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Western Digital® Announces Q3 Revenue of $3.8 Billion and Non-GAAP Net Income of $514 Million, or $2.10 Per Share1


IRVINE, Calif. — Apr. 24, 2013 — Western Digital® Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today reported revenue of $3.8 billion, hard-drive shipments of 60.2 million and net income of $391 million, or $1.60 per share for its third fiscal quarter ended Mar. 29, 2013. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $514 million or $2.10 per share1. In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.0 billion, net income of $483 million, or $1.96 per share, and shipped 44.2 million hard drives. Non-GAAP net income in the year-ago quarter was $619 million, or $2.52 per share.2

The company generated $727 million in cash from operations during the March quarter, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $4.1 billion. During the quarter, the company utilized $243 million to buy back 5.2 million shares of common stock. On Feb. 14, the company declared a $0.25 per common share dividend, which was paid on Apr. 15.

“Strong execution by our HGST and WD subsidiaries drove outstanding results in the March quarter as we continue to capitalize on the secular growth of digital data,” said Steve Milligan, president and chief executive officer. “Overall industry demand was in line with our expectations. In our business, we saw strength in enterprise, stable performance in client and consumer electronics, and some anticipated seasonal softness in Branded Products.”

The investment community conference call to discuss these results will be broadcast live over the Internet today at 2 p.m. Pacific/5 p.m. Eastern. The live and archived conference call webcast can be accessed online at investor.wdc.com. The telephone replay number is 800-685-1235 in the U.S. or +1-203-369-3419 for international callers.

About Western Digital
Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its subsidiaries design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD®, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

This press release contains a forward-looking statement within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 concerning the growth of digital data. This forward-looking statement is based on management’s current expectations and is subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statement, including the impact of continued uncertainty and volatility in global economic conditions; supply and demand conditions in the hard drive industry; uncertainties concerning the availability and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; uncertainties related to the development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; business conditions and growth in the various hard drive markets; pricing trends and fluctuations in average selling prices; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the company’s recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on Feb. 1, 2013, to which your attention is directed. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking statement, which speaks only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update this forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Financial Statements

Third Quarter Fiscal 2013 Quarterly Fact Sheet

1 Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter fiscal 2013 consists of GAAP net income of $391 million plus $49 million of amortization of intangibles related to the acquisition of HGST and $74 million related to employee termination benefits and other unrelated charges. Non-GAAP earnings per share of $2.10 for the third quarter is calculated by using the same 245 million diluted shares as is used for GAAP earnings per share. The tax effect of the aforementioned items was not material.
2 Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter fiscal 2012 consists of GAAP net income of $483 million plus $103 million for costs recognized upon the sale of inventory that was written-up to fair value and amortization of intangibles related to the acquisition of HGST, $34 million of acquisition-related expenses and $15 million for charges and expenses related to the flooding net of recoveries, less $16 million of tax effects related to the aforementioned items. Non-GAAP earnings per share of $2.52 for the third quarter is calculated by using the same 246 million diluted shares as is used for GAAP earnings per share.

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