Earnings report cheers investors
Nvidia (NVDA) shares are rising again as the company's financial report and forecasts are generating investor enthusiasm. Falling sales of crypto processors have been offset by expectations of benefits from the development of "meta-universes" involving Nvidia products and technologies.
Nvidia (NVDA) on Wednesday reported stronger Q3 2022 results after the close of trading than market analysts had forecast.
Nvidia shares, which have jumped 124% since the start of the year and 31.3% in the past month, were up 5.2% at the post-market on Wednesday.
The surge in Nvidia shares in recent weeks has been driven by the hype surrounding Facebook's (FB) Metaworld, which has changed its name to Meta, and claims by market experts that Nvidia is one of the first companies to benefit from this development.
Nvidia is now capitalised at over $730 billion and many investment company analysts are predicting it will grow to $1 trillion in the near future.
Nvidia reported third quarter earnings per share of $1.17, higher than the average market analysts' forecast of $1.1. Total revenue rose 50% (y-o-y) to a record $7.1bn, also up from the market's estimate of $6.83bn.
During the quarter, NVIDIA declared a $100 million dividend. On Dec. 23, 2021, the company will pay its next quarterly dividend of $0.04 per share to all shareholders of record through Dec. 2, 2021.
Nvidia's revenue consists of sales of graphics chips (Gaming), data centre (Data Center) chips, new NVIDIA CMP cryptocurrency mining chips, as well as sales of professional graphics cards and chips for automotive systems. Nvidia's revenue for its largest Gaming segment increased 42 percent year-over-year to a record $3.22 billion, while sales for its Data Center segment increased 55 percent to a new record $2.94 billion.
Quarterly sales of NVIDIA CMP cryptocurrency mining chips fell to $105 million, down 60 percent from $266 million in the second quarter and down from $155 million in the first quarter, when the company first began selling them in February and March.
Nvidia's quarterly automotive chip sales were up 8% from a year ago to $135 million, but were down 11% from the previous quarter.
The company expects further revenue growth in the fourth quarter of $7.4 billion, exceeding analysts' forecasts of $6.86 billion.