NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2021

Santa Clara, California, UNITED STATES

  • Revenue of $3.08 billion, up 39 percent from a year earlier
  • Record Data Center revenue of $1.14 billion, up 80 percent from a year earlier
  • Record GAAP gross margin of 65.1 percent

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue for the first quarter ended April 26, 2020, of $3.08 billion, up 39 percent from $2.22 billion a year earlier, and down 1 percent from $3.11 billion in the previous quarter.

GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $1.47, up 130 percent from $0.64 a year ago, and down 4 percent from $1.53 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.80, up 105 percent from $0.88 a year earlier, and down 5 percent from $1.89 in the previous quarter.

NVIDIA completed its acquisition of Mellanox Technologies Ltd. on April 27, 2020, for a transaction value of $7 billion. It also transitioned its GPU Technology Conference to an all-digital format, drawing more than 55,000 registered participants, while NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang’s keynote videos were viewed 3.8 million times in their first three days.

“As the world battles COVID-19, we salute the first responders, healthcare workers, and service workers who courageously step in harm’s way to save lives and keep the world going,” Huang said. “We also thank the scientists around the world racing to find a vaccine for COVID-19.

“NVIDIA had an excellent quarter. The acquisition of Mellanox expands our cloud and data center opportunity. We raised the bar for AI computing with the launch and shipment of our Ampere GPU. And our digital GTC conference attracted a record number of developers, highlighting the accelerating adoption of NVIDIA GPU computing.

“Our Data Center business achieved a record and its first $1 billion quarter. NVIDIA is well positioned to advance the most powerful technology forces of our time – cloud computing and AI,” he said.

In the first quarter of fiscal 2021, NVIDIA paid dividends of $98 million. Due to current market uncertainties, NVIDIA is evaluating the timing of resuming share repurchases and will remain nimble based on market conditions. NVIDIA is currently authorized to repurchase up to $7.24 billion in shares through December 2022. It remains committed to paying its quarterly dividend.    

Q1 Fiscal 2021 Summary

($ in millions, except earnings per share)Q1 FY21Q4 FY20Q1 FY20Q/QY/Y
Revenue$3,080 $3,105 $2,220 Down 1%Up 39%
Gross margin 65.1%  64.9%  58.4% Up 20 bpsUp 670 bps
Operating expenses$1,028 $1,025 $938 --Up 10%
Operating income$976 $990 $358 Down 1%Up 173%
Net income$917 $950 $394 Down 3%Up 133%
Diluted earnings per share$1.47 $1.53 $0.64 Down 4%Up 130%

($ in millions, except earnings per share)Q1 FY21Q4 FY20Q1 FY20Q/QY/Y
Revenue$3,080 $3,105 $2,220 Down 1%Up 39%
Gross margin 65.8%  65.4%  59.0% Up 40 bpsUp 680 bps
Operating expenses$821 $810 $753 Up 1%Up 9%
Operating income$1,205 $1,220 $557 Down 1%Up 116%
Net income$1,120 $1,172 $543 Down 4%Up 106%
Diluted earnings per share$1.80 $1.89 $0.88 Down 5%Up 105%

NVIDIA’s outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 includes the impact from the acquisition of Mellanox, which closed on the first day of the second quarter. The combined second quarter outlook is as follows:

  • Revenue is expected to be $3.65 billion, plus or minus 2 percent. Mellanox is expected to contribute a low-teens percentage of combined second quarter revenue.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be 58.6 percent and 66.0 percent, respectively, plus or minus 50 basis points. The sequential decline in GAAP gross margins primarily reflects an increase in acquisition-related costs, most of which are non-recurring in nature. 
  • GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $1.52 billion and $1.04 billion, respectively. The sequential change in GAAP operating expenses reflects an increase in stock-based compensation and acquisition-related costs. GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses for the full year, which will include Mellanox starting with the second quarter, are expected at approximately $5.7 billion and $4.1 billion, respectively.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP other income and expense are expected to be an expense of approximately $50 million and $45 million, respectively.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are both expected to be 9 percent, plus or minus 1 percent, excluding any discrete items. GAAP discrete items include excess tax benefits or deficiencies related to stock-based compensation, which are expected to generate variability on a quarter by quarter basis.


