On November 18, Nvidia Corp reported third quarter earnings for fiscal 2021 (period ended October 25, 2020) that beat both consensus top- and bottom-line estimates. The company’s GAAP revenues jumped higher by 57% year-over-year last fiscal quarter, aided by growth at its ‘Data Center’ (sales were up 190% year-over-year) and ‘Gaming’ (sales were up 37% year-over-year) business operating segments, which combined represented ~88% of its revenues last fiscal quarter. Nvidia’s ‘Professional Visualization’ and ‘Automotive’ business operating segments both posted year-over-year declines in sales. The ongoing coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic has accelerated recent trends in the digital world, such as the pivot towards offsite cloud-computing solutions to meet IT needs. In turn, this dynamic has sharply increased demand for data centers that make the transition towards cloud-computing possible, which has proven to be a boon for Nvidia. The work-from-home (‘WFH’) trend has driven up demand for PCs and laptops over the past few quarters. Additionally, rising demand for video games entertainment options is likely supporting demand for higher end PCs and laptops as well. Nvidia has so far been able to rise to the occasion and meet surging demand for data centers, laptops, and PCs during these turbulent times.
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