AMD chief executive Rory Read noted in prepared remarks that the company continues to "evolve our operating model and diversify our product portfolio with the changing PC environment," adding:
Innovation is the core of our long-term growth. The investments we are making in technology today are focused on leveraging our distinctive IP to drive growth in ultra low-power client devices, semi-custom SoCs, and dense servers. We expect to deliver differentiated and groundbreaking APUs to our customers in 2013 and remain focused on transforming our operating model to the business realities of today.
Standard & Poor only two weeks ago cut AMD's credit rating to reflect the company's "vulnerable" business risk profile, and warned that the chipmaker's earnings and revenue may decline even further.
Gross margin was 15 percent for the fourth quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, AMD's gross margin was 39 percent, an increase of 8 percent
AMD's cash balance stood at $1.2 billion at the end of the fourth quarter
Restructuring costs and operational efficiencies in the fourth quarter resulted in a $90 million charge, which includes expected costs in 2013's fiscal first quarter
GPU revenue decreased quarter on quarter and year over year due to lower unit volume shipments. Operating income was $22 million, compared to $18 million in the third quarter and $27 million in the same quarter a year ago.
AMD closed down 0.4 percent at market close at $2.45 per share, and gained modestly in after-hours trading by 3.3 percent to $2.53 per share. The chipmaker is down by more than 70 percent from its March 2012 peak of $8.20 per share.
AMD's outlook for the upcoming 2013 fiscal first quarter is bleak. AMD expects revenue to decrease by a further 9 percent, give or take 3 percent.