Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 ended October 2, 2015. For the first quarter, the Company reported revenue of approximately $2.9 billion, gross margin of 23.6%, net income of $34 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.11. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 24.2%, net income of $165 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.54. For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see the accompanying financial tables.
During the first quarter, the Company generated approximately $824 million in operating cash flow, paid cash dividends of $163 million and repurchased approximately 20 million ordinary shares for $983 million. There were 299 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter. Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments totaled approximately $1.9 billion at the end of the quarter.
“During the quarter, we made solid progress against our core initiatives to bolster our product portfolio, contain costs and return capital to shareholders,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While lower than planned nearline enterprise demand temporarily impacted our financial results, we are pleased with the momentum we have across our products, which will be further supported by the newly acquired assets of Dot Hill and our ability to now completely integrate the Samsung hard drive business. As we look forward, we are focused on delivering storage solutions for a significant range of existing, growing and emerging areas, and believe we have the right strategy and portfolio to deliver value to shareholders.”
Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate’s Investors website at www.seagate.com/investors.
Quarterly Cash Dividend
As previously disclosed on October 21, 2015, the Board has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.63 per share, which will be payable on November 20, 2015 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 6, 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.
Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time that can be accessed on its Investors website at www.seagate.com/investors. During today's webcast, the Company will provide an outlook for its second fiscal quarter of 2016 including key underlying assumptions.
A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time athttp://www.seagate.com/investors.
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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 January 1, 2016 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; 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 the Company’s margins and international sales; possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; disruptions to our supply chain or production capabilities; unexpected advances in competing technologies; the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; and the Company’s ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans 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 11, 2015, 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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