CUPERTINO, CA – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company”) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 29, 2013. During the fiscal third quarter, the Company reported revenue of approximately $3.5 billion, gross margin of 26.9%, net income of $416 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.13. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 27.6%, net income of $464 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.26.
The Company generated $678 million in operating cash flow, repurchased three million ordinary shares for approximately $102 million and paid $379 million for the early redemption of long-term debt. For the first nine months of the fiscal year, the Company has returned 75% of its operating cash flow to shareholders in dividends and share redemptions. Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments totaled approximately $2 billion at the end of the fiscal third quarter.
“Seagate’s operational results this quarter again reflect strong execution,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “The continued advancement of cloud, mobile and open source computing are trends that are shifting data volumes toward personal and corporate cloud environments, creating tremendous opportunities for Seagate’s leading storage technology portfolio. Looking ahead, our top priorities are focused on the efficiency of our operations, extending our leadership in storage technology innovation and returning value to shareholders.”
For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables.
Seagate has issued a Supplemental Commentary document, which will not be read during today's call, but is available in the “Investors” section of seagate.com.
Quarterly Cash Dividend
The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.38 per share, which will be payable on May 29, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on May 15, 2013. The payment of any future quarterly dividends will be at the discretion of the Board and will be dependent upon Seagate's financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.
Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors. During today's webcast, the Company will provide an outlook for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2013, including key underlying assumptions.
A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at www.seagate.com/investors.
Seagate is a world leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions. Learn more at www.seagate.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, including, in particular, statements about our plans, strategies and prospects and estimates of industry growth for the fiscal quarter ending June 28, 2013 and beyond. These statements identify prospective information and include words such as “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release and are based on management's current views and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are conditioned upon and also involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors may be beyond the Company’s control and may pose a risk to the Company’s operating and financial condition. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the uncertainty in global economic conditions, as consumers and businesses may defer purchases in response to tighter credit and financial news; the impact of the variable demand and adverse pricing environment for disk drives, particularly in view of current business and economic conditions; dependence on the Company’s ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell its disk drive products in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality, particularly the new disk drive products with lower cost structures; the impact of competitive product announcements; possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; and the Company’s ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2012, and in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on January 29, 2013, which statements are incorporated into this press release by reference. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any subsequent date and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made.