Intel Press Release


Fourth-Quarter Earnings Per Share 33 Cents

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2005 - Intel Corporation today announced record quarterly revenue of $9.6 billion, up 13 percent from the third quarter and up 10 percent year-over-year. For the year, Intel achieved revenue of $34.2 billion, up 13.5 percent from 2003 and higher than the previous record of $33.7 billion set in 2000.

Fourth-quarter net income was $2.1 billion, up 11 percent sequentially and down 2 percent year-over-year. Earnings per share were 33 cents, up 10 percent sequentially and flat with the fourth quarter of 2003. Results for the third quarter of 2004 included tax-related items that increased earnings by approximately 3 cents per share.

"We ended 2004 with record revenues and robust demand for Intel architecture products across all geographies and channels," said Intel CEO Craig R. Barrett. "Our investments in manufacturing capacity, innovative new products and global presence have allowed us to post double-digit gains in both revenue and profits two years in a row. In 2005, we look forward to continued growth as we ramp our 65nm process technology and introduce our first dual-core microprocessors across a range of new platforms."

For the year, net income of $7.5 billion was up 33 percent from $5.6 billion in 2003. Earnings per share were $1.16, up 36 percent from 85 cents in 2003. Intel paid record cash dividends of $1 billion, announced two doublings of the company's cash dividend and used a record $7.5 billion to repurchase 300.5 million shares of common stock.

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 or other business combinations that may be completed after Jan. 10, 2005. These statements also do not include any impact related to the expensing of stock options under the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Statement 123R, which is effective for quarters beginning after June 15, 2005. Expensing of stock options would decrease gross margin, increase expenses (including R&D expenses) and affect the tax rate.

** Revenue in the first quarter is expected to be between $8.8 billion and $9.4 billion.

** Gross margin percentage for the first quarter is expected to be approximately 55 percent, plus or minus a couple of points, as compared to 56 percent in the fourth quarter of 2004. The gross margin percentage could vary from expectations based on changes in revenue levels, product mix and pricing, manufacturing yields, changes in unit costs, capacity utilization and the existence of excess capacity, and the timing and execution of the manufacturing ramp and associated costs, including start-up costs.

** Gross margin percentage for 2005 is expected to be approximately 58 percent, plus or minus a few points, as compared to 57.7 percent in 2004.

** Expenses (R&D plus MG&A) in the first quarter are expected to be between $2.5 billion and $2.6 billion. Expenses, particularly certain marketing and compensation expenses, could vary from expectations depending on the level of demand for Intel's products and the level of revenue and profits.

** R&D spending for 2005 is expected to be approximately $5.2 billion, as compared to $4.8 billion in 2004.

** Capital spending for 2005 is expected to be between $4.9 billion and $5.3 billion, as compared to $3.8 billion in 2004. The expected increase is primarily driven by investments in 300mm, 65nm production equipment that will enable cost-effective production of dual-core microprocessors and other products.

** Gains from equity investments and interest and other in the first quarter are expected to be approximately $100 million.

** The tax rate for 2005 is expected to be approximately 31 percent. The tax rate expectation is based on current tax law and current expected income, assumes Intel continues to receive tax benefits for export sales, and does not reflect the impact of any potential repatriation of cash under the American Jobs Creation Act. 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 estimates of credits and deductions, the resolution of issues arising from tax audits with various tax authorities and the ability to realize deferred tax assets.

** Depreciation for the first quarter is expected to be approximately $1.2 billion, plus or minus $100 million. Depreciation for the full year is expected to be approximately $4.4 billion, plus or minus $100 million.

** Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles and costs is expected to be approximately $40 million in the first quarter and approximately $120 million for the full year.


Financial Review

** Gains from equity investments and interest and other were $127 million, above the previous expectation of approximately $65 million.

** The effective tax rate for the quarter was 29.9 percent, below the previous expectation of 30.5 percent.

** Intel used $2 billion in cash to repurchase 89 million shares of its common stock during the quarter under an ongoing program.

** The company's board of directors approved a doubling of the company's cash dividend to 8 cents per share beginning with the first-quarter 2005 dividend declaration. The board also authorized the repurchase of an additional 500 million shares of common stock under the company's ongoing stock repurchase program.

Key Product Trends (Sequential)

** Intel Architecture microprocessor units set a record with record unit shipments of enterprise and mobile processors. The average selling price was approximately flat.

