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Intel reports second-quarter 2021 financial results

Intel Corporation today reported second-quarter 2021 financial results.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to be in the semiconductor industry. The digitization of everything continues to accelerate, creating a vast growth opportunity for us and our customers across core and emerging business areas. With our scale and renewed focus on both innovation and execution, we are uniquely positioned to capitalize on this opportunity, which I believe is merely the beginning of what will be a decade of sustained growth across the industry,” said Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO. “Our second-quarter results show that our momentum is building, our execution is improving, and customers continue to choose us for leadership products.”

Q2 2021 Financial Highlights

Q2 2021 Q2 2020 vs. Q2 2020 Q2 2021 Q2 2020 vs. Q2 2020
Revenue ($B) $19.6 $19.7 flat $18.5 $18.2 up 2%
Gross Margin 57.1% 53.3% up 3.8 ppt 59.2% 56.3% up 2.9 ppt
R&D and MG&A ($B) $5.3 $4.8 up 11% $5.1 $4.6 up 11%
Operating Margin 28.3% 28.9% down 0.6 ppt 31.6% 31.0% up 0.6 ppt
Tax Rate 11.9% 14.0% down 2.1 ppt 11.9% 14.1% down 2.3 ppt
Net Income ($B) $5.1 $5.1 down 1% $5.2 $4.9 up 6%
Earnings Per Share $1.24 $1.19 up 4% $1.28 $1.14 up 12%

In the second quarter, the company generated $8.7 billion in cash from operations and paid dividends of $1.4 billion.

Business Unit Summary

Key Business Unit Revenue and Trends Q2 2021 vs. Q2 2020
CCG $10.1 billion up 6%
DCG $6.5 billion down 9%
Internet of Things
IOTG $984 million up 47%
Mobileye $327 million up 124%
NSG $1.1 billion down 34%
PSG $486 million down 3%

Second-quarter revenue exceeded April guidance led by continued strength in Intel’s Client Computing Group (CCG) and strong recovery in both Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and the Enterprise portion of its Data Center Group (DCG).

The PC and Mobileye businesses both achieved record Q2 revenue. In the second quarter, PC platform volumes were up 33 percent YoY and Mobileye closed 10 additional design wins for more than 16 million total lifetime units.

Business Highlights

▪ Announced a $3.5 billion investment to equip Intel’s New Mexico operations for the manufacturing of advanced semiconductor packaging technologies, including Foveros.

▪ Launched 12 new processors for client, including 11th Gen Intel Core with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics and Intel® Xeon® W-11000 series processors with more than 300 designs expected this year.

▪ Announced partnership with Microsoft including Intel Bridge Technology to deliver better mobile experiences on Windows-powered PCs.

▪ Leading cloud service providers, including Alibaba, Baidu, Microsoft, and Oracle are offering services based on the latest 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable (“Ice Lake”) processors.

▪ Unveiled the Intel Network Platform and expanded networking leadership product portfolio with new FPGA, software, and Ethernet solutions.

▪ Announced partnership with Ericsson to expand cloud radio access network to increase 5G performance.

▪ Mobileye and ZF were selected by Toyota Motor Corp to develop advanced driver assistance systems.

▪ Announced Mobileye as the only company holding an autonomous vehicle testing permit in New York.

▪ Announced new organizational changes and welcomed renowned technologists to strengthen execution and innovation in critical business areas.

As part of its IDM 2.0 strategy, Intel is accelerating its annual cadence of innovation with new advancements in semiconductor process and packaging. Join the public webcast at at 2 p.m. PDT on Monday, July 26, for more information on Intel’s process and packaging roadmaps.

Business Outlook

Intel’s guidance for the third quarter and full year includes both GAAP and non-GAAP estimates. Our Non-GAAP measures exclude the NAND memory business, which is subject to a previously-announced pending sale, as well as certain other items. Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures are included below. Intel’s guidance includes a one-time tax benefit to EPS of approximately $0.10 in Q3.

Q3 2021 GAAP Non-GAAP
Approximately Approximately
Revenue $19.1 billion $18.2 billion
Gross Margin 53% 55%
Tax rate 4% 4%
Earnings per share $1.08 $1.10


Full-Year 2021 GAAP Non-GAAP
Approximately Approximately
Revenue $77.6 billion $73.5 billion
Gross Margin 54.2% 56.5%
Tax rate 16% 11%
Earnings per share $4.09 $4.80
Full-year capital spending $19.0-20.0 billion $19.0-20.0 billion^
Free cash flow N/A $11.0 billion

Actual results may differ materially from Intel’s Business Outlook as a result of, among other things, the factors described under “Forward-Looking Statements” below.

