Intel beat earnings and revenue expectation for the third quarter, on stronger-than-expected sales across various business segments.
The information technology giant reported third quarter earnings of $1.42 per share, beating analysts’ expectation of $1.24 per share (based on Refinitiv poll of analysts). The EPS was +1.4% higher from the year-ago quarter.
Revenue of $19.19 billion also surpassed analysts’ estimate of $18.05 billion. However, growth was flattish from the prior year's quarter.
Sales from Intel's Client Computing Group segment (i.e. its PC-centric unit) declined -5% year-over-year to $9.71 billion in the quarter, beating the $9.59 billion average estimate among analysts polled by FactSet.
The company's Data Center Group, which focuses on server chips, garnered $6.38 billion in revenue, which exceeded the $5.62 billion FactSet consensus estimate. The segment grew +4% year-over-year for the quarter. Within this segment, cloud returned to growth with +3%.
The Internet of Things Group registered a revenue of $1.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expected $1.12 billion.
Looking ahead, Intel increased its full-year guidance to $4.60 in adjusted earnings per share, compared to analysts’ forecast of $4.39 (based on Refinitiv poll). The company is projecting revenue to be $71 billion, higher than analysts’ expectation of $69.43 billion for 2019.
Intel unveiled the second generation of Optane DC Persistent Memory in the third quarter, and said that Apple had agreed to buy the majority of Intel’s smartphone modem business in a deal valued at $1 billion.