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Xyratex Ltd Announces Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013


HAVANT, UK, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Xyratex Ltd (Nasdaq: XRTX), a leading provider of data storage technology, today announced results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, 2013.

Revenues for the fourth quarter were $185.3 million, a decrease of 30.2% compared to revenues of $265.4 million for the same period in the prior year. Revenues for fiscal year 2013 were $814 million, a decrease of 29.7% compared to revenues of $1,159 million for fiscal year 2012. These year over year declines were principally related to the continued reduction in revenue from NetApp with the current program coming to an end in our current quarter as previously announced.

Gross profit margin in the fourth quarter was 22.2%, compared to 14.5% in the same period in the prior year and 20.9% in the prior quarter. Gross profit margin for fiscal year 2013 was 21% compared to 16.9% in the previous year. The increases from last year reflect a favorable variation in customer and product mix in our Enterprise Data Storage Solutions product segment as well as improved margins for newer products in our Capital Equipment segment.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, GAAP net loss was $21.4 million, or $0.78 per share, compared to a GAAP net loss of $7.9 million, or $0.29 per share, in the same period in the prior year. Non-GAAP net loss was $0.8 million, or $0.03 per share, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $6.4 million, or $0.24 per share, in the same quarter a year ago(1).

GAAP net loss for fiscal year 2013 was $21.2 million, or $0.77 per share, compared to GAAP net income of $17.7 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2012. Non-GAAP net income for fiscal year 2013 decreased to $4.2 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to $24.6 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2012.

Included in both the 2013 fiscal fourth quarter and full year GAAP results, but excluded from the non-GAAP results, is a non-cash valuation allowance against the deferred tax asset of $19.2 million. This valuation allowance relates primarily to UK tax losses which have been recorded as a result of certain tax concessions in the UK and the tax structure of the overall Xyratex Ltd group. This valuation allowance does not indicate in itself that the overall Xyratex Ltd group will not be profitable in future fiscal periods.

Today, the company also announced that its Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share, unchanged from the prior quarter. The dividend will be payable on February 17, 2014 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 4, 2014. This dividend represents a quarterly payout of approximately $2.1 million in aggregate, or $8.4 million on an annualized basis.

Business Outlook and Conference Call
Given the Company's announcement on December 23, 2013 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Seagate Technology plc, the Company is not providing an outlook for its fiscal 2014 first quarter and will not be hosting a conference call to discuss its results.

(1) Non-GAAP net income (loss) and diluted earnings (loss) per share exclude (a) amortization of intangible assets, (b) equity compensation expense, (c) the tax effects related to (a) and (b), (d) the tax expense resulting from recording a valuation allowance against the UK deferred tax asset, (e) the tax expense resulting from a reduction in the deferred tax asset caused by a fall in UK tax rates prior to the recording of a valuation allowance and (f) the recognition of a Malaysia deferred tax asset in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. A reconciliation of non-GAAP net income (loss) and diluted earnings (loss) per share to GAAP net income and GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share is included in a table immediately following the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.

The intention in providing these non-GAAP measures is to provide supplemental information regarding the company's operational performance while recognizing that they have material limitations and that they should only be referred to with reference to, and not considered to be a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding GAAP measure. The financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures should be carefully evaluated. The non-GAAP financial measures used by us may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies.

The company believes that the provision of these non-GAAP financial measures is useful to investors and investment analysts because it enables comparison to the company's historical operating results, those of competitors and other industry participants and also provides transparency to the measures used by management in operational and financial decision making. In relation to the specific items excluded: (a) intangible assets represent costs incurred by the acquired business prior to acquisition, are not cash costs and will not be replaced when the assets are fully amortized and therefore the exclusion of these costs provides management and investors with better visibility of the costs required to generate revenue over time; (b) equity compensation expense is non-cash in nature and is outside the control of management during the period in which the expense is incurred; (c) the exclusion of the related tax effects of excluding items (a) and (b) is necessary to show the effect on net income (loss) of the change in tax expense that would have been recorded if these items had not been incurred; (d) and (e) the recording of a valuation allowance against the UK deferred tax asset and the impact of the reduction in UK tax rates are non-cash and not comparable across periods or with other companies; and (f) the recognition of the Malaysia deferred tax asset relates to the non-renewal of certain tax incentive arrangements in 2012, is non-recurring and will reverse if the incentive arrangements are renewed

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

Factors that might cause such a difference include our inability to retain major customers and meet the required technical and performance specifications of our products in a timely manner or at all, the cyclical nature of the markets in which we operate, changes in our customers' volume requirements, our inability to compete successfully in the competitive and rapidly changing marketplace in which we operate, deterioration in global economic conditions, diminished growth in the volume of digital information, patent infringement claims and our inability to protect our intellectual property and the impact of natural disasters. These risks and other factors include those listed under "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 20-F as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (File No. 000-50799). In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," "potential," "continue," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.

About Xyratex
Xyratex is a leading provider of data storage technology, including modular solutions for the enterprise data storage industry, and hard disk drive (HDD) capital equipment for the HDD industry. Xyratex enterprise data storage platforms provide a range of advanced, scalable data storage solutions for the Original Equipment Manufacturer and High Performance Computing communities. As the largest capital equipment supplier to the HDD industry, Xyratex enables disk drive manufacturers and their component suppliers to meet today's technology and productivity requirements. Xyratex has over 25 years of experience in research and development relating to disk drives, storage systems and manufacturing process technology.

Founded in 1994 in an MBO from IBM, and with headquarters in the UK, Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.




Three Months Ended,

Year Ended,

November 30,

November 30,

November 30,

November 30,





(US dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)


$ 185,254

$ 265,446

$ 814,318

$ 1,158,898

Cost of revenues 





Gross profit





Operating expenses: 

 Research and development 





 Selling, general and administrative 





 Restructuring costs 





 Amortization of intangible assets 





Total operating expenses 





Operating income (loss)





Interest income, net  





Income (loss) before income taxes 





Provision (benefit) for income taxes





Net income (loss)

$ (21,371)

$ (7,943)

$ (21,211)

$ 17,660


Net earnings (loss) per share:


$ (0.78)

$ (0.29)

$ (0.77)

$ 0.64


$ (0.78)

$ (0.29)

$ (0.77)

$ 0.63

Weighted average common shares (in thousands), used in computing net earnings (loss) per share:











Cash dividends declared per share

$ 0.08

$ 0.08

$ 2.30

$ 0.29

Comprehensive income (loss):

Net income (loss)

$ (21,371)

$ (7,943)

$ (21,211)

$ 17,660

Unrealized gain (loss) on forward foreign currency contracts





Reclassification of loss (gain) into net income





Total comprehensive income (loss)

$ (18,187)

$ (7,080)

$ (19,951)

$ 19,860



November 30,

November 30,



(US dollars and amounts in thousands)


Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$ 102,992

$ 117,174

Accounts receivable, net

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