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Western Digital Announces Q3 Revenue of $3.7 Billion and non-GAAP Net Income of $470 Million or $1.94 Per Share

May 4, 2014



ENP Newswire - 02 May 2014

Release date- 01052014 - IRVINE, Calif. - Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today reported revenue of $3.7 billion and net income of $375 million, or $1.55 per share for its third fiscal quarter ended Mar. 28, 2014.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $470 million or $1.94 per share. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.8 billion, net income of $391 million, or $1.60 per share. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was $514 million, or $2.10 per share.2

The company generated $697 million in cash from operations during the March quarter. During the quarter, the company utilized $244 million to buy back 2.8 million shares of common stock. It ended the quarter with total cash, cash equivalents and investments of $5.0 billion. On Feb. 6, the company declared a $0.30 per common-share dividend, which was paid on Apr. 15.

'We achieved solid financial results for the March quarter as we continue to participate in the ongoing growth of data, with an intense focus on helping our customers succeed in a rapidly changing environment,' said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer. 'Cash generation remained strong. Our steady financial performance continues to demonstrate an ability to manage the business and deliver ongoing value to our customers and shareholders.'

The investment community conference call to discuss these results will be broadcast live over the Internet today at 2 p.m. Pacific/5 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference call webcast can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com. The telephone replay number is 1-866-513-1237 in the U.S. or +1-203-369-1979 for international callers.

About Western Digital

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its subsidiaries design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

This press release contains a forward-looking statement within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning our position in the growth of data.

This forward-looking statement is based on management's current expectations and is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statement, including the impact of continued uncertainty and volatility in global economic conditions; supply and demand conditions in the hard drive industry; uncertainties concerning the availability and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; uncertainties related to the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage opportunities; business conditions and growth in the various hard drive segments; pricing trends and fluctuations in average selling prices and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the 'SEC'), including the company's recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on Jan. 31, 2014, to which your attention is directed.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking statement, which speaks only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update this forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Press Contact:

Steve Shattuck

Tel: +1.949.672.7817

Email: steve.shattuck@wdc.com

Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter fiscal 2014 consists of GAAP net income of $375 million plus $50 million of amortization of intangibles related to the acquisitions of HGST, sTec, VeloBit and Virident, $28 million related to asset impairment and other charges, $13 million of charges related to litigation and $4 million of expense due to the write-off of debt issuance costs. Non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.94 for the third quarter is calculated by using the same 242 million diluted shares as is used for GAAP earnings per share. The tax effect of the non-GAAP charges was not material.

Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter fiscal 2013 consists of GAAP net income of $391 million plus $49 million of amortization of intangibles related to the acquisition of HGST and $74 million related to employee termination benefits and other unrelated charges. Non-GAAP earnings per share of $2.10 for the third quarter is calculated by using the same 245 million diluted shares as is used for GAAP earnings per share. The tax effect of the non-GAAP charges was not material.


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