Wednesday, July 30th 2014

Western Digital Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014

Western Digital Corp. today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 27, 2014. For the fourth quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.7 billion and net income of $317 million, or $1.32 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $445 million or $1.85 per share. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.7 billion, a net loss of $265 million, or $1.12 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was $477 million, or $1.96 per share.2

The company generated $713 million in cash from operations during the June quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $4.8 billion. During the June quarter, the company utilized $272 million to repurchase 3.2 million shares of common stock. On May 14, the company declared a $0.40 per common-share dividend, which was paid on July 15.

For the fiscal year, the company achieved revenue of $15.1 billion and net income of $1.6 billion, or $6.68 per share, compared to fiscal year 2013 revenue of $15.4 billion and net income of $980 million, or $3.98 per share. On a non-GAAP basis, fiscal 2014 net income was $2.0 billion, or $8.10 per share, compared to fiscal 2013 net income of $2.1 billion or $8.53 per share.3 The company generated $2.8 billion in cash from operations during the fiscal year and it utilized $1.1 billion for dividends and share repurchases.

"We achieved strong financial results in the June quarter, with better-than-anticipated revenue, healthy gross margin performance and continued strong cash flow generation," said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer. "We did so by addressing continued robust demand in gaming and stronger-than-expected demand in notebook PCs, demonstrating our flexibility and capability in high-volume businesses. We also saw strength in our performance enterprise business."

"Longer term, we remain excited about Western Digital's strong strategic position at the center of the storage ecosystem, which continues to expand, evolve and transform. The creation of digital data continues unabated and the strategic value of that content is increasing. With our deep insight and experience, we will continue to play a vital role in unlocking the value of data with innovative and industry-leading storage devices and solutions."
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Jorge
It would seem that price fixing amongst the HDD makers has proven to be quite profitable. I wonder how much the FTC will fine the HDD makers when they convict them? I'll bet the fine is a lot less than the profits they make from price fixing. Ask the RAM makers how well price fixing works. They've been convicted multiple times because it's so profitable.
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natr0n
by: Jorge
It would seem that price fixing amongst the HDD makers has proven to be quite profitable. I wonder how much the FTC will fine the HDD makers when they convict them? I'll bet the fine is a lot less than the profits they make from price fixing. Ask the RAM makers how well price fixing works. They've been convicted multiple times because it's so profitable.
well said.
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