CUPERTINO, CA – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company”) today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended June 28, 2013. During the fourth quarter, the Company reported revenue of approximately $3.4 billion, gross margin of 27.4%, net income of $348 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.94. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $447 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.20.
During the fourth quarter, the Company generated approximately $394 million in operating cash flow, paid cash dividends of $137 million and repurchased 1 million of ordinary shares for approximately $42 million. The Company issued long-term debt of approximately $1 billion, and repurchased approximately $700 million total par value of its 2016 Notes and 2018 Notes.
For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2013, on a GAAP basis the Company reported revenue of $14.4 billion, gross margin of 27.5%, net income of $1.8 billion and diluted earnings per share of $4.81. On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported gross margin of 28.0% and diluted earnings per share of $5.31. In fiscal year 2013, the Company returned 71% of its operating cash flow, or 96% of free cash flow, to shareholders in dividends and share redemptions. Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments totaled approximately $2.3 billion at the end of the fiscal year.
“Seagate’s financial results reflect strong execution in a time of change, uncertainty and opportunity,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Looking ahead, we believe the market trends of data growth driven by cloud, mobile and open source advancement will present new and significant opportunities for Seagate. We will continue to balance near-term financial performance and long term strategic development while maximizing shareholder value.”
For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables.
Seagate has issued a Supplemental Commentary document. The Supplemental Commentary will not be read during today's call, but rather it 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 August 21, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 7, 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.
July 2013 Stock Repurchase Program
The Board of Directors has authorized the Company to repurchase up to $2.5 billion of its outstanding ordinary shares (the “July 2013 Authorization”). Seagate, as a result of the July 2013 Authorization and other current repurchase authorizations, currently has a total authorized unutilized capacity for repurchases of approximately $3.3 billion under these authorizations.
Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 5:15 a.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 first fiscal quarters of 2014 including key underlying assumptions. Seagate is planning an investor and analyst meeting on September 10, 2013 to discuss the Company’s longer-term strategic plan.
A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 9:00 a.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 September 27, 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 controland 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 is contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2012, 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.
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