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Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended December 27, 2013. During the second quarter, the Company reported revenue of $3.53 billion, gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $428 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.24. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.5%, net income of $455 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.32.

During the second quarter, the Company generated approximately $856 million in operating cash flow, paid cash dividends of $142 million and repurchased 33 million ordinary shares for approximately $1.5 billion. There were 328 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter. Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments totaled approximately $2.3 billion at the end of the quarter.

“Seagate’s results in the December quarter reflect discipline in managing the profitability of our business and strong operational execution. We continue to strategically invest in our product portfolio and enhance our vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities to effectively capitalize on the cloud, mobile and open source storage trends that are being fueled by data growth,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Our cash flow was very strong this quarter, and combined with the execution of our capital allocation strategy, we are on track to meet our goal of returning 70% of our operating cash flow to shareholders this fiscal year.”

For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables.

Seagate has issued a Supplemental Commentary document. The Supplemental Commentary will not be read during today's call, but is available on Seagate’s Investors website at www.seagate.com/investors.

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.43 per share, which will be payable on February 24, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 10, 2014. 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.

Investor Communications

Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 2:00 p.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 third fiscal quarter of 2014, including key underlying assumptions.

Replay

A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time at www.seagate.com/investors.

About Seagate

Seagate is a world leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions. Learn more at www.seagate.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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 March 28, 2014 and beyond. These statements identify prospective information and include words such as “expects,” “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, as consumers and businesses may defer purchases in response to tighter credit and financial news; the impact of the variable demand and adverse pricing environment for disk drives, particularly in view of current business and economic conditions; dependence on 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; possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; and the Company’s ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans. 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 7, 2013 and the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on October 29, 2013, the “Risk Factors” sections of which are incorporated into this press release by reference. 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.

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

   

December 27,
2013

June 28,
2013

ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,293 $ 1,708
Short-term investments 46 480
Restricted cash and investments 4 101
Accounts receivable, net 1,615 1,670
Inventories 948 854
Deferred income taxes 116 115
Other current assets 267   484
Total current assets 5,289 5,412
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 2,128 2,269
Goodwill 477 476
Other intangible assets, net 329 405
Deferred income taxes 465 456
Other assets, net 202   225
Total Assets $ 8,890   $ 9,243
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 1,577 $ 1,690
Accrued employee compensation 267 335
Accrued warranty 158 176
Accrued expenses 455 407
Current portion of long-term debt   3
Total current liabilities 2,457 2,611
Long-term accrued warranty 141 144
Long-term accrued income taxes 103 87
Other non-current liabilities 122 121
Long-term debt, less current portion 3,572   2,774
Total Liabilities 6,395 5,737
 
Equity:
Total Equity 2,495   3,506
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 8,890   $ 9,243

The information as of June 28, 2013 was derived from the Company’s audited Consolidated Balance Sheet as of June 28, 2013.

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

   
For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended

December 27,
2013

 

December 28,
2012

December 27,
2013

 

December 28,
2012

Revenue $ 3,528 $ 3,668 $ 7,017 $ 7,400
 
Cost of revenue 2,541 2,676 5,055 5,347
Product development 312 277 606 545
Marketing and administrative 190 139 371 289
Amortization of intangibles 25 20 45 39
Restructuring and other, net 16   1   18   1  
Total operating expenses 3,084   3,113   6,095   6,221  
 
Income from operations 444 555 922 1,179
 
Interest income 1 2 6 4
Interest expense (49 ) (55 ) (93 ) (111 )
Other, net 46   (3 ) 47   27  
Other expense, net (2 ) (56 ) (40 ) (80 )
 
Income before income taxes 442 499 882 1,099
Provision for income taxes 14   7   27   25  
Net income 428 492 855 1,074
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest        
Net income attributable to Seagate Technology plc $ 428   $ 492   $ 855   $ 1,074  
 
Net income per share attributable to Seagate Technology plc ordinary shareholders:
Basic $ 1.27 $ 1.33 $ 2.46 $ 2.81
Diluted 1.24 1.30 2.39 2.73
Number of shares used in per share calculations:
Basic 336 369 347 382
Diluted 346 379 357 394
 
Cash dividends declared per Seagate Technology plc ordinary share $ 0.43 $ 0.70 $ 0.81 $ 1.02

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

 
For the Six Months Ended

December 27,
2013

 

