Will Shield Stop Nvidia Corporation (NVDA)’s Growth From Fading?

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) discussed its F2Q 2014 Earnings yesterday. Chris Evenden, Senior Director, IR said on the call that, “PC game revenues are expected to reach around $20 billion annually by 2015, whereas the total for both PlayStations will be less than $10 billion and Xbox is only around half of that.” Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)’s Shield exploits the shift by gamers and according to CNET is a steal.

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Based on  preliminary financial results we analyze the company relative to its peers (list of peers is at the end of this post). The table below shows these results along with the recent trend for revenues, net income and returns.

Quarterly (USD million) 2013-07-31 2013-04-30 2013-01-31 2012-10-31 2012-07-31
Revenues 977.2 954.7 1,106.9 1,204.1 1,044.3
Revenue Growth % 2.4 (13.7) (8.1) 15.3 12.9
Net Income 96.4 77.9 174.0 209.1 119.0
Net Income Growth % 23.8 (55.2) (16.8) 75.6 97.0
Net Margin % 9.9 8.2 15.7 17.4 11.4
ROE % (Annualized) 8.6 6.5 14.6 18.2 10.9
ROA % (Annualized) 6.5 4.9 11.1 14.0 8.2

Valuation Drivers

Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)’s current Price/Book of 2.0 is about median in its peer group. The market expects less growth from the company than the median of its chosen peers (PE of 16.3 compared to peer median of 23.3) and for its current rates of return that are around peer median (ROE of 12.9%) to decline.

The company’s asset efficiency (asset turns of 0.7x) and net profit margins of 13.1% are both median for its peer group. Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)‘s net margin continues to trend downward but is still within one standard deviation above its five-year average net margin of 6.4%.

Is NVIDIA (NVDA) over-investing?

While Nvidia’s revenues growth has been around the peer median (8.8% vs. 8.0% respectively for the past three years), the stock’s below peer median PE ratio of 16.3 implies below median long-term growth as well. The market likely sees the company’s long-term growth prospects to be fading.

Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)’s annualized rate of change in capital of 21.7% over the past three years is greater than the peer median of 16.4%. However, this investment level has only generated a peer median return on capital of 12.3% averaged over the same three years. This median return on an above median capital investment suggests the company is overinvesting.

Earnings Quality

NVDA’s net income margin for the last twelve months is around the peer median (13.1% vs. peer median of 14.8%). This average margin combined with a level of accruals that is around peer median (10.0% vs. peer median of 10.4%) suggests there possibly isn’t too much accrual movement flowing into the company’s reported earnings.

The company’s accruals over the last twelve months are positive suggesting a buildup of reserves. However, this level of accruals is also around the peer median and suggests the company is recording a proper level of reserves compared to its peers.

Trend Charts

Quarterly revenues trend for NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)Annual revenues trend for NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)Quarterly accruals trend for NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)Annual accruals trend for NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

Peers for NVIDIA Corp.

NVIDIA Corp.’s analysis versus peers uses the following peer-set: Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN)ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:ARMH)Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM)Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR)Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:LLTC)STMicroelectronics N.V. (ADR) (NYSE:STM)Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) and Intersil Corp (NASDAQ:ISIL).

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NVIDIA Corp. Profile

Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) is a visual computing company, connecting people through computer graphics. It is engaged in creating graphics chips, which is used in personal computers. The company operates through two segments: Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and Tegra Processor. NVIDIA was founded by Jen-Hsun Huang, Chris A. Malachowsky and Curtis R. Priem in January 1993 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

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