Western Digital net income soars to $429 million

Posted on Friday, January 22 2010 @ 14:33 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Western Digital announced a fiscal Q2 net income of $429 million, or $1.85 per share, on revenue of $2.6 billion. The company did a lot better than a year ago, when it recorded a profit of $14 million on revenue of $1.8 billion. During the quarter the company shipped 49.5 million hard drives.
Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today reported revenue of $2.6 billion, hard drive shipments of 49.5 million units and net income of $429 million, or $1.85 per share, for its second fiscal quarter ended Jan. 1, 2010. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $1.8 billion, hard drive shipments of 35.5 million units, and net income of $14 million. The year-ago net income included $113 million of restructuring charges.

The company generated a record $557 million in cash from operations during the second quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $2.4 billion.

“We are very pleased with WD’s strong financial performance in our second fiscal quarter,” said John Coyne, president and chief executive officer. “For the third consecutive quarter, we increased output in a supply constrained environment, providing strong support of our customers’ growth opportunities, primarily in the consumer segment but, notably, with some emerging strength in the commercial sector. Continued customer preference for WD products, our timely investments in capital, the support of our supply partners and outstanding execution by the WD team generated record revenue and profits. A moderate pricing environment, combined with our passionate focus on cost and efficiency, enabled gross margins of 26.2 percent -- well above the high end of our model range.”

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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