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Seagate Technology Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results

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Seagate Technology Holdings plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the "Company" or "Seagate") today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended July 2, 2021. "Seagate delivered very strong June quarter results achieving the highest revenue in the last 6 years and the highest non-GAAP EPS in 9 years, which capped a fiscal 2021 in which we outperformed our expectations," said Dave Mosley, Seagate's chief executive officer.

"Demand for data is rapidly accelerating in the cloud and at the edge, driving secular growth for mass capacity data storage. Seagate's industry-leading product portfolio for mass data infrastructure places the company in an outstanding position to capitalize on robust demand trends, generate solid and increasing free cash flow and achieve our long-term financial objectives."



The Company generated $478 million in cash flow from operations and $354 million in free cash flow during the fiscal fourth quarter 2021. For fiscal year 2021, the Company generated $1.6 billion in cash flow from operations and $1.1 billion in free cash flow. Seagate maintained a healthy balance sheet and during the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company paid cash dividends of $154 million and repurchased 2.6 million ordinary shares for $228 million. For the full year, the Company paid cash dividends of $649 million and used $2.0 billion to repurchase 33.6 million ordinary shares, or 13% of the outstanding shares. Additionally, the Company raised $1.0 billion of debt and ended the fiscal year with cash and cash equivalents of $1.2 billion. There were 227 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the fiscal year.

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

Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate's Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com.

Quarterly Cash Dividend
The Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.67 per share, which will be payable on October 6, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 22, 2021. 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.

Business Outlook
The business outlook for the fiscal first quarter 2022 is based on our current assumptions and expectations; actual results may differ materially, as a result of, among other things, the important factors discussed in the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements section of this release.

The Company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal first quarter 2022:
  • Revenue of $3.1 billion, plus or minus $150 million
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $2.20, plus or minus $0.15
Guidance regarding non-GAAP diluted EPS excludes known charges related to amortization of acquired intangible assets of $0.02 per share and estimated share-based compensation expenses of $0.15 per share.

We have not reconciled our non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance for fiscal first quarter 2022 to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because material items that may impact these measures are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, including, but not limited to, accelerated depreciation, impairment and other charges related to cost saving efforts, restructuring charges, strategic investment losses or impairment recognized, income tax adjustments on these measures, and other charges or benefits that may arise. The amounts of these measures are not currently available, but may be material to future results. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance for fiscal first quarter 2022 to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort. A reconciliation of our historical non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest GAAP equivalent is contained in this release.

Investor Communications
Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 6:00 a.m. Pacific / 9:00 a.m. Eastern that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at this page.

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