Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) March 05, 2012 8:30 am ET Executives Ruth Cotter - Director Thomas Seifert - Chief Financial officer, Principal Accounting officer and Senior Vice President Analysts JoAnne Feeney - Longbow Research LLC David M. Wong - Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Research Division Vivek Arya - BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division Romit J. Shah - Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division Stacy A. Rasgon - Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC., Research Division Glen Yeung - Citigroup Inc, Research Division John Pitzer - Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division Craig Berger - FBR Capital Markets & Co., Research Division James Covello - Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Research Division Doug Freedman - RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Research Division Presentation Operator
Before we begin today's call, I'd like to caution everyone that we will be making forward-looking statements about management's expectations. Investors are cautioned that those statements are based on current beliefs, assumptions and expectations, speak only as of the current date and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations. The semiconductor industry is generally volatile, and market conditions are particularly difficult to forecast. We encourage you to review our filings with the SEC where we discuss the risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations. You'll find detailed discussions about such risk factors in our most recent SEC filings, AMD Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.Now with that, I'd like to hand the call over to Thomas. Thomas? Thomas Seifert Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us on the call. We're here to discuss the key elements of the 2012 amendment to AMD's Wafer Supply Agreement with GLOBALFOUNDRIES. AMD and GLOBALFOUNDRIES have made significant progress last year to strengthen our relationship, and the amended Wafer Supply Agreement demonstrates we remain committed as long-term strategic business partners. I will walk you through some slides outlining the updated and new terms of the amendment, and then we'll open the call for questions. At that point, I'll invite my colleague, Devinder Kumar, to participate in the discussion. So let's get started and move to Slide 2. As you review our cautionary statement, I would like to remind everyone that we expect to announce our first fiscal quarter 2012 results on April 19. Therefore, we'll only be discussing today's announcement on this call. We'll not be discussing other topics such as Q1 progress or today's market and demand condition. Slide 3. To start off, I will quickly review the origin and nature of the Wafer Supply Agreement that was in place prior to today's announcement. I will then define the terms of the 2012 amendment, and last but not least, I will discuss our expectations regarding the financial impact of the amendment.
Slide 4. When AMD embarked on its strategy of pursuing a fabless business model through the creation of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, it was about 2 fundamental things. First, it was about ensuring that AMD's access to world-class leading edge semiconductor manufacturing without the obligation to capitalize the capacity on our own. And second, it was about leveraging AMD's 40-plus years of semiconductor expertise, opening doors to the entire industry in order to help serve the growing needs for access to leading edge manufacturing. As a result, today, AMD is leaner, more nimble and focused on continuing to achieve consistent profitability, delivering on our strengths of design and innovation.So with that, let me remind you of the Wafer Supply Agreement construct that was in place just prior to the amendment. You'll recall the purpose of the WSA is to define the terms by which AMD purchases products manufactured by GLOBALFOUNDRIES in an agreement that lasts until 2024. Under the original Wafer Supply Agreement prior to 2011, we have been paying GLOBALFOUNDRIES for wafers on a cost-plus basis, which included fixed costs on certain GLOBALFOUNDRIES fabs in Dresden. We were to return to the cost-plus model as of January 2012, originally anticipated to commence this year, whereby AMD's wafer pricing would have been based on the fixed cost of only that capacity attributable to AMD's forecasted demand. However, to ensure we continue working with GLOBALFOUNDRIES to develop a pricing strategy that aligns to our business case and is mutually beneficial, we amended the agreement again in 2012, which is what I will walk you through today. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com