NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2018

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - May 9, 2017) - NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA)

  • Revenue of $1.94 billion, up 48 percent from a year ago
  • GAAP EPS of $0.79, up 126 percent from a year ago
  • Non-GAAP EPS of $0.85, up 85 percent from a year ago
  • Broad growth across all platforms

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today 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.

Q1 FY2018 Summary

($ in millions except earnings per share)   Q1 FY18   Q4 FY17   Q1 FY17   Q/Q   Y/Y
Revenue   $1,937   $2,173   $1,305   down 11%   up 48%
Gross margin   59.4%   60.0%   57.5%   down 60 bps   up 190 bps
Operating expenses   $596   $570   $506   up 5%   up 18%
Operating income   $554   $733   $245   down 24%   up 126%
Net income   $507   $655   $208   down 23%   up 144%
Diluted earnings per share   $0.79   $0.99   $0.35   down 20%   up 126%
($ in millions except earnings per share)   Q1 FY18   Q4 FY17   Q1 FY17   Q/Q   Y/Y
Revenue   $1,937   $2,173   $1,305   down 11%   up 48%
Gross margin   59.6%   60.2%   58.6%   down 60 bps   up 100 bps
Operating expenses   $517   $498   $443   up 4%   up 17%
Operating income   $637   $809   $322   down 21%   up 98%
Net income   $533   $704   $263   down 24%   up 103%
Diluted earnings per share   $0.85   $1.13   $0.46   down 25%   up 85%

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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.

CFO Commentary
Commentary on the quarter by Colette Kress, NVIDIA's executive vice president and 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 2018 financial results and current financial prospects today at 2 p.m. Pacific time (5 p.m. Eastern time). To listen to the conference call, dial (877) 223-3864 in the United States or (574) 990-1377 internationally, and provide the following conference ID: 4018413. A live webcast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at NVIDIA's investor relations website, 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 of fiscal 2018.

Non-GAAP Measures
To supplement NVIDIA's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income 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 income from operations, non-GAAP other income (expense), non-GAAP income tax expense, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income, or earnings, per diluted share, non-GAAP diluted shares, revenue excluding Intel license, 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 expense, legal settlement costs, acquisition-related costs, contributions, restructuring and other charges, gains from non-affiliated investments, interest expense related to amortization of debt discount, loss on early debt conversions, and the associated tax impact of these items, where applicable. Weighted average shares used in the non-GAAP diluted net income per share computation includes the anti-dilution impact of the company's Note Hedge. 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 its non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

