Jul 17, 2014

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results

CUPERTINO, CA – July 17, 2014 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended June 27, 2014. For the fourth quarter, the Company reported revenue of approximately $3.3 billion, gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $320 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.95.  On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.5%, net income of $370 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.10.  

During the fourth quarter, the Company generated approximately $577 million in operating cash flow and returned $166 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share redemptions. 

For the fiscal year ended June 27, 2014, the Company reported revenue of $13.7 billion, gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $1.6 billion and diluted earnings per share of $4.52.  On a non-GAAP basis, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.5%, net income of $1.8 billion and diluted earnings per share of $5.04. 

In fiscal year 2014, the Company returned $2.5 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share redemptions. The Company also successfully raised $1.8 billion in investment grade debt in fiscal 2014, extending its weighted average maturity to approximately 7 years and decreasing its weighted average interest to approximately 5%.  Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments totaled approximately $2.7 billion at the end of the fiscal year. There were 327 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the fiscal year.

“Throughout fiscal year 2014, Seagate delivered strong financial and operational performance and returned significant value to shareholders.  We made strategic investments in our technology portfolio, which enabled us to continue to innovate into higher capacity and power efficient storage solutions, and expanding our capabilities to serve a broader storage customer base in the future through new cloud systems and solutions and flash technology for connected storage,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer.

 “The shifting information technology market dynamics are disrupting the traditional storage industry in meaningful ways and continue to create more opportunities for Seagate. As we plan for our next fiscal year, we remain focused on investing in our storage technology product portfolio to deliver high quality storage products and solutions for our customers, as well as continuing to create long-term value for our shareholders.”

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 on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors.

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.43 per share, which will be payable on August 22, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 8, 2014.  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.

Investor Communications

Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific 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 quarter of 2015, including key underlying assumptions.  Seagate is planning an investor and analyst meeting on September 12, 2014 to discuss the Company’s longer-term strategic plan.


A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time at www.seagate.com/investors.

About Seagate

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 October 3, 2014 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 the expectations described in this press release is contained in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on April 30, 2014, the “Risk Factors” section of which is incorporated into this press release by reference, and other documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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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