NVIDIA Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2015

Adds Second Quarter Outlook and Dividend Dates to May 6 Release

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - May 8, 2014) - NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA)

  • Revenue of $1.103 billion.

  • GAAP net income of $136.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share. Non-GAAP net income of $166.1 million, or $0.29 per diluted share.

  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins of 54.8 percent and 55.1 percent, respectively.

NVIDIA has reported revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, ended April 27, 2014, of $1.103 billion, up 16 percent from a year earlier and down 4 percent from $1.144 billion in the previous quarter.

NVIDIA reported its financial results earlier this week because a preliminary draft had been inadvertently emailed to an internal distribution list of about 100 individuals. Figures contained in the May 6 release are unchanged in this release.

GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.24, up 85 percent from $0.13 a year earlier, and down 4 percent from $0.25 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.29, up 61 percent from $0.18 a year earlier and down 9 percent from $0.32 in the previous quarter.

NVIDIA will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.085 per share on June 13, 2014, to all stockholders of record on May 22, 2014. NVIDIA expects that a portion of this dividend payment may be considered a return of capital for U.S. federal income tax purposes.

"First quarter results benefited from gains in PC gaming and our continued progress in the data center and cloud," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. "Nearly 600 enterprises worldwide are now evaluating GRID, our virtual GPU server platform. VMware announced support for GRID to enable GPU-accelerated enterprise virtualization. And with IBM, Dell and HP now selling our GPUs in their high-volume servers, we expect large-scale data centers to be a significant source of growth."

GAAP Quarterly Financial Comparison
(in millions except per share data)   Q1 FY15   Q4 FY14   Q1 FY14   Q/Q   Y/Y
Revenue   $1,102.8   $1,144.2   $954.7   down 4%   up 16%
Gross margin   54.8%   54.1%   54.3%   up 70 bps   up 50 bps
Operating expenses   $452.8   $452.3   $435.8   flat   up 4%
Net income   $136.5   $146.9   $77.9   down 7%   up 75%
Earnings per share   $0.24   $0.25   $0.13   down 4%   up 85%
Non-GAAP Quarterly Financial Comparison
(in millions except per share data)   Q1 FY15   Q4 FY14   Q1 FY14   Q/Q   Y/Y
Revenue   $1,102.8   $1,144.2   $954.7   down 4%   up 16%
Gross margin   55.1%   53.8%   54.6%   up 130 bps   up 50 bps
Operating expenses   $410.8   $407.8   $396.2   up 1%   up 4%
Net income   $166.1   $187.5   $113.8   down 11%   up 46%
Earnings per share   $0.29   $0.32   $0.18   down 9%   up 61%

Among highlights of the first quarter of fiscal 2015, NVIDIA:

  • Expanded its annual GPU Technology Conference, with 25 percent growth in attendees and sessions.

  • Refreshed its notebook GPU line-up with new GeForce® GTX™ 800M series products, including its first Maxwell™-based products.

  • Disclosed first details of its Pascal™ GPU architecture, which will succeed Maxwell.  Pascal will feature NVLink™ interconnect technology, which will be incorporated in future POWER8 CPUs from IBM, and also 3D memory.

  • Announced that NVIDIA GRID™ technology is available on the VMware Horizon DaaS Platform.

  • Launched Jetson™ TK1, a development platform aimed at automotive, robotics and embedded applications.

  • Joined with IBM, Google and others to launch the OpenPOWER Foundation, an initiative to bring IBM's POWER CPU to mainstream servers.

NVIDIA's outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 is as follows:

  • Revenue is expected to be $1.1 billion, plus or minus two percent.

  • GAAP and non-GAAP margins are expected to be approximately 53.7 percent and 54.0 percent, respectively.

  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $457 million; non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $414 million.

  • GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates for the second quarter and annual fiscal 2015 are both expected to be 20 percent, plus or minus one percent. These estimates exclude any discrete tax events that may occur during the quarter, which, if realized, may increase or decrease our actual effective tax rates.

  • Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $40 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

CFO Commentary

Commentary on the quarter by Colette Kress, NVIDIA chief financial officer, is available at http://investor.nvidia.com/.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
NVIDIA will conduct a conference call with analysts and investors to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2015 financial results and current financial prospects today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). To listen to the conference call, dial (303) 223-2684; no password is required. A live webcast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at the NVIDIA investor relations web site http://investor.nvidia.com/ and at www.streetevents.com. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay until the company's conference call to discuss its financial results for its second quarter fiscal 2015.

Non-GAAP Measures

To supplement NVIDIA's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets presented in accordance with GAAP, the company uses non-GAAP measures of certain components of financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP other income and expense, non-GAAP income tax expense, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income, or earnings, per share, and free cash flow. In order for NVIDIA's investors to be better able to compare its current results with those of previous periods, the company has shown a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures. These reconciliations adjust the related GAAP financial measures to exclude stock-based compensation, legal settlements, a credit related to a weak die/packaging material set, acquisition-related costs, other expenses, a gain on sale of a non-affiliated investment, interest expense related to the amortization of debt discount, and the associated tax impact of these items, where applicable. Free cash flow is calculated as GAAP net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment and intangible assets. NVIDIA believes the presentation of its non-GAAP financial measures enhances the user's overall understanding of the company's historical financial performance. The presentation of the company's non-GAAP financial measures is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the company's financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and our non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

