Continuing our Q2 earnings coverage this month, AMD is next out the gate in reporting their earnings. And, has been the story now for most of the last year, AMD is enjoying explosive revenue growth across the company. CPU, GPU, and semi-custom sales are all up, pushing the limits of what AMD can do amidst the current chip crunch, and pushing the company to new levels of profitability in the process.

For the second quarter of 2021, AMD reported $3.85B in revenue, making for yet another massive jump over a year-ago quarter for AMD, when the company made just $1.93B in a then-record quarter. Now, half-way through 2021, AMD’s financial trajectory is all about setting (and beating) records for the company, as evidenced by the 99% leap in year-over-year revenue – falling just millions short of outright doubling their revenue.

AMD’s big run-up in revenue is also reflected in the company’s other metrics; along with that revenue AMD’s net income has grown by 352% year-over-year, now reaching $710M. And if not for an unusual, one-off tax benefit for AMD’s Q4’2020, this would have been AMD’s most profitable quarter ever – and indeed is on a non-GAAP basis. Meanwhile, as you might expect from such high net income figures, AMD’s gross margin has risen even further and now sits at 48%, up 4 percentage points from the year-ago quarter and 2 points from last quarter.

AMD Q2 2021 Financial Results (GAAP)
  Q2'2021 Q2'2020 Q1'2021 Y/Y Q/Q
Revenue $3.85B $1.93B $3.45B +99% +12%
Gross Margin 48% 44% 46% +4pp +2pp
Operating Income $831M $173M $662M +380% +26%
Net Income $710M $157M $555M +352% +28%
Earnings Per Share $0.58 $0.13 $0.45 +346% +29%

Breaking down AMD’s results by segment, we start with Computing and Graphics, which encompasses their desktop and notebook CPU sales, as well as their GPU sales. That division booked $2.25B in revenue for the quarter, $883M (65%) more than Q2 2020. Accordingly, the segment’s operating income is (once more) up significantly as well, going from $200M a year ago to $526M this year.

As always, AMD doesn’t provide a detailed breakout of information from this segment, but they have provided some selective information on revenue and average selling prices (ASPs). Overall, client CPU sales have remained strong; client CPU ASPs are up on both a quarterly and yearly basis, indicating that AMD has been selling a larger share of high-end (high-margin) parts. According to AMD this is the case for both desktop and laptop sales, and making this the fifth straight quarter of revenue share gains.

Meanwhile the company is reporting similarly good news from their GPU business. As with CPUs, ASPs for AMD’s GPU business as up on both a yearly and quarterly basis. According to the company this is being driven by demand for high-end Radeon 6000 video cards, as well as AMD Instinct (data center) sales. AMD began initial shipments of their first CDNA 2 architecture-based Instinct accelerators in Q2, opening the spigot there for data center GPU revenue going into Q3.

AMD Q2 2021 Reporting Segments
  Q2'2021 Q2'2020 Q1'2021
Computing and Graphics
Revenue $2250M $1367M $2100M
Operating Income $526M $200M $485M
Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom
Revenue $1600M $565M $1345M
Operating Income $398M $33M $277M

Moving on, AMD’s Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom segment has once again experienced a quarter of rapid growth, thanks to the success of AMD’s EPYC processors and demand for the 9th generation consoles. This segment of the company booked $1.6B in revenue, $1035M (183%) more than what they pulled in for Q2’20, and 19% ahead of an already impressive Q1’21. The big jump in revenue also means that the segment is even further into the black on an operating income basis, continuing to close the gap with the Computing and Graphics segment even with the all-around growth.

Overall, both the enterprise and semi-custom sides of this segment are up on a yearly basis. AMD set another record for server processor revenue this quarter on the strength of EPYC processor sales. Meanwhile semi-custom revenue was up on both a yearly and a quarterly basis, reflecting the continued demand for the latest generation of consoles.

Looking forward, AMD’s expectations for the quarter and for the rest of the year have been bumped up once again. For Q3 the company expects to book $4.1B (+/- $100M) in revenue, which if it comes to pass will be 46% growth over Q3’20. Meanwhile AMD’s full year 2021 projection now stands at a 60% year-over-year increase in revenue versus their $9.8B FY2020, which is 10 percentage points higher than their forecast from the end of Q1.

Finally, while AMD doesn’t have any major updates on the ongoing Xilinx acquisition, the company has reiterated that it remains on-track. Which means that if all goes according to plan, it will close by the end of the year.

Source: AMD

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  • Samus - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    I think the reason AMD is being reported is because unlike ALL those other companies you mentioned, along with others, AMD has had a massive turnaround, and AMD is a chip company. None of the other companies make chips. Right now, the global focus is on chip production, hence all the talk of TSMC, Intel and now AMD over the last few months on AT.

    This isn't a financial website, and I don't expect them to report financials of every tech company. Just the ones that most specifically pertain to the spirit of Anandtech (which started 23 years ago, effectively, as a computer hardware review website focused on the Intel\AMD war of the late 90's\early 00's.
  • Reflex - Thursday, July 29, 2021 - link

    I mean I don't really care, I am just referring to WaltC's ridiculous claim that Apple is just a cell company as a weird excuse to have 'no interest'.
  • Oxford Guy - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - link

    'AMD is a chip company. None of the other companies make chips.'

    Is AMD making M1 for Apple or is it Intel?
  • arashi - Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - link

    Nubile hermit virgins in the mountains of Appalachia hand manufacture every wafer for Apple.
  • ikjadoon - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - link

    Right. Apple makes $10b a quarter in Mac sales, often beating or matching Dell, Lenovo, and HP.

    $10 billion revenue per quarter selling Macs, lmao.

    Clearly, they’ve done quite well. Not to mention the M1 is a massive transition for the computing market, besides its near chart-topping performance-per-watt.

    I’d like to see the next “cell phone company” that can break 7.10 on SPECint2017 this cycle. The ranking champ is the 5950X at 7.65, so bloody good luck.
  • WaltC - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - link

    I notice you avoid benchmarks where M1 get stomped...;)
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - link

    We stopped reporting Apple results a couple of years back. When they stopped reporting unit sales counts and became more cagey about sales data in general, it really put a crimp on our ability to say much of interest about the data. Plus everyone reports on Apple, which makes it hard for us to stand out.

    This is actually the first time I've ever seen anyone ask about the matter. Is there demand here for Apple earnings coverage? If so, perhaps I need to look at re-adding that for future quarters.
  • hlovatt - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - link

    Thanks for replying. I would be interested, since I use Anandtech for my tech news.
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - link

    It's not tech news, per se. If you want financial news, get it from a finance site.

    Anandtech already misses enough genuine tech news stories & reviews. Do you want them to miss even *more* of the stuff they're actually good at covering, just because you're too lazy to get Apple news from somewhere else?
  • mode_13h - Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - link

    > Is there demand here for Apple earnings coverage?

    No. Just let them get Apple news from one of the zillions of other publications that fawn over the company.

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