Since its previous earnings report, NVIDIA has achieved progress in these areas:


  • First-quarter revenue was $1.34 billion, down 10 percent sequentially and up 27 percent from a year earlier.
  • Launched Minecraft with RTX as an open beta on Windows 10, bringing real-time ray tracing, more realistic materials and DLSS 2.0 to the world’s best-selling videogame.
  • Announced the release of more than 100 new laptop models powered by NVIDIA GeForce® GPUs, bringing the RTX 2080 SUPER™ and RTX 2070 SUPER high-end GPUs to laptops for the first time, and enabling RTX 2060 laptop price points as low as $999 for a mass market audience.
  • Expanded the RTX Studio lineup with 10 new laptops from Acer, Gigabyte, MSI and Razer, powered by new GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs.
  • Released DLSS 2.0, the second generation of its deep learning neural network, which allows gamers on RTX GPUs to boost frame rates as much as two times and increase image resolution for supported games.
  • Expanded NVIDIA GeForce NOW™, which provides access to 650 games, with 1,500 more waiting to get on board, and has added 2 million users since going live in February.

Data Center

  • First-quarter revenue was $1.14 billion, up 18 percent sequentially and up 80 percent from a year earlier.
  • Introduced the NVIDIA A100™ data center GPU, the first based on the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture, now in full production and shipping worldwide.
  • Launched the NVIDIA DGX A100™ – a 5-petaflops AI system that delivers elastic, software-defined data center infrastructure for the most demanding workloads – with the first system being used by Argonne National Laboratory on COVID-19 research.    
  • Introduced two products for the NVIDIA EGX™ Edge AI platform the EGX A100 for larger commercial off-the-shelf servers – combining the latest A100 GPU and Mellanox SmartNIC technology — and the EGX Jetson Xavier NX for micro-edge servers.
  • Released NVIDIA Jarvis™, an application framework enabling companies to offer real-time language-based AI services customized for their own industry, products and customers.
  • Collaborated with the open-source community to bring end-to-end GPU acceleration to Apache Spark 3.0, the world’s largest data analytics platform used by more than 500,000 data scientists.
  • Announced NVIDIA Merlin™, an application framework that democratizes AI-based deep recommender systems.
  • Launched the Mellanox ConnectX-6® Lx SmartNIC – a highly secure, efficient 25/50 gigabit per second Ethernet smart network interface controller.

Professional Visualization

  • First-quarter revenue was $307 million, down 7 percent sequentially and up 15 percent from a year earlier.
  • Powered Autodesk’s latest 3D visualization software, VRED 2021, with NVIDIA Quadro RTX — giving designers the ability to create with interactive ray tracing and AI-powered denoising.
  • Accelerated Altair’s AccuSolve and TheaRender engineering software with NVIDIA CUDA to speed the creation of high-quality simulations.
  • Brought Quadro professional graphics to HP’s ZBook Create and ZBook Studio mobile workstation lineup, offering outstanding performance, mobility and reliability to creatives.


  • First-quarter revenue was $155 million, down 5 percent sequentially and down 7 percent from a year earlier.
  • Announced that the Xpeng P7 all-electric sports sedan, with production deliveries beginning next month, uses the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platform and DRIVE OS software to deliver level 3 automated driving.

COVID-19 Efforts

CFO Commentary

Commentary on the quarter by Colette Kress, NVIDIA’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, as well as a presentation of first-quarter earnings, are 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 2021 financial results and current financial prospects today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific time (5:30 p.m. Eastern time). A live webcast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at NVIDIA’s investor relations website, http://investor.nvidia.com. The webcast will be recorded and available for replay until NVIDIA’s conference call to discuss its financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2021.

Non-GAAP Measures

To supplement NVIDIA’s condensed consolidated financial statements 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 net, non-GAAP other expense net, non-GAAP income tax expense, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income, or earnings, per diluted 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 expense, acquisition-related and other costs, legal settlement costs, losses from non-affiliated investments, interest expense related to 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 purchase 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 the company’s non-GAAP measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.


