WDC
$45.11
Western Digital Cp
($1.49)
(3.20%)
Earnings Details
1st Quarter September 2018
Thursday, October 25, 2018 4:10:00 PM
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Western Digital Cp Misses

Western Digital Cp (WDC) reported 1st Quarter September 2018 earnings of $3.03 per share on revenue of $5.0 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $2.95 per share on revenue of $5.1 billion. The Earnings Whisper number was $3.10 per share. Revenue fell 3.0% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said during its conference call it expects second quarter non-GAAP earnings of $1.45 to $1.65 per share on revenue of $4.20 billion to $4.40 billion. The current consensus earnings estimate is $3.06 per share on revenue of $5.27 billion for the quarter ending December 31, 2018.

Western Digital Corp is a developer, manufacturer & provider of data storage solutions that enable consumers, businesses, governments & other organizations to create, manage, experience & preserve digital content. Its product include; HDDs and SSDs.

Results
Reported Earnings
$3.03
Earnings Whisper
$3.10
Consensus Estimate
$2.95
Reported Revenue
$5.03 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$5.14 Bil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
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Grade
Earnings Release

Western Digital Announces Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal Year 2019

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today reported revenue of $5.0 billion for its first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 28, 2018. Operating income was $686 million with net income of $511 million, or $1.71 per share. Excluding certain non-GAAP adjustments, the company achieved non-GAAP operating income of $1.1 billion and non-GAAP net income of $906 million, or $3.04 per share.

In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $5.2 billion, operating income of $905 million and net income of $681 million, or $2.23 per share. Non-GAAP operating income in the year-ago quarter was $1.4 billion and non-GAAP net income was $1.1 billion, or $3.56 per share.

The company generated $705 million in cash from operations during the first fiscal quarter of 2019, ending with $4.8 billion of total cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities. The company returned $711 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends. On Aug. 1, 2018, the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid to shareholders on Oct. 15, 2018.

“Our fiscal first quarter results reflected strength in capacity enterprise, surveillance hard drives and embedded flash solutions, with each growing revenue over 30% from the year-ago quarter,” said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer of Western Digital. “However, strength in these end markets was offset by ongoing declines in flash pricing. A more challenging global business environment and the corresponding economic impacts are contributing to a more conservative demand outlook for our products. In response to these conditions, we are taking immediate actions to align our flash output with projected demand. We remain focused on successfully navigating the current market conditions as we continue to build the Western Digital platform for long-term success and industry leadership.”

The investment community conference call to discuss these results and the company’s guidance for the second fiscal quarter of 2019 will be broadcast live online today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific/5:30 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference call/webcast, the company’s guidance for the second fiscal quarter and the earnings presentation can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com. The telephone replay number in the U.S. is 1(855) 859-2056 or +1(404) 537-3406 for international callers. The required conference ID is 7955737.

About Western Digital®

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™ and WD® brands. Financial and investor information is available on the company's Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements concerning the company’s preliminary financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 28, 2018; platform and product portfolio; market positioning; growth opportunities; and actions to align our flash output with projected demand. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The preliminary financial results for the company’s first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 28, 2018, included in this press release represent the most current information available to management. The company’s actual results when disclosed in its Form 10-Q may differ from these preliminary results as a result of the completion of the company’s financial closing procedures; final adjustments; completion of the review by the company’s independent registered accounting firm; and other developments that may arise between now and the disclosure of the final results. Other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; the outcome of legal proceedings; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the company’s Form 10-K filed with the SEC on Aug. 24, 2018, to which your attention is directed. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events.

Western Digital, the Western Digital logo, G-Technology, HGST, SanDisk, Tegile, Upthere and WD are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries.

 
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
         
PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
(in millions; unaudited; on a US GAAP basis)
 
Sept. 28, June 29,
2018 2018
 
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,646 $ 5,005
Accounts receivable, net 2,219 2,197
Inventories 3,119 2,944
Other current assets   587   492
Total current assets 10,571 10,638
Property, plant and equipment, net 3,054 3,095
Notes receivable and investments in Flash Ventures 2,028 2,105
Goodwill 10,072 10,075
Other intangible assets, net 2,404 2,680
Other non-current assets   576   642
Total assets $ 28,705 $ 29,235
 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 2,081 $ 2,265
Accounts payable to related parties 286 259
Accrued expenses 1,305 1,274
Accrued compensation 500 479
Current portion of long-term debt   213   179
Total current liabilities 4,385 4,456
Long-term debt 10,930 10,993
Other liabilities   2,015   2,255
Total liabilities 17,330 17,704
Total shareholders' equity   11,375   11,531
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 28,705 $ 29,235
 
