Western Digital Announces Financial Results for Third Fiscal Quarter 2017

San Jose, Ca - April 27, 2017

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) today reported revenue of $4.6 billion, operating income of $525 million and net income of $248 million, or $0.83 per share, for its third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2017. The GAAP net income for the period includes charges associated with the company's recent acquisitions. Excluding these charges and after other non-GAAP adjustments, third quarter non-GAAP operating income was $1.0 billion and non-GAAP net income was $716 million, or $2.39 per share.

In the year-ago quarter, the company reported revenue of $2.8 billion, operating income of $88 million and net income of $74 million, or $0.32 per share. Non-GAAP operating income in the year-ago quarter was $347 million and non-GAAP net income was $317 million, or $1.35 per share.

The company generated $1.0 billion in cash from operations during the third fiscal quarter of 2017, ending with $5.8 billion of total cash, cash equivalents and available-for-sale securities. On Feb. 1, 2017, the company declared a cash dividend of $0.50 per share of its common stock, which was paid to shareholders on April 17, 2017.

"We reported strong financial performance in the March quarter, enabled by excellent operational execution by our team in a healthy market environment with good demand for all NAND based products, as well as for capacity enterprise and client hard drives," said Steve Milligan, chief executive officer.  "We also achieved targeted cost and efficiency improvements and improved our liquidity position with strong cash flow generation.

"With three consecutive quarters of strong financial results since completing the SanDisk acquisition, we are seeing continued validation of our growth strategy and our ongoing transformation into a comprehensive provider of diversified storage products and technologies. We have constructed a powerful platform with the broadest set of products, enabling us to be a leader in the storage industry. Our transformation provides us with the opportunity to not only compete in today's marketplace but also to be positioned to grow and thrive into the future."

The investment community conference call to discuss these results and the company's guidance for the fourth fiscal quarter 2017 will be broadcast live over the Internet today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific/5:30 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 fourth 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 94428076.

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 third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2017; market and demand trends; achievement of synergy goals associated with our acquisitions; our product portfolio and market position; and our growth strategy. 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 third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2017 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: uncertainties with respect to the company's business ventures with Toshiba; 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-Q filed with the SEC on Feb. 7, 2017, 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.

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Financial Statements

Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Quarterly Fact Sheet