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/.

For further information, contact:

Simona Jankowski Robert Sherbin
Investor Relations Corporate Communications
NVIDIA Corporation NVIDIA Corporation
sjankowski@nvidia.com rsherbin@nvidia.com

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: saluting first responders, healthcare workers and service workers and thanking scientists; Mellanox expanding our cloud and data center opportunities; raising the bar for AI computing with Ampere; digital GTC attracting record attendance and highlighting the accelerating adoption of NVIDIA GPU computing; NVIDIA’s position to advance cloud computing and AI; NVIDIA’s capital return program and evaluating the timing of share repurchases; the impact of COVID-19; NVIDIA’s next quarterly cash dividend; NVIDIA’s financial outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2021, including the impact of the Mellanox acquisition; NVIDIA’s expected tax rates for the second quarter of fiscal 2021; NVIDIA’s expectation to generate variability from excess tax benefits or deficiencies; our operating expenses for the full year; Mellanox’s expected contribution to our revenue; NVIDIA projects being used for COVID-19 research; NVIDIA Merlin democratizing AI-based deep recommender systems; and the benefits, abilities and impact of: the RTX Studio lineup and GeForce RTX SUPER GPUs; NVIDIA A100, NVIDIA DGX A100, EGX A100, EGX Jetson Xavier NX, NVIDIA Jarvis, NVIDIA CUDA, Quadro, NVIDIA Parabricks, collaborating with the open-source community for Apache Spark 3.0, Mellanox ConnectX-6 SmartNIC, NVIDIA Merlin, DLSS 2.0 and what it allows, launching Minecraft with RTX, NVIDIA GeForce NOW and Xpeng P7 using NVIDIA DRIVE AGX Xavier AI compute platform and when deliveries will begin; the number of games waiting to get on NVIDIA GeForceNOW; the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium and accelerating COVID-related research; NVIDIA Jarvis enabling companies to offer real-time language-based customized AI-services; global OEMs releasing new laptops, bringing RTX 2080 SUPER and RTX 2070 SUPER GPUs to laptops for the first time and enabling RTX 2060 laptops at low price points; and VRED 2021 giving designers the ability to create with ray tracing and AI-powered denoising 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 most recent reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. 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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(In millions, except per share data)
   Three Months Ended
   April 26, April 28,
    2020   2019 
Revenue$3,080  $2,220 
Cost of revenue 1,076   924 
Gross profit 2,004   1,296 
Operating expenses   
 Research and development 735   674 
 Sales, general and administrative 293   264 
  Total operating expenses 1,028   938 
Income from operations 976   358 
 Interest income 31   44 
 Interest expense (25)  (13)
 Other, net (1)  - 
  Other income, net 5   31 
Income before income tax 981   389 
Income tax expense (benefit) 64   (5)
Net income$917  $394 
Net income per share:   
 Basic$1.49  $0.65 
 Diluted$1.47  $0.64 
Weighted average shares used in per share computation:  
 Basic 614   607 
 Diluted 622   616 

(In millions)
   April 26, January 26,
    2020   2020 
Current assets:   
 Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities$16,354  $10,897 
 Accounts receivable, net 1,907   1,657 
 Inventories 1,128   979 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 195   157 
  Total current assets 19,584   13,690 
Property and equipment, net 1,715   1,674 
Operating lease assets 595   618 
Goodwill 628   618 
Intangible assets, net 80   49 
Deferred income tax assets 533   548 
Other assets 119   118 
  Total assets$23,254  $17,315 
Current liabilities:   
 Accounts payable$761  $687 
 Accrued and other current liabilities 1,142   1,097 
  Total current liabilities 1,903   1,784 
Long-term debt 6,959   1,991 
Long-term operating lease liabilities 519   561 
Other long-term liabilities 774   775 
  Total liabilities 10,155   5,111 
Shareholders' equity 13,099   12,204 
  Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$23,254  $17,315 

