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Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results



  • Revenue of $2.62 billion
  • GAAP operating margin of 13.3%; non-GAAP operating margin of 14.7%
  • GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.12; non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.29
  • Cash flow from operations of $473 million and free cash flow of $314 million
  • Returned $1.2 billion to shareholders through dividends and the repurchase of 18 million ordinary shares
  • Declared cash dividend of $0.67 per share
FREMONT, CA - January 21, 2021 - Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended January 1, 2021.
 
"Seagate delivered strong, double-digit revenue, earnings and free cash flow growth in the December quarter supported by broad-based improvement across nearly every served market and geography, and we had solid customer demand for our mass capacity products," said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s chief executive officer.
 
"We also achieved our technology milestone by shipping 20-terabyte HAMR drives in calendar 2020, paving the way for Seagate’s continued success for years to come. As demand for data increases in both the cloud and at the edge, Seagate's new Lyve Storage Platform complements our HDD portfolio to help businesses address both the secular demand for mass capacity storage and the increasing complexity of managing data from edge-to-core cloud. We are well positioned to benefit from the tremendous opportunities we foresee ahead and remain focused on enhancing value for our customers, employees and shareholders."
 
Quarterly Financial Results
  GAAP   Non-GAAP
  FQ2 2021   FQ2 2020   FQ2 2021   FQ2 2020
Revenue ($M) $ 2,623      $ 2,696      $ 2,623      $ 2,696   
Gross Margin 26.5  %   28.1  %   26.8  %   28.7  %
Operating Margin 13.3  %   14.2  %   14.7  %   15.7  %
Net Income ($M) $ 280      $ 318      $ 323      $ 359   
Diluted Earnings Per Share $ 1.12      $ 1.20      $ 1.29      $ 1.35   
 
 
The Company generated $473 million in cash flow from operations and $314 million in free cash flow during the fiscal second quarter 2021. Seagate maintained a healthy balance sheet and during the fiscal second quarter 2021, the Company paid cash dividends of $167 million and repurchased 18 million ordinary shares for $1 billion. Additionally, the Company raised $1 billion of debt and ended the fiscal second quarter with cash and cash equivalents totaling $1.8 billion. There were 240 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.
For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables.
 
Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com.
 
Quarterly Cash Dividend
The Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.67 per share, which will be payable on April 7, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 24, 2021. 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, distributable reserves, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board.
 
Business Outlook
The business outlook for the fiscal third quarter 2021 is based on our current assumptions and expectations; actual results may differ materially, as a result of, among other things, the important factors discussed in the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements section of this release.
 
The Company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal third quarter 2021:
  • Revenue of $2.65 billion, plus or minus $200 million
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.30, plus or minus $0.15
Guidance regarding non-GAAP diluted EPS excludes known charges related to amortization of acquired intangible assets of $0.02 per share and estimated share-based compensation expenses of $0.13 per share.
 
We have not reconciled our non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance for fiscal third quarter 2021 to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because material items that may impact these measures are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, including, but not limited to, accelerated depreciation, impairment and other charges related to cost saving efforts, restructuring charges, strategic investment losses or impairment recognised, income tax adjustments on these measures, and other charges or benefits that may arise. The amounts of these measures are not currently available, but may be material to future results. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance for fiscal third quarter 2021 to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort. A reconciliation of our historical non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest GAAP equivalent is contained in this release.
 
Investor Communications
Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific / 4:30 p.m. Eastern that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com.
 
An archived audio webcast of this event will be available on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com shortly following the event conclusion.
 
About Seagate
Seagate crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more about Seagate by visiting www.seagate.com or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog.
 
© 2021 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries.
 
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
 
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical fact. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements about the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, financial outlook for future periods, including the fiscal third quarter 2021, expectations regarding the Company’s products, our ability to ramp production, storage industry trends and market demand, shifts in technology, the Company’s ability to meet market and industry expectations and the effects of these future trends, the possible effects of the economic conditions worldwide resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and expectations on the Company’s business as well as dividend issuance plans for the fiscal quarter ending April 2, 2021 and beyond. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” "will continue," "can," "could" or the negative of these words, variations of these words and comparable terminology. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from the expectations described in this press release include, among others, those risks and uncertainties included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 3, 2020 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 7, 2020. Additional information will also be set forth in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 1, 2021. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to us on, and which speak only as of, the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, unless required by applicable law.
 
The inclusion of Seagate’s website addresses in this press release are provided for convenience only. The information contained in, or that can be accessed through, Seagate’s websites and social media channels are not part of this press release.
 
