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Intel Sees Earnings Skyrocket 875%

Gordon Kelly


Intel Sees Earnings Skyrocket 875%

We don't usually report financial figures these days (turns out our stats engine revealed you weren't fans) - but this is something rather out of the ordinary...

Shrugging off its $1.25bn AMD settlement, Intel has announced its fourth quarter results and we're astounded. In bullet points:

  • Revenue $10.6 Billion, up $2.3 Billion and 28% Year-over-Year

  • Record Gross Margin of 65%, up 12 Points Year-over-Year

  • Operating Income $2.5 Billion, up $958 Million and 62% Year-over-Year

  • Net Income $2.3 Billion, up $2.0 Billion and 875% Year-over-Year

  • EPS 40 Cents, up 36 Cents Year-over-Year
"Intel's strong 2009 results reflect our investment in industry-leading manufacturing and product innovation," said (I would imagine overjoyed) Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini. "This strategy has enabled us to generate unprecedented operating efficiencies while growing our traditional businesses and creating exciting new market opportunities, even in difficult economic times. Our ability to weather this business cycle demonstrates that microprocessors are indispensable in our modern world. Looking forward, we plan to deliver the benefits of computing to an expanding set of products, markets and customers."

Dampeners? Well, it now has to cross licence its IP with AMD for the next five years - which can only assist its rival - and there's the little matter of it being sued by the US government. That said, after these results who'd bet against Intel steamrollering right through both of these and dishing out yet more monstrous figures in Q1?

So the big question: who has Intel shares...


Intel Financial Results


January 18, 2010, 6:49 am

Oh you (intel), mean the fact that you have the whole monopoly on your motherboard chipsets, and sue anyone who tries to make one. Niiiice.


January 18, 2010, 2:01 pm

did you know the boss of intel is my best friend? he is.


January 18, 2010, 2:25 pm

@ ilovethemonkeyhead haha! It's funny if you imagine Stewie Griffin saying it!!!


January 18, 2010, 4:56 pm

thats all goes from our pockets. they make a profit 10%. to much for big company


January 18, 2010, 7:08 pm

Intel also ran an apparently very successful rumour mill - my parents till now still believe that AMD chips run hotter, perform poorer, and cost more.


January 18, 2010, 9:21 pm

it takes much too much brain power to understand the naming of AMD's cpu compared to intel's

Sempron, Athlon II, x2, phenom, phenom II

Pentium , dual core, Atom, quad core, i+



January 18, 2010, 9:25 pm

AMD CPUs do run (much) hotter


January 18, 2010, 9:57 pm

I know it was some time ago, but there were some videos of AMD chips catching fire and melting when the heatsink was removed, compared to Intels that were severely hindered, but managed not to overheat by underclocking themselves. These things stick in the mind, and it will take some time before I'd choose AMD over Intel.


January 18, 2010, 10:57 pm

875% is a meaningless statistic... what exactly does it mean? Percentages are expressed as numbers up to 100... Gordon miss a turn and go back to school...


January 19, 2010, 12:05 am

Back to school Terry - it means 8.75x its previous figure. It isn't meaningless at all.


January 19, 2010, 3:03 am

Generally speaking AMD processors (in laptops) have more problems due to heat. This is more the manufactures fault for not accommodating for this. On the upside they have generally better integrated graphics.

Terry its not meaningless it means 8.75x the original figure however you are technically right and that it strictly should be only be used as a value up to 100.


January 21, 2010, 9:59 pm

Back to school Terry on 2 counts! - The 875% is not a statistic, but a financial metric or fact. Statistics relates to the science of making inferences about the whole based on measurements of a sample set. Nothing is this article is relevant to that as they were all basic comparisons of wholly measurable quantities.


January 27, 2010, 6:23 am

Hi Guys... Gordon & Co, you're all still wrong...{Andrew excepted a little!} 875% is meaningless. Here is your headline: Intel Sees Earnings Skyrocket 8.75 times higher than before. Now that makes sense up to a point as we don't have an earnings figure? Previous earnings CAN be expressed as a percentage in terms of current earnings... NOT the other way round. So if current earnings are say £80 and they were earning £7 then former earnings are 8.75% of current earnings. Per cent is being misused... it's per 100... back to your abacus guys!


January 27, 2010, 7:49 am

@Terry, best argue mathematics with Intel: http://www.intc.com/release...


January 31, 2010, 10:07 pm

...there is no argument Gordon... % quotes above 100 are simply daft and meaningless... I simply feel percentages should be used properly... 875% is not 8.75x..... 8.75x however is 8.75x. As a figure of speech it's often used such as a footballer that says he gave 110% but mathematically and logically it loses all sense of meaning above 100. I really hope this has provided food for thought for anyone that misuses percentages. If 85% of the population used percentages correctly that would be brilliant! Hope this helps! Cheers!

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