(In millions)
   Three Months Ended
   April 26, April 28,
    2020   2019 
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net income$917  $394 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:  
 Stock-based compensation expense 224   178 
 Depreciation and amortization 107   91 
 Deferred income taxes 16   (42)
 Other 4   (2)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
 Accounts receivable (249)  182 
 Inventories (151)  153 
 Prepaid expenses and other assets (8)  5 
 Accounts payable 71   (123)
 Accrued and other current liabilities (32)  (129)
 Other long-term liabilities 10   13 
Net cash provided by operating activities 909   720 
Cash flows from investing activities:   
 Proceeds from sales of marketable securities 1   26 
 Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities -   2,219 
 Purchases of marketable securities (861)  (622)
 Purchases of property and equipment and intangible assets (155)  (128)
 Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired (34)  - 
 Investments and other, net (6)  - 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (1,055)  1,495 
Cash flows from financing activities:   
 Issuance of debt, net of issuance costs 4,979   - 
 Proceeds related to employee stock plans 88   83 
 Payments related to tax on restricted stock units (222)  (211)
 Dividends paid (98)  (97)
 Other (3)  - 
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 4,744   (225)
Change in cash and cash equivalents 4,598   1,990 
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 10,896   782 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$15,494  $2,772 

(In millions, except per share data)
  Three Months Ended
  April 26, January 26,April 28,
   2020   2020   2019 
GAAP gross profit$2,004  $2,015  $1,296 
  GAAP gross margin 65.1%   64.9%   58.4% 
 Stock-based compensation expense (A) 21   12   4 
 Acquisition-related and other costs 1   -   - 
 Legal settlement costs -   3   10 
Non-GAAP gross profit$2,026  $2,030  $1,310 
  Non-GAAP gross margin 65.8%   65.4%   59.0% 
GAAP operating expenses$1,028  $1,025  $938 
 Stock-based compensation expense (A) (203)  (208)  (174)
 Acquisition-related and other costs (4)  (7)  (10)
 Legal settlement costs -   -   (1)
Non-GAAP operating expenses$821  $810  $753 
GAAP income from operations$976  $990  $358 
 Total impact of non-GAAP adjustments to income from operations 229   230   199 
Non-GAAP income from operations$1,205  $1,220  $557 
GAAP other income, net$5  $26  $31 
 Losses from non-affiliated investments 3   -   - 
 Interest expense related to amortization of debt discount 1   -   - 
Non-GAAP other income, net$9  $26  $31 
GAAP net income$917  $950  $394 
 Total pre-tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments 232   230   199 
 Income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments (B) (29)  (8)  (50)
Non-GAAP net income$1,120  $1,172  $543 
Diluted net income per share     
 GAAP$1.47  $1.53  $0.64 
 Non-GAAP$1.80  $1.89  $0.88 
Weighted average shares used in diluted net income per share computation 622   621   616 
GAAP net cash provided by operating activities$909  $1,465  $720 
 Purchase of property and equipment and intangible assets (155)  (144)  (128)
Free cash flow$754  $1,321  $592 
(A) Stock-based compensation consists of the following:Three Months Ended
  April 26, January 26,April 28,
   2020   2020   2019 
 Cost of revenue$21  $12  $4 
 Research and development$134  $140  $114 
 Sales, general and administrative$69  $68  $60 
(B) Income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments, including the recognition of excess tax benefits or deficiencies related to stock-based compensation under GAAP accounting standard (ASU 2016-09).

  Q2 FY2021
  ($ in millions)
GAAP gross margin 58.6%
 Impact of stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, and other costs 7.4%
Non-GAAP gross margin 66.0%
GAAP operating expenses$1,515 
 Stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, and other costs (475)
Non-GAAP operating expenses$1,040 
GAAP other expense, net$50 
 Interest expense from amortization of debt discount and other costs (5)
Non-GAAP other expense, net$45 
  ($ in millions)
GAAP operating expenses$5,700 
 Stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, and other costs (1,600)
Non-GAAP operating expenses$4,100