Investors eagerly awaited NVIDIA’s financial report. After the markets closed on Tuesday, the semiconductor giant unveiled its numbers. In the past quarter, revenue soared to over $18 billion, tripling from the previous year—a figure $2 billion higher than analysts’ expectations. Profits skyrocketed from $680 million to $9.2 billion, with earnings per share at $4.02, surpassing the anticipated $3.36.
The company’s AI-focused technologies, originally designed for graphic cards, have long been proving themselves in powering AI applications. Despite a strong forecast for the fourth quarter with an estimated revenue of around $20 billion, exceeding market expectations by over $2 billion, concerns arose regarding a significant decline in business in China due to expanded export restrictions imposed by the US government.
Despite this setback, NVIDIA emphasized its efforts to mitigate the impact, mentioning ongoing work on configurations and solutions compliant with current regulations for sales to China, albeit not expected to have a significant impact in the current quarter.
Initially, despite stellar numbers, NVIDIA’s stock dipped post-market, predominantly due to concerns over the shrinking Chinese market. However, analysts praised the company for surpassing market expectations and remained optimistic about the sustained demand for data center products despite the restrictions in China.
While the stock briefly faltered post-announcement, it remains the best-performing stock in the Nasdaq-100 Index for the year, albeit with a slight dip following concerns over China’s impact. Analysts, including those from Goldman Sachs and Barclays, expressed positivity toward NVIDIA’s continued growth potential in the data center sector, expecting revenues to exceed $25 billion per quarter.
Although the stock’s value has surged significantly in 2023, analysts believe it remains an attractive investment due to NVIDIA’s positioning as a global platform for transformative AI technologies. The company’s recent success has also led to speculations about its influence on other companies in the industry, such as Arm Holdings, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), and Intel.