- Company ships record exabyte capacity with average capacity per drive up 46% year-over-year
Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company”) today announced selected preliminary financial information for its fiscal fourth quarter and year- end 2016, which ended on July 1, 2016. Seagate expects to report revenue of approximately $2.65 billion, gross margin of 25% and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 25.8% for the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. The Company expects to report HDD unit shipments of approximately 37 million, reflecting approximately 62 exabytes, average capacity per drive of 1.7 terabytes and average selling price per unit of $67 for the fiscal fourth quarter 2016.
These preliminary results compare to the Company’s previous forecast for fiscal fourth quarter 2016 revenue of approximately $2.3 billion and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 23%. The difference in the Company’s revenue from its forecast was driven primarily by better than expected demand for the Company’s HDD product portfolio. The difference in the Company’s gross margin from its forecast was driven by better than expected demand for the Company’s enterprise HDD portfolio and cost containment execution. Non-GAAP operating expenses for the fiscal fourth quarter are expected to be approximately $440 million, in line with forecast expectations.
“The evolution of mobile and cloud data driven environments continues to define itself as requiring significant amounts of mass storage. HDD devices are where most data bits ultimately reside and our record HDD exabyte shipments in the June quarter, particularly due to enterprise demand, continue to support this thesis,” said Steve Luczo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
Luczo continued, “We believe the long-term trend of exabyte storage demand growth exceeding HDD areal density growth remains intact for the foreseeable future. Seagate will continue to evolve its product offering, technology investment and manufacturing footprint to best serve our customers with the world’s most advanced and cost advantaged HDD products.”
In addition to the Company’s restructuring actions announced June 29, 2016, the Company announced today an additional restructuring plan for continued consolidation of its global footprint across Asia, EMEA and the Americas. The plan includes reducing the Company’s global headcount by approximately 6,500 employees, or 14% of its global headcount by the end of fiscal year 2017. The total pretax charges for the plan will be approximately $164 million in fiscal year 2017. The restructuring activities and global footprint consolidation underway should enable the Company to be operating within its targeted Non-GAAP product gross margin range of 27-32% by the December 2016 quarter.
Conference Call Details for Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2016 Financial Results
Seagate will report its fiscal fourth quarter and year-end 2016 financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The investment community conference call to discuss these results will take place that day at 6:00 a.m. Pacific/9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The live event can be accessed online at Seagate’s Investor Relations website at www.seagate.com/investors.
An archived audio webcast of this event will be available shortly following the event conclusion.
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(A) Gross margin has been adjusted on a non-GAAP basis to exclude amortization of intangibles associated with acquisitions, write off of certain fixed assets and cost of sales associated with our disposed data services business, offset by exclusion of favorable adjustments to sales return provisions for certain discontinued products.
(A) Product development expense has been adjusted on a non-GAAP basis to exclude the impact of integration costs associated with acquisitions and write off of certain fixed assets.
(B) Marketing and administrative expense has been adjusted on a non-GAAP basis primarily to exclude the write off of certain fixed assets.
(C) Amortization of intangibles primarily related to our acquisitions has been excluded on a non-GAAP basis.
(D) Restructuring and other, net, has been adjusted on a non-GAAP basis primarily related to a reduction in our work force as a result of our ongoing focus on cost efficiencies in all areas of our business.