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Aug 02, 2019

Seagate Technology Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

Fiscal Q4 2019 Highlights

– Revenue of $2.37 billion

– GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $3.54; reflects a one-time deferred tax benefit of $702 million

– Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.86

– Cash flow from operations of $448 million and free cash flow of $297 million

– Repurchased 7.8 million shares for $350 million

– Declared cash dividend of $0.63 per share

Fiscal Year 2019 Highlights

– Revenue of $10.4 billion

– GAAP diluted EPS of $7.06

– Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $4.82

– Cash flow from operations of $1.8 billion and free cash flow of $1.2 billion

– Returned $1.7 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases

CUPERTINO, CA – August 2, 2019 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 28, 2019.

“We continued to execute well in the June quarter in the midst of an uncertain global environment. We once again delivered on all of our financial expectations, while driving higher operating profit and earnings per share quarter-over-quarter, and demonstrating our ongoing focus on optimizing free cash flow,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s chief executive officer.

“As we enter our next fiscal year, global industry conditions have started to improve, particularly among cloud and hyperscale customers. Seagate is in a strong strategic position to address growing demand for mass storage. In March, we began shipping the industry’s highest capacity 16 terabyte drives. Qualifications are progressing well and we remain on track to ramp production in order to meet future demand. We have also begun to qualify our dual-actuator technology with multiple customers, which doubles drive performance while maintaining the same capacity. Seagate’s strong technology pipeline continues to deliver efficient and cost-effective solutions for customers to manage ever-increasing amounts of data.”

Quarterly Financial Results

  GAAP   Non-GAAP
  FQ4 2019 FQ4 2018   FQ4 2019 FQ4 2018
Revenue ($M) $2,371 $2,835   $2,371 $2,835
Gross Margin 26.3% 31.9%   26.8% 32.4%
Net Income ($M) $983 $461   $239 $475
Diluted Earnings Per Share $3.54 $1.57   $0.86 $1.62

Annual Financial Results

  GAAP   Non-GAAP
  FY 2019 FY 2018   FY 2019 FY 2018
Revenue ($M) $10,390 $11,184   $10,391 $11,178
Gross Margin 28.2% 30.1%   28.7% 30.7%
Net Income ($M) $2,012 $1,182   $1,375 $1,609
Diluted Earnings Per Share $7.06 $4.05   $4.82 $5.51

In the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company recognized a one-time deferred tax benefit of $702 million resulting from a release of a valuation allowance related primarily to our U.S. deferred tax assets, which is reflected in GAAP Net Income, but excluded from Non-GAAP Net Income. This was driven by improvements in the Company’s profitability outlook in the U.S. including our efforts to structurally and operationally align our enterprise data solutions business with the rest of the Company. This does not materially change our future worldwide effective tax rate.

The Company generated $448 million in cash flow from operations and $297 million in free cash flow during the fiscal fourth quarter. For fiscal year 2019, the Company generated $1.8 billion in cash flow from operations and $1.2 billion in free cash flow. Seagate’s balance sheet is healthy and during the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company paid cash dividends of $174 million and repurchased 7.8 million ordinary shares for $350 million. For the full year, the Company paid cash dividends of $713 million and repurchased 21 million ordinary shares for $963 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $2.2 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 269 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.

For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables.

Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com.

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.63 per share, which will be payable on October 9, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 25, 2019. 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.

Business Outlook

The business outlook for the fiscal first quarter of 2020 is based on our current assumptions and expectations; actual results may differ materially, as a result of, among other things, the important factors discussed in the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements section of this release.

Starting in the fiscal first quarter of 2020 share-based compensation will be excluded from the Company’s non-GAAP results. Given the variety of equity awards used by companies, the varying methodologies for determining share-based compensation expense, the subjective assumptions involved in those determinations, and the volatility in valuations that can be driven by market conditions outside the Company’s control, the Company believes excluding share-based compensation expense enhances the ability of management and investors to understand and assess the underlying performance of its business over time and compare it against the Company’s peers, a majority of whom also exclude share-based compensation expense from their non-GAAP results. This is consistent with the majority of our industry peers.

The Company is providing the following guidance for its 14-week fiscal first quarter 2020:

  • Revenue of $2.55 billion, plus or minus 5%
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.90, plus or minus 5%

Guidance regarding non-GAAP diluted EPS excludes known charges related to amortization of acquired intangible assets and estimated share-based compensation expenses of $0.05 per share and $0.12 per share, respectively.

We have not reconciled our non-GAAP diluted EPS to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because material items that may impact these measures are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted including, but not limited to, accelerated depreciation, impairment, and other charges related to cost saving efforts, restructuring charges, strategic investment losses or impairment recognized, income tax adjustments on these measures, and other charges or benefits that may arise. The amounts of these measures are not currently available, but may be material to future results. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP diluted EPS to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort. A reconciliation of our historical non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest GAAP equivalent is contained in this release.

Investor Communications

Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com.

An archived audio webcast of this event will be available on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com shortly following the event conclusion.

About Seagate

To learn more about the Company’s products and services, visit www.seagate.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Spiceworks, YouTube and subscribe to our blog. The contents of our website and social media channels are not a part of this release.

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 the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, financial outlook for future periods, including the first quarter of fiscal 2020, expectations regarding the Company’s products, our ability to ramp production, storage industry trends and market demand, shifts in technology, the Company’s ability to meet market and industry expectations and the effects of these future trends and expectations on the Company’s business as well as dividend issuance plans for the fiscal quarter ending October 4, 2019 and beyond. These statements identify prospective information and may include words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” or the negative of these words, variations of these words and comparable terminology. 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: items that may be identified during its financial statement closing process that cause adjustments to the estimates included in this press release; the uncertainty in global economic and political conditions; the impact of the variable demand and adverse pricing environment for storage products; the Company’s ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell its storage products in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality; the impact of competitive product announcements; the Company’s ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans and consolidation of manufacturing activities; possible excess industry supply with respect to particular storage products and competing alternative storage technology solutions; the impact of trade barriers or regulatory actions, such as import/export duties and restrictions, tariffs and quotas, imposed by the U.S. or other countries in which the Company conducts business; disruptions to its supply chain or production capabilities; unexpected advances in competing technologies or changes in market trends; the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; the Company’s ability to effectively manage its debt obligations and comply with certain covenants in its credit facilities with respect to financial ratios and financial condition tests; currency fluctuations that may impact the Company’s margins, international sales and results of operations; cyber-attacks or other data breaches that disrupt the Company’s operations or result in the dissemination of proprietary or confidential information and cause reputational harm; cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities associated with the Company’s infrastructure updates to its information technology systems; and fluctuations in interest rates. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 3, 2018, the “Risk Factors” section of which is incorporated into this press release by reference, and other documents filed with or furnished to the SEC. 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, except as required by applicable law.

The inclusion of Seagate’s website address in this press release is intended to be an inactive textual reference only and not an active hyperlink. The information contained in, or that can be accessed through, Seagate’s website and social media channels are not part of this press release.

Please click here to view the financial statements Q4 FY2019 Financial Statements.

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