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(In millions, except per share data)  
  Three Months Ended  
  April 30,     May 1,  
  2017     2016  
Revenue $ 1,937     $ 1,305  
Cost of revenue   787       554  
Gross profit   1,150       751  
Operating expenses              
  Research and development   411       346  
  Sales, general and administrative   185       159  
  Restructuring and other charges   -       1  
    Total operating expenses   596       506  
Income from operations   554       245  
  Interest income   16       12  
  Interest expense   (16 )     (12 )
  Other, net   (18 )     (4 )
    Total other income (expense)   (18 )     (4 )
Income before income tax expense   536       241  
Income tax expense   29       33  
Net income $ 507     $ 208  
Net income per share:              
  Basic $ 0.86     $ 0.39  
  Diluted $ 0.79     $ 0.35  
Weighted average shares used in per share computation:              
  Basic   592       537  
  Diluted   641       599  
(In millions)
  April 30,   January 29,
  2017   2017
Current assets:          
  Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $ 6,206   $ 6,798
  Accounts receivable, net   976     826
  Inventories   821     794
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   113     118
    Total current assets   8,116     8,536
Property and equipment, net   539     521
Goodwill   618     618
Intangible assets, net   90     104
Other assets   47     62
    Total assets $ 9,410   $ 9,841
Current liabilities:          
  Accounts payable $ 348   $ 485
  Accrued and other current liabilities   420     507
  Convertible short-term debt   215     796
    Total current liabilities   983     1,788
Long-term debt   1,984     1,983
Other long-term liabilities   300     271
Capital lease obligations, long-term   4     6
    Total liabilities   3,271     4,048
Convertible debt conversion obligation   7     31
Shareholders' equity   6,132     5,762
    Total liabilities, convertible debt conversion obligation and shareholders' equity $ 9,410   $ 9,841
(In millions, except per share data)  
  Three Months Ended  
  April 30,     January 29,     May 1,  
  2017     2017     2016  
GAAP gross profit $ 1,150     $ 1,303     $ 751  
  GAAP gross margin   59.4 %     60.0 %     57.5 %
  Stock-based compensation expense (A)   4       4       4  
  Legal settlement costs   -       -       10  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 1,154     $ 1,307     $ 765  
  Non-GAAP gross margin   59.6 %     60.2 %     58.6 %
GAAP operating expenses $ 596     $ 570     $ 506  
  Stock-based compensation expense (A)   (73 )     (68 )     (49 )
  Legal settlement costs   -       -       (6 )
  Acquisition-related costs (B)   (4 )     (4 )     (4 )
  Contributions   (2 )     -       (3 )
  Restructuring and other charges   -       -       (1 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 517     $ 498     $ 443  
GAAP income from operations $ 554     $ 733     $ 245  
  Total impact of non-GAAP adjustments to income from operations   83       76       77  
Non-GAAP income from operations $ 637     $ 809     $ 322  
GAAP other income (expense) $ (18 )   $ (7 )   $ (4 )
  Gains from non-affiliated investments   -       (1 )     (3 )
  Interest expense related to amortization of debt discount   2       4       7  
  Loss on early debt conversions   14       6       -  
Non-GAAP other income (expense) $ (2 )   $ 2     $ -  
GAAP net income $ 507     $ 655     $ 208  
  Total pre-tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments   99       85       81  
  Income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments   (73 )     (36 )     (26 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 533     $ 704     $ 263  
Diluted net income per share                      
  GAAP $ 0.79     $ 0.99     $ 0.35  
  Non-GAAP $ 0.85     $ 1.13     $ 0.46  
Weighted average shares used in diluted net income per share computation                      
  GAAP   641       660       599  
  Anti-dilution impact from note hedge (C)   (14 )     (36 )     (29 )
  Non-GAAP   627       624       570  
GAAP revenue $ 1,937     $ 2,173     $ 1,305  
  Revenue from Intel license   (43 )     (66 )     (66 )
Revenue excluding Intel license $ 1,894     $ 2,107     $ 1,239  
GAAP net cash provided by operating activities $ 282     $ 721     $ 318  
  Purchase of property and equipment and intangible assets   (53 )     (52 )     (55 )
Free cash flow $ 229     $ 669     $ 263  
(A) Excludes stock-based compensation as follows: Three Months Ended  
  April 30,     January 29,     May 1,  
  2017     2017     2016  
  Cost of revenue $ 4     $ 4     $ 4  
  Research and development $ 41     $ 40     $ 29  
  Sales, general and administrative $ 31     $ 27     $ 20  
(B) Consists of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and compensation charges.  
(C) Represents the number of shares that would be delivered upon conversion of the currently outstanding 1.00% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2018. Under GAAP, shares delivered in hedge transactions are not considered offsetting shares in the fully diluted share calculation until actually delivered.  
  Q2 FY2018 Outlook  
GAAP gross margin   58.4 %
  Impact of stock-based compensation expense   0.2 %
Non-GAAP gross margin   58.6 %
  Q2 FY2018 Outlook  
  (In millions)  
GAAP operating expenses $ 605  
  Stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, and other costs   (75 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 530  
  Q2 FY2018 Outlook  
  (In millions)  
GAAP other income (expense) $ (8 )
  Loss on early debt conversions and interest expense related to amortization of debt discount   5  
Non-GAAP other income (expense) $ (3 )

NVIDIA's (NASDAQ: NVDA) invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI -- the next era of computing -- with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. More information at http://nvidianews.nvidia.com/.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to statements as to: the AI revolution continuing to accelerate; AI being the most important technology force of our time; the company's intended capital return for fiscal 2018; the company's next quarterly cash dividend; the company's financial outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2018; the company's tax rates for the second quarter of fiscal 2018; and the impact and benefits of NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, NVIDIA's accelerated computing platform, NVIDIA DGX-1 AI systems, NVIDIA Jetson TX2, and partnerships with Bosch and PACCAR; and intended training of 100,000 developers this year through the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute 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 29, 2017. 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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