** Chipset units set a record.

** Motherboard units set a record.

** Flash memory units were higher.

** Wireless connectivity units set a record. Wired connectivity units were higher.

Intel Architecture Business
Intel had record shipments of microprocessors, chipsets and motherboards during the quarter and demonstrated three upcoming dual-core processors for the enterprise, desktop and notebook market segments.

For the enterprise, Intel had ongoing strong demand for the company's 64-bit Intel® Xeon™ processor, which surpassed 1 million units in the first two quarters of shipments. Intel also enhanced its Itanium® 2 processor line-up with six new processors for multiprocessor, dual-processor and low-voltage system designs. The company announced it would hire HP's Colorado-based Itanium processor design team while HP announced plans to invest more than $3 billion over the next three years to drive the development and sales of its Itanium-based systems. According to the latest Top500* ranking, Intel processors power 64 percent of the world's fastest supercomputers, a 15-fold increase over the past three years. Itanium-based systems make up 83 supercomputers on the Top500 list, including NASA's Project Columbia system, listed as the second fastest in the world.

In mobile, Intel introduced the Pentium® M processor 765 for thin-and-light notebook PCs along with the Mobile Intel Pentium® 4 processor 552 for desktop-equivalent multimedia notebooks. The company also previewed a next-generation notebook PC platform code-named Sonoma, which began shipping for revenue during the quarter. The new platform combines the mobility associated with Intel Centrino™ Mobile Technology with support for advanced audio, video, 3D gaming and TV-out capabilities traditionally found in desktop PCs and full-size notebooks.

For the digital home, entertainment PC products from major OEM manufacturers began shipping during the holiday buying season. Based on the Pentium® 4 processor with HT Technology and the Intel 915 Express Chipset, the entertainment PCs combine many of the capabilities found in consumer electronics devices such as CD/DVD players, gaming stations and personal video recorders into a single platform that also supports Web content browsing and home networking. Intel Capital invested in three additional companies developing enabling technologies for the digital home while Intel and Linksys announced a digital media adapter that enables consumers to enjoy movies and music on multiple networked digital devices in the home. The Linksys adapter supports technology called DCTP/IP that allows protected premium content to be experienced in the digital home.

For the desktop, Intel introduced a new PC platform aimed at power users and gaming enthusiasts. The platform includes the Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition at 3.46 GHz and the Intel 925XE Express chipset, which supports a 1.066 GHz front side bus, PCI Express* graphics and Intel High Definition Audio.

Intel Communications Group
In flash, the company saw continued strong growth in demand for its Intel StrataFlash® Wireless Memory, which helped Intel regain its market segment share leadership in NOR flash memory. The company also released software tools that make it easier for developers to create advanced applications for next-generation multimedia phones that use Intel StrataFlash memories and Intel Wireless Flash memories.

In wireless networking, Intel shipped a record number of WiFi connections during the quarter and announced plans to work with Clearwire, a wireless broadband services company, to accelerate the deployment of WiMAX networks worldwide. Clearwire received an investment from Intel Capital and plans to deploy equipment that uses Intel WiMAX silicon. In cellular, Intel, IBM and NTT Docomo released the Trusted Mobile Platform, a security specification for cell phones and other handheld devices designed to help make online purchases more secure and protect against viruses.

In network processing, Intel announced new product lines for communications and embedded networking applications. The Intel IXP2325 and IXP2350 network processors are Intel's first built on 90nm process technology and are targeted at network access and edge applications. The Intel IXP460 and IXP465 network processors provide designers of embedded systems with a higher performing Intel XScale® core, expanded connectivity options, and system reliability and security enhancements.

In storage area networking, Intel introduced a low-voltage 64-bit Intel Xeon processor offering greater memory addressability for storage-intensive applications such as large databases. Emulex announced plans to use Intel's 2-Gbps optical transceiver in a new Fibre Channel adaptor for storage area networks.

Technology and Manufacturing Group
Intel exited the year with more than 80 percent of its processor shipments to the computing industry based on 300mm, 90nm technology. The company also made significant progress in its 65nm technology development, including the demonstration of commercial software running on a forthcoming dual-core microprocessor for notebook PCs code-named Yonah. Intel also began installing equipment at its Fab 12 facility in Arizona -- the company's fifth 300mm fab -- which is on schedule to produce 65nm processors in late 2005, with volume ramping in 2006.

