Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2013 Financial Results

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2013 Financial Results

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Seagate Technology plc (NAS: STX) (the "Company") today reported financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended June 28, 2013. During the fourth quarter, the Company reported revenue of approximately $3.4 billion, gross margin of 27.4%, net income of $348 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.94. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $447 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.20.

During the fourth quarter, the Company generated approximately $394 million in operating cash flow, paid cash dividends of $137 million and repurchased 1 million of ordinary shares for approximately $42 million. The Company issued long-term debt of approximately $1 billion, and repurchased approximately $700 million total par value of its 2016 Notes and 2018 Notes.

For the fiscal year ended June 28, 2013, on a GAAP basis the Company reported revenue of $14.4 billion, gross margin of 27.5%, net income of $1.8 billion and diluted earnings per share of $4.81. On a non-GAAP basis, the Company reported gross margin of 28.0% and diluted earnings per share of $5.31. In fiscal year 2013, the Company returned 71% of its operating cash flow, or 96% of free cash flow, to shareholders in dividends and share redemptions. Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments totaled approximately $2.3 billion at the end of the fiscal year.

"Seagate's financial results reflect strong execution in a time of change, uncertainty and opportunity," said Steve Luczo, Seagate's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Looking ahead, we believe the market trends of data growth driven by cloud, mobile and open source advancement will present new and significant opportunities for Seagate. We will continue to balance near-term financial performance and long term strategic development while maximizing shareholder value."

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 rather it is available in the investors section of

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.38 per share, which will be payable on August 21, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 7, 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.

July 2013 Stock Repurchase Program

The Board of Directors has authorized the Company to repurchase up to $2.5 billion of its outstanding ordinary shares (the "July 2013 Authorization"). Seagate, as a result of the July 2013 Authorization and other current repurchase authorizations, currently has a total authorized unutilized capacity for repurchases of approximately $3.3 billion under these authorizations.

Investor Communications

Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 5:15 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at During today's webcast, the Company will provide an outlook for its first fiscal quarters of 2014 including key underlying assumptions. Seagate is planning an investor and analyst meeting on September 10, 2013 to discuss the Company's longer-term strategic plan.


A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time at

About Seagate

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

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 September 27, 2013 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 controland 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 those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 8, 2012, which statements 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.



(In millions)
June 28,June 29,
20132012 (a)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$1,708$1,707
Short-term investments480411
Restricted cash and investments10193
Accounts receivable, net1,6702,319
Deferred income taxes115104
Other current assets 484 767
Total current assets5,4126,310
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net2,2692,284
Other intangible assets405506
Deferred income taxes456396
Other assets, net 225 147
Total Assets$9,243$10,106
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$1,690$2,286
Accrued employee compensation335344
Accrued warranty176235
Accrued expenses407531
Current portion of long-term debt 3 
Total current liabilities2,6113,396
Long-term accrued warranty144128
Long-term accrued income taxes8784
Other non-current liabilities121138
Long-term debt, less current portion 2,774 2,863
Total Liabilities5,7376,609
Total Equity 3,506 3,497
Total Liabilities and Equity$9,243$10,106

(a) The information in this column was derived from the Company's audited Consolidated Balance Sheet as of June 29, 2012.

(In millions, except per share data)
For the Three Months EndedFor the Fiscal Years Ended
June 28,June 29,June 28,June 29,

2012 (a)

Cost of revenue2,4862,99810,41110,255
Product development2942691,1331,006
Marketing and administrative176140635528
Amortization of intangibles20187938
Restructuring and other, net 1    2  4 
Total operating expenses 2,977  3,425  12,260  11,831 
Income from operations4481,0572,0913,108
Interest income2288
Interest expense(50)(55)(214)(241)
Other, net (97) 9  (54) 7 
Other expense, net (145) (44) (260) (226)
Income before income taxes3031,0131,8312,882
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (45)   (7) 20 
Net income attributable to Seagate Technology plc$348 $1,013 $1,838 $2,862 
Net income per share attributable to Seagate Technology plc ordinary shareholders:
Number of shares used in per share calculations:
Cash dividends declared per Seagate Technology plc ordinary share$0.38$0.25$1.40$0.86

(a) The information in this column was derived from the Company's audited Consolidated Statement of Operations for the year ended June 29, 2012.

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For the Fiscal Years Ended
June 28,June 29,

2012 (a)

Net income$1,838$2,862
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization873814
Share-based compensation7651
Loss on redemption of debt14117
Gain on sale of investments(61)(12)
Gain on sale of property and equipment(36)(25)
Deferred income taxes(70)(28)
Other non-cash operating activities, net127
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net661(824)
Accounts payable(538)157
Accrued employee compensation(14)145
Accrued expenses, income taxes and warranty(170)54
Vendor Receivables272(82)
Other assets and liabilities (39) 27 
Net cash provided by operating activities 3,047  3,262 
Acquisition of property, equipment and leasehold improvements(786)(636)
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment2920
Purchases of short-term investments(351)(454)
Sales of short-term investments296397
Maturities of short-term investments38119
Cash used in acquisition of LaCie S.A., net of cash acquired(36)
Cash used in acquisition of Samsung HDD assets and liabilities(561)
Other investing activities, net (15) 1 
Net cash used in investing activities (825) (1,114)
Net proceeds from issuance of long-term debt986
Repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations(1,224)(670)
Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares under employee stock plans259344
Dividends to shareholders(518)(372)
Repurchases of ordinary shares(1,654)(2,426)
Escrow deposit for acquisition of noncontrolling shares of LaCie S.A.(72)
Other financing activities, net 1  6 
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (2,222)