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Western Digital Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

August 20, 2012 | About:

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ:WDC) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-06-29.

Western Digital Corp. has a market cap of $11.83 billion; its shares were traded at around $45.45 with a P/E ratio of 5.95 and P/S ratio of 0.95. Western Digital Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 31.9% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Western Digital Corp. the business predictability rank of 4.5-star.

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In 2012, our net revenue increased by 31% to $12.5 billion on hard drive shipments of 202 million units as compared to $9.5 billion and 207 million units in 2011. Operations from HGST contributed $3.1 billion in net revenue. In 2012, 19% of our hard drive revenue was derived from non-compute and enterprise markets, which include CE products, enterprise applications, and branded products, as compared to 27% in the prior-year period. Hard drive ASP increased to $62 in 2012 from $45 in 2011. Gross margin percentage increased to 29.2% in 2012 from 18.8% in 2011. Operating income increased from $781 million in 2011 to $1.8 billion in 2012, which included a net $214 million of charges related to the flooding, $80 million of impairments and other charges and $54 million of expenses related to the acquisition of HGST. As a percentage of net revenue, operating income was 14.2% in 2012 compared to 8.2% in 2011. Net income in 2012 was $1.6 billion, or $6.58 per diluted share, compared to $726 million, or $3.09 per diluted share, in 2011.

Operating Expenses. Total research and development (R&D) expense and selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense increased to 12.6% of net revenue in 2012 compared to 10.6% in 2011. R&D expense was $1.1 billion in 2012, an increase of $352 million, or 50%, over the prior year. This increase in R&D expense was primarily due to increased expense related to the business of HGST and the continued investment in product development to support new programs. As a percentage of net revenue, R&D expense increased to 8.5% in 2012 compared to 7.4% in 2011. SG&A expense was $518 million in 2012, an increase of $211 million, or 69%, as compared to 2011. This increase in SG&A expense was primarily due to increased expense related to the business of HGST, the expansion of sales and marketing to support new products and growing markets, $37 million of incremental expenses related to the acquisition of HGST and $15 million for amortization of intangibles related to the Acquisition. SG&A expense as a percentage of net revenue increased to 4.2% in 2012 compared to 3.2% in 2011.

Other Income (Expense). Other expense, net was $14 million in 2012 compared to $1 million in 2011. Interest expense increased from $10 million in 2011 to $26 million in 2012, primarily due to interest on a higher debt balance and a $5 million increase in debt commitment fees incurred prior to the closing of the Acquisition, offset by $4 million of gains on sales of our investments. Interest income increased from $9 million in 2011 to $12 million in 2012 due to higher average daily invested cash balances.

Operating Expenses. Total R&D expense and SG&A expense increased to 10.6% of net revenue in 2011 compared to 8.9% in 2010. R&D expense was $703 million in 2011, an increase of $92 million, or 15% over the prior year. As a percentage of net revenue, R&D expense increased to 7.4% in 2011 compared to 6.2% in 2010. This increase in R&D expense was primarily due to the continued investment in product development to support new programs. SG&A expense was $307 million in 2011, an increase of $42 million, or 16%, as compared to 2010. SG&A expense as a percentage of net revenue increased to 3.2% in 2011 compared to 2.7% in 2010. This increase in SG&A expense was primarily due to the expansion of sales and marketing to support new products and growing markets as well as $17 million of expenses related to the acquisition of HGST.

Net cash used in investing activities for 2012 was $4.2 billion as compared to $793 million for 2011 and $986 million for 2010. During 2012, cash used in investing activities consisted of $3.5 billion, net of cash acquired, used for the acquisitions, $76 million of proceeds related to the sale of equipment, and capital expenditures of $717 million. During 2011, cash used in investing activities consisted of capital expenditures of $778 million and $15 million for equipment related to the acquisition of a semiconductor wafer fabrication facility. During 2010, cash used in investing activities consisted primarily of $737 million for capital expenditures, $233 million used for the acquisition of the magnetic media sputtering operations of Hoya and $20 million used for the acquisition of the land and building associated with the acquisition of a semiconductor wafer fabrication facility, offset by $3 million of sales related to our auction-rate securities.

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