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Jul 31, 2015

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

CUPERTINO, CA – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended July 3, 2015. For the fourth quarter, the Company reported revenue of $2.9 billion, gross margin of 26.5%, net income of $138 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.43. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 27.2%, net income of $250 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.77. 

During the fourth quarter, the Company generated $228 million in operating cash flow and returned $351 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share redemptions. 

For the fiscal year ended July 3, 2015, the Company reported revenue of $13.7 billion, gross margin of 27.7%, net income of $1.7 billion and diluted earnings per share of $5.26. On a non-GAAP basis, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.1%, net income of $1.5 billion and diluted earnings per share of $4.57. 

In fiscal year 2015, the Company generated approximately $2.6 billion in operating cash flow and returned $1.8 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends and share redemptions. The Company also successfully raised $1.2 billion in investment grade debt in fiscal 2015, extending its weighted average maturity to approximately 9 years and decreasing its weighted average interest to 4.8%. Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments totaled approximately $2.5 billion at the end of the fiscal year. There were 315 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the fiscal year.

“Over the last few years, Seagate has refined our financial model and global supply chain to allow us to continuously deliver significant value to shareholders and adapt effectively to short-term fluctuations in our business and geographic markets,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer.  “While shifting information technology market dynamics have been challenging to accurately predict, we achieved many of our financial goals in fiscal 2015 and remain confident in our long-term growth prospects driven by data growth, cloud and hyperscale deployments and data analytics. Our product portfolio is very well positioned in the traditional storage marketplace, our pipeline of innovation is strong, and our strategic investments in cloud systems and solutions and flash technology are expanding our opportunities with new and existing customers.”

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 Investors website at www.seagate.com/investors.

Quarterly Cash Dividend
The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.54 per share, which will be payable on August 25, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 11, 2015. 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 6:00 a.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 2016, including key underlying assumptions. Seagate is planning an investor and analyst meeting on September 2, 2015 to discuss the Company’s longer-term strategic plan.

Replay
A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time at http://www.seagate.com/investors.

About Seagate
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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 2, 2015 and the fiscal year ending July 1, 2016 and beyond as well as our plans with respect to future dividend payments. These statements identify prospective information and may include words such as “expects,” “intends,” “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; 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; currency fluctuations that may impact our margins and international sales; possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; disruptions to our supply chain or production capabilities; 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 on August 7, 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.

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 FY2015 Financial Statements.

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