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Western Digital Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Results

News Summary


  • Fourth quarter revenue was $4.3 billion, up 18% year-over-year (YoY). Data Center Devices and Solutions revenue grew 32%, Client Devices grew 19%, and Client Solutions declined 9% YoY. Fiscal year 2020 revenue was $16.7 billion, up 1.0% YoY.
  • Fourth quarter GAAP earnings-per-share (EPS) was $0.49 and non-GAAP EPS was $1.23. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS include $96 million in costs related to COVID-19 in the fourth quarter. Fiscal year 2020 GAAP EPS was ($0.84) and non-GAAP EPS was $3.04.
  • Generated operating cash flow of $172 million and free cash flow of $261 million in the fourth quarter. Generated operating cash flow of $824 million and free cash flow of $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2020.
  • Expecting first fiscal quarter 2021 revenue to be in the range of $3.7 to $3.9 billion with non-GAAP EPS in the range of $0.45 to $0.65. Non-GAAP EPS outlook includes costs related to COVID-19.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Western Digital Corp. (Nasdaq: WDC) today reported fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 financial results.

“I am extremely proud of the way our team has navigated the complexities and uncertainties inherent in this unprecedented environment, as we continue to adapt to provide supply continuity and high-quality products to our customers and drive value for our shareholders,” said David Goeckeler, Western Digital CEO. “While we continue to navigate through a dynamic environment, we remain focused on managing the business for the long-term, including ramping two important product lines to high volume: our SSD products and our energy-assisted capacity enterprise drives. We will continue to deliver the quality, performance and cost-effectiveness our customers rely on, and I am confident that our end market diversity and breadth, broad customer base, channel reach, and innovative leadership all position Western Digital to benefit from the multi-year growth in data creation and storage.”

Q4 2020 Financial Highlights

 

 

 

GAAP

 

Non-GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q4 2020

Q4 2019

vs. Q4 2019

 

Q4 2020

Q4 2019

vs. Q4 2019

Revenue ($M)

 

$

4,287

 

$

3,634

 

up 18%

 

$

4,287

 

$

3,634

 

up 18%

Gross Margin

 

 

25.3

%

 

12.8

%

up 12.5 ppt

 

 

28.9

%

 

24.2

%

up 4.7 ppt

Operating Expenses ($M)

 

$

822

 

$

846

 

down 3%

 

$

713

 

$

722

 

down 1%

Operating Income (Loss) ($M)

 

$

261

 

($

381

)

*

 

$

527

 

$

158

 

up 234%

Net Income (Loss) ($M)

 

$

148

 

($

197

)

*

 

$

369

 

$

50

 

up 638%

Earnings Per Share

 

$

0.49

 

($

0.67

)

*

 

$

1.23

 

$

0.17

 

up 624%

*not a meaningful figure

Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Highlights

 

 

 

GAAP

 

Non-GAAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

vs. 2019

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

vs. 2019

Revenue ($M)

 

$

16,736

 

$

16,569

 

up 1%

 

$

16,736

 

$

16,569

 

up 1%

Gross Margin

 

 

22.6

%

 

22.6

%

 

 

26.9

%

 

30.5

%

down 3.6 ppt

Operating Expenses ($M)

 

$

3,446

 

$

3,665

 

down 6%

 

$

2,983

 

$

3,022

 

down 1%

Operating Income ($M)

 

$

335

 

$

87

 

up 285%

 

$

1,522

 

$

2,024

 

down 25%

Net Income (Loss) ($M)

 

($

250

)

($

754

)

*

 

$

914

 

$

1,429

 

down 36%

Earnings Per Share

 

($

0.84

)

($

2.58

)

*

 

$

3.04

 

$

4.84

 

down 37%

*not a meaningful figure

Key End Market Summary

 

Revenue ($M)

 

Q4 2020

Q4 2019

vs. Q4 2019

 

2020

 

2019

vs. 2019

Client Devices

 

$

1,916

$

1,606

up 19%

$

7,160

$

8,095

down 12%

Data Center Devices & Solutions

 

$

1,684

$

1,273

up 32%

$

6,228

$

5,038

up 24%

Client Solutions

 

$

687

$

755

down 9%

$

3,348

$

3,436

down 3%

Total Revenue

 

$

4,287

$

3,634

up 18%

$

16,736

$

16,569

up 1%

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, Western Digital’s revenue increased 18% year-over-year to $4.3 billion, led by strength within Data Center Devices & Solutions and Client Devices end markets.

