As processors and graphics chips stocks’ Q4 earnings season wraps, let's dig into this quarters’ best and worst performers, including Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) and its peers.
The biggest demand drivers for processors (CPUs) and graphics chips at the moment are secular trends related to 5G and Internet of Things, autonomous driving, and high performance computing in the data center space, specifically around AI and machine learning. Like all semiconductor companies, digital chip makers exhibit a degree of cyclicality, driven by supply and demand imbalances and exposure to PC and Smartphone product cycles.
The 6 processors and graphics chips stocks we track reported a solid Q4; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 4.34%, while on average next quarter revenue guidance was 8.05% above consensus. The whole tech sector has been facing a sell-off since late last year, but processors and graphics chips stocks held their ground better than others, with share price down 2.67% since earnings, on average.
Founded in 1993 by Jensen Huang and two former Sun Microsystems engineers, Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a leading fabless designer of chips used in gaming, PCs, data centers, automotive, and a variety of end markets.
Nvidia reported revenues of $7.64 billion, up 52.7% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 2.87%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with a very optimistic guidance for the next quarter and an exceptional revenue growth.
“We are seeing exceptional demand for NVIDIA computing platforms,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA.
Nvidia scored the fastest revenue growth of the whole group. The stock is up 4.01% since the results and currently trades at $276.06.
Best Q4: AMD (NASDAQ:AMD)
Founded in 1969 by a group of former Fairchild semiconductor executives led by Jerry Sanders, Advanced Micro Devices or AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) is one of the leading designers of computer processors and graphics chips used in PCs and data centers.
AMD reported revenues of $4.82 billion, up 48.7% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 6.54%. It was a stunning quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in gross margin and a beat on the bottom line.
The stock is up 1.52% since the results and currently trades at $118.78.
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Weakest Q4: Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO)
Formed by the merger of TriQuint and RF Micro Devices, Qorvo (NASDAQ: QRVO) is a designer and manufacturer of RF chips used in almost all smartphones globally, along with a variety of chips used in networking equipment and infrastructure.
Qorvo reported revenues of $1.11 billion, up 1.74% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a weaker quarter for the company, with an increase in inventory levels and a slow revenue growth.
Qorvo had the weakest performance against analyst estimates and slowest revenue growth in the group. The stock is down 12.4% since the results and currently trades at $125.90.
Inventor of the x86 processor that powered decades of technological innovation in PCs, data centers, and numerous other markets, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is the leading manufacturer of computer processors and graphics chips.
Intel reported revenues of $20.5 billion, up 2.75% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 12%. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with a beat on the bottom line but a decline in operating margin.
Intel scored the strongest analyst estimates beat among the peers. The stock is up 0.07% since the results and currently trades at $51.74.
Having been at the forefront of developing the standards for cellular connectivity for over four decades, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), is a leading innovator and a fabless manufacturer of wireless technology chips used in smartphones, autos and internet of things appliances.
Qualcomm reported revenues of $10.7 billion, up 29.9% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 2.59%. It was a strong quarter for the company, with a very optimistic guidance for the next quarter.
The stock is down 16.3% since the results and currently trades at $157.48.
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