Western Digital Announces Financial Results for Third Fiscal Quarter 2018

San Jose, CA - April 26, 2018

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today reported revenue of $5.0 billion for its third fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2018. Operating income was $914 million with net income of $61 million, or $0.20 per share. The GAAP net income for the period includes debt extinguishment costs related to the company's debt financing transactions. Excluding these charges and after other non-GAAP adjustments, the company achieved non-GAAP operating income of $1.3 billion and non-GAAP net income of $1.1 billion, or $3.63 per share.

In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $4.6 billion, operating income of $525 million and net income of $248 million, or $0.83 per share. Non-GAAP operating income in the year-ago quarter was $1.0 billion and non-GAAP net income was $716 million, or $2.39 per share.

The company generated $1.0 billion in cash from operations during the third fiscal quarter of 2018, ending with $5.1 billion of total cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities. On Jan. 27, 2018, the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid to shareholders on April 16, 2018.

"The power and agility of our platform and our global team's sustained focus on operational execution drove another quarter of strong financial performance for Western Digital," said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer. "We saw particular strength in our high capacity enterprise hard drives, which achieved record quarterly revenue. A compelling portfolio of HDD and NAND flash products coupled with favorable macroeconomic conditions positions the Western Digital platform to drive further value for our customers and other stakeholders."

The investment community conference call to discuss these results, the company's guidance for the fourth fiscal quarter 2018 and an accompanying presentation will be broadcast live online today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific/5:30 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference call/webcast can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com. Supplemental financial information, including the company's guidance for the fourth fiscal quarter and the earnings presentation will also be posted on the same website. The telephone replay number in the U.S. is 1(855) 859-2056 or +1(404) 537-3406 for international callers. The required passcode is 5188247.

About Western Digital®
Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™ and WD® brands. Financial and investor information is available on the company's Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements concerning the company's preliminary financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2018; platform and product portfolio; market positioning; HDD and NAND flash products; and macroeconomic conditions. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The preliminary financial results for the company's third fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2018 included in this press release represent the most current information available to management. The company's actual results when disclosed in its Form 10-Q may differ from these preliminary results as a result of the completion of the company's financial closing procedures; final adjustments; completion of the review by the company's independent registered accounting firm and other developments that may arise between now and the disclosure of the final results. Other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; impacts of new tax legislation; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the company's Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on Feb. 6, 2018, to which your attention is directed. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events.

Financial Statements

Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Quarterly Fact Sheets

Guidance Summary - April 26 2018

 

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