In Client Devices, Western Digital's robust family of client SSDs, which are ideally suited for remote learning and work from home applications, achieved another record quarter of revenue. Notebook and desktop-related hard drive revenue declined slightly sequentially as the market continued to transition to SSD-based products. Smart video was weaker than expected due to continued headwinds associated with the pandemic. In gaming, Western Digital began shipping flash solutions for the upcoming new game console launches.

In Data Center Devices & Solutions, cloud demand increased in the quarter due to the work from home trend. Western Digital was the first in the industry to ship energy-assisted drives for mass production and the Company expects a strong ramp into the second fiscal quarter and beyond. In addition, Western Digital’s innovative flash-based enterprise SSDs more than doubled in revenue from a year ago.

In Client Solutions, while Western Digital has a robust distribution channel with over 350,000 points of purchase around the world and well-established brands, the Company was impacted by COVID-related lockdowns at many brick-and-mortar customers. This business recovered as the quarter progressed due to easing of lockdowns and a transition to online buying with curbside pickup.

Business Outlook for Fiscal First Quarter of 2021

 

 

Three Months Ending
October 2, 2020

 

GAAP(1)

 

Non-GAAP(1)

Revenue ($B)

$3.7 - $3.9

 

$3.7 - $3.9

Gross margin

21% - 23%

 

25% - 27%

Operating expenses ($M)

$820 - $840

 

$700 - $720

Interest and other expense, net ($M)

$80 - $90

 

$70 - $80

Tax rate

N/A

 

22% - 26% (2)

Diluted earnings per share

N/A

 

$0.45 - $0.65

Diluted shares outstanding (in millions)

~ 304

 

~ 304

(1) Non-GAAP gross margin guidance excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets, stock-based compensation expense, and charges related to cost saving initiatives totaling approximately $150 million to $170 million. The company’s non-GAAP operating expenses guidance excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets; stock-based compensation expense; employee termination, asset impairment and other charges; and charges related to cost saving initiatives totaling approximately $100 million to $120 million. The company's non-GAAP interest and other expense guidance excludes approximately $10 million of convertible debt activity. In the aggregate, non-GAAP diluted earnings per share guidance excludes these items totaling $260 million to $300 million. The timing and amount of these charges excluded from non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP interest and other expense, net and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share cannot be further allocated or quantified with certainty. Additionally, the timing and amount of additional charges the company excludes from its non-GAAP tax rate and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share are dependent on the timing and determination of certain actions and cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, full reconciliations of non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP interest and other expense, non-GAAP tax rate and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures (gross margin, operating expenses, interest and other expense, tax rate and diluted earnings per share, respectively) are not available without unreasonable effort.

(2) The non-GAAP tax rates provided are based on a percentage of non-GAAP pre-tax income.

Investor Communications

The investment community conference call to discuss these results and the company’s business outlook for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 will be broadcast live online today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific/4:30 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference call/webcast and the earnings presentation can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com.

