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Western Digital (Western Digital) Free Cash Flow per Share : $-3.77 (TTM As of Mar. 2024)


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What is Western Digital Free Cash Flow per Share?

Western Digital's Free Cash Flow per Share for the three months ended in Mar. 2024 was $-0.12. Its Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2024 was $-3.77.

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The historical rank and industry rank for Western Digital's Free Cash Flow per Share or its related term are showing as below:

During the past 13 years, Western Digital's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 98.30% per year. The lowest was -73.70% per year. And the median was 2.35% per year.

WDC's 3-Year FCF Growth Rate is not ranked *
in the Hardware industry.
Industry Median: 6.7
* Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year FCF Growth Rate only.

Western Digital Free Cash Flow per Share Historical Data

The historical data trend for Western Digital's Free Cash Flow per Share can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Western Digital Free Cash Flow per Share Chart

Western Digital Annual Data
Trend Jun14 Jun15 Jun16 Jun17 Jun18 Jun19 Jun20 Jun21 Jun22 Jun23
Free Cash Flow per Share
Get a 7-Day Free Trial Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 2.30 0.59 2.43 2.40 -3.87

Western Digital Quarterly Data
Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22 Dec22 Mar23 Jun23 Sep23 Dec23 Mar24
Free Cash Flow per Share Get a 7-Day Free Trial Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only -1.58 -0.59 -2.32 -0.75 -0.12

Competitive Comparison of Western Digital's Free Cash Flow per Share

For the Computer Hardware subindustry, Western Digital's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow, along with its competitors' market caps and Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.


Western Digital's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Distribution in the Hardware Industry

For the Hardware industry and Technology sector, Western Digital's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where Western Digital's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow falls into.



Western Digital Free Cash Flow per Share Calculation

Free Cashflow per Share is the amount of Free Cashflow per outstanding share of the company's stock.

Free Cash Flow is considered one of the most important parameters to measure a company's earnings power by value investors because it is not subject to estimates of Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (DDA). However, when we look at the Free Cash Flow, we should look from a long term perspective, because any year's Free Cash Flow can be drastically affected by the spending on Property, Plant, & Equipment (PPE) of the business in that year. Over the long term, Free Cash Flow should give pretty good picture on the real earnings power of the company.

Note: GuruFocus does not calculate Free Cash Flow Per Share when Capital Expenditure is 0.

Western Digital's Free Cash Flow Per Share for the fiscal year that ended in Jun. 2023 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow Per Share(A: Jun. 2023 )
=(Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure)/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=(-408+-821)/318.000
=-1229/318.000
=-3.86

Western Digital's Free Cash Flow Per Share for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2024 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow Per Share(Q: Mar. 2024 )
=(Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure)/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=(58+-97)/335.000
=-39/335.000
=-0.12

Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2024 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $-3.77

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Western Digital  (NAS:WDC) Free Cash Flow per Share Explanation

Free Cash Flow is very close to Warren Buffett's definition of Owner's Earnings, except that in Warren Buffett's Owner's Earnings, the spending for Property, Plant, and Equipment is only for maintenance (replacement), while in the Free Cash Flow calculation, the cost of new Property, Plant, and Equipment due to business expansion is also deducted. There, Free Cash Flow is more conservative than Owner's Earnings.

In Don Yacktman's calculation of forward rate of return, he uses Free Cash Flow for the calculation. Yacktman explained the forward rate of return concept in detail in his interview with GuruFocus. Yacktman defines forward rate of return as the normalized free cash flow yield plus real growth plus inflation.

This is what Yacktman said in his March 2012 interview - when the S&P 500 was at 1400:

If the business is stable, this calculation is fairly straightforward. For instance, on the S&P 500 we would normalize earnings. We would then calculate what percentage of those earnings are not reinvested in the underlying businesses and are therefore free. Historically, for the S&P 500, this has been just under 50% of earnings. Currently, we expect the S&P to earn about 70 on a normalized basis, a number which is far below reported earnings due to our adjusting for record high profit margins. $70 X ½ / 1400 gives you a normalized free cash flow yield of approximately 2.5%.

The historical real growth rate of the S&P 500 (companies) is about 1.5%. Assuming an inflation rate of 2.5%, the forward rate of return on an investment in the S&P 500 is about 6.5% today (2.5% free cash flow yield plus 1.5% real growth plus 2.5% inflation).

For the growth part of the Forward Rate of Return calculation, GuruFocus uses the 5-year average growth rate of EBITDA per share as the growth rate, and the growth rate is always capped at 20%. For the Free Cash Flow we use per share data averaged over seven years. The reason we use seven years is because research shows that seven years is the length of the typical business cycle.

Therefore, as of Jun23, Western Digital's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Jun23)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=1.71409524/68.24+-0.108
=-8.29 %

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Be Aware

Free Cash Flow within a report period can be affected by management's decisions of capital spending. Therefore, it is important to look at long term when it comes to Free Cash Flow.


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Western Digital (Western Digital) Business Description

Address
5601 Great Oaks Parkway, San Jose, CA, USA, 95119
Western Digital is a leading vertically integrated supplier of data storage solutions, spanning both hard disk drives and solid-state drives. In the HDD market it forms a practical duopoly with Seagate, and it is the largest global producer of NAND flash chips for SSDs in a joint venture with competitor Kioxia.
Executives
Robert Soderbery officer: EVP & GM, Flash Business C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Gene M. Zamiska officer: Principal Accounting Officer C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Reed B Rayman director 6775 LENOX CENTER COURT, SUITE 400, MEMPHIS TN 38115
David Goeckeler director, officer: Chief Executive Officer C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Wissam G Jabre officer: EVP & CFO C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Paula A Price director ONE CVS DRIVE, WOONSOCKET RI 02895
Miyuki Suzuki director C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Thomas Caulfield director C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Lori S Sundberg officer: EVP & Chief Human Res Officer 400 NORTH FIFTH STREET, PHOENIX AZ 85004
Michael Charles Ray officer: Sr. VP, Gen Cnsl & Secretary C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Sean Hunkler officer: EVP, Global Operations C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Michael D Cordano officer: President, HGST Subsidiary C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Stephen D Milligan officer: Sr. V.P. & CFO C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Matthew E Massengill director, officer: Chairman and CEO C/O WESTERN DIGITAL CORPORATION, 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119
Robert K Eulau officer: EVP & CFO 5601 GREAT OAKS PARKWAY, SAN JOSE CA 95119