Initially simply called “NV” for “Next Version” and then becoming a homophone for “envy” in Latin, NVIDIA Corporation is one of the world’s leading microprocessor companies. The company is also responsible for popularizing the phrase “Graphical Processing Unit” (GPU) in the course of describing some its leading products, which has gone on to elevate and enhance the experiences of many a gamer in the world.
The company’s stock (Nasdaq ticker: NVDA) is currently one of the most watched in the world right now since it lies squarely in the middle of the “tech” zeitgeist of high-conviction names for many investors. This conviction isn’t exactly unearned.
A quick rundown of the past two years’ Full Year results versus the first quarter of this year – as per the company’s calendar – shows at least partially why the stock is so highly prized:
In past fiscal years, the trends indicate an all-round positive growth in excess of cost increases coupled with an almost-doubling of earnings per share attributable to common shareholders. In the current quarter, there is a slight indication that while costs and current liabilities are roughly proportional to one-fourth of the previous year’s figures, the revenue is a little less than a fourth. Diluted earnings per share, after accounting for a four-for-one stock split executed on July 19, 2021, also trails relative to the corresponding quarter in the previous year.
This isn’t necessarily a major concern this early in the fiscal year. However, like every other stock – particularly “tech” names – in the year so far, the stock price has seen a precipitous fall. The reasons for this is more reflective on the stock’s valuation as opposed to the company.
Ratio and Volume Analysis
From March of last year through this week, an analysis of the 3 ratios as carried in our recent articles, reveal a few interesting facets:
While the stock’s Price to Sales (PS) and Price to Book Value ratios indicate a fair bit of relative stability, the Price to Earnings (PE) ratio – by far the most popular metric for stability evaluation – shows a precipitous decline of nearly 37% in the current week. While high ratios are typically seen in companies with significant invested capital or in those with high growth outlook, lower ratios signify weakening growth outlook or a recognition of the company attaining some semblance of a “steady state” in terms of market share.
BlackRock Investment Institute’s Weekly Commentary dated June 13 attributed the larger organization’s decision to not “buy the dip” in the near term to three reasons:
The energy crunch will hit growth and higher labour costs in the face of inflationary pressures will eat into companies’ profits;
Stock valuations don’t show improvement after accounting for lower earnings outlook and faster expected pace of rate rises;
There’s a growing risk that the Federal Reserve will tighten too much, making equities less attractive.
Leaving aside the third point, there’s an interplay between the first two points: if inflation weighs heavy on the earnings of individuals and corporations alike, what are the likelihoods of an upgrade in rig? Corporations could push back upgrades to improve their earnings while individuals would rather focus on essentials over spending on new tech.
There is also a very different argument as to whether the PE Ratios for long-standing companies should be in the 50s to 70s while simultaneously considering them to be stable in the first place. A dramatic growth outlook forever simply doesn’t happen.
Given that “tech” stocks have been a hot choice for investors for quite some years now, this leads to a consideration of traded volumes. Over the year till date (YTD), traded volumes have generally been trending down after the customary “January bump”. However, when comparing trading volumes in the stock versus the “tech-heavy” Nasdaq-100 (here represented by the ETF QQQ), this overall market trend isn’t very smooth.
Overall, there is a very high degree of correlation between rallies in the broader ETF and the stock. One possible attribution for the strong tendency to attempt a bullish rally on tech stocks (that nearly always come a cropper shortly thereafter) could be overall historical sky-high valuations in “tech”. If so, reality has been biting market participants hard; there appear to be simply no strong support for rosy Total Addressable Market estimates, operational efficiency estimates, et al in the face of increasing external pressure on earnings.
While companies like NVIDIA are indeed valuable and can very well be considered as leading tech adoption, the overall conclusion seems to be that expecting the status quo from 2020 or even 2021 lies at odds with base reality: in the present day, overvaluation comes with volatile downward trends. In the months or quarters forward, a series of price discovery actions around certain levels could be expected. This gives an advantage more to the tactical investor with access to short-term trading instruments with daily-rebalanced inverse and leverage factors embedded who can capitalize on cycles of rises and falls. For long-term stock holders, the prospect of erstwhile stock valuations returning any time soon remains murky at the moment.
Violeta è entrata a far parte di Leverage Shares nel settembre 2022. È responsabile dello svolgimento di analisi tecniche e ricerche macroeconomiche ed azionarie, fornendo pregiate informazioni per aiutare a definire le strategie di investimento per i clienti.
Prima di cominciare con LS, Violeta ha lavorato presso diverse società di investimento di alto profilo in Australia, come Tollhurst e Morgans Financial, dove ha trascorso gli ultimi 12 anni della sua carriera.
Violeta è un tecnico di mercato certificato dall’Australian Technical Analysts Association e ha conseguito un diploma post-laurea in finanza applicata e investimenti presso Kaplan Professional (FINSIA), Australia, dove è stata docente per diversi anni.
Julian è entrato a far parte di Leverage Shares nel 2018 come parte della prima espansione della società in Europa orientale. È responsabile della progettazione di strategie di marketing e della promozione della notorietà del marchio.
Oktay è entrato a far parte di Leverage Shares alla fine del 2019. È responsabile della crescita aziendale, mantenendo relazioni chiave e sviluppando attività di vendita nei mercati di lingua inglese.
È entrato in LS da UniCredit, dove è stato responsabile delle relazioni aziendali per le multinazionali. La sua precedente esperienza è in finanza aziendale e amministrazione di fondi in società come IBM Bulgaria e DeGiro / FundShare.
Oktay ha conseguito una laurea in Finanza e contabilità ed un certificato post-laurea in Imprenditoria presso il Babson College. Ha ottenuto anche la certificazione CFA.