NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) stock prices were up 3.41% as of the market close on July 19th, 2021, bringing the price per share up to USD$751.19 at the end of the trading day. Subsequent premarket fluctuations have seen the stock plummet by 74.79%, bringing it down to USD$189.40.
NVDA Stock Split
The company’s stock has been climbing steadily and substantially for quite some time now, coming in at more than USD$800 per share as of the end of June 2021. May 2021 saw NVDA announce a stock split that would see each share of common stock being divided into 4 whole shares of common stock. As of the market opening on July 20th, 2021, NVDA shares will trade on a split-adjusted basis. Accordingly, the price of each share will be reduced drastically, which is to be expected given the influx of a number of shares outstanding.
Effect of Stock Split
While stock splits obviously affect the price of each share, they do not have a tangible effect on the actual value of the company or the value of its shares. With changes being limited to the number of shares and according to the price of each, fundamentals remain unchanged, as does the long-term outlook of the company. Following the four to one stock split, shareholders of record will find themselves to own four times as many shares as before the split, with the actual value of their investment staying the same.
The company’s revenue report for the first quarter of 2021 reported USD$5.66 billion, a massive 84% year-over-year increase from the numbers reported in the prior-year quarter. This was largely motivated by a doubling of the company’s gaming revenue, which was up to USD$2.76 billion, as well as a 79% year-over-year improvement in data center revenue. Earnings per share were also up, by 106% over the course of the year to hit USD$3.66.
The resulting reduction in price per share following a stock split has the potential to positively impact longer-term gains because of the increased accessibility. This effect, however, is mitigated partially by the introduction of partial shares, which allow investors to buy fractions of shares. This offers investors the accessibility that is not time-bound as opposed to investors having to wait and time their investments around the implementation of stock splits.
Future Outlook for NVDA
Armed with its sustained trajectory of success over the past few quarters, NVDA is poised to capitalize on its momentum as it allocates resources to maintain its steam. Investors are hopeful that management will be able to turn the stock split around to usher in additional growth from the added exposure and accessibility.