NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

  • Record quarterly revenue of $2.91 billion, up 34 percent from a year ago
  • Record full-year revenue of $9.71 billion, up 41 percent from a year ago
  • Record quarterly GAAP gross margin of 61.9 percent, non-GAAP gross margin of 62.1 percent
  • Record full-year GAAP EPS of $4.82, up 88 percent from a year ago 

NVIDIA today reported record revenue for the fourth quarter ended January 28, 2018, of $2.91 billion, up 34 percent from $2.17 billion a year earlier, and up 10 percent from $2.64 billion in the previous quarter.

GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were a record $1.78, up 80 percent from $0.99 a year ago and up 34 percent from $1.33 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.72, also a record, up 52 percent from $1.13 a year earlier and up 29 percent from $1.33 in the previous quarter. 

For fiscal 2018, revenue was a record $9.71 billion, up 41 percent from $6.91 billion a year earlier. GAAP earnings per diluted share were a record $4.82, up 88 percent from $2.57 a year earlier. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $4.92, also a record, up 61 percent from $3.06 a year earlier.

“We achieved another record quarter, capping an excellent year,” said Jensen Huang, founder and chief executive officer of NVIDIA. “In a powerful sign of our progress, attendees at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conferences reached 22,000, up tenfold in five years, as software developers working in AI, self-driving cars, and a broad range of other fields continued to discover the acceleration and money-saving benefits of our GPU computing platform.

“Industries around the world are racing to incorporate AI. Virtually every internet and cloud service provider has embraced our Volta GPUs. Hundreds of transportation companies are using our NVIDIA DRIVE platform. From manufacturing and healthcare to smart cities, innovators are using our platform to invent the future,” he said.

Capital Return
During fiscal 2018, NVIDIA returned $1.25 billion to shareholders through a combination of $909 million in share repurchases and $341 million in quarterly cash dividends.

For fiscal 2019, NVIDIA intends to return $1.25 billion to shareholders through ongoing quarterly cash dividends and share repurchases.

NVIDIA will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on March 16, 2018, to all shareholders of record on February 23, 2018.

Q4 Fiscal 2018 Summary

GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) Q4 FY18 Q3 FY18 Q4 FY17 Q/Q Y/Y
Revenue $2,911   $2,636   $2,173   Up 10% Up 34%
Gross margin   61.9%     59.5%     60.0%   Up 240 bps Up 190 bps
Operating expenses $728   $674   $570   Up 8% Up 28%
Operating income $1,073   $895   $733   Up 20% Up 46%
Net income $1,118   $838   $655   Up 33% Up 71%
Diluted earnings per share $1.78   $1.33   $0.99   Up 34% Up 80%

 

Non-GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) Q4 FY18 Q3 FY18 Q4 FY17 Q/Q Y/Y
Revenue $2,911   $2,636   $2,173   Up 10% Up 34%
Gross margin   62.1%     59.7%     60.2%   Up 240 bps Up 190 bps
Operating expenses $607   $570   $498   Up 6% Up 22%
Operating income $1,202   $1,005   $809   Up 20% Up 49%
Net income $1,081   $833   $704   Up 30% Up 54%
Diluted earnings per share $1.72   $1.33   $1.13   Up 29% Up 52%

Fiscal 2018 Summary

GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) FY18 FY17 Y/Y
Revenue $9,714   $6,910   Up 41%
Gross margin   59.9%     58.8%   Up 110 bps
Operating expenses $2,612   $2,129   Up 23%
Operating income $3,210   $1,934   Up 66%
Net income $3,047   $1,666   Up 83%
Diluted earnings per share $4.82   $2.57   Up 88%

 

Non-GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) FY18 FY17 Y/Y
Revenue $9,714   $6,910   Up 41%
Gross margin   60.2%     59.2%   Up 100 bps
Operating expenses $2,227   $1,867   Up 19%
Operating income $3,617   $2,221   Up 63%
Net income $3,085   $1,851   Up 67%
Diluted earnings per share $4.92   $3.06   Up 61%

NVIDIA’s outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 is as follows:

  • Revenue is expected to be $2.90 billion, plus or minus two percent.
     
  • GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be 62.7 percent and 63.0 percent, respectively, plus or minus 50 basis points.
     
  • GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $770 million and $645 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 12 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.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2018 Highlights
During the fourth quarter, NVIDIA achieved progress in these areas:  

Datacenter

Gaming

  • Announced gaming laptops using the Max-Q design, which are 3x faster and 3x thinner than previous-generation gaming laptops.
  • Introduced BFGDs™, big format gaming displays, providing ultra-low latency PC gaming and integrated streaming on a high-end 65-inch display using NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology with NVIDIA SHIELD™.
  • Enhanced GeForce Experience™ with new tools, including NVIDIA Freestyle for customizing gameplay and an updated interface for the NVIDIA Ansel photo mode, as well as new titles including PlayerUnknown’s Battleground and Fortnite that support NVIDIA ShadowPlay™ Highlights for capturing gaming achievements.
  • Increased its GeForce GPU share among gamers on the Steam online gaming platform to 86 percent.
  • Introduced two new collector’s edition Star Wars-themed NVIDIA TITAN Xp GPUs, tied to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Automotive

  • Announced and demonstrated NVIDIA DRIVE™ Xavier™, the world’s first autonomous machine processor, with customer availability in the first quarter.
  • Announced NVIDIA DRIVE, the world’s first functionally safe AI self-driving platform, plus a suite of tools to test and validate neural networks by simulating all kind of driving conditions.
  • Unveiled partnerships with Uber and Aurora to develop self-driving cars using the open NVIDIA DRIVE AI self-driving platform.
  • Partnered with ZF and Baidu to create the first production AI autonomous vehicle platform for the China market, with Chery as the first customer.
  • Partnered with Volkswagen to integrate AI into future VW vehicles using the NVIDIA DRIVE IX intelligent experience platform and create AI cockpits with enhanced convenience and safety features.
  • Announced NVIDIA is powering the Mercedes-Benz MBUX in-car AI smart cockpit system, going into production next month with the new A-Class.
  • Announced NVIDIA is partnering with Continental to build AI self-driving vehicle systems, from enhanced Level 2 to Level 5, for production in 2021.

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 fourth quarter and 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: 6265639. 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 first quarter of fiscal 2019.

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, debt-related costs, the associated tax impact of these items, where applicable, and the provisional tax benefit from income tax reform. 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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 NVIDIA CORPORATION 
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME 
 (In millions, except per share data) 
 (Unaudited) 
                   
                   
       Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended 
      January 28,   January 29,   January 28,   January 29,
        2018       2017       2018       2017  
                   
Revenue $   2,911     $   2,173     $   9,714     $   6,910  
Cost of revenue      1,110         870         3,892         2,847  
Gross profit     1,801         1,303         5,822         4,063  
Operating expenses              
  Research and development      508         394         1,797         1,466  
  Sales, general and administrative     220         176         815         663  
    Total operating expenses     728         570         2,612         2,129  
Income from operations     1,073         733         3,210         1,934  
  Interest income     20         17         69         54  
  Interest expense     (15 )       (18 )       (61 )       (58 )
  Other, net     -         (6 )       (22 )       (25 )
    Total other income (expense)     5         (7 )       (14 )       (29 )
Income before income tax     1,078         726         3,196         1,905  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (40 )       71         149         239  
Net income $   1,118     $   655     $   3,047     $   1,666  
                   
Net income per share:              
  Basic $   1.84     $   1.18     $   5.09     $   3.08  
  Diluted $   1.78     $   0.99     $   4.82     $   2.57  
                   
Weighted average shares used in per share computation:              
  Basic     606         553         599         541  
  Diluted     628         660         632         649  
                   

 

NVIDIA CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
             
             
        January 28,   January 29,
         2018    2017
ASSETS        
             
Current assets:        
  Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities   $   7,108   $   6,798
  Accounts receivable, net       1,265       826
  Inventories       796       794
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets       86       118
    Total current assets       9,255       8,536
             
Property and equipment, net       997       521
Goodwill       618       618
Intangible assets, net       52       104
Other assets        319       62
    Total assets   $   11,241   $   9,841
             
LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE DEBT CONVERSION OBLIGATION AND
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
             
Current liabilities:        
  Accounts payable   $   596   $   485
  Accrued and other current liabilities       542       507
  Convertible short-term debt       15       796
    Total current liabilities       1,153       1,788
             
Long-term debt       1,985       1,983
Other long-term liabilities       632       277
    Total liabilities       3,770       4,048
             
Convertible debt conversion obligation       -       31
             
Shareholders' equity       7,471       5,762
    Total liabilities, convertible debt conversion obligation and
shareholders' equity
  $   11,241   $   9,841
             

 

   NVIDIA CORPORATION   
   RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES   
   (In millions, except per share data)   
   (Unaudited)   
                       
         Three Months Ended     Twelve Months Ended   
        January 28,   October 29,   January 29,   January 28,   January 29,  
          2018       2017       2017       2018       2017    
                           
  GAAP gross profit   $   1,801     $   1,569     $   1,303     $   5,822     $   4,063    
    GAAP gross margin   61.9 %     59.5 %     60.0 %     59.9 %     58.8 %  
    Stock-based compensation expense (A)     7         6         4         21         15    
    Legal settlement costs     1         -          -          1         10    
  Non-GAAP gross profit $   1,809     $   1,575     $   1,307     $   5,844     $   4,088    
    Non-GAAP gross margin   62.1 %     59.7 %     60.2 %     60.2 %     59.2 %  
                           