 
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
         
PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
(in millions, except per share amounts; unaudited; on a US GAAP basis)
 
Three Months Ended
Sept. 28, Sept. 29,
2018 2017
 
Revenue, net $ 5,028 $ 5,181
Cost of revenue   3,364     3,268  
Gross profit   1,664     1,913  
Operating expenses:
Research and development 576 592
Selling, general and administrative 356 364
Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges   46     52  
Total operating expenses   978     1,008  
Operating income 686 905
Interest and other expense, net   (103 )   (195 )
Income before taxes 583 710
Income tax expense   72     29  
Net income $ 511   $ 681  
 
Income per common share:
Basic $ 1.75   $ 2.31  
Diluted $ 1.71   $ 2.23  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   292     295  
Diluted   298     306  
 
 
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
         
PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
(in millions; unaudited; on a US GAAP basis)
 
Three Months Ended
Sept. 28, Sept. 29,
2018 2017
 
Operating Activities
Net income $ 511 $ 681

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operations:

Depreciation and amortization 480 533
Stock-based compensation 79 97
Deferred income taxes 201 36
Loss on disposal of assets 2 1
Write-off of issuance costs and amortization of debt discounts 9 10
Other non-cash operating activities, net 20 11
Changes in:
Accounts receivable, net (22 ) (148 )
Inventories (175 ) 44
Accounts payable (77 ) (146 )
Accounts payable to related parties 27 20
Accrued expenses 34 164
Accrued compensation 20 (38 )
Other assets and liabilities, net   (404 )   (132 )
Net cash provided by operating activities   705     1,133  
 
Investing Activities
Purchases of property, plant and equipment, net (277 ) (155 )
Activity related to Flash Ventures, net 29 (131 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired - (93 )
Investment activity, net (2 ) (22 )
Strategic investments and other, net   (9 )   23  
Net cash used in investing activities   (259 )   (378 )
 
Financing Activities
Employee stock plans, net (58 ) (41 )
Repurchases of common stock (563 ) -
Dividends paid to shareholders (148 ) (147 )
Settlement of debt hedge contracts - 26
Repayment of debt   (38 )   (62 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (807 )   (224 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   2     1  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (359 ) 532
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   5,005     6,354  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 4,646   $ 6,886  
 
 
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
       
PRELIMINARY RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
 
(in millions, except per share amounts; unaudited)
 
Three Months Ended
Sept. 28, Sept. 29,
2018 2017
 
GAAP cost of revenue $ 3,364 $ 3,268
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (235 ) (279 )
Stock-based compensation expense (11 ) (13 )
Charges related to cost saving initiatives   (1 )   13  
Non-GAAP cost of revenue $ 3,117   $ 2,989  
 
GAAP gross profit $ 1,664 $ 1,913
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 235 279
Stock-based compensation expense 11 13
Charges related to cost saving initiatives   1     (13 )
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 1,911   $ 2,192  
 
GAAP operating expenses $ 978 $ 1,008
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (41 ) (40 )
Stock-based compensation expense (68 ) (84 )
Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges (46 ) (52 )
Acquisition-related charges - (4 )
Charges related to cost saving initiatives   (3 )   (9 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 820   $ 819  
 
GAAP operating income $ 686 $ 905
Cost of revenue adjustments 247 279
Operating expense adjustments   158     189  
Non-GAAP operating income $ 1,091   $ 1,373  
 
GAAP interest and other expense, net $ (103 ) $ (195 )
Convertible debt activity, net 7 -
Other   (3 )   (5 )
Non-GAAP interest and other expense, net $ (99 ) $ (200 )
 
GAAP income tax expense $ 72 $ 29
Income tax adjustments   14     55  
Non-GAAP income tax expense $ 86   $ 84  
 
GAAP net income $ 511 $ 681
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 276 319
Stock-based compensation expense 79 97
Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges 46 52
Acquisition-related charges - 4
Charges related to cost saving initiatives 4 (4 )
Convertible debt activity, net 7 -
Other (3 ) (5 )
Income tax adjustments   (14 )   (55 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 906   $ 1,089  
 