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions)
 
  January 1,
2021
  July 3,
2020
   (unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,799      $ 1,722   
Accounts receivable, net 801      1,115   
Inventories 1,318      1,142   
Other current assets 163      135   
Total current assets 4,081      4,114   
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 2,218      2,129   
Goodwill 1,237      1,237   
Other intangible assets, net 40      58   
Deferred income taxes 1,120      1,120   
Other assets, net 290      272   
Total Assets $ 8,986      $ 8,930   
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 1,730      $ 1,808   
Accrued employee compensation 206      224   
Accrued warranty 61      69   
Current portion of long-term debt 25      19   
Accrued expenses 599      602   
Total current liabilities 2,621      2,722   
Long-term accrued warranty 76      82   
Other non-current liabilities 179      183   
Long-term debt 5,120      4,156   
Total Liabilities 7,996      7,143   
       
Total Equity 990      1,787   
Total Liabilities and Equity $ 8,986      $ 8,930   
 
 
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Six Months Ended
  January 1,
2021
  January 3,
2020
  January 1,
2021
  January 3,
2020
Revenue $ 2,623      $ 2,696      $ 4,937      $ 5,274   
               
Cost of revenue 1,927      1,938      3,645      3,845   
Product development 221      250      444      505   
Marketing and administrative 122      120      240      242   
Amortization of intangibles              
Restructuring and other, net     —          17   
Total operating expenses 2,275      2,312      4,338      4,617   
               
Income from operations 348      384      599      657   
               
Interest income —              15   
Interest expense (52)     (48)     (102)     (103)  
Other, net (5)     (4)     14      (35)  
Other expense, net (57)     (48)     (87)     (123)  
               
Income before income taxes 291      336      512      534   
Provision for income taxes 11      18          16   
Net income $ 280      $ 318      $ 503      $ 518   
               
Net income per share:              
Basic $ 1.12      $ 1.21      $ 1.99      $ 1.96   
Diluted 1.12      1.20      1.97      1.93   
Number of shares used in per share calculations:              
Basic 249      262      253      264   
Diluted 251      265      255      268   
               
Cash dividends declared per ordinary share $ 0.67      $ 0.65      $ 1.32      $ 1.28   
 
 
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Six Months Ended
  January 1,
2021
  January 3,
2020
OPERATING ACTIVITIES      
Net income $ 503      $ 518   
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization 195      185   
Share-based compensation 58      53   
Deferred income taxes (13)     (4)  
Other non-cash operating activities, net     47   
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable, net 315      (124)  
Inventories (176)     (172)  
Accounts payable (75)     458   
Accrued employee compensation (18)     22   
Accrued expenses, income taxes and warranty (36)     (38)  
Other assets and liabilities 13      (9)  
Net cash provided by operating activities 770      936   
INVESTING ACTIVITIES      
Acquisition of property, equipment and leasehold improvements (270)     (341)  
Proceeds from sale of investments 11      —   
Proceeds from the sale of assets —       
Purchases of investments (4)     (45)  
Net cash used in investing activities (263)     (385)  
FINANCING ACTIVITIES      
Redemption and repurchase of debt (21)     (645)  
Dividends to shareholders (334)     (335)  
Repurchases of ordinary shares (1,068)     (600)  
Taxes paid related to net share settlement of equity awards (32)     (39)  
Net proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 1,000      498   
Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares under employee share plans 40      69   
Other financing activities, net (15)     (2)  
Net cash used in financing activities (430)     (1,054)  
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash —      (2)  
Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash 77      (505)  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the beginning of the period 1,724      2,251   
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at the end of the period $ 1,801      $ 1,746   
 
Use of non-GAAP financial information
 
The Company uses non-GAAP measures of adjusted revenue, gross profit, gross margin, operating expenses, income from operations, operating margin, net income, diluted EPS, and free cash flow, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude certain benefits, expenses, gains and losses. These non-GAAP financial measures are provided to enhance the user’s overall understanding of the Company’s current financial performance and its prospects for the future. Specifically, the Company believes non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors as these non-GAAP results exclude certain benefits, expenses, gains and losses that it believes are not indicative of its core operating results and because it is similar to the approach used in connection with the financial models and estimates published by financial analysts who follow the Company. Free cash flow does not reflect all of the Company’s expenses and non-cash items, and does not reflect the Company’s uses of cash in financing and investing activities.
 
These non-GAAP results are some of the measurements management uses to assess the Company’s performance, allocate resources and plan for future periods. Reported non-GAAP results should only be considered as supplemental to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, and not considered as a substitute or replacement for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP measures reported by other companies in its industry.

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC
RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
(In millions, except per share amounts and gross margin)
(Unaudited)
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Six Months Ended
  January 1,
2021
  January 3,
2020
  January 1,
2021
  January 3,
2020
GAAP Gross Profit $ 696      $ 758      $ 1,292      $ 1,429   
Accelerated depreciation, impairment and other charges related to cost saving efforts —      —          —   
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     10      10      20   
Share-based compensation         14      13   
Non-GAAP Gross Profit $ 704      $ 774      $ 1,318      $ 1,462   
               
GAAP Gross Margin 26.5  %   28.1  %   26.2  %   27.1  %
Non-GAAP Gross Margin 26.8  %   28.7  %   26.7  %   27.7  %
               
