The first-quarter earnings season is almost done, but it certainly is going out with a bang! Take NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), for example. The company reported its first-quarter results for fiscal year 2022 on Wednesday, and they did not disappoint.
First-quarter revenue soared 84% year-over-year to $5.66 billion, which topped analysts’ estimates for total first-quarter revenue of $5.41 billion. First-quarter earnings surged 103% year-over-year to $3.66 per share, up from $1.80 per share in the same quarter a year ago. The analyst community was anticipating first-quarter earnings of $3.28 per share, so NVIDIA posted an 11.6% earnings surprise.
While the stock pulled back on Thursday, it bounced back nicely today and hit a new 52-week high this afternoon.
We have a few stragglers that will be reporting over the next two weeks, but the next fundamentally superior company I’m most interested in is Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZM), which is up to bat with its first-quarter results next Tuesday, June 1. Analysts are expecting earnings of $0.99 per share on $906.3 million in revenue. This represents 395% year-over-year earnings growth, up from adjusted earnings of $0.20 per share in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, and 176.2% year-over-year revenue growth.
Zoom has continually exceeded analyst expectations. For example, ZM’s fourth-quarter earnings report, released in early March, saw revenue soar 368.8% year-over-year to $882.5 million, up from $188.25 million in the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted earnings per share surged 713.3% year-over-year to $1.22 per share, compared to $0.15 per share in the fourth quarter of 2020. The consensus estimate called for adjusted earnings of $0.79 per share on $811.77 million in revenue, so Zoom posted a whopping 54.4% earnings surprise and an 8.7% revenue surprise.
Company management commented, “The fourth quarter marked a strong finish to an unprecedented year for Zoom.” Zoom saw a 470% jump in customers with more than 10 employees during the quarter, bringing its total to 467,100 customers. That also exceeded expectations for 442,600 customers.
So, is ZM a good buy ahead of its earnings results next week? Well, according to Portfolio Grader, that’s a resounding yes!
ZM holds an A-rating in Portfolio Grader, making in a “Strong Buy.” It also receives an A-rating for its Quantitative Grade and a B-rating for its Fundamental Grade.
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