Operating cash flow of $856 million
Quarter-over-quarter growth in revenue and EPS
NEW DELHI — January 28, 2014: Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended December 27, 2013. During the second quarter, the Company reported revenue of $3.53 billion, gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $428 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.24. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.5%, net income of $455 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.32.
During the second quarter, the Company generated approximately $856 million in operating cash flow, paid cash dividends of $142 million and repurchased 33 million ordinary shares for approximately $1.5 billion. There were 328 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter. Cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash, and short-term investments totaled approximately $2.3 billion at the end of the quarter.
“Seagate’s results in the December quarter reflect discipline in managing the profitability of our business and strong operational execution. We continue to strategically invest in our product portfolio and enhance our vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities to effectively capitalize on the cloud, mobile and open source storage trends that are being fueled by data growth,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Our cash flow was very strong this quarter, and combined with the execution of our capital allocation strategy, we are on track to meet our goal of returning 70% of our operating cash flow to shareholders this fiscal year.”
For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables.
Quarterly Cash Dividend
The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.43 per share, which will be payable on February 24, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 10, 2014. 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.