Nvidia’s new AI chip, Unilever restructuring, and Nike earnings Nvidia’s new AI chip, Unilever restructuring, and Nike earnings Nvidia’s new AI chip, Unilever restructuring, and Nike earnings

Nvidia’s new AI chip, Unilever restructuring, and Nike earnings

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Peter Garnry

Head of Equity Strategy

Key points:

  • Nvidia launched Blackwell GPU exceeding expectations with 2.5x better performance than the previous generation and announced new NVLink switches, analysts are positive with a 12-month price target of $932.

  • Unilever is restructuring to save €800mn in costs over the next three years and separating its €7.9bn ice cream business, analysts have a 12-month price target of GBp 4,256.

  • Nike reports earnings on Thursday, analysts expect revenue to be down 0.7% YoY and EPS down 6.1% YoY, analysts have a 12-month price target of $119.

Nvidia launches Blackwell chip to extend edge

Nvidia’s GTC AI conference is in full swing and yesterday the world’s leading AI chip maker announced its new Blackwell GPU which is expected to extend the company’s lead in AI chips. The Blackwell GPU platform comes with 2.5x greater performance than its H100 platform (Hopper chip) which will likely widen Nvidia’s leading position. Nvidia also announced a new NVLink switches supporting the trend of AI networking becoming a new growing business in servers. The conference will continue until Thursday and we expect the news flow to continue to be positive for AI related stocks including Nvidia.

Analysts have a 12-month price target of $932 which around 5% higher than the current price with 90% of analysts covering the stock having a positive view on the stock. Nvidia is expected to report FY25 Q1 (ending 30 April) on 24 May with analysts expecting revenue growth of 234% YoY and EPS of $5.44 up 522% YoY.

Nvidia shares | Source: Saxo

Unilever is trimming the business and offering an ice cream to the market

Unilever, one of Europe’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies, shares are up 5% this morning as the company is announcing a big restructuring programme to find €800mn in cost savings over the next three years. In our view that is not very ambitious as the world can look very different in three years and the risk is that Unilever never end up achieving those costs savings.

In addition to the cost savings programme, Unilever is separating its global ice cream business which has annual sales of €7.9bn in 2023 and include brands such as Magnum and Ben & Jerry’s. The separation is starting immediately and is expected to be finished by the end of 2025, so again the market may conclude that things are moving too slowly. Analysts have a 12-month price target of GBp 4,256 which is around 6% above the current price.
Unilever share price | Source: Saxo

Nike earnings: Will more disappointment follow?

Nike reports FY24 Q3 (ending 28 Feb) earnings on Thursday at 20:15 GMT (21:15 CET). Analysts expect revenue growth down 0.7% YoY and EPS of $0.74 down 6.1% YoY. Nike continues to face tough competition, a sluggish consumer demand, elevated inventory (will likely decline again in the previous quarter), and thus painting a muted picture in the short term. Nike is taking steps to make strategic price hikes and trimming inventory in order to improve operating margins, so this is the key upside potential if management can succeed with this on top of the recent $2bn cost savings programme that was announced. Analysts have a 12-month price target of $119 which is around 20% higher from the current price.

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