Artificial-intelligence chip leader Nvidia (NVDA) late Tuesday smashed Wall Street’s targets for its fiscal third quarter thanks to massive growth in sales of AI processors for data centers. It also guided higher than views for the current quarter. But NVDA stock fell in extended trading.
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company earned an adjusted $4.02 a share on sales of $18.12 billion in the quarter ended Oct. 29. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected Nvidia earnings of $3.37 a share on sales of $16.19 billion. On a year-over-year basis, Nvidia earnings rocketed 593%, while sales soared 206%.
Nvidia’s Q3 report marked its second consecutive quarter of triple-digit percentage growth in sales and earnings thanks to white-hot demand for its processors for AI applications.
In the third quarter, Nvidia’s data center sales jumped 279% from the year-earlier period to a record $14.51 billion. Data center sales increased 41% from the second quarter.
NVDA Stock Dips After Report
For the current quarter, Nvidia forecast sales of $20 billion, up 231% from the prior year. Analysts had been modeling sales of $17.96 billion for the fiscal fourth quarter ending in January.
In after-hours trading on the stock market today, NVDA stock slid 1% to 494.27. During the regular session Tuesday, NVDA stock declined 0.9% to close at 499.44.
“Our strong growth reflects the broad industry platform transition from general-purpose to accelerated computing and generative AI,” Chief Executive Jensen Huang said in a news release.
“Large language model startups, consumer internet companies and global cloud service providers were the first movers, and the next waves are starting to build,” he said. “Nations and regional CSPs (cloud service providers) are investing in AI clouds to serve local demand, enterprise software companies are adding AI copilots and assistants to their platforms, and enterprises are creating custom AI to automate the world’s largest industries.”
Nvidia Is A Recent Breakout
Last week, Nvidia shares rose after the company announced new data center processors optimized for AI. At the SC23 supercomputing conference in Denver, Nvidia introduced its HGX H200 AI computing platform and GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip.
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