GAAP Operating Expenses $ 348      $ 374      $ 693      $ 772   
Amortization of acquired intangible assets (3)     (3)     (6)     (6)  
Restructuring and other, net (2)     —      (3)     (17)  
Share-based compensation (23)     (21)     (44)     (40)  
Other charges (1)     —      (1)     —   
Non-GAAP Operating Expenses $ 319      $ 350      $ 639      $ 709   
               
GAAP Income From Operations $ 348      $ 384      $ 599      $ 657   
Accelerated depreciation, impairment and other charges related to cost saving efforts —      —          —   
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     13      16      26   
Restructuring and other, net     —          17   
Share-based compensation 30      27      58      53   
Other charges     —          —   
Non-GAAP Income From Operations $ 385      $ 424      $ 679      $ 753   
               
GAAP Operating Margin 13.3  %   14.2  %   12.1  %   12.5  %
Non-GAAP Operating Margin 14.7  %   15.7  %   13.8  %   14.3  %
               
GAAP Net Income $ 280      $ 318      $ 503      $ 518   
Accelerated depreciation, impairment and other charges related to cost saving efforts —      —          —   
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     13      16      26   
Restructuring and other, net     —          17   
Losses and costs recognized on the modification or early redemption and repurchase of debt —      —          30   
Strategic investment losses (gains) recognized         (24)      
Share-based compensation 30      27      58      53   
Other charges     —      15      —   
Income tax adjustments (1)     —      (10)     (8)  
Non-GAAP Net Income $ 323      $ 359      $ 565      $ 637   
 
 
SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC
RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
(In millions, except per share amounts and gross margin)
(Unaudited)
 
  For the Three Months Ended   For the Six Months Ended
  January 1,
2021
  January 3,
2020
  January 1,
2021
  January 3, 2020
Shares used in diluted net income per share calculation 251      265      255      268   
GAAP Diluted Net Income Per Share $ 1.12      $ 1.20      $ 1.97      $ 1.93   
Non-GAAP Diluted Net Income Per Share 1.29      1.35      2.22      2.38   
               
GAAP Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 473      $ 480      $ 770      $ 936   
Acquisition of property, equipment and leasehold improvements 159      194      270      341   
Free Cash Flow $ 314      $ 286      $ 500      $ 595   
 
 
The Company’s Non-GAAP measures are adjusted for the following items:
 
Accelerated depreciation, impairment and other charges related to cost saving efforts
These expenses are excluded in the non-GAAP measures due to the inconsistency in amount and frequency and are excluded to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of the Company’s current operating performance and comparison to its past periods’ operating performance.
 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets
The Company records expense from amortization of intangible assets that were acquired in connection with its business combinations over their estimated useful lives. Such charges are inconsistent in size and are significantly impacted by the timing and magnitude of the Company’s acquisitions. Consequently, these expenses are excluded in the non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of its current operating performance and comparison to its past periods’ operating performance.
 
Share-based compensation
These expenses consist primarily of expenses for employee share-based compensation. Given the variety of equity awards used by companies, the varying methodologies for determining share-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 share-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 share-based compensation expense from their non-GAAP results.
 
Restructuring and other, net
Restructuring and other, net are costs associated with restructuring plans that are primarily related to costs associated with reduction in the Company’s workforce, exiting certain facilities and other related costs. These also exclude charges or gains from sale of properties. These costs or benefits do not reflect the Company’s ongoing operating performance and consequently are excluded from the non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of its current operating performance and comparison to its past periods’ operating performance.
 
Losses and costs recognized on the modification or early redemption and repurchase of debt
From time to time, the Company incurs losses and fees from the early redemption and repurchase of certain long-term debt instruments. The losses represent the difference between the reacquisition costs and the par value of the debt extinguished. Other fees include any new fees associated with a modification and the write-off of any unamortized debt issuance costs associated with an extinguishment of debt. The amount of these charges may be inconsistent in size and varies depending on the timing of the repurchase of debt and consequently is excluded from the non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of its current operating performance and comparison to its past periods’ operating performance.
 
Strategic investment losses (gains) recognized
From time to time, the Company incurs losses or gains from strategic investments accounted for under the equity method of accounting or records downward or upward adjustments on cost basis investments if an impairment or observable price adjustment is recognized in the current period that are not considered as part of its ongoing operating performance. The resulting expense or gain is inconsistent in amount and frequency and consequently is excluded from the non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of its current operating performance and comparison to its past periods’ operating performance.
 
Other charges
The other charges primarily include write-offs related to an internal reorganization and IT transformation costs. These charges are inconsistent in amount and frequency and are excluded in the non-GAAP measures to facilitate a more meaningful evaluation of its current operating performance and comparison to its past periods’ operating performance.
 
Income tax adjustments
Provision or benefit for income taxes represents the tax effects of non-GAAP adjustments determined using a hybrid with and without method and effective tax rate for the applicable adjustment and jurisdiction.
 
Free cash flow
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure defined as net cash provided by operating activities less acquisition of property, equipment and leasehold improvements. This non-GAAP financial measure is used by management to assess the Company's sources of liquidity, capital structure and operating performance.
 
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