NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2018

  • Record revenue of $2.64 billion, up 32 percent from a year ago
  • Record GAAP EPS of $1.33, up 60 percent from a year ago
  • Growth across all platforms
  • Quarterly cash dividend raised 7 percent to $0.15 per share. Company intends to return $1.25 billion to shareholders in fiscal 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) today reported record revenue for the third quarter ended October 29, 2017, of $2.64 billion, up 32 percent from $2.00 billion a year earlier, and up 18 percent from $2.23 billion in the previous quarter, with growth across all its platforms.

GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were a record $1.33, up 60 percent from $0.83 a year ago and up 45 percent from $0.92 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.33, also a record, up 41 percent from $0.94 a year earlier and up 32 percent from $1.01 in the previous quarter.

“We had a great quarter across all of our growth drivers,” said Jensen Huang, founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. “Industries across the world are accelerating their adoption of AI.

“Our Volta GPU has been embraced by every major internet and cloud service provider and computer maker. Our new TensorRT inference acceleration platform opens us to growth in hyperscale datacenters. GeForce and Nintendo Switch are tapped into the strongest growth dynamics of gaming. And our new DRIVE PX Pegasus for robotaxis has been adopted by companies around the world. We are well positioned for continued growth,” he said.

Capital Return

During the first nine months of fiscal 2018, NVIDIA returned to shareholders $909 million in share repurchases and $250 million in cash dividends. As a result, the company returned an aggregate of $1.16 billion to shareholders in the first nine months of the fiscal year. The company intends to return $1.25 billion to shareholders in fiscal 2018.

For fiscal 2019, NVIDIA intends to return $1.25 billion to shareholders through ongoing quarterly cash dividends and share repurchases. The company announced a 7 percent increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.15 per share from $0.14 per share, to be paid with its next quarterly cash dividend on December 15, 2017, to all shareholders of record on November 24, 2017.

Q3 FY2018 Summary

($ in millions except earnings per share)Q3 FY18Q2 FY18Q3 FY17Q/QY/Y
Revenue$2,636 $2,230 $2,004 Up 18%Up 32%
Gross margin 59.5% 58.4% 59.0%Up 110 bpsUp 50 bps
Operating expenses$674 $614 $544 Up 10%Up 24%
Operating income$895 $688 $639 Up 30%Up 40%
Net income$838 $583 $542 Up 44%Up 55%
Diluted earnings per share$1.33 $0.92 $0.83 Up 45%Up 60%

($ in millions except earnings per share)Q3 FY18Q2 FY18Q3 FY17Q/QY/Y
Revenue$2,636 $2,230 $2,004 Up 18%Up 32%
Gross margin 59.7% 58.6% 59.2%Up 110 bpsUp 50 bps
Operating expenses$570 $533 $478 Up 7%Up 19%
Operating income$1,005 $773 $708 Up 30%Up 42%
Net income$833 $638 $570 Up 31%Up 46%
Diluted earnings per share$1.33 $1.01 $0.94 Up 32%Up 41%

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

  • Revenue is expected to be $2.65 billion, plus or minus two percent.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be 59.7 percent and 60.0 percent, respectively, plus or minus 50 basis points.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $722 million and $600 million, respectively.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP other income and expense are both expected to be nominal.
  • GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are both expected to be 17.5 percent, plus or minus one percent, excluding any discrete items. GAAP discrete items include excess tax benefits or deficiencies related to stock-based compensation, which the company expects to generate variability on a quarter by quarter basis.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Highlights
During the third quarter, NVIDIA achieved progress in these areas:



Professional Visualization


  • Announced NVIDIA DRIVE™ PX Pegasus, the world's first auto-grade AI computer designed to enable a new class of driverless robotaxis without steering wheels, pedals or mirrors.

Autonomous Machines/AI Edge Computing

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 third 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: 96232617. 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 NVIDIA’s conference call to discuss its financial results for its fourth quarter and 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, 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 Nine Months Ended
October 29, October 30, October 29, October 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenue$2,636 $2,004 $6,803 $4,737
Cost of revenue 1,067 821 2,782 1,977
Gross profit 1,569 1,183 4,021 2,760
Operating expenses
Research and development 462 373 1,290 1,069
Sales, general and administrative 212 171 594 487
Restructuring and other charges - - - 3
Total operating expenses 674 544 1,884 1,559
Income from operations 895 639 2,137 1,201
Interest income 17 14 48 37
Interest expense (15) (16) (46) (39)
Other, net (1) (16) (22) (19)
Total other income (expense) 1 (18) (20) (21)
Income before income tax expense 896 621 2,117 1,180
Income tax expense 58 79 189 168
Net income$838 $542 $1,928 $1,012
Net income per share:
Basic$1.39 $1.01 $3.23 $1.89
Diluted$1.33 $0.83 $3.05 $1.59
Weighted average shares used in per share computation:
Basic 603 538 597 536
Diluted 628 653 633 636

