology 600 sequence, the new Intel® 945G Express Chipset and the Intel® PRO/1000 PM network connection. The new platform brings the company’s advanced security, management and collaboration technologies to mainstream business PCs. Enhancements include the introduction of Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT), designed to help IT managers monitor and manage all Intel AMT-enabled PCs on their networks.</p>
<p>The company introduced five new Intel® Celeron® D processors with 64-bit computing capability for the value PC segment. Intel now has 64-bit capability available throughout its desktop and server microprocessor product lines.</p>
<p>For servers, Intel introduced an entry-level server platform based on the dual-core Intel Pentium D processor and the Intel® E7230 chipset. The first of Intel's dual-core platforms for servers, it supports DDR2 memory, PCI Express* I/O and software RAID.</p>
<p>The company also introduced two Intel® Itanium® 2 processors with a 667 MHz front-side bus. Itanium-based server bandwidth can be increased by 65 per cent using the new bus architecture, which also supports Intel’s forthcoming dual-core Itanium processor, codenamed Montecito. A test system based on Montecito set a new 4-way performance record of 45 gigaflops on the LINPACK floating-point performance benchmark during the quarter, exceeding the previous record of 27.5 gigaflops held by a RISC-based system.1</p>
<p>According to the latest TOP500* ranking, Intel processors are used in two-thirds of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The Top500 list now includes 254 systems based on Intel® Xeon™ and 64-bit Intel Xeon processors and 79 systems based on Intel Itanium processors.</p>
<p>In telecommunications infrastructure, Intel announced its second generation of AdvancedTCA* (Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture) products. The company added three new communication server blades and related technologies that help manufacturers and service providers more easily design and build standards-based IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) equipment and services. In addition, Intel and Alcatel announced plans to bring AdvancedTCA platforms to mobile service providers, with Alcatel planning to deliver single-board solutions based on the Intel® Pentium® M processor in early 2006.</p>
<p>Intel's latest notebook PC platform based on Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology has become the company's fastest-ramping mobile platform ever, accounting for over 50 per cent of performance mobile shipments in the first full quarter after launch. Formerly codenamed Sonoma, the platform offers greater performance and new capabilities for consumer and business applications while maintaining long battery life. Intel's notebook platforms continue to see strong year-over-year growth, with double-digit increases in mobile chipsets with integrated graphics as well as WiFi, where Intel has become the No. 1 silicon supplier according to ABI Research.</p>
<p>In next-generation wireless broadband technology, Intel announced plans with Sprint, Huawei Technologies, Nokia and Arraycomm designed to help advance the development, deployment and adoption of WiMAX networks. For example, Intel and Sprint announced a collaboration to advance WiMAX technology for high-capacity wireless broadband coverage and services in metropolitan areas. Intel and Huawei plan to enable carrier-grade networks using WiMAX technology. Intel and ArrayComm announced plans to incorporate additional technologies into the IEEE 802.16 specification to support smart antenna technology that can improve overall WiMAX network range, capacity and coverage quality.</p>
<p>In flash memory, the company continued to see strong design win momentum for its Intel® StrataFlash® memories in cellular phone designs. The company generated ongoing growth in flash shipments to the embedded market segment which contributed to overall flash unit shipments being at record levels for the quarter.</p>
<p>Intel’s application processors for phones and consumer electronics devices saw continued strong demand, with double-digit year-over-year growth. A new cellular phone design based on the Intel® PXA800F baseband chipset for GSM/GPRS networks was introduced during the quarter by O2, a major European carrier. Intel's next-generation baseband chipset for GPRS/EDGE/UMTS networks, code-named Hermon, is scheduled to be introduced later in the year.</p>
<p>Digital Home</p>
<p>For home PCs, Intel introduced a desktop platform based on the new dual-core Intel® Pentium® D processor which is designed to provide consumers with the ability to do more with their digital content simultaneously. The new platform includes the Intel® 945 Express Chipset family which supports consumer electronics-like features such as surround-sound audio, high-definition video and enhanced 3-D graphics.</p>
<p>Intel took a number of key steps to help accelerate the availability of premium entertainment content in the digital home. Intel invested in ClickStar, an online service intended to allow consumers to view premium movies in the home. ClickStar was formed by Revelations Entertainment, a partnership between actor Morgan Freeman and producer Lori McCreary.</p>
