Title: Intel Faces Challenges Despite Positive Guidance, Investment Firm Suggests Exiting Foundry Business
Subtitle: Intel’s CEO announces prepayment for upcoming technology node as Citi analyst expresses concerns
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Intel, one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, has recently received positive feedback on their third-quarter guidance and a prepayment for their foundry business. However, investment firm Citi believes that the company still faces significant challenges ahead. In particular, Citi analyst Christopher Danely suggests that Intel should consider exiting the Foundry business, citing low chances of success.
The CEO of Intel, Pat Gelsinger, made an exciting announcement at a conference recently, revealing that a customer had made a prepayment for their upcoming technology node, 18A. This advanced technology is scheduled for production in the second half of next year, indicating promising business prospects for Intel.
Previously, Intel’s CFO mentioned plans to compete with major players like Taiwan Semiconductor, GlobalFoundries, and Samsung in chip manufacturing for other companies. Intel aimed to announce a major foundry customer this year, a move that would significantly strengthen its position in the market.
However, Christopher Danely expressed concerns about Intel and AMD’s data center businesses potentially missing their second-half targets. The rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI) demand, mainly driven by Nvidia, is diverting the attention of data centers away from Intel and AMD. This shift in focus raises doubts about whether Intel can meet its targets and stay competitive in this evolving market landscape.
Despite the challenges highlighted by Danely, Gelsinger remains optimistic, stating that Intel is above the mid-point for its third-quarter guidance. The company initially predicted earnings of 20 cents per share and sales between $12.9 billion and $13.9 billion. These positive numbers indicate that Intel is on track to meet or exceed its financial goals for the quarter.
Following Gelsinger’s announcement and the positive guidance, Intel’s shares experienced a boost of approximately 1% in pre-market trading. Shareholders and investors are cautiously optimistic about Intel’s future prospects, encouraged by the company’s progress in securing prepayment for its upcoming technology node.
As Intel continues to navigate challenges and explore opportunities in the semiconductor industry, the market will eagerly await further updates from the company.
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