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Intel (INTC) Surpasses Earnings & Revenue Estimates in Q4

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Intel Corporation INTC reported fourth-quarter 2021 non-GAAP earnings of $1.09 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 21.1% but declined 26.4% year over year.

GAAP revenues were $20,528 million, up 2.8% year over year. Non-GAAP revenues totaled $19,532 million, up 3.5% year over year. The top line surpassed the consensus estimate by 6.7%.

Intel’s fourth-quarter revenues were driven by a record quarter for the Data Center Group (DCG), with strong server recovery in enterprise and government. The Internet of Things Group had a record quarter, reflecting strong demand on recovery from COVID-19 impacts. The Client Computing Group (CCG) delivered another $10 billion quarter.

Intel Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Intel Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Intel Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Intel Corporation price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | Intel Corporation Quote

Quarterly Segment Details

CCG (49.4% of total revenues) revenues were down 7.4% year over year to $10,133 million. Lower notebook volumes due to component shortage hurt top-line growth. Platform revenues decreased 5.3% year over year to $9,408 million. Adjacent revenues plunged 27.5% from the year-ago quarter to $725 million. Notebook platform volumes declined 26% year over year but increased 4% sequentially. Desktop platform volumes increased 7% year over year and 15% from the prior quarter. Notebook’s average selling price (ASP) increased 14% year over year. Desktop ASP jumped 11%.

DCG (35.6%) revenues increased 20% year over year to $7,306 million. Platform revenues were up 21.6% to $6,442 million. Adjacent revenues grew 9.2% to $864 million. DCG platform unit volumes were up 17% year over year and 8% sequentially. ASP increased 4% year over year and 3% sequentially.

Internet of Things (6.8%) revenues increased 27.4% year over year to $1,414 million. IOTG revenues soared 36.2% to $1,058 million. Mobileye revenues grew 6.9% on a year-over-year basis to $356 million, driven by improvement in global vehicle production. Intel announced strategic global partnerships with ZEEKR and Sixt SE, and additional plans to unveil Mobileye’s robotaxi equipped with the Mobileye Drive system during the reported quarter.

Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group (“NSG”) (4.9%) revenues declined 17.5% year over year to $996 million on lower ASPs.

Programmable Solutions Group (“PSG”) (2.4%) revenues increased 14.7% from the year-ago quarter to $484 million.

Intel has a residual segment, All Other (0.9%), which includes results of operations from other adjustments. The segment reported revenues of $195 million, down 7.6% year over year.

Quarterly Operating Details

Non-GAAP gross margin was 55.4%, down 460 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis. Non-GAAP research and development and marketing, general and administrative expenses increased to $5.8 billion from $5.2 billion. Non-GAAP operating margin contracted 650 bps year over year to 25.9%.

CCG operating income was down 22.9% year over year to $3,475 million. DCG operating income was down 16.9% to $1,726 million. Internet of Things operating income amounted to $369 million compared with $233 million in the year-ago quarter. Mobileye’s operating income was $105 million compared with $47 million a year ago. NSG operating income was $354 million, up from $76 million. PSG operating income was $51 million, increasing from $43 million. The All Other segment reported a loss of $986 million compared with a loss of $1,053 million a year ago.

Cash Flow & Liquidity

As of Dec 25, 2021, Intel had cash and cash equivalents of $4,827 million, with $33,510 million of debt. The company generated $29,991 million of cash from operations in 2021 compared with $35,384 million in 2020.

In full-year 2021, the company paid dividends of $5.6 billion and used $2.4 billion to repurchase 39.5 million shares.

Outlook

For the first quarter of 2022, Intel expects non-GAAP revenues to be around $18.3 billion. Non-GAAP gross margin is estimated to be 52%. Non-GAAP earnings are expected to be 80 cents per share. Non-GAAP tax rate is likely to be 15%.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Intel currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

Vocera Communications, Inc. VCRA is a better-ranked stock in the broader Zacks Computer and Technology sector that sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current-year earnings has been revised 6.2% upward over the past 60 days.

Vocera Communications delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 109.6%, on average. The stock has returned 77.3% in the past year.

SeaChange International, Inc. SEAC carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The consensus estimate for current-year earnings has been revised 10% upward over the past 60 days.

SeaChange International delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 37.2%, on average. The stock has, however, moved down 6.6% in the past year.

Qualcomm, Inc. QCOM, carrying a Zacks Rank #2, is another solid pick for investors. The consensus estimate for current-year earnings has been revised 0.7% upward over the past 60 days.

Qualcomm delivered a trailing four-quarter earnings surprise of 11.2%, on average. It has appreciated 7.3% in the past year.


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