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Here’s Why Nvidia’s Revenue Soared by More Than 50% Last Quarter

November 10, 2016

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang onstage at an Nvidia event in San Jose.Photo: Kim Kulish—Corbis

Nvidia reported a better-than-expected 53.6% surge in quarterly revenue, driven by strong demand for the company’s graphics processing chips used in personal computers and data centers.

Shares of the company, which also forecast current-quarter revenue above analysts’ average estimate, were up 9.8% at $74.40 in after-hours trading on Thursday.

Nvidia (NVDA) also increased its quarterly dividend to 14 cents per share from 11.5 cents per share and also authorized an additional $2 billion under its buyback program.

The Santa Clara, California-based company dominates the high-end PC gaming market, where its chips are used to power graphically demanding games such as Electronic Arts’ Titanfall 2 and Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty series.

Revenue from the company’s graphics processing units business, which contributes 85% of its total revenue, rose 52.9% to $1.70 billion in the quarter.

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Apart from producing chips for the gaming industry, Nvidia has diversified into newer areas, ranging from virtual reality to chips used in self-driving cars.

Revenue from the company’s automotive business, which recently signed an agreement to supply chips for Tesla Motors’ (TSLA) Autopilot system, soared 60.8% to $127 million.

Nvidia forecast revenue to increase to $2.10 billion, plus or minus 2%, in the current quarter. Analysts on average were expecting a rise to $1.69 billion, according to Thomson Reuters (TRI)

Excluding items, Nvidia earned 94 cents per share in the second quarter.

Revenue rose to $2.00 billion from $1.31 billion.

Analysts on average had expected revenue of $1.69 billion.

The company’s net income rose to $542 million, or 83 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Oct. 30 from $246 million, or 44 cents per share, a year earlier.

Up to Thursday’s close of $67.77, shares had more than doubled this year, handily outperforming the 6% gain in the broader S&P 500 index.