(In millions)
October 29, January 29,
2017 2017
Current assets:
Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities $6,320 $6,798
Accounts receivable, net 1,167 826
Inventories 857 794
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 135 118
Total current assets 8,479 8,536
Property and equipment, net 600 521
Goodwill 618 618
Intangible assets, net 63 104
Other assets 70 62
Total assets $9,830 $9,841
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $511 $485
Accrued and other current liabilities 493 507
Convertible short-term debt 23 796
Total current liabilities 1,027 1,788
Long-term debt 1,985 1,983
Other long-term liabilities 464 271
Capital lease obligations, long-term 1 6
Total liabilities 3,477 4,048
Convertible debt conversion obligation 1 31
Shareholders' equity 6,352 5,762
Total liabilities, convertible debt conversion obligation and shareholders' equity $9,830 $9,841

(In millions, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
October 29, July 30, October 30, October 29, October 30,
2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
GAAP gross profit $1,569 $1,302 $1,183 $4,021 $2,760
GAAP gross margin 59.5% 58.4% 59.0% 59.1% 58.3%
Stock-based compensation expense (A) 6 4 3 14 11
Legal settlement costs - - - - 10
Non-GAAP gross profit$1,575 $1,306 $1,186 $4,035 $2,781
Non-GAAP gross margin 59.7% 58.6% 59.2% 59.3% 58.7%
GAAP operating expenses$674 $614 $544 $1,884 $1,559
Stock-based compensation expense (A) (101) (77) (62) (251) (166)
Legal settlement costs - - - - (6)
Acquisition-related costs (B) (3) (4) (4) (11) (12)
Contributions - - - (2) (4)
Restructuring and other charges - - - - (3)
Non-GAAP operating expenses$570 $533 $478 $1,620 $1,368
GAAP income from operations$895 $688 $639 $2,137 $1,201
Total impact of non-GAAP adjustments to income from operations 110 85 69 278 211
Non-GAAP income from operations$1,005 $773 $708 $2,415 $1,412
GAAP other income (expense)$1 $(4) $(18) $(20) $(21)
Gains from non-affiliated investments - - - - (3)
Interest expense related to amortization of debt discount - 1 6 3 20
Loss on early debt conversions 1 3 15 19 15
Non-GAAP other income (expense)$2 $- $3 $2 $11
GAAP net income $838 $583 $542 $1,928 $1,012
Total pre-tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments 111 89 90 300 243
Income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments (C) (116) (34) (62) (224) (108)
Non-GAAP net income$833 $638 $570 $2,004 $1,147
Diluted net income per share
GAAP $1.33 $0.92 $0.83 $3.05 $1.59
Non-GAAP $1.33 $1.01 $0.94 $3.20 $1.93
Weighted average shares used in diluted net income per share computation
GAAP 628 633 653 633 636
Anti-dilution impact from note hedge (D) (2) (4) (45) (7) (42)
Non-GAAP 626 629 608 626 594
GAAP net cash provided by operating activities$1,157 $705 $432 $2,144 $951
Purchase of property and equipment and intangible assets (69) (55) (38) (178) (125)
Free cash flow $1,088 $650 $394 $1,966 $826
(A) Stock-based compensation consists of the following:Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
October 29, July 30, October 30, October 29, October 30,
2017 2017 2016 2017 2016
Cost of revenue $6 $4 $3 $14 $11
Research and development $61 $44 $35 $146 $95
Sales, general and administrative $40 $33 $27 $105 $71
(B) Consists of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and compensation charges.
(C) 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).
(D) 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.

Q4 FY2018
GAAP gross margin 59.7%
Impact of stock-based compensation expense 0.3%
Non-GAAP gross margin 60.0%
Q4 FY2018
(In millions)
GAAP operating expenses$722
Stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, and other costs (122)
Non-GAAP operating expenses$600

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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to statements as to: industries across the world accelerating their adoption of AI; the use of Volta GPUs; the benefits of the TensorRT inference acceleration platform; tapping into strong growth dynamics in gaming through GeForce and Nintendo Switch; DRIVE PX Pegasus being adopted; the company’s intended capital return for fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019; the company’s next quarterly cash dividend; the company’s financial outlook for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018; the company’s tax rates for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018; the impact and benefits of the adoption of Volta GPUs, TensorRT 3 AI inference software, the GPU cloud container registry, GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU, VRWorks 360 Video SDK, Holodeck, Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation, DRIVE PX Pegasus, and collaboration with JD.com’s X lab and use of Jetson; use of Volta HGX architecture; and collaborations to bring NVIDIA GameWorks technology to top fall games 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-Q for the fiscal period ended July 30, 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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