This afternoon NVIDIA announced their quarterly earnings for Q1 2015. Overall GAAP revenue came in at $1.1B, up 16% year over year and down 4% sequentially. Gross margin was up slightly to 54.8%, up from 54.3% from Q1 2014, and up 0.7% from the previous quarter.

Most impressive of the numbers was the rise in net income, up 75% from Q1 2014 and coming in at $137M. Operating expenses were relatively flat sequentially, but up 4% from a year ago. This lead to an Earnings Per Share (EPS) of $0.24, an 85% increase from Q1 2014, although down $0.01 from last quarter. Non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.29, handily beating the analysts’ estimates of $0.17.

NVIDIA Q1 2015 Financial Results (GAAP)
In millions except EPS Q1'2015 Q4'2014 Q1'2014 Q/Q Y/Y
Revenue $1103 $1144 $955 -4% +16%
Gross Margin 54.8% 54.1% 54.3% +0.7% +0.5%
Operating Expenses $453 $452 $436 flat +4%
Net Income $137 $147 $78 -7% +75%
EPS $0.24 $0.25 $0.13 -4% +85%


NVIDIA Q1 2015 Financial Results (Non-GAAP)
In millions except EPS Q1'2015 Q4'2014 Q1'2014 Q/Q Y/Y
Revenue $1103 $1144 $955 -4% +16%
Gross Margin 55.1% 53.8% 54.6% +1.3% +0.5%
Operating Expenses $411 $408 $396 +1% +4%
Net Income $166 $187 $114 -11% +46%
EPS $0.29 $0.32 $0.18 -9% +61%

The GPU business is still the dominant division of NVIDIA, coming in at over 81% of the company’s entire revenue with $898M. GPU sales were strong for Q1, with revenue up 14% year over year, but down from Q4 2014. Most impressively, GeForce GTX GPUs for both desktops and notebooks grew 57% with strong demand for the newly released GTX 750 which is the first GPU based on Maxwell. NVIDIA stated that demand was strong in all markets for Desktop GPUs, and high-end notebook GPU volume also grew, but overall notebook GPU revenue was down. NVIDIA stated the seasonal decline in the desktop market more than offset the GTX GPU sales, contributing to the quarter over quarter decline.

Also on the GPU side, Quadro revenue increased with demand from all major OEM desktop and mobile workstation vendors. GRID sales were strong, and Tesla was also up. Tesla and GRID revenue increases was attributed to GPU acceleration opportunities, VDI deployments supporting Citrix, and streaming gaming providers.

Tegra Processor sales, which account for 12.6% of revenue, were up 35% year over year, and unlike GPU sales they were also up quarter over quarter 6%. The strong quarter for Tegra was attributed to a volume increase for smartphone and auto infotainment systems, but Android tablet SoCs were down partially offsetting the revenue gains. Automotive systems was up a healthy 60% year over year. Game consoles and embedded devices were down from Q1 2014, but the sequential growth of the Tegra division was attributed to the strong auto infotainment and embedded devices, so while embedded is down year over year, it’s recovered somewhat from the previous quarter.

NVIDIA has one other source of revenue which it reports on, which is $66M from patent license agreements with Intel.

NVIDIA Quarterly Revenue Comparison (GAAP)
In millions Q1'2015 Q4'2014 Q1'2014 Q/Q Y/Y
GPU $898 $947 $786 -5% +14%
Tegra Processor $139 $131 $103 +6% +35%
Other $66 $66 $66 flat flat

NVIDIA is projecting their Q2 revenue will be flat at $1.1B plus or minus 2%.

Overall it was a good quarter for NVIDIA. The strong demand for their new Maxwell GPUs. NVIDIA’s share of notebook computers is the highest since 2010. Although uptake of the Tegra 4 has been slow in tablets, NVIDIA has seen growth in Smartphone adoption as well as a strong automotive presence which is becoming more important with the growth in automotive infotainment systems in every single automotive brand. I’m sure they are hoping for some design wins with the Tegra K1, which looks like a nice upgrade over the Tegra 4, however there was no mention of it in the earnings release. We still have a few months for them to hit their target for the first half of 2014.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • lazarpandar - Thursday, May 8, 2014 - link

    Am I missing something here?
  • nandnandnand - Thursday, May 8, 2014 - link

    Welcome to the woooorld of tomoooorrrrooowww!!!
  • ddriver - Friday, May 9, 2014 - link

    You are 40% welcome.
  • tipoo - Friday, May 9, 2014 - link

    Fiscal quarter, not normal people quarter. Nothing to miss.
  • hamiltenor - Thursday, May 8, 2014 - link

    Did I miss 2014, or did someone break an NDA?
  • Brett Howse - Thursday, May 8, 2014 - link

    Funny you say that. Apparently NVIDIA did accidently release their results early for this quarter.

    But FY 2014 is over for them :)
  • tipoo - Thursday, May 8, 2014 - link

    Fiscal quarter does run ahead of real life, but I'm not sure this is right.
  • Brett Howse - Friday, May 9, 2014 - link

    It's correct. There's a link at the bottom of the article to the news release if you would like to confirm.
  • melgross - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    Fiscal quarters can be anywhere in the year. They don't have to follow any calender schedule. It depends on when the company incorporated. If they incorporated January 1, then that convenient. But if they incorporated in June 6, then that's the beginning of their fiscal year.
  • Morawka - Thursday, May 8, 2014 - link

    besides the date discrepancy, lets hear some good discussion on how this data compares to AMD's earnings, and what products you think will help nvidia's sales grow.

    I'm surprised tegra 4 is doing so well, considering its not in many devices. Surface 2, Shield, Tegra Note 7, and a few other AIO's is about it. Surface and shield must be pushing those numbers up. Remember, K1 is not in these earnings.

    Nvidia is showing perf per watt is important, not just price vs perf.

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