NVIDIA Reports Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2011


  • Revenue grew 2 percent quarter-on-quarter to $1.0 billion
  • GAAP net income increased to $137.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share
  • GAAP gross margin improved to 45.6 percent

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $1.0 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2011 ended May 2, 2010, up 2 percent from the prior quarter and up 51 percent from $664.2 million in the same period a year earlier.

On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of $137.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2011. That compares with $131.1 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the previous quarter and a net loss of $201.3 million, or $0.37 per share, in the same period a year earlier.

Gross margin increased to 45.6 percent for the first quarter fiscal 2011 from 44.7 percent in the previous quarter and 28.6 percent in the same period a year earlier.


($ in millions except per share              Quarterly Highlights
 data)                               -------------------------------------
                                      Q1 FY2011    Q4 FY2010    Q1 FY2010
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
Revenue                              $   1,001.8  $     982.5  $     664.2
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
  Gross margin                              45.6%        44.7%        28.6%
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
  Net income (loss)                  $     137.6  $     131.1  $    (201.3)
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------
  Income (loss) per share            $      0.23  $      0.23  $     (0.37)
                                     -----------  -----------  -----------

"With our new Fermi-class GPUs in full production, NVIDIA's key profit drivers are fully engaged," said Jen-Hsun Huang, NVIDIA CEO and president. "We shipped a few hundred thousand Fermi processors into strong consumer demand. Our Quadro business for workstations grew strongly, fueled by pent up demand from enterprise customers and new growth markets like video editing. And we had record revenue from Tesla processors for high-end servers. We anticipate continued strength in these businesses over the coming quarters."


The outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2011 is as follows:

  • Revenue is expected to be down seasonally 3 to 5 percent from the first quarter.
  • GAAP gross margin is expected to increase to 46 to 47 percent.
  • GAAP operating expenses are expected to be flat.
  • Tax rate of 12 to 14 percent, assuming a renewal of the U.S. R&D tax credit. Otherwise, tax rate of 14 to 16 percent.

First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Highlights:

  • NVIDIA launched and shipped the GeForce® GTX 480 and GeForce GTX 470, the first GPUs based on the company's Fermi™ architecture.
  • The first phones using NVIDIA's Tegra® processors shipped, the KIN ONE and KIN TWO from Microsoft.
  • NVIDIA launched major new stereo 3D technologies, including NVIDIA® 3DTV Play and the Quadro® Digital Video Pipeline™. Epic Games announced that it had incorporated 3D Vision into its popular Unreal Engine 3 game engine.
  • CUDA™ registered another major success: Adobe started shipping Creative Suite 5 in April. This version of Adobe Premiere Pro exclusively uses CUDA to accelerate the new Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, which allows real-time previews for multi-layer projects.
  • NVIDIA began shipments of the GeForce 320M integrated chipset to Apple for incorporation into the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro. The 320M delivers up to an 80 percent performance increase over the previous GeForce 9400M GPU. In addition, the new 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pro both come standard with the new GeForce GT 330M.

CFO Commentary

Commentary on the quarter by David White, NVIDIA chief financial officer and executive vice president, is available at www.nvidia.com/investor.

Conference Call and Web Cast Information
NVIDIA will conduct a conference call with analysts and investors to discuss its first quarter fiscal 2011 financial results and current financial prospects today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). To listen to the call, please dial (212) 231-2900. A live Web cast (listen-only mode) of the conference call will be accessible at the NVIDIA investor relations Web site www.nvidia.com/ir and at www.streetevents.com. The Web cast will be recorded and available for replay until the company's conference call to discuss its financial results for its second quarter fiscal 2011.

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to the power of computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Since then, it has consistently set new standards in visual computing with breathtaking, interactive graphics available on devices ranging from tablets and portable media players to notebooks and workstations. NVIDIA's expertise in programmable GPUs has led to breakthroughs in parallel processing which make supercomputing inexpensive and widely accessible. The company holds more than 1,100 U.S. patents, including ones covering designs and insights which are fundamental to modern computing. For more information, see www.nvidia.com.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the strength of our businesses; and the Company's financial outlook for the second quarter of fiscal 2011; 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: our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, package and test our products; global economic conditions; development of faster or more efficient technology; the impact of technological development and competition; 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 year ended January 31, 2010. 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.

Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, GeForce, Tesla, CUDA, Quadro, NVIDIA 3D VISION, NVIDIA 3D TV Play, Tegra, and Fermi are trademarks or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the United States and other countries around the world. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability, and specifications are subject to change without notice.


                            NVIDIA CORPORATION
                  (In thousands, except per share data)

                                            Three Months Ended
                                      May 2,    January 31,  April 26,
                                       2010        2010        2009
                                    ----------- ----------- ----------

Revenue                             $ 1,001,813 $   982,488 $  664,231

Cost of revenue                         545,436     543,767    463,123
Cost of revenue related to stock
 option purchase                              -           -     11,412  (A)
                                    ----------- ----------- ----------

Gross profit                            456,377     438,721    189,696

Operating expenses
  Research and development              218,105     216,251    211,341
  Sales, general and administrative      90,879      88,188     80,491
  Stock option purchase                       -           -    128,829  (A)
                                    ----------- ----------- ----------

    Total operating expenses            308,984     304,439    420,661
                                    ----------- ----------- ----------

Operating income (loss)                 147,393     134,282   (230,965)

Interest and other income, net            3,332       5,139      6,144
                                    ----------- ----------- ----------

Income (loss) before income tax
 expense                                150,725     139,421   (224,821)

Income tax expense (benefit)             13,131       8,345    (23,483)
                                    ----------- ----------- ----------

Net income (loss)                   $   137,594 $   131,076 $ (201,338)
                                    =========== =========== ==========

Basic net income (loss) per share   $      0.24 $      0.24 $    (0.37)
                                    =========== =========== ==========

Diluted net income (loss) per share $      0.23 $      0.23 $    (0.37)
                                    =========== =========== ==========

Shares used in basic per share
 computation                            567,183     557,479    542,307

Shares used in diluted per share
 computation                            590,997     582,081    542,307

(A) During the three months ended April 26, 2009, the Company completed a
tender offer to purchase outstanding stock options which resulted in a
charge of $140.2 million, $11.4 million of which was associated with cost
of revenue and $128.8 million with operating expenses.

                            NVIDIA CORPORATION
                              (In thousands)

                                                 May 2,    January 31,
                                                  2010        2010
                                               ----------- -----------

Current assets:
  Cash, cash equivalents and marketable
   securities                                  $ 1,764,896 $ 1,728,227
  Accounts receivable, net                         529,663     374,963
  Inventories                                      388,139     330,674
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets         44,282      46,966
                                               ----------- -----------

    Total current assets                         2,726,980   2,480,830

Property and equipment, net                        548,916     571,858
Goodwill                                           369,844     369,844
Intangible assets, net                             115,423     120,458
Deposits and other assets                           41,867      42,928
                                               ----------- -----------

    Total assets                               $ 3,803,030 $ 3,585,918
                                               =========== ===========


Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                             $   362,740 $   344,527
  Accrued liabilities and other current
   liabilities                                     402,553     439,851
                                               ----------- -----------

    Total current liabilities                      765,293     784,378

Other long-term liabilities                        152,994     111,950
Capital lease obligations, long term                24,098      24,450

Stockholders' equity                             2,860,645   2,665,140
                                               ----------- -----------

    Total liabilities and stockholders'
     equity                                    $ 3,803,030 $ 3,585,918
                                               =========== ===========

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