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 NVIDIA Announces Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018
   Thursday, February 08, 2018 4:21:14 PM ET

-- 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 (NVDA ) 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

-- Announced that NVIDIA Tesla(R) V100 GPU accelerators are now available through every major computer maker and have been chosen by every major cloud to deliver AI and high performance computing.

-- Added a record 34 GPU-accelerated systems to the Top500 supercomputer list, bringing the company’s total to 87.

-- Announced partnerships to further AI in key vertical industries, including initiatives with GE Health and Nuance in medical imaging; Baker Hughes, a GE company, in oil and gas; and Japan’s Komatsu in construction and mining.

-- Expanded the NVIDIA(R) GPU Cloud container registry to support scientists using HPC applications, and AI researchers using desktop GPUs.

Gaming

-- Announced gaming laptops using the Max-Q design, which are 3x faster and 3x thinner than previous-generation gaming laptops.

-- Introduced BFGDs(TM), big format gaming displays, providing ultra-low latency PC gaming and integrated streaming on a high-end 65-inch display using NVIDIA G-SYNC(TM) technology with NVIDIA SHIELD(TM).

-- Enhanced GeForce Experience(TM) 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(TM) 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(TM) Xavier(TM), 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  $      11,241  $      9,841
                                      shareholders’ equity
 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 (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      Robert Sherbin
Investor Relations    Corporate Communications
NVIDIA Corporation    NVIDIA Corporation
(408) 566-6474        (408) 566-5150
sjankowski@nvidia.com rsherbin@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.

(C) 2018 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, GeForce, Tesla, BFGD, GeForce Experience, GeForce NOW, NVIDIA Ansel, NVIDIA DRIVE, NVIDIA G-SYNC, NVIDIA Shadow Play, NVIDIA SHIELD and Xavier are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. MaxQ(R) is the registered trademark of Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. 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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