AMD - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real Time Price. Currency in USD
24.36
+0.44 (+1.84%)
At close: 4:00PM EST
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Previous Close23.92
Open24.05
Bid24.48 x 1000
Ask24.50 x 1200
Day's Range23.88 - 24.36
52 Week Range9.04 - 34.14
Volume52,650,728
Avg. Volume95,722,111
Market Cap24.489B
Beta (3Y Monthly)4.21
PE Ratio (TTM)76.12
EPS (TTM)0.32
Earnings DateApr 23, 2019 - Apr 29, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend Date1995-04-27
1y Target Est24.52
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Let's take a closer look.It's important to understand that there are two separate financial instruments at work here. For one, AMD issued a ton of warrants back in 2016 at a low price when the company was struggling.A major holder of these warrants, WCH, is exercising them. It holds warrants that will become AMD common stock at $5.98 per share. Remarkably, it has 75 million of these. These convert to 75 million shares of stock at less than $6 each. That obviously represents major dilution for AMD, but it does give the company almost $450 million in cash as these warrants become effective.This will help AMD's current financial situation to a significant degree. As of its most recent filing, AMD had around $1.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents against $2 billion in short-term obligations. That represents a fair amount of leverage.There's also the matter of the convertible debt. The company issued more than $800 million in convertible debt that has periodic windows where that debt can be transformed into stock. Given the run in AMD price, it seems likely that this debt will be converted.The conversion ratio would reconfigure the debt into just over 100 million shares of AMD stock. That would be worth well over $2 billion at today's prices, and the debt only yields 2.1% as it is. So it's logical to convert the debt now. However, analysts have already calculated financials as though this debt had been converted, so there is not nearly the dilutive effect going forward that you might have expected.All in all, these financial events limit AMD stock's upside to some degree but substantially improve the company's balance sheet and cash availability. AMD Stock Verdict: Expectations Are Too HighAnalysts have issued overly rosy guidance for AMD for a little while now. 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