<p>Intel also announced a collaboration with the Yoshimoto Kogyo talent agency of Japan and invested in Bellrock Media, its digital content production and delivery company in the United States. Intel invested in Mobilians, a Korean company that is developing payment services and technologies for purchasing online content using mobile phones.</p>
<p>Technology and Manufacturing</p>
<p>Intel continued the development of its forthcoming 65nm process technology and began providing customers with samples of microprocessors codenamed Yonah, Presler and Dempsey, the company’s first 65nm dual-core microprocessors for notebook, desktop and server platforms, respectively. Intel’s industry-leading 65nm process technology will enable cost-effective production of dual-core processors, with platforms ramping into high volume in 2006.</p>
<p>Intel and Corning announced plans to develop photomask substrates for Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The substrates are needed to develop low-defect photomasks for high-volume 32nm production using EUV lithography tools.</p>
<p>Please see Intel's Investor Relations Web site at for information regarding a public webcast. A replay of the webcast will be available until Oct. 18.</p>
<p>During the quarter, Intel’s corporate representatives may reiterate the Business Outlook during private meetings with investors, investment analysts, the media and others. Intel intends to publish a Mid-Quarter Business Update on Sept. 8. From the close of business on Sept. 2 until publication of the Update, Intel will observe a “Quiet Period” during which the Business Outlook disclosed in the company’s press releases and filings with the SEC on Forms 10-K and 10-Q should be considered to be historical, speaking as of prior to the Quiet Period only and not subject to update by the company. For more information about the Business Outlook, Update and related Quiet Periods, please refer to the Business Outlook section of Intel’s Web site at</p>
<p>The statements in this document that refer to plans and expectations for the third quarter, the year and the future are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Many factors could affect Intel’s actual results, and variances from Intel’s current expectations regarding such factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Intel presently considers the factors accompanying certain of such statements above and set forth below to be the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Intel’s published expectations. A more detailed discussion of these factors, as well as other factors that could affect Intel’s results, is contained in Intel’s SEC filings, including the report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 2, 2005.</p>
<p>- Intel operates in intensely competitive industries. Revenue and the gross margin percentage are affected by the demand for and market acceptance of Intel's products, the availability of sufficient inventory to meet demand, pricing pressures and actions taken by Intel’s competitors. Factors that could cause demand to be different from Intel’s expectations include changes in customer order patterns, including order cancellations; changes in the level of inventory at customers; and changes in business and economic conditions.</p>
<p>-Gains or losses from equity securities and interest and other could vary from expectations depending on equity market levels and volatility; gains or losses realised on the sale or exchange of securities; impairment charges related to marketable, non-marketable and other investments; interest rates; cash balances; and changes in fair value of derivative instruments.</p>
<p>- Intel’s results could be impacted by unexpected economic, social and political conditions in the countries in which Intel, its customers or its suppliers operate, including security risks, possible infrastructure disruptions and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.</p>
<p>- Intel’s results could also be affected by adverse effects associated with product defects and errata (deviations from published specifications), and by litigation or regulatory matters involving intellectual property, stockholder, consumer, antitrust and other issues, such as the litigation and regulatory matters described in Intel’s SEC reports.</p>
<p>Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at</p>
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<p>*Intel, Pentium, Celeron, Itanium, Intel Xeon, Intel Centrino and Intel StrataFlash are marks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.</p>
<p>*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.</p>
<p>1 Source: Intel Corporation, June 20, 2005. System Configuration: Intel Server Platform SR870BN4 using four Montecito Itanium 2 processors. Source: IBM Corporation, June 21, 2005: Best LINPACK based RISC result posted to Performance will vary depending on the actual hardware and software. Performance tests and ratings are measured using specific computer systems and/or components and reflect the approximate performance of Intel products as measured by those tests. Any difference in system hardware or software design or configuration may affect actual performance. For more information, reference</p>
<p>For more information, please contact:</p>
<p>Daniel Anderson
Intel Australia Pty Ltd
+61 2 9937 5886
+61 0418 686 775</p>
<p>Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
+61 2 9954 3299</p>

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