The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 29 (Q4), Western Digital beat expectations on revenue and crushed expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue improved significantly and GAAP earnings per share improved significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Western Digital reported revenue of $4.75 billion. The 17 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $4.25 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 98% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.40 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $3.35. The 20 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $2.48 per share. GAAP EPS of $2.87 for Q4 were 335% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.66 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 31.0%, 1,150 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.7%, 1,130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 15.7%, 910 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $4.36 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $2.45.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $16.55 billion. The average EPS estimate is $8.01.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 1,286 members out of 1,362 rating the stock outperform, and 76 members rating it underperform. Among 283 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 269 give Western Digital a green thumbs-up, and 14 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Western Digital is outperform, with an average price target of $44.39.
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