About Western Digital

Western Digital, a leader in data infrastructure, 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, the company's industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® 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 fiscal fourth quarter ended July 3, 2020 and fiscal year 2020; the company’s business outlook for the fiscal first quarter of 2021; expectations regarding the impact of COVID-19; demand trends and market conditions; the data storage ecosystem; the company's positioning for future growth; the company's product portfolio; the ramp of the company's products; and expected future financial performance. 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 fiscal fourth quarter ended July 3, 2020 and fiscal year 2020 included in this press release represent the most current information available to management. The company’s actual results when disclosed in its Form 10-K 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 and audit 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: future responses to and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of restructuring activities and cost saving initiatives; 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, divestitures, 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-Q filed with the SEC on May 8, 2020, 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, SanDisk 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)

 

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

 

 

 

 

ASSETS

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

3,048

 

 

$

3,455

 

Accounts receivable, net

2,379

 

 

1,204

 

Inventories

3,070

 

 

3,283

 

Other current assets

551

 

 

535

 

Total current assets

9,048

 

 

8,477

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

2,854

 

 

2,843

 

Notes receivable and investments in Flash Ventures

1,875

 

 

2,791

 

Goodwill

10,067

 

 

10,076

 

Other intangible assets, net

941

 

 

1,711

 

Other non-current assets

877

 

 

472

 

Total assets

$

25,662

 

 

$

26,370

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

1,945

 

 

$

1,567

 

Accounts payable to related parties

407

 

 

331

 

Accrued expenses

1,296

 

 

1,296

 

Accrued compensation

472

 

 

347

 

Current portion of long-term debt

286

 

 

276

 

Total current liabilities

4,406

 

 

3,817

 

Long-term debt

9,289

 

 

10,246

 

Other liabilities

2,416

 

 

2,340

 

Total liabilities

16,111

 

 

16,403

 

Total shareholders’ equity

9,551

 

 

9,967

 

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

25,662

 

 

$

26,370

 

WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION

PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in millions, except per share amounts; unaudited; on a US GAAP basis)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

Revenue, net

$

4,287

 

 

$

3,634

 

 

$

16,736

 

 

$

16,569

 

Cost of revenue

3,204

 

 

3,169

 

 

12,955

 

 

12,817

 

Gross profit

1,083

 

 

465

 

 

3,781

 

 

3,752

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

546

 

 

523

 

 

2,261

 

 

2,182

 

Selling, general and administrative

269

 

 

299

 

 

1,153

 

 

1,317

 

Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges

7

 

 

24

 

 

32

 

 

166

 

Total operating expenses

822

 

 

846

 

 

3,446

 

 

3,665

 

Operating income (loss)

261

 

 

(381)

 

 

335

 

 

87

 

Interest and other expense, net

(76)

 

 

(93)

 

 

(381)

 

 

(374)

 

Income (loss) before taxes

185

 

 

(474)

 

 

(46)

 

 

(287)

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

37

 

 

(277)

 

 

204

 

 

467

 

Net income (loss)

$

148

 

 

$

(197)

 

 

$

(250)

 

 

$

(754)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) per common share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.49

 

 

$

(0.67)

 

 

$

(0.84)

 

 

$

(2.58)

 

Diluted

$

0.49

 

 

$

(0.67)

 

 

$

(0.84)

 

 

$

(2.58)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

300

 

 

294

 

 

298

 

 

292

 

Diluted

301

 

 

294

 

 

298

 

 

292

 

WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION

PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in millions; unaudited; on a US GAAP basis)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

Operating Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

148

 

 

$

(197)

 

 

$

(250)

 

 

$

(754)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

377

 

 

416

 

 

1,566

 

 

1,812

 

Stock-based compensation

76

 

 

64

 

 

308

 

 

306

 

Deferred income taxes

(29)

 

 

121

 

 

(82)

 

 

374

 

Loss on disposal of assets

2

 

 

35

 

 

(7)

 

 

39

 

Write-off of issuance costs and amortization of debt discounts

10

 

 

10

 

 

40

 

 

38

 

Other non-cash operating activities, net

14

 

 

(27)

 

 

6

 

 

(8)

 

Changes in:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net

(401)

 

 

18

 

 

(1,175)

 

 

993

 

