NVIDIA surprised investors with better than expected earnings. The company announced a fiscal third-quarter 2010 profit of $107.6 million, or 19 cents per share, compared to net income of $61.7 million, or 11 cent per share a year ago. Revenue was up 16 percent quarter-over-quarter to $903.2 million, slightly more than the $897.7 million reported in the same period a year earlier.
Wall Street analysts polled by FactSet Research expected NVIDIA would report earnings of 10 cents per share on revenue of $835.2 million. For this quarter NVIDIA expects revenue to be up by about 2 percent quarter-over-quarter.
Here's a snip from the press release:
NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue of $903.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 ended Oct. 25, 2009, up 16 percent from the previous quarter and up slightly from $897.7 million reported in the same period a year earlier.
On a GAAP basis, the company recorded net income of $107.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with net income of $61.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share a year ago. Third quarter GAAP results included a benefit to operating income of $25.1 million related to insurance reimbursements received during the quarter. On a non-GAAP basis -- excluding the insurance reimbursements and stock-based compensation, as well as their associated tax impact -- net income was $110.3 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with $111.4 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, a year earlier.
"We continued to make progress in the third quarter with healthy market demand across the board," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer, NVIDIA. "Revenue was up from a year ago, with improvement in each of our PC, professional solutions and consumer businesses. It's great to see us shipping orders with our Tegra mobile-computing solution, and growing enthusiasm for our Tesla platform for parallel computing in the server and cloud-computing markets."
Gross margin, on a GAAP basis, increased to 43.4 percent from 20.2 percent in the previous quarter and 41.0 percent a year earlier. On a non-GAAP basis, gross margin was 41.0 percent, up 4.7 points from the 36.3 percent reported in the previous quarter but slightly off from 41.9 percent a year earlier.
GAAP net loss for the nine months ended Oct. 25, 2009 was $199.1 million, or $0.36 per share, compared to a net income of $117.6 million, or $0.20 per diluted share for the nine months ended Oct. 26, 2008. Non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended Oct. 25, 2009, which excludes a $93.9 million net charge related to the weak die/packaging material set that was used in certain versions of our previous generation chips, a non-recurring charge of $140.2 million in connection with a cash tender offer to purchase employee stock options, stock-based compensation charges, and their associated tax impact, was $101.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to a net income of $397.7 million, or $0.68 per diluted share for the nine months ended Oct. 26, 2008.