NVIDIA Corporation announced earnings for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023 recently. In comparison to NVIDIA’s Q4 2022, the previous quarter was relatively stable, and significantly, it demonstrated sequential growth for all of the company’s key business areas.
The quarter was a huge success for NVIDIA, whose revenue was $7.1 billion for the three-month period, and earnings per share came out at $1.08 – a tremendous beat above the consensus estimates of $0.92.
The show’s star, as usual, was NVIDIA’s data centre portion. Both NVIDIA and AMD have seen their income statements shift away from gaming and consumer items and towards data centres, particularly in the last year when rising inflation had a greater impact on consumer purchasing. This has resulted in their data centre divisions becoming the largest business sector, and NVIDIA was no exception in Q1 2024.
The data centre sector was NVIDIA’s sole business division that experienced strong annual growth and the only one with more than a billion dollars in revenue.
It generated $4.2 billion in revenue for the chip maker in the quarter, representing a 14% annual increase over the $3.7 billion in sales generated in the previous quarter. The yearly sales rise for data centres also outperformed NVIDIA’s annual revenue reduction of 13%. This expansion was fueled by several large business wins, including those from Google and Dell.
However, in terms of consecutive growth, gaming takes the top spot. During the quarter, the company’s long-standing bread and butter business division generated $2.2 billion in revenue. While this was still down 38% year on year, revenue increased by 22% during the quarter, indicating that a potential recovery is just around the corner.
Ms. Collette Kress, NVIDIA’s chief financial officer, credits a substantial amount of the increase in data centre income to the ramp-up in demand for generative artificial intelligence technologies.
The CEO noted in her statement that the green teams Hopper and Ampere solutions are leading the way in this rapidly growing industry category. Ms. Kress said that while macroeconomic conditions caused an annual slowdown, the RTX 40 graphics processing units contributed to revenue growth in the first quarter.
During the quarter, the company’s inventory decreased while its accounts receivable increased, indicating that the company is easing through some of the channel difficulties that have afflicted it in recent quarters. Higher sales also resulted in increased cash flow, although Ms. Kress refused to provide any specifics concerning changes in inventory or receivables.
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