Despite recent gains, heading into today’s January quarter (F4Q22) results, Nvidia (NVDA) stock finds itself in almost unfamiliar negative territory –shares are down 11% year-to-date.
However, Wells Fargo’s Aaron Rakers puts the weak performance as “market/geopolitical driven rather than a change in company-specific investor sentiment in NVDA as an upside momentum story.”
In fact, Rakers sees the setup as skewed in Nvidia’s favor, anticipating the company to provide investors with “another beat-and-raise quarter and further confidence in the company’s continually deepening platform / growth narrative.”
Overall, Rakers’ estimates are just a touch below consensus forecasts. The analyst has FQ4 revenue and EPS at $7.405 billion and $1.22, respectively, while the Street is calling for $7.42 billion and $1.23.
So, what should investors look out for in the print?
Obviously, says Rakers, a key focal point will be “growth momentum” in the data center market. The 5-star analyst expects the outlook to “continue to support” his anticipation of a 25%-30% + data center CAGR moving forward. Other “growth drivers” through fiscal 2023 could be provided by the Enterprise AI Software suite, AI Launchpad, and the “materializing ramp” of the BlueField-2 DPUs, but it remains to be seen whether the company’s outlook factors these in.
In Gaming, Rakers says the “longevity” of NVDA’s Ampere GeForce RTX 3xxx-series upgrade cycle is “underappreciated.” Here, as Ethereum crypto mining shifts to Proof-of-Stake (PoS) during the year’s latter half, investors will be evaluating the “potential impact of declining demand.”
Given NVIDIA’s notably expanded purchase commitments, and in what is still a “constrained supply environment,” Rakers will be looking for management’s take on meeting present “demand dynamics” over the coming quarters.
Elsewhere, following early-November’s introduction of Omniverse Enterprise, Nvidia’s new viz focused collaboration platform, Rakers says it is still difficult to quantify the revenue opportunity here. The analyst’s initial expectation is of a $10 billion “incremental addressable opportunity,” but expects the “build-out” of the Omniverse ecosystem will also be a focal point on the earnings call.
All in all, Rakers rates NVDA shares an Overweight (i.e. Buy) along with a $370 price target. Investors could be sitting on returns of 40%, should his thesis bear fruit over the next 12 months. (To watch Rakers’ track record, click here)
Most analysts agree. NVDA stock boasts a Strong Buy consensus rating with 23 Buys overwhelming 3 Holds. At $355.68, the average price target implies shares will be adding ~35% of muscle in the year ahead. (See NVDA stock analysis on TipRanks)
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