AMD's $1.4 billion loss bigger than expected

From CNET Advanced Micro Devices on Thursday reported a bigger-than-expected net loss of $1.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2008. This is the chipmaker's ninth consecutive quarterly loss.

The $1.42 billion loss, or $2.34 per share, was below the $1.77 billion loss, or $3.06 per share, reported a year ago but worse than Wall Street analysts had expected

Excluding one-time charges, AMD lost 69 cents per share, larger than the loss of 54 cents per share predicted by analysts.

AMD, like Intel and TSMC, has seen a precipitous drop in orders from customers.

Fourth-quarter 2008 revenue came in at $1.162 billion, down 35 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 33 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth-quarter 2008 revenue was down 28 percent sequentially, excluding third-quarter 2008 process technology license revenue of $191 million, AMD said.

For the year ended December 27, 2008, AMD had revenue of $5.808 billion, while the fiscal 2008 net loss was $3.098 billion. This compares with revenue of $5.858 billion and a net loss of $3.379 billion for fiscal 2007.

AMD provided little future guidance. "In light of the current macroeconomic conditions, very limited visibility and continued corrections in the supply chain, AMD expects first quarter 2009 revenue to decrease from the fourth quarter 2008."

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