Inventories

21

 

 

157

 

 

200

 

 

(339)

 

Accounts payable

61

 

 

(39)

 

 

192

 

 

(588)

 

Accounts payable to related parties

9

 

 

19

 

 

75

 

 

72

 

Accrued expenses

(147)

 

 

(415)

 

 

184

 

 

(42)

 

Accrued compensation

37

 

 

(57)

 

 

124

 

 

(135)

 

Other assets and liabilities, net

(6)

 

 

64

 

 

(357)

 

 

(221)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

172

 

 

169

 

 

824

 

 

1,547

 

Investing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment, net

(215)

 

 

(38)

 

 

(647)

 

 

(757)

 

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

 

 

 

(22)

 

 

 

Activity related to Flash Ventures, net

304

 

 

(310)

 

 

931

 

 

(598)

 

Investment activity, net

 

 

116

 

 

 

 

103

 

Strategic Investments and Other, net

(3)

 

 

2

 

 

16

 

 

(20)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

86

 

 

(230)

 

 

278

 

 

(1,272)

 

Financing Activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee stock plans, net

59

 

 

46

 

 

69

 

 

3

 

Repurchases of common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

(563)

 

Dividends paid to shareholders

(150)

 

 

(146)

 

 

(595)

 

 

(584)

 

Proceeds from (repayment of) revolving credit facility

 

 

 

 

 

 

(500)

 

Proceeds from debt, net of issuance costs

 

 

(4)

 

 

 

 

(4)

 

Repayment of debt

(63)

 

 

(68)

 

 

(982)

 

 

(181)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(154)

 

 

(172)

 

 

(1,508)

 

 

(1,829)

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

1

 

 

6

 

 

(1)

 

 

4

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

105

 

 

(227)

 

 

(407)

 

 

(1,550)

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

2,943

 

 

3,682

 

 

3,455

 

 

5,005

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

3,048

 

 

$

3,455

 

 

$

3,048

 

 

$

3,455

 

WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION

PRELIMINARY RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(in millions; unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

GAAP cost of revenue

$

3,204

 

 

$

3,169

 

 

$

12,955

 

 

$

12,817

 

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

(144)

 

 

(166)

 

 

(610)

 

 

(804)

 

Stock-based compensation expense

(13)

 

 

(11)

 

 

(51)

 

 

(48)

 

Charges related to cost saving initiatives

 

 

(4)

 

 

(3)

 

 

(11)

 

Manufacturing underutilization charges

 

 

(67)

 

 

 

 

(264)

 

Power outage charges

 

 

(145)

 

 

(68)

 

 

(145)

 

Other

 

 

(22)

 

 

8

 

 

(22)

 

Non-GAAP cost of revenue

$

3,047

 

 

$

2,754

 

 

$

12,231

 

 

$

11,523

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP gross profit

$

1,083

 

 

$

465

 

 

$

3,781

 

 

$

3,752

 

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

144

 

 

166

 

 

610

 

 

804

 

Stock-based compensation expense

13

 

 

11

 

 

51

 

 

48

 

Charges related to cost saving initiatives

 

 

4

 

 

3

 

 

11

 

Manufacturing underutilization charges

 

 

67

 

 

 

 

264

 

Power outage charges

 

 

145

 

 

68

 

 

145

 

Other

 

 

22

 

 

(8)

 

 

22

 

Non-GAAP gross profit

$

1,240

 

 

$

880

 

 

$

4,505

 

 

$

5,046

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP operating expenses

$

822

 

 

$

846

 

 

$

3,446

 

 

$

3,665

 

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

(39)

 

 

(41)

 

 

(159)

 

 

(164)

 

Stock-based compensation expense

(63)

 

 

(53)

 

 

(257)

 

 

(258)

 

Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges

(7)

 

 

(24)

 

 

(32)

 

 

(166)

 

Charges related to acquisitions and dispositions

 

 

 

 

