Western Digital Corp. today reported record revenue of $2.2 billion, record hard drive shipments of 44.1 million units and net income of $288 million, or $1.25 per share, for its first fiscal quarter ended Oct. 2, 2009. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $2.1 billion, unit shipments of 39.4 million, and net income of $211 million.
The company generated $434 million in cash from operations during the first quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $2.1 billion.
“For the second consecutive quarter, demand for hard drives was stronger than expected as the positive industry conditions that materialized in the June quarter continued throughout the September quarter,” said John Coyne, president and chief executive officer. “We believe this demand is being driven primarily by consumers as a result of the growing social media phenomenon. This is creating demand in mobile and desktop PCs, branded products and enterprise storage. Hard drive inventories remain at historically low levels, reflecting industry discipline in managing supply and demand.
“In the September quarter, we leveraged our organization-wide agility to respond to unexpectedly robust demand and again generated strong financial results. As we enter the December quarter, demand remains strong and our product line-up, availability and cost profile position us to benefit from continuing growth opportunities.”
Coyne noted that WD continues to realize tangible benefits from its investments in technology, products, processes and capacity over the last several years, enabled by the strongest balance sheet in the industry:
o The company continues to lead the industry in time-to-market volume shipments of leading capacity points in all segments of the ATA drive market with its WD Scorpio® Blue™ 1 TB, 750 GB and 640 GB hard drives utilizing 333 GB-per-platter technology. Additionally, the company leads the market with shipments of its 2 TB 3.5-inch hard drives to the near-line enterprise, desktop, CE and external storage markets.
o In branded products, WD continued to grow its business in fiscal Q1 even as it simultaneously refreshed its entire branded products line-up, positioning it well for continued growth entering the holiday season and in the year ahead. The company’s stylish, new offerings include smaller, smarter, more portable and secure My Passport™ and My Book® solutions that feature new WD SmartWare™ backup, synchronization and content visualization software, hardware encryption and an innovative e-label display.
o WD also expanded its line of media players with the introduction of the WD TV™ Mini Media Player, with support for RealVideo™ content playback, providing an affordable and convenient way for consumers to play their stored digital content, and the WD TV™ Live Media Player, featuring network connectivity and Full-HD 1080p resolution
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