The Drop in Intel’s Enterprise & Government Revenue Plunges Stock by 26% YTD
PC chipmaker Intel’s earnings during Q3 2020 reflected the tumultuous conditions of the world economy and increasing competition. According to the research data analyzed and gathered by ComprarAcciones, the company saw a revenue drop of 4% year-over-year (YoY) to $18.3 billion in Q3 2020. In contrast, the company had reported a 20% revenue increase in Q2 2020.
Based on the data from the Steam Hardware and Software Survey, Intel saw its market share drop by 3.3%, from 77.54% in May 2020 to 74.24% in September 2020. During the same period, AMD’s share increased by 3.3%, from 22.45% in May to 25.75% in September.
Intel’s Net Income Declined by 29% YoY in Q3 2020 vs. AMD’s 225% YoY Gain
Intel’s weak performance was to some extent driven by weak its data-centric business revenue which dropped by 10%.
The company’s Data Center Group (DCG) generated $5.91 billion, a 7% drop YoY, and lower than the $6.21 billion that FactSet analysts estimated. Its cloud revenue was among the few good performers in the segment, with revenue up by 15% YoY. However, DCG’s Enterprise & Government segment declined by 47% YoY. Notably, for two consecutive quarters prior to this, it had grown by 30%.
Intel’s operating income dropped by 22% YoY to $5.1 billion as net income sank by 29% YoY to $4.3 billion.
In July, Intel announced the delay of its 7nm chips to 2022, mentioning the possibility of outsourcing part of the manufacturing process.
On the other hand, AMD already rolled out its Ryzen 7nm chips. According to Mercury Research, Ryzen CPUs enabled AMD in Q2 2020 to win back the highest market share it has had since Q4 2013. Its overall x86 CPU market share was 18.3% in Q2 2020.
Moreover, in Q3 2020, AMD had a 37.3% share of the x86 CPU market against Intel’s 62.6%. AMD revenue in Q3 2020 shot up by 56% YoY to $2.8 billion as its net income skyrocketed by 225% YoY to $390 million.
CEOs of Major Tech Companies Have Sold Over $6 Billion of Their Stocks in 2021
Data acquired and calculated by Finbold indicates that CEOs of the five selected major tech firms have sold $6.36 billion worth of shares between January 1 and May 10, 2021.
Jeff Bezos leads, having offloaded AMZN shares worth $4.9 billion. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sold $1.2 billion of his stock. Cumulatively, the two executives have offloaded $6.1 billion worth of shares from their respective companies.
Elsewhere, Nvidia CEO Huang Jen Hsun has sold $77.28 million worth of shares to rank third. Microsoft chief executive Nadella Satya has offloaded $65.44 million of MSFT stock, while Alphabet’s Pichai Sundar has sold $33.05 million. Among the top tech companies, only Tesla and Apple CEOs have not sold any of their stock in 2021.
Insider selling follows a surge in tech stocks
The highlighted companies have recorded a spike in the stock value over the past year, and the research report notes that:
“The sales come in the wake of tech sector stocks surging to new highs amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the pandemic, with wide-scale lockdowns, the companies run by the CEOs played a key role by offering services and products to help people manage the effects of the health crisis. The attention on these services drives the stock prices to record levels.”
Although insider trading is increasing in popularity, the activity is an essential indicator for investors to predict future price movement.
Overall, insider trades offer the overall market and investor outlook. When a single executive increases selling activity but others hold their shares, it does not call for alarm among investors.
MTN Nigeria Resumes SIM Card Sales, Activation
MTN Nigeria has resumed the sales of SIM cards across the nation, according to the latest report from the leading telecommunications company.
In a statement released on Monday, MTN Nigeria said customers can walk into any of the stores listed below to buy and activate their SIM cards.
Customers are therefore advised to visit with their National Identity Number (NIN) and any of their voter’s card, driver’s license and international passport.
The statement reads “We are delighted to inform you that SIM card sales have commenced in some select MTN stores.
“Simply walk into any of the stores listed below to buy and activate your SIM.
“Thank you for choosing MTN
“To make your experience at our store seamless and make the process faster, please be kind to come with the following:
1. Your National Identity Number (NIN) is mandatory by law for registering and activating your new SIM.
2. In addition, please come along with any one of these valid, government issued IDs:
i. Your NIN slip
ii. Your Voter’s Card
iii. Your Driver’s License
iv. Your international passport.
SIM registration cannot be done by proxy.
If you do not yet have a NIN, please click on this link Enrolment Centres – CUSTOMER NIN CAPTURE (mtnonline.com) to find the nearest enrollment center
“We look forward to seeing you, and welcoming you to the Yello Family soon!”
MTN Nigeria Issues First Telco Bond in Nigeria
Regarded as the second-largest corporate bond issuance in Nigeria’s history. Leading telecommunications company, MTN Nigeria has announced the successful issuance of N110 billion Series 1, 7-Year 13.0% Fixed Rate Bonds due 2028, (Series I Bond) under its N200 billion Bond Issuance Programme.
This new development marks MTN Nigeria’s debut in the domestic bond market and makes it the first Nigeria’s telecommunication company to achieve this feat with the Series I bond being the largest corporate bond issuance in the debt capital markets thus far in 2021. The signing ceremony took place at MTN’s corporate head office on Thursday May 6, 2021.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Bolaji Balogun, CEO Chapel Hill Denham (the lead issuing House/Bookrunner); said “We are extremely thankful to MTN Nigeria for the opportunity to deliver on a transaction of this magnitude especially in difficult market and economic conditions. We are proud to be associated with the MTNN’s success story. It is the second largest bond issuance in our market and the largest issuance this year. In the coming days, it will be clear that we all did some incredible work together. I am really proud to have worked with all of these colleagues that you chose to work alongside with us.”
Commenting on the bond issuance, Karl Toriola, CEO, MTN Nigeria said “We live in testing times and we can’t take for granted that we work in an industry that first of all allows us to enhance and serve the society and allows us to continue to sustain ourselves, our families and contribute a great share to the Federal Government of Nigeria’s economic development policies.”
“I want to thank everybody for the work done in preparing all the documentation and securing approvals for the relevant capital market regulatory authorities. I am aware of the level of commitment that has gone into this. It will help secure MTN’s future in terms of having predictable funding and cost of capital structure going forward, diversifying its funding sources and help in the joint agenda that my team and I have set in being bold in creating opportunities for Nigerians. It also reaffirms our standing both in the capital market and the larger society that we operate in,” he added.
Chapel Hill Denham Advisory Limited acted as the Lead Issuing House while Stanbic IBTC Capital, DLM Advisory, FCMB Capital Markets, FBNQuest Merchant Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, and Vetiva Capital Management acted as Joint Issuing Houses.
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