Chip designer Nvidia has forecast third-quarter revenue above Wall Street targets and said it will buy back $25bn more of its shares as sales benefit from soaring demand for its chips that power nearly all the world’s major artificial intelligence apps.
Shares of the Santa Clara, California-based company rose 8 percent in trading after the bell, hitting an all-time high.
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Nvidia’s forecast on Wednesday beat expectations by billions of dollars, demonstrating that a boom in generative AI technologies that can read and write in human-like ways – and powered almost exclusively by Nvidia’s chips – shows no signs of slowing down.
Nvidia’s additional $25bn in share repurchases come as shares have already tripled this year, making the company the first-ever trillion-dollar chip business as investors bet Nvidia will be the key beneficiary of the AI boom.
Analysts have estimated that demand for Nvidia’s prized AI chips is exceeding supply by at least 50 percent, adding that the imbalance will stay in place for the next several quarters.
“Companies worldwide are transitioning from general-purpose to accelerated computing and generative AI,” Jensen Huang, Nvidia’s chief executive, said in a statement.
Nvidia’s report lifted the shares of other Big Tech stocks and AI-related companies, with Microsoft jumping 2.4 percent, Meta Platforms up 1.2 percent and Palantir Technologies surging 4.2 percent in extended trading on Wednesday.
From AI startups to major cloud services providers like Microsoft, all are looking to get their hands on more Nvidia chips. Demand from China is also in overdrive, as companies there are placing rush orders to stockpile chips before any further United States export curbs come into action.
The company forecast third-quarter revenue of about $16bn, plus or minus 2 percent. Analysts polled by Refinitiv on average were expecting $12.61bn.
Adjusted revenue in the second quarter was $13.51bn, compared with estimates of $11.22bn.
Revenue at the company’s data centre business rose 141 percent to $10.32bn in the quarter ending July 30, beating analyst estimates of $7.69bn by more than $2bn, according to Refinitiv data.
“Its Q2 results underscore its dominant position in harnessing the AI momentum,” said Insider Intelligence senior analyst Jacob Bourne. “Yet, as global appetite for Nvidia’s chips intensifies, navigating supply chain hurdles to boost production is essential.”
To that end, Nvidia is spending big to secure supply. The company reported a 53 percent jump to $11.15bn of inventory commitments from the previous quarter, largely because of the long-term supply needs for its data centre chips.
Analysts expect revenue from Nvidia’s data centre segment to expand to as much as $40bn for its fiscal 2025, according to Refinitiv estimates, driven by Nvidia’s edge in AI chips and other related technologies, such as the software to put those chips to work to power products like ChatGPT.
While rival Advanced Micro Devices’ key AI chip is expected to pry away some market share from Nvidia next year, Nvidia’s software has a years-long lead over its CUDA competitor called ROCm, analysts believe.
Sales of chips destined for personal computers and data centers have been weak in recent months, which has hurt the chip industry. But AI is a bright spot, with cloud computing businesses and startups alike buying up AI-related chips from Nvidia and others, such as Broadcom and Marvell Technology.
Analysts expect AI spending to continue growing at the expense of other traditional server equipment.