December 28,
2012

OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income $ 855 $ 1,074
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 457 430
Share-based compensation 57 36
Deferred income taxes (15 ) (11 )
Gain on sale of investments (32 ) (33 )
Gain on sale of property and equipment (4 ) (8 )
Loss on redemption and repurchase of debt 6
Other non-cash operating activities, net 8 5
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Restricted cash 104
Accounts receivable, net 51 683
Inventories (94 ) 156
Accounts payable (46 ) (496 )
Accrued employee compensation (68 ) (62 )
Accrued expenses, income taxes and warranty 41 (97 )
Vendor non-trade receivables 199 305
Other assets and liabilities 25   (12 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,538   1,976  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Acquisition of property, equipment and leasehold improvements (304 ) (427 )
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment 4
Proceeds from the sale of strategic investments 72 42
Purchases of short-term investments (87 ) (168 )
Sales of short-term investments 463 125
Maturities of short-term investments 61 21
Cash used in acquisition of LaCie S.A., net of cash acquired (36 )
Other investing activities, net (28 ) (14 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities 177   (453 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations (58 )
Net proceeds from issuance of 3.75% Senior Notes 791
Repurchases of ordinary shares (1,702 ) (1,510 )
Dividends to shareholders (277 ) (377 )
Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares under employee stock plans 61 168
Escrow deposit for acquisition of noncontrolling shares of LaCie S.A. (72 )
Other financing activities, net (5 )  
Net cash used in financing activities (1,132 ) (1,849 )
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 2   2  
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 585 (324 )
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period 1,708   1,707  
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period $ 2,293   $ 1,383  

Use of non-GAAP financial information

To supplement the condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company provides non-GAAP measures of net income, diluted net income per share and gross margin as a percentage of revenue, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude certain expenses, gains and losses. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance and our prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that we believe are not indicative of our core operating results and because it is consistent with the financial models and estimates published by financial analysts who follow the Company.

These non-GAAP results are some of the primary measurements management uses to assess the Company’s performance, allocate resources and plan for future periods. Reported non-GAAP results should only be considered as supplemental to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and not considered as a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP measures reported by other companies in our industry.

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

ADJUSTMENTS TO GAAP NET INCOME AND DILUTED NET INCOME PER SHARE

(In millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

For the Three
Months Ended
December 27, 2013

For the Six Months
Ended December 27,

2013

GAAP net income $ 428 $ 855
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Cost of revenue A 17 37
Product development B 3 6
Marketing and administrative B 3 6
Amortization of intangibles C 25 45
Restructuring and other, net D 16 18
Other expense, net E (31 ) (33 )
Benefit from income taxes F (6 ) (6 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 455   $ 928  
 
Diluted net income per share:
GAAP $ 1.24 $ 2.39
 
Non-GAAP $ 1.32 $ 2.60
 
Shares used in diluted net income per share calculation 346 357

A

  For the three and six months ended December 27, 2013, Cost of revenue on a GAAP basis totaled $2,541 million and $5,055 million, respectively, while non-GAAP Cost of revenue, which excludes the net impact of certain adjustments, was $2,524 million and $5,018 million, respectively. The non-GAAP adjustments include amortization of intangibles and other acquisition related expenses associated with the December 2011 acquisition of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd's hard disk drive business (the "Samsung HDD business") and the August 2012 acquisition of LaCie S.A. ("LaCie").
 

B

For the three and six months ended December 27, 2013, Product development and Marketing and administrative expenses have been adjusted on a non-GAAP basis to exclude the impact of acquisition and integration costs associated with the Samsung HDD business and LaCie.
 

C

For the three and six months ended December 27, 2013, Amortization of intangibles related to our Samsung HDD business and LaCie acquisitions.
 

D

For the three and six months ended December 27, 2013, Restructuring and other, net, includes a restructuring charge recorded during the December 2013 quarter associated with a reduction in the work force.
 

E

For the three and six months ended December 27, 2013, Other expense, net, has been adjusted on a non-GAAP basis primarily to exclude the impact of a gain recognized upon the sale of certain strategic investments.
 

F

For the three and six months ended December 27, 2013, Benefit from income taxes has been adjusted on a non-GAAP basis primarily to exclude the impact related to the release of valuation allowance on U.S. deferred tax assets associated with increases in the Company's forecasted U.S. taxable income.

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