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Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2012 Financial Results</i> </p>

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2012 Financial Results16:10 EDT Thursday, October 20, 2011 CUPERTINO, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. The company shipped 51 million disk drives and reported revenue of $2.8 billion, gross margin of 19.5%, net income of $140 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.32. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported net income of $146 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.34 for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. For a detailed reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables. Additionally, Seagate returned $75 million to shareholders in the form of a dividend and repurchased $128 million of ordinary shares during the first fiscal quarter. Acquisition of Samsung's Hard Disk Drive Assets The European Commission announced on October 19, 2011 that they have approved under the EU Merger Regulation, Seagate's proposed acquisition of Samsung's hard disk drive assets. The company will continue to work with other regulatory bodies to secure additional approvals in the coming weeks. Seagate believes the transaction will close by the end of calendar year 2011. Investor Communications Seagate will hold a conference call to review its first fiscal quarter today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call will consist of opening comments from Steve Luczo, CEO, followed by a question and answer session with the executive management team. During today's conference call, the company will provide an update on its Thailand operations. In light of the situation in Thailand, the company will provide limited guidance for the December quarter. Seagate has issued a Supplemental Commentary document. The Supplemental Commentary will not be read during today's call, but rather it is available in the investor relations section of Dividend The Board of Directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share which will be payable on November 18, 2011 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 3, 2011. 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. Conference Call The conference call can be accessed online at or by telephone as follows: USA: (866) 202-3048 International: (617) 213-8843 Participant Passcode: 42254951 Replay A replay will be available beginning today at approximately 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The replay can be accessed from About Seagate Seagate is the world leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions. Learn more at Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, including, in particular, statements about our plans, strategies and prospects and estimates of industry growth for the fiscal quarter ending December 30, 2011 and beyond. These statements identify prospective information and include words such as “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release. Current expectations, forecasts and assumptions involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties, and other factors may be beyond the Company's control. In particular, the uncertainty in global economic conditions continues to pose a risk to the Company's operating and financial performance as consumers and businesses may defer purchases in response to tighter credit and financial news. Such risks and uncertainties also include, but are not limited to, the impact of the variable demand and adverse pricing environment for disk drives, particularly in view of current business and economic conditions; dependence on the Company's ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell its disk drive products in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality, particularly the new disk drive products with lower cost structures; the impact of competitive product announcements; and possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; the Company's ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans; the risk that the previously announced transaction with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. ("Samsung") will not be consummated and the risk that the Company will incur significant costs in connection with the transaction with Samsung; and significant disruption to the industry supply chain due to the severe flooding throughout parts of Thailand. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on August 17, 2011, which statements are incorporated into this press release by reference. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any subsequent date and the Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made.             SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLCCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In millions)(Unaudited)   September 30,2011July 1,2011 (a)ASSETS Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,474 $ 2,677 Short-term investments 426 474 Restricted cash and investments 88 102 Accounts receivable, net 1,449 1,495 Inventories 825 872 Deferred income taxes 97 99 Other current assets   639   706 Total current assets 5,998 6,425 Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 2,190 2,245 Deferred income taxes 374 374 Other assets, net   170   181 Total Assets $8,732$9,225LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 1,674 $ 2,063 Accrued employee compensation 142 199 Accrued warranty 182 189 Accrued expenses 469 438 Accrued income taxes 12 14 Current portion of long-term debt   560   560 Total current liabilities 3,039 3,463 Long-term accrued warranty 152 159 Long-term accrued income taxes 73 67 Other non-current liabilities 119 121 Long-term debt, less current portion   2,924   2,952 Total Liabilities 6,307 6,762   Shareholders' equity: Total Shareholders' Equity   2,425   2,463 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $8,732$9,225   (a) The information in this column was derived from the Company's audited Consolidated Balance Sheet as of July 1, 2011.     SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLCCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS(In millions, except per share data)(Unaudited)   For the Three Months EndedSeptember 30,2011         October 1, 2010   Revenue $ 2,811 $ 2,697 Cost of revenue 2,262 2,147 Product development 208 209 Marketing and administrative 105 105 Amortization of intangibles ― 1 Restructuring and other, net ―     4   Total operating expenses   2,575     2,466   Income from operations 236 231   Interest income 1 2 Interest expense (69 ) (46 ) Other, net   (16)   (34) Other expense, net   (84)   (78) Income before income taxes 152 153 Provision for income taxes   12     4   Net income $140   $149   Net income per share: Basic $ 0.33 $ 0.32 Diluted 0.32 0.31 Number of shares used in per share calculations:   Basic 421 471 Diluted 433 487       SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLCCONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In millions)(Unaudited)   For the Three Months EndedSeptember 30,2011       October 1,2010OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ 140 $ 149 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 182 189 Share-based compensation 12 13 Loss on redemption of debt 5 24 Gain on sale of property and equipment (10 ) -- Deferred income taxes -- 8 Other non-cash operating activities, net 10 (7 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Accounts receivable, net 49 (111 ) Inventories 47 14 Accounts payable (298 ) 159 Accrued employee compensation (57 ) (136 ) Accrued expenses, income taxes and warranty 12 10 Other assets and liabilities   68     (67) Net cash provided by operating activities   160     245   INVESTING ACTIVITIES Acquisition of property, equipment and leasehold improvements (218 ) (358 ) Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment 8 -- Purchases of short-term investments (254 ) (80 ) Sales of short-term investments 214 38 Maturities of short-term investments 87 11 Change in restricted cash and investments 14 12 Other investing activities, net ―   (2) Net cash used in investing activities   (149)   (379)FINANCING ACTIVITIES Repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations (34 ) (362 ) Repurchases of ordinary shares (128 ) ― Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares under employee stock plans 26 16 Dividends to shareholders   (78)― Net cash used in financing activities   (214)   (346)   Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (203 ) (480 ) Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period   2,677     2,263   Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period $2,474   $1,783   Use of non-GAAP financial information To supplement the condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company provides non-GAAP measures of net income and diluted net income per share, which are adjusted from results based on GAAP to exclude certain 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 expenses, gains and losses that the Company believes are not indicative of its core operating results and because it is consistent with the financial models and estimates published by financial analysts who follow the Company. These non-GAAP results are some of the primary 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 for, or superior to, GAAP results. These non-GAAP measures may differ from the non-GAAP measures reported by other companies in the Company's industry.     SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLCADJUSTMENTS TO GAAP NET INCOME AND DILUTED NET INCOME PER SHARE(In millions, except per share amounts)(Unaudited)   For the Three Months EndedSeptember 30, 2011       October 1, 2010   GAAP net income $ 140 $ 149 Non-GAAP adjustments: Total operating expenses A (6 ) 7 Other expense, net B   12     24   Non-GAAP net income $146   $180   Diluted net income per share: GAAP $ 0.32 $ 0.31   Non-GAAP $ 0.34 $ 0.37   Shares used in diluted net income per share calculation: 433 487 A For the three months ended September 30, 2011, Product development and Marketing and administrative expenses on a GAAP basis totaled $313 million for the September quarter, while non-GAAP Product development and Marketing and administrative expenses, which excludes the net impact of certain adjustments was $319 million. The non-GAAP adjustments reflect the net impact from the reversal of previously accrued litigation costs and a gain on the sale of a building, offset by costs associated with the previously announced transaction with Samsung and an adjustment to the expected exit costs related to certain sub-leased facilities. For the three months ended October 2, 2010, non-GAAP adjustments to Total operating expense reflect the impact from amortization of purchased intangible assets acquired in acquisitions and an adjustment to exit costs related to certain sub-leased facilities. B For the three months ended September 30, 2011, non-GAAP adjustments to Other expense for the quarter on a GAAP basis was an expense of $84 million, which includes a $5 million loss related to the early retirement of $30 million of the principal amount of our 10% secured notes and a $7 million write-down of an equity investment. Excluding these items, non-GAAP other income and expense was $72 million. For the three months ended October 1, 2010, non-GAAP adjustments to Other expense, net reflect a $24 million loss related to the early retirement of our 5.75% Subordinated Debentures and 2.375% Convertible Senior Notes. Seagate TechnologyMedia Relations:Brian Ziel, 408-658-1540brian.ziel@seagate.comorInvestor Relations:Rod Cooper,