NVIDIA announced it pulled in record third-quarter sales of $1.23 billion, up 16 percent year-over-year, while non-GAAP net income soared 43 percent year-over-year to $220 million. Earnings per share came in at 31 cents versus analyst consensus of 29 cents a share.
NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today reported revenue for the third quarter ended October 26, 2014, of $1.23 billion, up 16 percent from $1.05 billion a year earlier and up 11 percent from $1.10 billion the previous quarter. Revenue for the first three quarters of fiscal 2015 was a record $3.43 billion, up 15 percent from $2.99 billion a year earlier.
GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $0.31, up 55 percent from $0.20 a year earlier and up 41 percent from the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.39, up 50 percent from $0.26 a year earlier and up 30 percent from the previous quarter.
"NVIDIA's focus on creating visual computing platforms for datacenter, mobile and PC drove record revenue this quarter," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of NVIDIA.
"Growth drivers have kicked in for us on several fronts. High-performance computing, virtualization and web service providers have created demand for our GPU-accelerated datacenter platforms. Automakers are using Tegra to help reinvent the driving experience. And our new Maxwell architecture is a giant leap forward that has triggered a major upgrade cycle by PC gamers."
During the third quarter, NVIDIA paid $46 million in cash dividends and received 16.8 million shares under a $310 million structured repurchase agreement it entered into in the quarter. During the first three quarters of fiscal 2015, the company paid $140 million in cash dividends and repurchased 44.2 million shares. As a result, the company has returned to shareholders $950 million in the first three quarters of fiscal 2015.
Since restarting its capital return program in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, NVIDIA has returned approximately $2.17 billion to shareholders. This represents 136 percent of the company's cumulative free cash flow for fiscal years 2013 to 2015 to date, and reflects the acceleration of the capital return program of cash generated in previous years.
The company intends to return approximately $600 million to shareholders in fiscal 2016 through ongoing quarterly cash dividends and share repurchases.
NVIDIA will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.085 per share on Dec. 15, 2014, to all shareholders of record on Nov. 21, 2014. NVIDIA expects that a portion of this dividend payment may be considered a return of capital for U.S. federal income tax purposes.