Intel Blows Doors Off Estimates
If Intel’s latest earnings are truly an indication of how the tech industry is holding up in the econalypse, then the tech industry isn’t doing too badly (though, obviously, it has seen better days). After market close Tuesday, the chip behemoth posted second-quarter results far in excess of expectations.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected Intel (INTC) to report revenue of $7.3 billion and a profit of eight cents per share. Instead the company reported revenue of $8 billion and non-GAAP profits of 18 cents (PDF). And it predicted third-quarter revenue above Wall Street’s expectations.
In a statement, CEO Paul Otellini said the results “reflect improving conditions in the PC market segment with our strongest first- to second-quarter growth since 1988 and a clear expectation for a seasonally stronger second half.”
Now admittedly, Intel did post earnings of 28 cents a share in the same period last year. So its fortunes clearly declined in the months that followed. That said, the company appears to be on the rebound after hitting the bottom Otellini declared back in April.
“Basically, very strong numbers for the quarter and guidance is in line with seasonal trends,” Collins Stewart analyst Ashok Kumar told Reuters.” It’s an extremely strong number given the macro economic backdrop. Despite those headwinds, the company delivered significant upside to both guidance as well as as expectations. The big unknown is whether it’s anything more than inventory replenishment.”
Intel shares are on the upswing on the news.