Intel will hold a public webcast at 2:30 p.m. PST today on its Investor Relations Web site at A replay of the webcast will be available until April 19.

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 March 10. From the close of business on March 4 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

The statements in this document that refer to plans and expectations for the first 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 Sept. 25, 2004.

  • 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, pricing pressures and actions taken by Intel's competitors, the timing of new product introductions and the availability of sufficient inventory to meet demand. Factors that could cause demand to be different from Intel's expectations include changes in business and economic conditions, and changes in customer order patterns and the level of inventory at customers.
  • The gross margin percentage could also be affected by excess or obsolete inventory, variations in inventory valuation and impairment of manufacturing or assembly and test assets.
  • Dividend declarations and the dividend rate are at the discretion of Intel's Board of Directors, and plans for future dividends may be revised by the Board. Intel's dividend and stock repurchase programs could be affected by changes in its capital spending programs, changes in its cash flows and changes in tax laws, as well as by the level and timing of acquisition and investment activity.
  • The expectation regarding gains or losses from equity securities and interest and other could vary from expectations depending on equity market levels and volatility, gains or losses realized on the sale or exchange of securities, impairment charges related to non-marketable and other investments, interest rates, cash balances, and changes in fair value of derivative instruments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Intel, Intel Xeon, Itanium, Pentium, Intel Centrino, Intel StrataFlash and Intel XScale are marks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

    * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

    (In millions, except per share amounts)
          Three Months Ended
      Twelve Months Ended
        Dec. 25,   Dec. 27,   Dec. 25,   Dec. 27,
    NET REVENUE $ 9,598   $ 8,741   $ 34,209   $ 30,141
    Cost of sales   4,221
    GROSS MARGIN   5,377
    Research and                
      development   1,214   1,177   4,778   4,360
    Marketing, general                
      and administrative   1,225   1,141   4,659   4,278
    Impairment of                
      goodwill   -   611   -   617
    Amortization of                
      intangibles and costs   38   65   179   301
    Purchased in-process                
      research and                
      development   -
      EXPENSES   2,477
      INCOME   2,900   2,562   10,130   7,533
    Losses on equity                
      securities, net   (3)   (35)   (2)   (283)
    Interest and other, net   130
    INCOME BEFORE                
      TAXES   3,027   2,580   10,417   7,442
    Income taxes   904
    NET INCOME   $ 2,123
      $ 2,173
      $ 7,516
      $ 5,641
    BASIC EARNINGS                
      PER SHARE   $ 0.34
      $ 0.33
      $ 1.17
      $ 0.86
    DILUTED EARNINGS                
      PER SHARE   $ 0.33
      $ 0.33
      $ 1.16
      $ 0.85
    COMMON SHARES                
      OUTSTANDING   6,294   6,512   6,400   6,527
    COMMON SHARES                
      DILUTION   6,352   6,671   6,494   6,621
    (In millions)
        Dec. 25,   Sept. 25,   Dec. 27,
    CURRENT ASSETS            
    Cash and short-term            
      investments   $ 14,061   $ 13,647   $ 13,539
    Trading assets   3,111   2,510   2,625
    Accounts receivable 2,999   3,266   2,960
        Raw materials   388   434   333
        Work in process   1,418   1,750   1,490
        Finished goods   815
            2,621   3,180   2,519
    Deferred tax assets            
      and other   1,540
      Total current assets 24,332   23,990   22,882
    Property, plant and            
      equipment, net   15,768   15,924   16,661
    Marketable strategic            
      equity securities   656   461   514
    Other long-term            
      investments   2,563   2,365   1,866
    Goodwill   3,719   3,734   3,705
    Other assets 1,379
      TOTAL ASSETS $ 48,417
      $ 47,800
      $ 47,143
    Short-term debt $ 201   $ 213   $ 224
    Accounts payable and            
      accrued liabilities   6,049   5,514   5,237
    Deferred income            
      on shipments to            
      distributors   592   652   633
    Income taxes payable 1,265
      Total current liabilities 8,107   7,810   6,879
    LONG-TERM DEBT 703   882   936
    DEFERRED TAX            
      LIABILITIES   1,028   913   1,482
      EQUITY   38,579
      TOTAL LIABILITIES            
        EQUITY   $ 48,417
      $ 47,800
      $ 47,143
    (In millions)
          Q4 2004
      Q3 2004
      Q4 2003
      Americas $2,047   $1,799   $2,356
          21%   21%   27%
      Asia-Pacific $4,421   $4,014   $3,475
          46%   48%   40%
      Europe $2,277   $1,886   $2,126
          24%   22%   24%
      Japan $853   $772   $784
          9%   9%   9%
    Intel Architecture business          
      microprocessor revenue $6,804   $5,928   $6,514
    Intel Architecture business chipset,          
      motherboard and other revenue $1,426   $1,210   $1,183
    Flash revenue $643   $638   $399
    CASH INVESTMENTS:          
    Cash and short-          
      term investments $14,061   $13,647   $13,539
    Trading assets -          
      fixed income (1) 2,772
    Total cash investments $16,833   $15,839   $15,860
    Marketable strategic          
      equity securities $656   $461   $514
    Other strategic investments 513
    Total Intel Capital portfolio $1,169   $1,092   $1,266
    TRADING ASSETS:          
    Trading assets -          
      equity securities          
      offsetting deferred          
      compensation (2) $339   $318   $304
    Total trading assets -          
      sum of 1+2 $3,111   $2,510   $2,625
    SELECTED CASH          
    Depreciation $1,144   $1,155   $1,177
    Impairment of          
      goodwill -   -   $611
    Amortization of acquisition-          
      related intangibles          
      & costs $38   $40   $65
    Capital spending ($1,031)   ($1,106)   ($707)
    Stock repurchase          
      program ($2,000)   ($2,500)   ($2,003)
    Proceeds from sales          
      of shares to          
      employees, tax          
      benefit & other $168   $322   $324
    Dividends paid ($252)   ($253)   ($131)
    Net cash used          
      for acquisitions -   ($20)   ($40)
    SHARE INFORMATION:          
    Average common shares          
      outstanding 6,294   6,375   6,512
    Dilutive effect of          
      stock options 58   67   159
    Common shares          
      assuming dilution 6,352   6,442   6,671
    STOCK BUYBACK:          
      Shares repurchased 89.0   106.3   61.4
      Shares authorized          
        for buyback 2,300.0   2,300.0   2,300.0
      Increase in authorization 500.0   -   -
      Cumulative shares          
        repurchased (2,186.5)   (2,097.5)   (1,886.0)
      Shares available          
        for buyback 613.5   202.5   414.0
    OTHER INFORMATION:          
    Employees (in thousands) 85.0   84.2   79.7
    Days sales outstanding 34   35   36
    ($ in millions)
        Q4 2004 Q3 2004 YTD 2004 Q4 2003 YTD 2003    