(9)

 

 

 

Charges related to cost saving initiatives

 

 

(3)

 

 

(6)

 

 

(11)

 

Other

 

 

(3)

 

 

 

 

(44)

 

Non-GAAP operating expenses

$

713

 

 

$

722

 

 

$

2,983

 

 

$

3,022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP operating income (loss)

$

261

 

 

$

(381)

 

 

$

335

 

 

$

87

 

Cost of revenue adjustments

157

 

 

415

 

 

724

 

 

1,294

 

Operating expense adjustments

109

 

 

124

 

 

463

 

 

643

 

Non-GAAP operating income

$

527

 

 

$

158

 

 

$

1,522

 

 

$

2,024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP interest and other expense, net

$

(76)

 

 

$

(93)

 

 

$

(381)

 

 

$

(374)

 

Convertible debt activity

7

 

 

7

 

 

28

 

 

27

 

Other

(4)

 

 

(1)

 

 

9

 

 

(20)

 

Non-GAAP interest and other expense, net

$

(73)

 

 

$

(87)

 

 

$

(344)

 

 

$

(367)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP income tax expense

$

37

 

 

$

(277)

 

 

$

204

 

 

$

467

 

Income tax adjustments

48

 

 

298

 

 

60

 

 

(239)

 

Non-GAAP income tax expense

$

85

 

 

$

21

 

 

$

264

 

 

$

228

 

WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION

PRELIMINARY RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(in millions, except per share amounts; unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Year Ended

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

 

July 3,
2020

 

June 28,
2019

GAAP net income (loss)

$

148

 

 

$

(197)

 

 

$

(250)

 

 

$

(754)

 

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

183

 

 

207

 

 

769

 

 

968

 

Stock-based compensation expense

76

 

 

64

 

 

308

 

 

306

 

Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges

7

 

 

24

 

 

32

 

 

166

 

Charges related to acquisitions and dispositions

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

Charges related to cost saving initiatives

 

 

7

 

 

9

 

 

22

 

Manufacturing underutilization charges

 

 

67

 

 

 

 

264

 

Power outage charges

 

 

145

 

 

68

 

 

145

 

Convertible debt activity

7

 

 

7

 

 

28

 

 

27

 

Other

(4)

 

 

24

 

 

1

 

 

46

 

Income tax adjustments

(48)

 

 

(298)

 

 

(60)

 

 

239

 

Non-GAAP net income

$

369

 

 

$

50

 

 

$

914

 

 

$

1,429

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted income (loss) per common share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP

$

0.49

 

 

$

(0.67)

 

 

$

(0.84)

 

 

$

(2.58)

 

Non-GAAP

$

1.23

 

 

$

0.17

 

 

$

3.04

 

 

$

4.84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP

301

 

 

294

 

 

298

 

 

292

 

Non-GAAP

301

 

 

295

 

 

301

 

 

295

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flow provided by operating activities

$

172

 

 

$

169

 

 

$

824

 

 

$

1,547

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment, net

(215)

 

 

(38)

 

 

(647)

 

 

(757)

 

Activity related to flash ventures, net

304

 

 

(310)

 

 

931

 

 

(598)

 

Free cash flow

$

261

 

 

$

(179)

 

 

$

1,108

 

 

$

192

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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; non-GAAP diluted income per common share and free cash flow (“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, charges related to acquisitions and dispositions, charges related to cost saving initiatives, manufacturing underutilization charges, power outage charges, 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 they are not indicative of the underlying performance of its business.

Charges related to acquisitions and dispositions. In connection with the company's business combinations or dispositions, 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.


Contacts

Investor Contact:
Western Digital Corp.
T. Peter Andrew
949.672.9655
peter.andrew@wdc.com
investor@wdc.com

Media Contact:
Sard Verbinnen & Co
John Christiansen
David Isaacs
Leah Polito
WesternDigital-SVC@sardverb.com


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