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(In thousands, except per share data)
    Three Months Ended
    April 27,   April 28,
    2014   2013
Revenue   $ 1,102,787   $ 954,739
Cost of revenue     498,585     436,171
Gross profit     604,202     518,568
Operating expenses            
  Research and development     334,263     327,161
  Sales, general and administrative     118,580     108,626
    Total operating expenses     452,843     435,787
Operating income     151,359     82,781
  Interest income     5,710     5,076
  Interest expense     11,471     853
  Other income, net     17,684     1,058
Income before income tax expense     163,282     88,062
Income tax expense     26,766     10,171
Net income   $ 136,516   $ 77,891
Net income per share:            
  Basic   $ 0.24   $ 0.13
  Diluted   $ 0.24   $ 0.13
Weighted average shares used in per share computation:            
  Basic     559,092     616,872
  Diluted     570,422     619,302
(In thousands)
    April 27,   January 26,
    2014   2014
Current assets:            
  Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities   $ 4,347,817   $ 4,671,810
  Accounts receivable, net     396,438     426,357
  Inventories     393,280     387,765
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     136,263     138,779
    Total current assets     5,273,798     5,624,711
Property and equipment, net     570,802     582,740
Goodwill     643,179     643,179
Intangible assets, net     277,530     296,012
Other assets     99,354     104,252
    Total assets   $ 6,864,663   $ 7,250,894
Current liabilities:            
  Accounts payable   $ 309,008   $ 324,391
  Accrued liabilities and other current liabilities     588,937     621,105
    Total current liabilities     897,945     945,496
Long-term debt     1,363,276     1,356,375
Other long-term liabilities     419,774     475,125
Capital lease obligations, long-term     16,683     17,500
Stockholders' equity     4,166,985     4,456,398
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 6,864,663   $ 7,250,894
(In thousands, except per share data)  
    Three Months Ended  
    April 27,
    January 26,
    April 28,
GAAP gross profit   $ 604,202     $ 619,242     $ 518,568  
  GAAP gross margin     54.8 %     54.1 %     54.3 %
    Stock-based compensation expense included in cost of revenue (A)     2,919       2,777       2,653  
    Legal settlement     -       1,450       -  
    Credit from a weak die/packaging material set (B)     -       (7,782 )     -  
Non-GAAP gross profit   $ 607,121     $ 615,687     $ 521,221  
  Non-GAAP gross margin     55.1 %     53.8 %     54.6 %
GAAP operating expenses   $ 452,843     $ 452,318     $ 435,787  
    Stock-based compensation expense included in operating expense (A)     (32,602 )     (33,427 )     (30,744 )
    Acquisition-related costs (C)     (9,441 )     (9,250 )     (8,861 )
    Other expense (D)     -       (1,845 )     -  
Non-GAAP operating expenses   $ 410,800     $ 407,796     $ 396,182  
GAAP other income and expense   $ 11,923     $ 1,964     $ 5,281  
    Gain on sale of non-affiliated investments     (16,982 )     (3,074 )     -  
    Interest expense related to amortization of debt discount     6,901       4,600       -  
Non-GAAP other income and expense   $ 1,842     $ 3,490     $ 5,281  
GAAP net income   $ 136,516     $ 146,917     $ 77,891  
    Total pre-tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments     34,881       42,493       42,258  
    Income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments     (5,342 )     (1,924 )     (6,348 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 166,055     $ 187,486     $ 113,801  
Diluted net income per share                        
    GAAP   $ 0.24     $ 0.25     $ 0.13  
    Non-GAAP   $ 0.29     $ 0.32     $ 0.18  
Shares used in diluted net income per share computation     570,422       577,356       619,302  
    GAAP net cash flow provided by operating activities   $ 151,022     $ 400,712     $ 175,650  
    Purchase of property and equipment and intangible assets     (29,068 )     (66,374 )     (65,667 )
    Free cash flow   $ 121,954     $ 334,338     $ 109,983  
(A) Excludes stock-based compensation as follows:   Three Months Ended  
    April 27,
    January 26,
    April 28,
    Cost of revenue   $ 2,919     $ 2,777     $ 2,653  
    Research and development   $ 20,494     $ 21,548     $ 21,935  
    Sales, general and administrative   $ 12,108     $ 11,879     $ 8,809  
(B) Release of the remaining warranty reserve related to a weak die/packaging material set, as of January 26, 2014.      
(C) Consists of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, transaction costs, compensation charges, and other credits related to acquisitions.  
(D) Includes intangible asset write-off and legal settlement costs, net of credits.  
    Q2 FY2015 Outlook  
GAAP gross margin     53.7 %
  Impact of stock-based compensation     0.3 %
Non-GAAP gross margin     54.0 %
    Q2 FY2015 Outlook  
    (In millions)  
GAAP operating expenses   $ 457  
  Stock-based compensation expense and acquisition-related costs     (43 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses   $ 414  


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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to statements as to: a portion of the company's dividend payment being considered a return of capital; the company's continued progress in the data center and cloud; enterprises evaluating GRID; large-scale data centers being a significant source of growth; the Pascal GPU architecture succeeding Maxwell; the features of Pascal; the company's financial outlook for the second quarter of, and annual, fiscal 2015; and the company's tax rate for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: global economic conditions; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, package and test our products; the impact of technological development and competition; development of new products and technologies or enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market acceptance of our products or our partners' products; design, manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including its Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended January 26, 2014. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on the company's website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

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