  GAAP operating expenses $   728     $   674     $   570     $   2,612     $   2,129    
    Stock-based compensation expense (A)     (119 )       (101 )       (68 )       (370 )       (233 )  
    Acquisition-related costs (B)     (2 )       (3 )       (4 )       (13 )       (16 )  
    Contributions       -          -          -          (2 )       (4 )  
    Legal settlement costs     -          -          -          -          (6 )  
    Restructuring and other charges     -          -          -          -          (3 )  
  Non-GAAP operating expenses $   607     $   570     $   498     $   2,227     $   1,867    
                           
  GAAP income from operations $   1,073     $   895     $   733     $   3,210     $   1,934    
    Total impact of non-GAAP adjustments to income from operations     129         110         76         407         287    
  Non-GAAP income from operations $   1,202     $   1,005     $   809     $   3,617     $   2,221    
                           
  GAAP other income (expense) $   5     $   1     $   (7 )   $   (14 )   $   (29 )  
    Gains from non-affiliated investments     (2 )       -          (1 )       (2 )       (4 )  
    Debt-related costs (C)     2         1         6         20         21    
    Interest expense related to amortization of debt discount     -          -          4         3         25    
  Non-GAAP other income (expense)  $   5     $   2     $   2     $   7     $   13    
                           
  GAAP net income   $   1,118     $   838     $   655     $   3,047     $   1,666    
    Total pre-tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments     129         111         85         428         329    
    Income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments (D)     (33 )       (116 )       (36 )       (257 )       (144 )  
    Provisional tax benefit from income tax reform     (133 )       -          -          (133 )       -    
  Non-GAAP net income  $   1,081     $   833     $   704     $   3,085     $   1,851    
                           
  Diluted net income per share                    
    GAAP   $   1.78     $   1.33     $   0.99     $   4.82     $   2.57    
    Non-GAAP    $   1.72     $   1.33     $   1.13     $   4.92     $   3.06    
                           
  Weighted average shares used in diluted net income per share computation                    
    GAAP       628         628         660         632         649    
    Anti-dilution impact from note hedge (E)       (1 )       (2 )       (36 )       (5 )       (44 )  
    Non-GAAP        627         626         624         627         605    
                           
  GAAP net cash provided by operating activities $   1,358     $   1,157     $   721     $   3,502     $   1,672    
    Purchase of property and equipment and intangible assets     (416 )       (69 )       (52 )       (593 )       (176 )  
  Free cash flow   $   942     $   1,088     $   669     $   2,909     $   1,496    
                           
     
                           
  (A) Stock-based compensation consists of the following: Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended  
        January 28,   October 29,   January 29,   January 28,   January 29,  
          2018       2017       2017       2018       2017    
    Cost of revenue   $   7     $   6     $   4     $   21     $   15    
    Research and development   $   73     $   61     $   40     $   219     $   135    
    Sales, general and administrative   $   46     $   40     $   27     $   151     $   98    
                           
  (B) Consists of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and compensation charges.  
                           
  (C) Consists of loss on early debt conversions and termination of interest rate swap.  
                           
  (D) 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).  
                           
  (E) 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.   
                           

 

 NVIDIA CORPORATION   
 RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP OUTLOOK   
       
   
     Q1 FY2019
Outlook
 
 
       
GAAP gross margin   62.7 %  
  Impact of stock-based compensation expense   0.3 %  
Non-GAAP gross margin   63.0 %  
       
     Q1 FY2019
Outlook
 
 
    (In millions)  
       
GAAP operating expenses $   770    
  Stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, and other costs     (125 )  
Non-GAAP operating expenses $   645    
       

 

About NVIDIA
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: software developers working in AI, self-driving cars and other fields discovering the benefits of NVIDIA’s GPU computing platform; industries racing to incorporate AI; internet and cloud service providers embracing our Volta GPUs; the use of the NVIDIA DRIVE platform by transportation companies; the use of our platform in a variety of fields to invent the future; NVIDIA’s intended capital return for fiscal 2019; NVIDIA’s next quarterly cash dividend; NVIDIA’s financial outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2019; NVIDIA’s tax rates for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019; the impact and benefits of NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators, the expansion of the NVIDIA GPU Cloud container registry, the GeForce Experience and its new tools, NVIDIA DRIVE, partnerships with GE Health, Nuance, Baker Hughes, Komatsu, Uber, Aurora, ZF, Baidu, Volkswagen and Continental; the abilities, benefits and performance of laptops using the Max-Q design and BFGDs; the availability of NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier; and Mercedes-Benz MBUX use of NVIDIA technology and its production schedule 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 October 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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