Diluted income per common share:
GAAP $ 1.71   $ 2.23  
Non-GAAP $ 3.04   $ 3.56  
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:
GAAP   298     306  
Non-GAAP   298     306  
 

To supplement the condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the table above sets forth non-GAAP cost of revenue; non-GAAP gross profit; non-GAAP operating expenses; non-GAAP operating income; non-GAAP interest and other expense, net; non-GAAP income tax expense; non-GAAP net income; and non-GAAP diluted income per common share (“Non-GAAP measures”). These Non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from Non-GAAP measures used by other companies. The company believes the presentation of these Non-GAAP measures, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, provides useful information to investors for measuring the company’s earnings performance and comparing it against prior periods. Specifically, the company believes these Non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors as they exclude certain expenses, gains and losses that the company believes are not indicative of its core operating results or because they are consistent with the financial models and estimates published by many analysts who follow the company and its peers. As discussed further below, these Non-GAAP measures exclude the amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, employee termination, asset impairment and other charges, acquisition-related charges, charges related to cost saving initiatives, convertible debt activity, other adjustments, and income tax adjustments, and the company believes these measures along with the related reconciliations to the GAAP measures provide additional detail and comparability for assessing the company's results. These Non-GAAP measures are some of the primary indicators management uses for assessing the company's performance and planning and forecasting future periods. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results.

As described above, the company excludes the following items from its Non-GAAP measures:

Amortization of acquired intangible assets. The company incurs expenses from the amortization of acquired intangible assets over their economic lives. Such charges are significantly impacted by the timing and magnitude of the company's acquisitions and any related impairment charges.

Stock-based compensation expense. Because of the variety of equity awards used by companies, the varying methodologies for determining stock-based compensation expense, the subjective assumptions involved in those determinations, and the volatility in valuations that can be driven by market conditions outside the company's control, the company believes excluding stock-based compensation expense enhances the ability of management and investors to understand and assess the underlying performance of its business over time and compare it against the company's peers, a majority of whom also exclude stock-based compensation expense from their non-GAAP results.

Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges. From time-to-time, in order to realign the company's operations with anticipated market demand or to achieve cost synergies from the integration of acquisitions, the company may terminate employees and/or restructure its operations. From time-to-time, the company may also incur charges from the impairment of intangible assets and other long-lived assets. These charges (including any reversals of charges recorded in prior periods) are inconsistent in amount and frequency, and the company believes are not indicative of the underlying performance of its business.

Acquisition-related charges. In connection with the company's business combinations, the company incurs expenses which it would not have otherwise incurred as part of its business operations. These expenses include third-party professional service and legal fees, third-party integration services, severance costs, non-cash adjustments to the fair value of acquired inventory, contract termination costs, and retention bonuses. The company may also experience other accounting impacts in connection with these transactions. These charges and impacts are related to acquisitions, are inconsistent in amount and frequency, and the company believes are not indicative of the underlying performance of its business.

Charges related to cost saving initiatives. In connection with the transformation of the company's business, the company has incurred charges related to cost saving initiatives which do not qualify for special accounting treatment as exit or disposal activities. These charges, which the company believes are not indicative of the underlying performance of its business, primarily relate to costs associated with rationalizing the company's channel partners or vendors, transforming the company's information systems infrastructure, integrating the company's product roadmap, and accelerated depreciation on assets.

Convertible debt activity, net. The company excludes non-cash economic interest expense associated with its convertible notes, the gains and losses on the conversion of its convertible senior notes and call option, and unrealized gains and losses related to the change in fair value of the exercise option and call option. These charges and gains and losses do not reflect the company's operating results, and the company believes are not indicative of the underlying performance of its business.

Other adjustments. From time-to-time, the company sells or impairs investments or other assets which are not considered necessary to its business operations, or incurs other charges or gains that the company believes are not a part of the ongoing operation of its business. The resulting expense or benefit is inconsistent in amount and frequency.

Income tax adjustments. Income tax adjustments include the difference between income taxes based on a forecasted annual non-GAAP tax rate and a forecasted annual GAAP tax rate as a result of the timing of certain non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments. Additionally, the income tax adjustments include the impact of updated estimates to the provisional one-time mandatory deemed repatriation tax as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Western Digital Corp.
Investor Contact:
T. Peter Andrew, 949.672.9655
peter.andrew@wdc.com
investor@wdc.com
or
Media Contact:
Jim Pascoe, 408.717.6999
jim.pascoe@wdc.com

Source: Western Digital Corp.