    OPERATING SEGMENT              
    Intel Architecture              
      Revenue 8,230 7,138 29,167 7,697 26,178    
      Operating income 3,484 2,789 12,067 3,721 10,354    

    Intel Communications              
      Revenue 1,364 1,327 5,027 1,035 3,928    
      Operating loss (196) (250) (791) (143) (824)    

    All Other              
      Revenue 4 6 15 9 35    
      Operating loss (388) (166) (1,146) (1,016) (1,997)    

      Revenue 9,598 8,471 34,209 8,741 30,141    
      Operating income 2,900 2,373 10,130 2,562 7,533    
    Beginning in 2004, the company combined its communications-related businesses into a single organization, the Intel Communications Group (ICG). Previously, these communications businesses were in two separate product line operating segments: the former Intel Communications Group and the Wireless Communications and Computing Group. The company now consists of two reportable product-line operating segments: the Intel Architecture business, which is composed of the Desktop Platforms Group, the Mobile Platforms Group and the Enterprise Platforms Group; and ICG. All prior period amounts have been restated to reflect the new presentation as well as certain minor reorganizations effected during 2004.    
    The Intel Architecture operating segment's products include microprocessors and related chipsets and motherboards. ICG's products include flash memory; wired and wireless connectivity products; communications infrastructure components such as network and embedded processors and optical components; microcontrollers; application and cellular processors used in cellular handsets and handheld computing devices; and cellular baseband chipsets.    
    The "all other" category includes acquisition-related costs, including amortization and any impairments of acquisition-related intangibles and goodwill. "All other" also includes the results of operations of seed businesses that support the company's initiatives. Finally, "all other" includes certain corporate-level operating expenses, including a portion of profit-dependent bonus and other expenses not allocated to the operating segments.