NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA)reported revenue for the second quarter ended July 29, 2018, of $3.12 billion, up 40 percent from $2.23 billion a year earlier, and down 3 percent from $3.21 billion in the previous quarter.
GAAP earnings per diluted share for the quarter were $1.76, up 91 percent from $0.92 a year ago and down 11 percent from $1.98 in the previous quarter. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.94, up 92 percent from $1.01 a year earlier and down 5 percent from $2.05 in the previous quarter.
“Growth across every platform – AI, Gaming, Professional Visualization, self-driving cars – drove another great quarter,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “Fueling our growth is the widening gap between demand for computing across every industry and the limits reached by traditional computing. Developers are jumping on the GPU-accelerated computing model that we pioneered for the boost they need.
“We announced Turing this week. Turing is the world’s first ray-tracing GPU and completes the NVIDIA RTX platform, realizing a 40-year dream of the computer graphics industry. Turing is a giant leap forward and the greatest advance for computing since we introduced CUDA over a decade ago.” During the first half of fiscal 2019, NVIDIA returned $837 million to shareholders through a combination of $655 million in share repurchases and $182 million in quarterly cash dividends.
For fiscal 2019, NVIDIA intends to return $1.25 billion to shareholders through ongoing quarterly cash dividends and share repurchases.
NVIDIA will pay its next quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share on September 21, 2018, to all shareholders of record on August 30, 2018.
For the third quarter, Revenue is expected to be $3.25 billion, plus or minus two percent. GAAP and non-GAAP gross margins are expected to be 62.6 percent and 62.8 percent, respectively, plus or minus 50 basis points. GAAP and non-GAAP operating expenses are expected to be approximately $870 million and $730 million, respectively. GAAP and non-GAAP other income and expense are both expected to be income of approximately $20 million. GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates are both expected to be 9 percent, plus or minus one percent, excluding any discrete items. GAAP discrete items include excess tax benefits or deficiencies related to stock-based compensation, which are expected to generate variability on a quarter by quarter basis.