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Western Digital Announces Financial Results for Third Fiscal Quarter 2018

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Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ:WDC) today reported revenue of $5.0
billion for its third fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2018. Operating
income was $914 million with net income of $61 million, or $0.20 per
share. The GAAP net income for the period includes debt extinguishment
costs related to the company's debt financing transactions. Excluding
these charges and after other non-GAAP adjustments, the company achieved
non-GAAP operating income of $1.3 billion and non-GAAP net income of
$1.1 billion, or $3.63 per share.

In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $4.6 billion,
operating income of $525 million and net income of $248 million, or
$0.83 per share. Non-GAAP operating income in the year-ago quarter was
$1.0 billion and non-GAAP net income was $716 million, or $2.39 per
share.

The company generated $1.0 billion in cash from operations during the
third fiscal quarter of 2018, ending with $5.1 billion of total cash,
cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities. On Jan. 27, 2018,
the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common
stock, which was paid to shareholders on April 16, 2018.

"The power and agility of our platform and our global team's sustained
focus on operational execution drove another quarter of strong financial
performance for Western Digital," said Steve Milligan, chief executive
officer. "We saw particular strength in our high capacity enterprise
hard drives, which achieved record quarterly revenue. A compelling
portfolio of HDD and NAND flash products coupled with favorable
macroeconomic conditions positions the Western Digital platform to drive
further value for our customers and other stakeholders."

The investment community conference call to discuss these results, the
company's guidance for the fourth fiscal quarter 2018 and an
accompanying presentation will be broadcast live online today at 2:30
p.m. Pacific/5:30 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference
call/webcast can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com.
Supplemental financial information, including the company's guidance for
the fourth fiscal quarter and the earnings presentation will also be
posted on the same website. The telephone replay number in the U.S. is
1(855) 859-2056 or +1(404) 537-3406 for international callers. The
required passcode is 5188247.

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 third fiscal quarter ended March 30, 2018; platform and
product portfolio; market positioning; HDD and NAND flash products; and
macroeconomic conditions. 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 third fiscal quarter
ended March 30, 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; impacts of new tax legislation; 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 Feb. 6, 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)
 
 
  Mar. 30,   June 30,
2018 2017
 
ASSETS
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,963 $ 6,354
Short-term investments 20 24
Accounts receivable, net 2,011 1,948
Inventories 2,670 2,341
Other current assets   500   389
Total current assets 10,164 11,056
Property, plant and equipment, net 3,011 3,033
Notes receivable and investments in Flash Ventures 2,160 1,340
Goodwill 10,079 10,014
Other intangible assets, net 2,956 3,823
Other non-current assets   634   594
Total assets $ 29,004 $ 29,860
 
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 2,134 $ 2,144
Accounts payable to related parties 282 206
Accrued expenses 1,015 1,069
Accrued compensation 509 506
Accrued warranty 195 186
Current portion of long-term debt   124   233
Total current liabilities 4,259 4,344
Long-term debt 11,076 12,918
Other liabilities   2,369   1,180
Total liabilities 17,704 18,442
Total shareholders' equity   11,300   11,418
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 29,004 $ 29,860
 
 
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
 
PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
(in millions, except per share amounts; unaudited; on a US GAAP
basis)
 
 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
Mar. 30,   Mar. 31, Mar. 30,   Mar. 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
Revenue, net $ 5,013 $ 4,649 $ 15,530 $ 14,251
Cost of revenue   3,086     3,126     9,677     9,860  
Gross profit   1,927     1,523     5,853     4,391  
Operating expenses:
Research and development 602 613 1,823 1,837
Selling, general and administrative 376 346 1,121 1,100
Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges   35     39     135     152  
Total operating expenses   1,013     998     3,079     3,089  
Operating income 914 525 2,774 1,302
Interest and other expense, net   (1,042 )   (221 )   (1,418 )   (948 )
Income (loss) before taxes (128 ) 304 1,356 354
Income tax expense (benefit)   (189 )   56     1,437     237  
Net income (loss) $ 61   $ 248   $ (81 ) $ 117  
 
Income (loss) per common share:
Basic $ 0.20   $ 0.86   $ (0.27 ) $ 0.41  
Diluted $ 0.20   $ 0.83   $ (0.27 ) $ 0.40  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   298     289     296     287  
Diluted   308     299     296     295  
 
 
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
 
PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
(in millions; unaudited; on a US GAAP basis)
 
 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
Mar. 30,   Mar. 31, Mar. 30,   Mar. 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
Operating Activities
Net income (loss) $ 61 $ 248 $ (81 ) $ 117
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss)
to net cash provided by operations:
Depreciation and amortization 499 560 1,567 1,582
Stock-based compensation 103 102 299 303
Deferred income taxes (207 ) (56 ) (336 ) 61
Loss on disposal of assets 4 2 16 12
Write-off of issuance costs and amortization of debt discounts 185 17 208 275
Cash premium on extinguishment of debt 720 - 720 -
Non-cash portion of employee termination, asset impairment, and
other charges
16 - 16 13
Other non-cash operating activities, net (31 ) 17 (15 ) 64
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net   (323 )   108     948     71  
Net cash provided by operating activities   1,027     998     3,342     2,498  
 
