Marvell Technology, a company that designs networking chips, reported first quarter earnings that surpassed analysts’ expectations. This news resulted in an 18.9% increase in the company’s stock price during afternoon trading. Although there was a decline in gross and operating margins, the company’s inventory levels improved. Guidance for the next quarter was slightly ahead of both revenue and earnings per share estimates. Moreover, positive comments by management on the outlook of the company for the year ahead has led to expectations of revenue growth acceleration in the latter half of the year, supported by gross and operating margin expansion. This growth will be driven by the tailwind provided by AI.
What is the market telling us:
The stock price of Marvell Technology is highly volatile, with 34 moves greater than 5% over the past year. This news had a significant impact on the market’s perception of the business, as seen by the large 18.9% increase in stock price. Only two days ago, competitor Nvidia announced exceptional Q1 results, which caused Marvell Technology’s stock price to increase by 6.41%. Nvidia’s beat of analysts’ estimates across key metrics resulted in an impressive 10.3% increase in revenue, with significant improvements in profitability. Earnings per share beat estimates by 18.8%, and there was a meaningful reduction in inventory levels during the quarter. Nvidia’s revenue guidance for the next quarter exceeded expectations by over 50%, with operating profit guidance exceeding Consensus estimates. CEO Jensen Huang emphasized the current transformation in the computer industry, specifically in accelerated computing and generative AI. Nvidia is considered a peer of Marvell Technology, and its success bodes well for their industry.
Marvell Technology’s stock price has increased by 79.6% since the beginning of the year. An investment of $1,000 in Marvell Technology’s shares 5 years ago would now be worth $2,950 today.
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