Seagate Technology plc recently reported financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 28, 2019.
“We continued to execute well in the June quarter in the midst of an uncertain global environment. We once again delivered on all of our financial expectations, while driving higher operating profit and earnings per share quarter-over-quarter, and demonstrating our ongoing focus on optimizing free cash flow,” said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s chief executive officer.
“As we enter our next fiscal year, global industry conditions have started to improve, particularly among cloud and hyperscale customers. Seagate is in a strong strategic position to address growing demand for mass storage. In March, we began shipping the industry’s highest capacity 16 terabyte drives. Qualifications are progressing well and we remain on track to ramp production in order to meet future demand. We have also begun to qualify our dual-actuator technology with multiple customers, which doubles drive performance while maintaining the same capacity. Seagate’s strong technology pipeline continues to deliver efficient and cost-effective solutions for customers to manage ever-increasing amounts of data.”
The Company generated $448 million in cash flow from operations and $297 million in free cash flow during the fiscal fourth quarter. For fiscal year 2019, the Company generated $1.8 billion in cash flow from operations and $1.2 billion in free cash flow. Seagate’s balance sheet is healthy and during the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company paid cash dividends of $174 million and repurchased 7.8 million ordinary shares for $350 million. For the full year, the Company paid cash dividends of $713 million and repurchased 21 million ordinary shares for $963 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $2.2 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 269 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.