Western Digital Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

News Summary

  • Revenue was $4.38 billion, up 6% year-over-year (YoY). Cloud revenue increased by 25%, Client revenue declined by 2%, and Consumer revenue declined 8% YoY.

  • GAAP earnings per share (EPS) was $0.08 and Non-GAAP EPS was $1.65.

  • Generated operating cash flow of $398 million and free cash flow of $148 million.

  • Expect fiscal fourth quarter 2022 revenue to be in the range of $4.50 billion to $4.70 billion with Non-GAAP EPS in the range of $1.60 to $1.90.


SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 28, 2022

Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC) today reported fiscal third quarter 2022 financial results.

"The entire Western Digital team worked together to deliver excellent financial performance while navigating a dynamic geopolitical and macroeconomic environment, as well as ongoing supply challenges. This has all been made possible by the operational and portfolio improvements we have made over the last couple of years, which enable us to unlock the earnings power of the Western Digital model," said David Goeckeler, Western Digital CEO. "Looking ahead, we are optimistic about the business outlook for calendar year 2022. We believe the secular demand for storage and our new product ramps in HDD and flash will drive growth across our end markets."

Q3 2022 Financial Highlights

 

GAAP

Non-GAAP

 

Q3 2022

Q2 2022

Q/Q

Q3 2022

Q2 2022

Q/Q

Revenue ($M)

$4,381

$4,833

down 9%

$4,381

$4,833

down 9%

Gross Margin

27.0%

32.8%

down 5.8 ppt

31.7%

33.6%

down 1.9 ppt

Operating Expenses ($M)

$857

$856

$740

$741

Operating Income ($M)

$324

$727

down 55%

$650

$882

down 26%

Net Income ($M)

$25

$564

down 96%

$521

$724

down 28%

Earnings Per Share

$0.08

$1.79

down 96%

$1.65

$2.30

down 28%

 

 

GAAP

Non-GAAP

 

Q3 2022

Q3 2021

Y/Y

Q3 2022

Q3 2021

Y/Y

Revenue ($M)

$4,381

$4,137

up 6%

$4,381

$4,137

up 6%

Gross Margin

27.0%

26.4%

up 0.6 ppt

31.7%

27.7%

up 4.0 ppt

Operating Expenses ($M)

$857

$774

up 11%

$740

$732

up 1%

Operating Income ($M)

$324

$317

up 2%

$650

$412

up 58%

Net Income ($M)

$25

$197

down 87%

$521

$318

up 64%

Earnings Per Share

$0.08

$0.63

down 87%

$1.65

$1.02

up 62%

The company generated $398 million in cash flow from operations, made a discretionary debt repayment of $150 million and ended the quarter with $2.51 billion of total cash and cash equivalents.

Additional details can be found within the company's earnings presentation, which is accessible online at investor.wdc.com.

End Market Summary


Revenue ($M)

Q3 2022

Q2 2022

Q/Q

Q3 2021

Y/Y

Cloud

$1,774

$1,920

down 8%

$1,423

up 25%

Client

1,732

1,854

down 7%

1,767

down 2%

Consumer

875

1,059

down 17%

947

down 8%

Total Revenue

$4,381

$4,833

down 9%

$4,137

up 6%

Cloud represented 40% of total revenue. Western Digital's leadership position at the 18-terabyte capacity point, and ramp of 20-terabyte drives, drove a nearly 40% year-over-year increase in nearline revenue. This growth was partially offset by lower enterprise SSD and smart video hard drive revenues.

Client accounted for 40% of total revenue. Within client SSD, demand from PC OEM customers improved as they worked through their own supply chain issues. The sequential decrease in revenue was primarily due to typical seasonality in both flash for mobile and client hard drives.

Consumer represented 20% of total revenue. On a sequential basis, the decline was led by lower retail flash shipments. Western Digital drove 35% year-over-year growth in average capacity per unit in consumer flash, building on the broad consumer recognition of the strength and the value of its brands, including WD_BLACK, SanDisk and SanDisk Professional.

Business Outlook for Fiscal Fourth Quarter of 2022

Three Months Ending
July 1, 2022

 

GAAP(1)

Non-GAAP(1)

Revenue ($B)

$4.50 - $4.70

$4.50 - $4.70

Gross margin

30.0% - 32.0%

31.0% - 33.0%

Operating expenses ($M)

$880 - $900

$770 - $790

Interest and other expense, net ($M)

~$80

~$70

Tax rate

N/A

~ 11% (2)

Diluted earnings per share

N/A

$1.60 - $1.90

Diluted shares outstanding (in millions)

~ 317

~ 317

(1) Non-GAAP gross margin guidance excludes contamination related charges and stock-based compensation expense, totaling approximately $25 million to $35 million. The company's Non-GAAP operating expenses guidance excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense, totaling approximately $100 million to $120 million. The company's Non-GAAP interest and other expense guidance excludes approximately $10 million of non-cash economic interest and other. In the aggregate, Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share guidance excludes these items totaling $135 million to $165 million. The timing and amount of these charges excluded from Non-GAAP gross margin, Non-GAAP operating expenses, Non-GAAP interest and other expense, net and Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share cannot be further allocated or quantified with certainty. Additionally, the timing and amount of additional charges the company excludes from its Non-GAAP tax rate and Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share are dependent on the timing and determination of certain actions and cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, full reconciliations of Non-GAAP gross margin, Non-GAAP operating expenses, Non-GAAP interest and other expense, Non-GAAP tax rate and Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures (gross margin, operating expenses, interest and other expense, tax rate and diluted earnings per share, respectively) are not available without unreasonable effort.
(2) The Non-GAAP tax rate provided is based on a percentage of Non-GAAP pre-tax income. Due to differences in the tax treatment of items excluded from our Non-GAAP net income and because our tax rate is based on an estimated forecasted annual GAAP tax rate, our estimated Non-GAAP tax rate may differ from our GAAP tax rate and from our actual tax rates.

Investor Communications
The investment community conference call to discuss these results and the company's business outlook for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022 will be broadcast live online today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference call/webcast and the earnings presentation can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com.

About Western Digital
Western Digital is on a mission to unlock the potential of data by harnessing the possibility to use it. With both Flash and HDD franchises, underpinned by advancements in memory technologies, we create breakthrough innovations and powerful data storage solutions that enable the world to actualize its aspirations. Core to our values, we recognize the urgency to combat climate change and have committed to ambitious carbon reduction goals approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. Learn more about Western Digital and the Western Digital®, SanDisk® and WD® brands at westerndigital.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of federal securities laws, including statements regarding expectations for the company's business outlook and financial performance for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2022 and remaining calendar year 2022; expectations for demand trends, product ramps and market conditions; and expectations regarding our product portfolio and momentum. 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 quarter ended April 1, 2022 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: future responses to and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; volatility in global economic conditions; impact of business and market conditions; impact of competitive products and pricing; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with cost saving initiatives, restructurings, acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, joint ventures and our strategic relationships; difficulties or delays in manufacturing or other supply chain disruptions; hiring and retention of key employees; our substantial level of debt and other financial obligations; changes to our relationships with key customers; disruptions in operations from cyberattacks or other system security risks; actions by competitors; risks associated with compliance with changing legal and regulatory requirements and the outcome of legal proceedings; 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-K filed with the SEC on August 27, 2021, 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 or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events, except as required by law.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Press Release with Financial Tables and Guidance Summary

Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Earnings Presentation

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