Hard disk drive maker Seagate Technology PLC on Monday reported that profit dropped 27 percent in the fiscal first quarter.
During the first quarter, Seagate reported revenue of approximately $3.5 billion, gross margin of 28.0%, net income of $427 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.16. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 28.5%, net income of $473 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.29.
During the first quarter, the company generated approximately $682 million in operating cash flow, paid cash dividends of $135 million and repurchased 4 million ordinary shares for approximately $182 million. There were 359 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.
Subsequent to the first quarter, the company repurchased 32.7 million ordinary shares from Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. for approximately $1.5 billion.
"The solid financial results we achieved this quarter reflect the ongoing execution of our business model," said Steve Luczo, Seagate's chairman and chief executive officer. "While the challenges of technology transitions and macro uncertainty are driving us to manage our business conservatively, we remain focused on the fact that the demand for exabytes of storage continues to increase. We continue to invest in our market-leading storage technology portfolio to enable cloud, mobile and open source storage advancement as we believe these market trends represent new and significant opportunities for Seagate."