Intel plunges 14% after saying its next-generation chips will come out 6 months later than expected


  • Intel reported quarterly earnings on Thursday that beat Wall Street expectations for revenue and earnings per share.
  • But the company also said the release of its next-generation chips would be delayed by six months.
  • Shares of the company fell 14% in premarket trading Friday.
  • The company also gave a weaker-than-expected third quarter guidance.
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Shares of Intel plunged more than 14% in premarket trading Friday after the company said that the release of its next-generation chips would be delayed by six months.

The announcement came during Intel’s second-quarter earnings results, released Thursday. The company reported earnings per share and revenue that beat Wall Street’s expectations.

“We are seeing an approximate six-month shift in our 7nm-based CPU product timing relative to prior expectations,” Intel CEO Bob Swan said in a statement. “The primary driver is the yield of our 7nm process, which based on recent data, is now trending approximately twelve months behind our internal target. “

He continued: “We have identified a defect mode in our 7nm process that resulted in yield degradation. We’ve root-caused the issue and believe there are no fundamental roadblocks, but we have also invested in contingency plans to hedge against further schedule uncertainty.”

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Intel had previously said that its 7-nanometre chips would launch in 2021.

In addition to the delay in releasing the 7-nanometre chips, Intel offered a weaker-than-expected guidance for its third quarter earnings results. The company foresees adjusted earnings per share of $US1.10 on $US18.2 billion in revenue, where analysts had expected slightly higher EPS.

Shares of rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices climbed 8% in premarket trading Friday on the news.

Intel had risen 1% year-to-date through Thursday’s close.

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