NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA) Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2018 Results; Shares Shot Up


NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) reported revenue for the first quarter ended April 30, 2017, of $1.94 billion, up 48 percent from $1.30 billion a year earlier, and down 11 percent from $2.17 billion in the previous quarter.

GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.79, up 126 percent from $0.35 a year ago and down 20 percent from $0.99 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.85, up 85 percent from $0.46 a year earlier and down 25 percent from $1.13 in the previous quarter.

“The AI revolution is moving fast and continuing to accelerate,” said Jensen Huang, founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. “NVIDIA’s GPU deep learning platform is the instrument of choice for researchers, internet giants and startups as they invent the future.

“Our Datacenter GPU computing business nearly tripled from last year, as more of the world’s computer scientists engage deep learning. One industry after another is awakening to the power of GPU deep learning and AI, the most important technology force of our time,” he said.

Capital Return

For fiscal 2018, NVIDIA intends to return $1.25 billion to shareholders through ongoing quarterly cash dividends and share repurchases. During the first quarter of fiscal 2018, NVIDIA paid $82 million in cash dividends.

NVIDIA will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share on June 14, 2017, to all shareholders of record on May 23, 2017.

NVIDIA’s outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 is as follows:

  • Revenue is expected to be $1.95 billion, plus or minus two percent.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be 58.4 percent and 58.6 percent, respectively, plus or minus 50 basis points.
  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $605 million. Non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $530 million.
  • GAAP other income and expense is expected to be an expense of approximately $8 million, inclusive of additional charges from early conversions of convertible notes. Non-GAAP other income and expense is expected to be an expense of approximately $3 million.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 are both expected to be 17 percent, plus or minus one percent, excluding any discrete items.
  • Weighted average shares used in the GAAP and non-GAAP diluted EPS calculations are dependent on the weighted average stock price during the quarter.
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $55 million to $65 million.

First Quarter Fiscal 2018 Highlights

During the first quarter, NVIDIA achieved broad progress.

Gaming:

  • Announced GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti, the world’s fastest gaming GPU.
  • Announced TITAN Xp for enthusiasts and researchers requiring extreme performance.

Datacenter:

  • Announced with Microsoft that it is bringing NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 and P40 GPUs to the Azure cloud.
  • Announced that NVIDIA Tesla accelerators designed for datacenter AI capabilities were added to Google Cloud, Tencent Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Baidu Cloud.
  • Announced that Tokyo Institute of Technology will use NVIDIA’s accelerated computing platform to create Japan’s fastest AI supercomputer, TSUBAME3.0.
  • Announced that Fujitsu is using 24 NVIDIA DGX-1™ AI systems to build a new AI supercomputer for RIKEN, Japan’s largest research center.
  • Announced together with Facebook the Caffe2 deep learning framework and Big Basin servers with Tesla P100 GPUs.
  • Announced plans to train 100,000 developers this year, a 10x increase over 2016, through the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute.
  • Announced NVIDIA Jetson™ TX2, a high-performance, low-power computer platform for delivering AI at the edge, with deep learning and computer vision capabilities for robots, drones and smart cameras.

Automotive:

  • Announced with Bosch, the world’s largest auto supplier, plans to create a new Bosch-branded AI self-driving car computer.
  • Announced a collaboration with PACCAR, one of the world’s largest truck makers with brands including Peterbilt, Kenworth and DAF, to develop solutions for autonomous trucks.

Shares of Nvidia are rising about 13% to $116.68 in after-hours trading. NVDA has a 1-year high of $1558.99 and a 1-year low of $102.31. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $103.61 and its 200-day moving average is $99.08.

Sentiment on the street is mostly bullish on NVDA stock. Out of 20 analysts who cover the stock, 13 suggest a Buy rating, 4 suggest a Sell and 3 recommend to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $118, which represents a potential upside of 15% from where the stock is currently trading.

NVIDIA designs and manufactures computer graphics processors, chipsets, and related multimedia software. The company operates through two segments: Graphics Processing Unit and Tegra Processor.