Western Digital Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results

News Summary

  • Fourth quarter revenue was $4.9 billion, up 15% year-over-year (YoY). Client Devices revenue increased 13%, Data Center Devices and Solutions revenue increased 6%, and Client Solutions revenue increased 42% YoY. Fiscal year 2021 revenue was $16.9 billion, up 1% YoY.

  • Fourth quarter GAAP earnings per share (EPS) was $1.97 and non-GAAP EPS was $2.16. Fiscal year 2021 GAAP EPS was $2.66 and non-GAAP EPS was $4.55.

  • Generated operating cash flow of $994 million and free cash flow of $792 million in the fourth quarter. Generated operating cash flow of $1.9 billion and free cash flow of $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021.

  • Expecting fiscal first quarter 2022 revenue to be in the range of $4.90 billion to $5.10 billion with non-GAAP EPS in the range of $2.25 to $2.55.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - August 04, 2021

Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC) today reported fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021 financial results.

"I am extremely proud of the outstanding execution our team exhibited as we achieved another quarter of strong revenue, gross margin and EPS results above expectations," said David Goeckeler, Western Digital CEO. "Throughout this fiscal year, we successfully delivered both flash and hard drive innovations that are essential building blocks in the acceleration of the data economy. This innovation, combined with our broad channels to market, diverse end market exposure and improved operational efficiency, enabled us to successfully navigate through the pandemic and capitalize on strategic growth opportunities. We believe we have the right foundation for success - the right products, the right customer base, and the unique ability to address two very large and growing markets."

Q4 2021 Financial Highlights

 

GAAP

Non-GAAP

 

Q4 2021

Q3 2021

Q/Q

Q4 2021

Q3 2021

Q/Q

Revenue ($M)

$4,920

$4,137

up 19%

$4,920

$4,137

up 19%

Gross Margin

31.8%

26.4%

up 5.4 ppt

32.9%

27.7%

up 5.2 ppt

Operating Expenses ($M)

$891

$774

up 15%

$790

$732

up 8%

Operating Income ($M)

$675

$317

up 113%

$828

$412

up101%

Net Income ($M)

$622

$197

up 216%

$680

$318

up 114%

Earnings Per Share

$1.97

$0.63

up 214%

$2.16

$1.02

up 112%

 

 

GAAP

Non-GAAP

 

Q4 2021

Q4 2020

Y/Y

Q4 2021

Q4 2020

Y/Y

Revenue ($M)

$4,920

$4,287

up 15%

$4,920

$4,287

up 15%

Gross Margin

31.8%

25.3%

up 6.5 ppt

32.9%

28.9%

up 4.0 ppt

Operating Expenses ($M)

$891

$822

up 8%

$790

$713

up 11%

Operating Income ($M)

$675

$261

up 159%

$828

$527

up57%

Net Income ($M)

$622

$148

up 320%

$680

$369

up 84%

Earnings Per Share

$1.97

$0.49

up 302%

$2.16

$1.23

up 76%

Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Highlights

 

GAAP

Non-GAAP

 

2021

2020

Y/Y

2021

2020

Y/Y

Revenue ($M)

$16,922

$16,736

up 1%

$16,922

$16,736

up 1%

Gross Margin

26.7%

22.6%

up 4.1 ppt

28.6%

26.9%

up 1.7 ppt

Operating Expenses ($M)

$3,301

$3,446

down 4%

$2,926

$2,983

down 2%

Operating Income (Loss) ($M)

$1,220

$335

up 264%

$1,906

$1,522

up 25%

Net Income (Loss) ($M)

$821

($250)

*

$1,406

$914

up 54%

Earnings Per Share

$2.66

($0.84)

*

$4.55

$3.04

up 50%

*not a meaningful figure

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

Key End Market Summary


Revenue ($M)

Q4 2021

Q3 2021

Q/Q

Q4 2020

Y/Y

2021

2020

Y/Y

Client Devices

$2,166

$2,012

up 8%

$1,916

up 13%

$8,255

$7,160

up 15%

Data Center Devices & Solutions

$1,777

$1,237

up 44%

$1,684

up 6%

$4,950

$6,228

down 21%

Client Solutions

$977

$888

up 10%

$687

up 42%

$3,717

$3,348

up 11%

Total Revenue

$4,920

$4,137

up 19%

$4,287

up 15%

$16,922

$16,736

up 1%

In the fiscal fourth quarter of 2021, Western Digital's revenue increased 19% quarter-over-quarter and 15% year-over-year to $4.9 billion. The company's improving execution and unique ability to shift bits across broad routes to diverse markets enabled growth in revenue and gross margin and drove strong free cash flow.

Client Devices experienced broad-based strength across nearly every product category on a sequential basis. Contributing to this momentum was better than expected demand for notebook and desktop HDDs, as well as flash-based solutions. In addition, there was robust demand for gaming, smart video, automotive, and industrial applications.

In Data Center Devices & Solutions, Western Digital achieved a record shipment of over 104 exabytes in capacity enterprise hard drives, highlighting the importance of these products to datacenter customers. The 18-terabyte energy-assisted hard drive was the leading capacity point and comprised nearly half of Western Digital's capacity enterprise shipments. Enterprise SSD demand strengthened as the company completed a qualification at another cloud titan and is now ramping the product more broadly.

Client Solutions experienced greater than seasonal demand resulting in sequential growth for both HDD and flash-based solutions. Despite the uneven reopening of economies around the world, the company was able to drive growth in both revenue and gross margin due to the breadth of its portfolio and many routes to market.

Business Outlook for Fiscal First Quarter of 2022

Three Months Ending
October 1, 2021

 

GAAP(1)

Non-GAAP(1)

Revenue ($B)

$4.90 - $5.10

$4.90 - $5.10

Gross margin

32.0% - 34.0%

33.0% - 35.0%

Operating expenses ($M)

$865 - $895

$755 - $785

Interest and other expense, net ($M)

~ $80

~ $70

Tax rate

N/A

11 - 12% (2)

Diluted earnings per share

N/A

$2.25 - $2.55

Diluted shares outstanding (in millions)

~ 317

~ 317

(1) Non-GAAP gross margin guidance excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense, totaling approximately $40 million to $60 million. The company's non-GAAP operating expenses guidance excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets; stock-based compensation expense; and employee termination, asset impairment and other charges, totaling approximately $100 million to $120 million. The company's non-GAAP interest and other expense guidance excludes approximately $10 million of convertible debt activity. In the aggregate, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share guidance excludes these items totaling $150 million to $190 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 first 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, a leader in data infrastructure, creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access, analyze, and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, the company's industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® 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 fourth quarter ended July 2, 2021 and fiscal year 2021; the company's business outlook for the fiscal first quarter of 2022; our market position and portfolio synergies; consumer trends and market conditions; and expectations regarding product momentum, and market opportunities and trends. 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 fourth quarter ended July 2, 2021 and fiscal year 2021 included in this press release represent the most current information available to management. The company's actual results when disclosed in its Form 10-K 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 and audit 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 high 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 28, 2020, 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.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 Press Release with Financial Tables and Guidance Summary

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2021 Earnings Presentation

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