Earnings Webcast

Intel will hold a public webcast at 2 p.m. PDT today to discuss the results for its second quarter of 2021. The live public webcast can be accessed on Intel’s Investor Relations website at The Q2’21 Earnings Presentation, webcast replay, and audio download will also be available on the site.

Intel plans to report its earnings for the third quarter of 2021 on October 21, 2021 promptly after close of market; related materials will be available at A public webcast of Intel’s earnings conference call will follow at 2 p.m. PDT at

Forward-Looking Statements

Intel’s Business Outlook and other statements in this release that refer to future plans and expectations are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “goals,” “plans,” “forecasting,” “guidance,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “continues,” “committed,” “on-track,” “aim,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “accelerate,” “ramp,” “deliver,” “momentum,” “path,” “progress,” “forecast,” “guide,” “likely,” “future,” “potential,” “positioned,” and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Statements that refer to or are based on estimates, forecasts, projections, uncertain events or assumptions, including statements relating to Intel’s strategy, manufacturing expansion and investment plans, plans and goals related to Intel’s foundry business, supply expectations including regarding industry shortages, pending transactions including the pending sale of our NAND memory business, total addressable market (TAM) and market opportunity, business plans, future macroeconomic conditions, future impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, future products and technology and the expected availability and benefits of such products and technology including product ramps, manufacturing goals, plans, and future progress, expectations regarding customers including with respect to designs, orders, and partnerships, projections regarding competitors, and anticipated trends in our businesses or the markets relevant to them, including with respect to future demand and industry growth, also identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on management’s expectations as of the date of this release and, except as required by law, Intel disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. Forward-looking statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Intel presently considers the following to be among the important factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the company’s expectations.

▪       Demand for Intel’s products is highly variable and can differ from expectations due to factors including changes in business and economic conditions; customer confidence or income levels, and the levels of customer capital spending; the introduction, availability and market acceptance of Intel’s products, products used together with Intel products, and competitors’ products; competitive and pricing pressures, including actions taken by competitors; supply constraints and other disruptions affecting customers; changes in customer order patterns including order cancellations; changes in customer needs and emerging technology trends; and changes in the level of inventory and computing capacity at customers.

▪       Intel’s results can vary significantly from expectations based on capacity utilization; variations in inventory valuation, including variations related to the timing of qualifying products for sale; changes in revenue levels; segment product mix; the timing and execution of the manufacturing ramp and associated costs; excess or obsolete inventory; changes in unit costs; defects or disruptions in the supply of materials or resources, including as a result of ongoing industry shortages of components and substrates; product manufacturing quality/yields; and changes in capital requirements and investment plans. Variations in results can also be caused by the timing of Intel product introductions and related expenses, including marketing programs, and Intel’s ability to respond quickly to technological developments and to introduce new products or incorporate new features into existing products, as well as decisions to exit product lines or businesses, which can result in restructuring and asset impairment charges.

▪       Intel’s results can be affected by adverse economic, social, political and physical/infrastructure conditions in countries where Intel, its customers or its suppliers operate, including recession or slowing growth, military conflict and other security risks, natural disasters, infrastructure disruptions, health concerns (including the COVID-19 pandemic), fluctuations in currency exchange rates, sanctions and tariffs, political disputes, changes in government grants and incentives, and continuing uncertainty regarding social, political, immigration, and tax and trade policies in the U.S. and abroad. Results can also be affected by the formal or informal imposition by countries of new or revised export and/or import and doing-business regulations, including changes or uncertainty related to the U.S. government entity list and changes in the ability to obtain export licenses, which can be changed without prior notice.

