INTC Stock Price Increases Over 5%: Why It Happened

By Amit Chowdhry ● January 13, 2021
  • The stock price of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is trading at over 5% today. This is why it happened.

The stock price of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is trading at over 5% today. One of the biggest triggers for the stock price increase has to do with Intel CEO Bob Swan stepping down. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will be succeeding Swan in the head position.

Swan is going to remain as CEO until February 15. And Intel expects to exceed its previously communicated guidance for fourth-quarter 2020 revenue and earnings per share (EPS). The full fourth-quarter results will be released on January 21, 2021 as scheduled.

Intel has made strong progress on its 7nm process technology and will provide an update on its January 21 earnings call. And Intel said that today’s announcement is unrelated to Intel’s 2020 financial performance. The company revealed it expects its fourth-quarter 2020 revenue and EPS to exceed its prior guidance provided on October 22, 2020.

Most recently, Gelsinger served as the CEO of VMware since 2012 where he significantly transformed the company into a recognized global leader in cloud infrastructure, enterprise mobility, and cybersecurity – almost tripling the company’s annual revenues. And prior to joining VMware, Gelsinger was president and chief operating officer of EMC Information Infrastructure Products at EMC, overseeing engineering and operations for information storage, data computing, backup and recovery, RSA security, and enterprise solutions. Before joining EMC, he had spent 30 years at Intel, becoming the company’s first chief technology officer and driving the creation of key industry technologies such as USB and Wi-Fi. Plus he was the architect of the original 80486 processor, led 14 different microprocessor programs, and played key roles in the Core and Xeon families.

KEY QUOTES:

“Pat is a proven technology leader with a distinguished track record of innovation, talent development, and a deep knowledge of Intel. He will continue a values-based cultural leadership approach with a hyper focus on operational execution. After careful consideration, the board concluded that now is the right time to make this leadership change to draw on Pat’s technology and engineering expertise during this critical period of transformation at Intel. The board is confident that Pat, together with the rest of the leadership team, will ensure strong execution of Intel’s strategy to build on its product leadership and take advantage of the significant opportunities ahead as it continues to transform from a CPU to a multi-architecture XPU company.”

“The board and I deeply appreciate Bob Swan for his leadership and significant contributions through this period of transformation for Intel. Under his leadership, Intel has made significant progress on its strategy to transform into a multi-architecture XPU company to capitalize on market shifts and extend Intel’s reach into fast-growing markets. Bob has also been instrumental in reenergizing the company’s culture to drive better execution of our product and innovation roadmap. He leaves Intel in a strong strategic and financial position, and we thank him for his ongoing guidance as he works with Pat to ensure the leadership transition is seamless.”

– Omar Ishrak, independent chairman of the Intel board

“I am thrilled to rejoin and lead Intel forward at this important time for the company, our industry, and our nation. Having begun my career at Intel and learned at the feet of Grove, Noyce and Moore, it’s my privilege and honor to return in this leadership capacity. I have tremendous regard for the company’s rich history and powerful technologies that have created the world’s digital infrastructure. I believe Intel has significant potential to continue to reshape the future of technology and look forward to working with the incredibly talented global Intel team to accelerate innovation and create value for our customers and shareholders.”

– Pat Gelsinger

“My goal over the past two years has been to position Intel for a new era of distributed intelligence, improving execution to strengthen our core CPU franchise and extending our reach to accelerate growth. With significant progress made across those priorities, we’re now at the right juncture to make this transition to the next leader of Intel. I am fully supportive of the board’s selection of Pat and have great confidence that, under his leadership and the rest of the management team, Intel will continue to lead the market as one of the world’s most influential technology companies.”

– Bob Swan