Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2014 Financial Results
- Increase in Revenue, EPS, gross margin and operating cash flow quarter-over-quarter
- Raises quarterly dividend per share by 13%
CUPERTINO, CA – October 28, 2013 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended September 27, 2013. During the first quarter, the Company reported revenue of approximately $3.5 billion, gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $427 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.16. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.5%, net income of $473 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.29.
During the first quarter, the Company generated approximately $682 million in operating cash flow, paid cash dividends of $135 million and repurchased 4 million ordinary shares for approximately $182 million. There were 359 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.
Subsequent to the first quarter, the Company repurchased 32.7 million ordinary shares from Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. for approximately $1.5 billion.
“The solid financial results we achieved this quarter reflect the ongoing execution of our business model,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer. “While the challenges of technology transitions and macro uncertainty are driving us to manage our business conservatively, we remain focused on the fact that the demand for exabytes of storage continues to increase. We continue to invest in our market-leading storage technology portfolio to enable cloud, mobile and open source storage advancement as we believe these market trends represent new and significant opportunities for Seagate.”
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 an increase in the quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 from $0.38 per share in the previous quarter to $0.43 per share this quarter, an increase of approximately 13%. This dividend will be payable on November 26, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 12, 2013. 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.
Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight 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 second fiscal quarters of 2014 including key underlying assumptions.
A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at www.seagate.com/investors.
Seagate is a world leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions. Learn more at www.seagate.com.