Investing Activities
Purchases of property, plant and equipment, net (213 ) (103 ) (619 ) (432 )
Activity related to Flash Ventures, net (198 ) (154 ) (707 ) (224 )
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired - - (99 ) -
Other   12     127     19     210  
Net cash used in investing activities   (399 )   (130 )   (1,406 )   (446 )
 
Financing Activities
Employee stock plans, net (50 ) (4 ) (18 ) 102
Repurchases of common stock (155 ) - (155 ) -
Proceeds from acquired call option - - - 61
Dividends paid to shareholders (148 ) (144 ) (443 ) (428 )
Settlement of debt hedge contracts - - 28 -
Proceeds from debt, net of issuance costs 8,874 3,913 11,832 7,898
Repayment of debt and premiums   (10,467 )   (3,925 )   (14,581 )   (12,179 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (1,946 )   (160 )   (3,337 )   (4,546 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   9     4     10     (5 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (1,309 ) 712 (1,391 ) (2,499 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   6,272     4,940     6,354     8,151  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 4,963   $ 5,652   $ 4,963   $ 5,652  
 
 
WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION
 
PRELIMINARY RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
 
(in millions, except per share amounts; unaudited)
 
 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
Mar. 30,   Mar. 31, Mar. 30,   Mar. 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
GAAP cost of revenue $ 3,086 $ 3,126 $ 9,677 $ 9,860
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (235 ) (284 ) (788 ) (724 )
Stock-based compensation expense (11 ) (13 ) (37 ) (37 )
Acquisition-related charges - - - (18 )
Charges related to cost saving initiatives (1 ) (6 ) 6 (44 )
Other   -     -     -     (3 )
Non-GAAP cost of revenue $ 2,839   $ 2,823   $ 8,858   $ 9,034  
 
GAAP gross profit $ 1,927 $ 1,523 $ 5,853 $ 4,391
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 235 284 788 724
Stock-based compensation expense 11 13 37 37
Acquisition-related charges - - - 18
Charges related to cost saving initiatives 1 6 (6 ) 44
Other   -     -     -     3  
Non-GAAP gross profit $ 2,174   $ 1,826   $ 6,672   $ 5,217  
 
GAAP operating expenses $ 1,013 $ 998 $ 3,079 $ 3,089
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (41 ) (40 ) (122 ) (119 )
Stock-based compensation expense (91 ) (85 ) (261 ) (256 )
Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges (35 ) (39 ) (135 ) (152 )
Acquisition-related charges (2 ) (2 ) (12 ) (17 )
Charges related to cost saving initiatives 3 (22 ) (18 ) (70 )
Other   3     1     3     (4 )
Non-GAAP operating expenses $ 850   $ 811   $ 2,534   $ 2,471  
 
GAAP operating income $ 914 $ 525 $ 2,774 $ 1,302
Cost of revenue adjustments 247 303 819 826
Operating expense adjustments   163     187     545     618  
Non-GAAP operating income $ 1,324   $ 1,015   $ 4,138   $ 2,746  
 
GAAP interest and other expense, net $ (1,042 ) $ (221 ) $ (1,418 ) $ (948 )
Convertible debt activity, net 3 1 3 7
Debt extinguishment costs 894 7 896 274
Other   8     7     2     13  
Non-GAAP interest and other expense, net $ (137 ) $ (206 ) $ (517 ) $ (654 )
 
GAAP income tax expense (benefit) $ (189 ) $ 56 $ 1,437 $ 237
Income tax adjustments   259     37     (1,230 )   16  
Non-GAAP income tax expense $ 70   $ 93   $ 207   $ 253  
 
GAAP net income (loss) $ 61 $ 248 $ (81 ) $ 117
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 276 324 910 843
Stock-based compensation expense 102 98 298 293
Employee termination, asset impairment and other charges 35 39 135 152
Acquisition-related charges 2 2 12 35
Charges related to cost saving initiatives (2 ) 28 12 114
Convertible debt activity, net 3 1 3 7
Debt extinguishment costs 894 7 896 274
Other 5 6 (1 ) 20
Income tax adjustments   (259 )   (37 )   1,230     (16 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 1,117   $ 716   $ 3,414   $ 1,839  
 
Diluted income (loss) per common share:
GAAP $ 0.20   $ 0.83   $ (0.27 ) $ 0.40  
Non-GAAP $ 3.63   $ 2.39   $ 11.12   $ 6.23  
 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding:
GAAP   308     299     296     295  
Non-GAAP   308     299     307     295  
 

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, debt extinguishment costs, other
charges, 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.

Debt extinguishment costs. From
time-to-time, the company replaces its existing debt with new financing
at more favorable interest rates or utilizes available capital to settle
debt early, both of which generate interest savings in future periods.
The company incurs debt extinguishment charges consisting of the costs
to call the existing debt and/or the write-off of any related
unamortized debt issuance costs. These 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 charges. From time-to-time, the
company sells or impairs investments or other assets which are not
considered necessary to its business operations; is a party to legal or
arbitration proceedings, which could result in an expense or benefit due
to settlements, final judgments, or accruals for loss contingencies; 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, as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the nine months
ended March 30, 2018 income tax adjustments include a provisional income
tax expense of $1.66 billion for the one-time mandatory deemed
repatriation tax and a provisional income tax benefit of $79 million
related to the re-measurement of deferred tax assets and liabilities.

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