▪       The COVID-19 pandemic has previously adversely affected significant portions of Intel’s business and could have a material adverse effect on Intel’s financial condition and results of operations. The pandemic has resulted in authorities imposing numerous measures to try to contain the virus. These measures have impacted and may further impact our workforce and operations, the operations of our customers, and those of our respective vendors, suppliers, and partners. Restrictions on our manufacturing or support operations or workforce, or similar limitations for our vendors and suppliers, can impact our ability to meet customer demand and could have a material adverse effect on us. Restrictions or disruptions of transportation, or disruptions in our customers’ operations and supply chains, may adversely affect our results of operations. The pandemic has caused us to modify our business practices. There is no certainty that such measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks posed by the virus, and illness and workforce disruptions could lead to unavailability of our key personnel and harm our ability to perform critical functions. The pandemic has significantly increased economic and demand uncertainty. Demand for our products could be materially harmed in the future. The pandemic could lead to increased disruption and volatility in capital markets and credit markets, which could adversely affect our liquidity and capital resources. The degree to which COVID-19 impacts our results will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain. The impact of the pandemic can also exacerbate other risks discussed in this section.

▪       Intel operates in highly competitive industries and its operations have high costs that are either fixed or difficult to reduce in the short term. In addition, we have entered new areas and introduced adjacent products, such as our intention to become a major provider of foundry services, and we face new sources of competition and uncertain market demand or acceptance of our offerings with respect to these new areas and products, and they do not always grow as projected.

▪       Intel’s expected tax rate is based on current tax law, including current interpretations of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), and current expected income and can be affected by changes in interpretations of TCJA and other laws; changes in the volume and mix of profits earned and location of assets across jurisdictions with varying tax rates; changes in the estimates of credits, benefits, and deductions; the resolution of issues arising from tax audits with various tax authorities, including payment of interest and penalties; and the ability to realize deferred tax assets.

▪       Intel’s results can be affected by gains or losses from equity securities and interest and other, which can vary depending on gains or losses on the change in fair value, sale, exchange, or impairments of equity and debt investments, interest rates, cash balances, and changes in fair value of derivative instruments.

▪       Product defects or errata (deviations from published specifications) can adversely impact our expenses, revenues, and reputation.

▪       We or third parties regularly identify security vulnerabilities with respect to our processors and other products as well as the operating systems and workloads running on them. Security vulnerabilities and any limitations of, or adverse effects resulting from, mitigation techniques can adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition, customer relationships, prospects, and reputation in a number of ways, any of which may be material, including incurring significant costs related to developing and deploying updates and mitigations, writing down inventory value, a reduction in the competitiveness of our products, defending against product claims and litigation, responding to regulatory inquiries or actions, paying damages, addressing customer satisfaction considerations, or taking other remedial steps with respect to third parties. Adverse publicity about security vulnerabilities or mitigations could damage our reputation with customers or users and reduce demand for our products and services.

▪       Intel’s results can be affected by litigation or regulatory matters involving intellectual property, stockholder, consumer, antitrust, commercial, disclosure, and other issues, as well as by the impact and timing of settlements and dispute resolutions. For example, in the first quarter of 2021, Intel accrued a $2.2 billion charge related to litigation involving VLSI Technology LLC (VLSI). An unfavorable ruling can include monetary damages or an injunction prohibiting us from manufacturing or selling one or more products, precluding particular business practices, impacting our ability to design products, or requiring other remedies such as compulsory licensing of intellectual property.

▪       Intel’s results can be affected by the impact and timing of closing of acquisitions, divestitures, and other significant transactions. In addition, these transactions do not always achieve our financial or strategic objectives and can disrupt our ongoing business and adversely impact our results of operations. We may not realize the expected benefits of portfolio decisions due to numerous risks, including unfavorable prices and terms; changes in market conditions; limitations due to regulatory or governmental approvals, contractual terms, or other conditions; and potential continued financial obligations associated with such transactions. Risks and uncertainties relating to the pending sale of our NAND memory business to SK hynix are described in our Form 10-K filed with the SEC on January 22, 2021.

▪       The amount, timing, and execution of Intel’s stock repurchase program fluctuate based on Intel’s priorities for the use of cash for other purposes—such as investing in our business, including operational and capital spending, acquisitions, and returning cash to our stockholders as dividend payments—and because of changes in cash flows, tax laws, and other laws, or the market price of our common stock.

Detailed information regarding these and other factors that could affect Intel’s business and results is included in Intel’s SEC filings, including the company’s most recent reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, particularly the “Risk Factors” sections of those reports. Copies of these filings may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations website at or the SEC’s website at CT Bureau

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