Say what you will of Nvidia, but the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker has won the AI lottery.
Jensen Huang’s company is quite literally the only business selling the metaphorical shovels during the ongoing AI gold rush, and as you can imagine, it has made the company very, very rich. Nothing drove that point harder than Team Green’s second-quarter earnings results, released last week and wowing both investors and Wall Street alike.
During the second quarter of the year, Nvidia said it generated $13.5 billion in revenue — up 88% from a quarter ago, and double what it had made in the same quarter of 2022. But oh, it gets better: the company’s net income of $6.18 billion, or $2.48 per share, was 8.5x more than what it had made in the same quarter of last year.
Underpinning the results was the fact that the company’s second-quarter net income was more than what it had made throughout the entirety of its last fiscal year. Yes, Nvidia made more profit in a single quarter than it had in an entire year. How’s that for a jackpot?
Understandably, Wall Street was stunned. While AI might still be some ways off from dominating the world, it was already filling up the coffers of the company providing the hardware to make that a reality.
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And with such a meteoric rise in its stock price, Nvidia has comfortably cementedits place as one of the six publicly traded companies around the globe that are valued at above $1 trillion in market cap.
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For context, Nvidia’s two direct competitors —AMD and Intel — are so far behind that it’s not even a fair comparison. AMD, which was valued at $165 billion, and Intel, which was valued at $140 billion, are, in essence, only worth around 15% of what Nvidia’s worth based on their market caps at the time of writing. OUCH!
And what’s worse, Nvidia isn’t even happy with its valuation. A report from Reuters said the company’s $25 billion share buyback, announced alongside its earnings, left many market participants confused.
Now, share buybacks are one of the ways a company rewards its shareholders besides dividends, but they’re usually undertaken when a company’s stock price is cheap. But, as Reuters notes, “Nvidia’s shares have shot up some 220% in 2023, leaving investors searching for the reasons behind the company’s move.”
“The message seems to be that (Nvidia’s) management believes that their stock is undervalued,” said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust, which owns Nvidia shares.
Nvidia may have a reason for believing it’s worth more than what it’s currently valued at, given that it already expects to make more revenue during the third quarter of the year than it did during the second quarter — all driven by its A100 and H100 graphic cards that have become a key component in building and running AI applications like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and other services.
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This article was originally published by Sheharyar Khan on Hackernoon.