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Feb 04, 2020

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

– Reported revenue of $2.7 billion

– Expanded GAAP operating margin to 14.2%; non-GAAP operating margin to 15.7%

– Delivered GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.20; non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.35

– Returned $315 million to shareholders; declared cash dividend of $0.65 per share

CUPERTINO, CA – February 4, 2020 - Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the "Company" or "Seagate") today reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended January 3, 2020.

"In the December quarter, Seagate expanded non-GAAP operating margin by nearly 300 basis points and delivered non-GAAP EPS growth of more than 30% quarter-over-quarter while driving strong operational cash flow in an improving demand environment," said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s chief executive officer.

"We executed the company's fastest ever product ramp with our industry capacity leading 16-terabyte drives, which contributed to both sequential revenue growth and record exabyte shipments in the December quarter. We are poised to benefit from ongoing demand for mass capacity storage which we expect to offset typical seasonal declines in the legacy markets in the first half of the calendar year."

Quarterly Financial Results

  GAAP   Non-GAAP
  FQ2 2020 FQ2 2019   FQ2 2020 FQ2 2019
Revenue ($M) $2,696 $2,715   $2,696 $2,715
Gross Margin 28.1% 29.2%   28.7% 29.9%
Operating Margin 14.2% 15.3%   15.7% 17.2%
Net Income ($M) $318 $384   $359 $432
Diluted Earnings Per Share $1.20 $1.34   $1.35 $1.51

The Company generated $480 million in cash flow from operations and $286 million in free cash flow during the fiscal second quarter 2020. Seagate maintained a healthy balance sheet and during the fiscal second quarter 2020, the Company paid cash dividends of $165 million and repurchased 2.5 million ordinary shares for $150 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.7 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 261 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.

All periods presented exclude share-based compensation from non-GAAP results. 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 $0.65 per share, which will be payable on April 8, 2020 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 25, 2020. 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 third quarter 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.

The Company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal third quarter 2020:

  • Revenue of $2.7 billion, plus or minus 7%
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.35, plus or minus 7%

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 $0.11 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 2:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. Eastern 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
Seagate crafts the datasphere, helping to maximize humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more about Seagate by visiting www.seagate.com or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical fact. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements about the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, financial outlook for future periods, including the fiscal third quarter 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 April 3, 2020 and beyond. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” "will continue," "can," "could" or the negative of these words, variations of these words and comparable terminology. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from the expectations described in this press release include, among others, those risks and uncertainties included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 2, 2019, which is available on our investor relations website at investors.seagate.com. Additional information will also be set forth in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 3, 2020. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to us on, and which speak only as of, the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, unless required by applicable law.

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Please click here to view the financial statements Q2 FY2020 Financial Statements.

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