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 NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2018
   Thursday, November 09, 2017 4:20:19 PM ET

-- 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

NVIDIA (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

GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) Q3 FY18     Q2 FY18     Q3 FY17     Q/Q        Y/Y
Revenue                                   $  2,636    $  2,230    $  2,004    Up 18%     Up 32%
Gross margin                                 59.5  %     58.4  %     59.0  %  Up 110 bps Up 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%
Non-GAAP
($ in millions except earnings per share) Q3 FY18     Q2 FY18     Q3 FY17     Q/Q        Y/Y
Revenue                                   $  2,636    $  2,230    $  2,004    Up 18%     Up 32%
Gross margin                                 59.7  %     58.6  %     59.2  %  Up 110 bps Up 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:

Datacenter

-- Set records for attendance at its GPU Technology Conferences for developers in Beijing, Munich, Tel Aviv, Taipei and Washington.

-- Announced that Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent will adopt NVIDIA(R) Volta GPUs for accelerating AI across enterprise and consumer applications, joining Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

-- Added NVIDIA Tesla(R) P100 GPU accelerators to Oracle Cloud.

-- Launched the NVIDIA GPU Cloud container registry with fully optimized software stacks to accelerate deep learning for developers worldwide.

-- Announced that Huawei, Inspur and Lenovo will use NVIDIA Volta HGX architecture to build AI systems for datacenters.

-- Shared news that Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Supermicro unveiled servers based on NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPU accelerators.

-- Launched the NVIDIA TensorRT(TM) 3 AI inference acceleration platform, opening up new growth in hyperscale datacenters.

Gaming

-- Released the GeForce(R) GTX 1070 Ti GPU, designed to handle the graphical demands of DirectX 12, HDR and immersive VR.

-- Announced collaborations to bring NVIDIA GameWorks(TM) technology to top fall games, including PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, FINAL FANTASY XV and Shadow of War.

Professional Visualization

-- Released the NVIDIA VRWorks(TM) 360 Video SDK, enabling production houses to live stream high-quality, 360-degree, stereo video.

-- Opened early access to NVIDIA Holodeck(TM), providing a virtual collaboration space using highly realistic, physically simulated VR.

-- Launched the Quadro(R) Virtual Data Center Workstation, with virtualization software that turns GPU-accelerated servers into powerful workstations.

Automotive

-- Announced NVIDIA DRIVE(TM) 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

-- Added Alibaba and Huawei as partners for the NVIDIA Metropolis AI Smart Cities platform.

-- Announced it is collaborating with China’s JD.com’s X lab to use NVIDIA Jetson(TM) to create autonomous machines that bring AI to logistics and delivery.

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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NVIDIA CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
                                                                   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
NVIDIA CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
                                                                                                                          October 29,        January 29,
                                                                                                                          2017               2017
ASSETS
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
LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE DEBT CONVERSION OBLIGATION AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
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
 NVIDIA CORPORATION
 RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
 (In millions, except per share data)
 (Unaudited)
                                                                                         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.
NVIDIA CORPORATION
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP OUTLOOK
                                                                                           Q4 FY2018
                                                                                           Outlook
GAAP gross margin                                                                                   59.7     %
              Impact of stock-based compensation expense                                            0.3      %
Non-GAAP gross margin                                                                               60.0     %
                                                                                           Q4 FY2018
                                                                                           Outlook
                                                                                           (In millions)
GAAP operating expenses                                                                    $        722
              Stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related costs, and other costs          (122     )
Non-GAAP operating expenses                                                                $        600

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA’s (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

Investor Relations

NVIDIA Corporation

(408) 566-6474

sjankowski@nvidia.com

Robert Sherbin

Corporate Communications

NVIDIA Corporation

(408) 566-5150

rsherbin@nvidia.com

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.

(C) 2017 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, GeForce, Quadro, Tesla, Jetson, NVIDIA DRIVE, NVIDIA GameWorks, NVIDIA Holodeck, NVIDIA VRWorks and TensorRT are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. 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.

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