Western Digital Announces Financial Results for First Fiscal Quarter 2017

Irvine, CA - October 26, 2016

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today reported revenue of $4.7 billion, operating income of $232 million and a net loss of $366 million, or $1.28 per share, for its first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016. The GAAP net loss for the period includes charges associated with the company's recent acquisitions and debt extinguishment charges related to its repricing and repayment of outstanding debt. Excluding these charges and other non-GAAP adjustments, first quarter non-GAAP operating income was $632 million and non-GAAP net income was $341 million, or $1.18 per share.

In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $3.4 billion, operating income of $322 million and net income of $283 million, or $1.21 per share. Non-GAAP operating income in the year-ago quarter was $405 million and non-GAAP net income was $366 million, or $1.56 per share.

The company generated $440 million in cash from operations during the first fiscal quarter of 2017, ending with total cash and cash equivalents of $4.1 billion. On Aug. 3, 2016, the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid to shareholders on Oct.17, 2016.

"We are pleased with our performance in the September quarter, the first full quarter as an integrated company following the SanDisk acquisition in May," said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer. "Demand for both hard drive and flash-based products was strong across all customer categories, driven by cloud and mobile applications, as well as better-than-expected PC market trends. We are encouraged by the uniformly positive response to the new Western Digital platform from our broadened customer base.

"The Western Digital team is executing very well against our top business objectives, including the integrations of the legacy HGST, SanDisk and WD operations, and our transition to next-generation NAND technology. We are on track to achieve our synergy goals associated with these integrations and our transition to 3D NAND continues to progress as planned."

The investment community conference call to discuss these results and the company's guidance for the second fiscal quarter 2017 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. Supplemental financial information, including the company's guidance for the second fiscal quarter 2017, will also be posted on the same website. The telephone replay number in the U.S. is 1-(855) 859-2056 or +1-(404) 537-3406 for international callers. The required passcode is 87154641.

About Western Digital

Western Digital is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. Financial and investor information is available on the company's Investor Relations website at investor.wdc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements concerning the company's preliminary financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016, integration activities from the company's acquisitions; achievement of our synergy goals associated with those acquisitions; and our transition to 3D NAND technology. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The preliminary financial results for the company's first fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2016 included in this press release represent the most current information available to management. The company's actual results when disclosed in its quarterly report on Form 10-Q may differ from these preliminary results as a result of the completion of the company's financial closing procedures; final adjustments; completion of the review by the company's independent registered accounting firm and other developments that may arise between now and the disclosure of the final results. Other risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the company's Form 10-K filed with the SEC on Aug. 29, 2016, to which your attention is directed. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect new information or events.

First Fiscal Quarter 2017 Financial Statements