Technology Saturday July 31, 2010 15:00
For the quarter, revenue totaled $2.4 billion, hard drive unit shipments were 49.7 million and net income was $265 million, or $1.13 per share. The quarterly results included $27 million of expense related to litigation settlements. In the year-ago quarter, the company posted revenue of $1.9 billion, shipped 40.0 million hard drives, and reported net income and earnings per share of $196 million and $0.86, respectively. This included $5 million of income from the resolution of restructuring accruals and an $18 million gain on the sale of the company’s substrate manufacturing facility in Sarawak, Malaysia.
The company generated $363 million in cash from operations during the June quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $2.7 billion. As previously announced, the company completed the acquisition of the magnetic media sputtering operations of Hoya Corporation during the June quarter for $233 million in cash.
For fiscal year 2010, the company posted revenue of $9.8 billion and net income of $1.4 billion, or $5.93 per share, compared to revenue of $7.5 billion and net income of $470 million, or $2.08 per share, for the prior year. The 2010 net income included the $27 million of expense in the fiscal fourth quarter related to litigation settlements. The 2009 net income included a $14 million in-process research and development charge related to the acquisition of SiliconSystems, Inc., $112 million of restructuring charges with related tax benefits of $4 million, and an $18 million gain on the sale of the company’s substrate manufacturing facility.
“Despite softer than anticipated June quarter demand, fiscal year 2010 was another year of significant growth and profitability for Western Digital,” said John Coyne, president and chief executive officer. “The long-term demand for low-cost, high-volume storage driven by the proliferation of data and content-hungry consumer and commercial devices remains strong. With our focus on customer needs, quality, low cost, and high asset efficiency in the highest growth markets, we believe WD is well positioned to continue to generate growth on a sustained and profitable basis.”
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users' data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own consumer storage and media products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the Western Digitalฎ and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the company's Web site (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.
This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning demand for digital storage and WD’s growth and profitability. The foregoing forward-looking statements are based on WD’s current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including: the impact of recent uncertainty and volatility in global economic conditions; supply and demand conditions in the hard drive industry; 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 markets; business conditions and growth in the various hard drive markets; pricing trends and fluctuations in average selling prices; changes in the availability and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components that WD does not make internally; and other risks and uncertainties listed in WD’s recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on Apr. 30, 2010, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and WD undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.