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Monthly Monitor - June 2023
Last month, after reporting solid earnings and a sales forecast that was 50% higher than consensus expectations, the shares gained 26% in after-hours trading.
That was an almost $300 billion increase in market capitalisation.
The optimism around Nvidia is mostly driven by the company’s leading position in the market for artificial intelligence chips.
The market believes that Nvidia’s market opportunity is like selling pickaxes in the ‘California Gold Rush.’
During the dotcom/TMT bubble Cisco played the part that Nvidia is currently playing, as the pickaxe seller to the internet revolution.
Cisco’s share price enjoyed a similarly dramatic rally with the share price peaking at $77.46.
The valuation ran up to almost 180 times price to earnings.
The internet changed the world and Cisco benefitted from selling the hardware that allowed the internet revolution to happen.
Revenues have more than trebled since and the company has expanded margins.
However, the fact that the thesis played out will be of little consolation for Cisco shareholders.
The share price remains 32% below the peak reached in 2000, an annualised loss of 1.69% for 23 years.
We think the same of Nvidia today.
Buying a large market capitalisation company at a multiple of over 200 times price to earnings rarely ends well.
Expensive glamour stocks, like Nvidia, that are adored by the analyst community (of the 58 analysts covering Nvidia only one has a ‘Sell’ rating) are rarely good investments.
Like the Cisco situation post the dotcom bubble, we believe buying quality cash generating companies at attractive (and less inflated) multiples may serve investors much better than buying the new glamour story.
All data sourced from Bloomberg 2023.
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