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Seagate Technology Announces Preliminary Financial Information FOR FISCAL FIRST QUARTER 2016

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

CUPERTINO, CA October 15, 2015 Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a world leader in storage solutions, today announced selected preliminary financial information for its fiscal first quarter of 2016, which ended on October 2, 2015.

Seagate expects to report revenue of approximately $2.9 billion and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 24% for the fiscal first quarter 2016. The Company expects to report unit shipments for the fiscal first quarter of approximately 47 million and maintaining approximately 40% market share.

These preliminary results compare to the Companys previously forecasted range for fiscal first quarter of revenue of $2.9 to $3.1 billion and non-GAAP gross margin of approximately 27%. The difference in the Companys non-GAAP gross margin from its forecast was driven primarily by lower than expected intra-quarter demand for the Companys 4TB and 6TB nearline HDD products. Seagate announced its 8TB nearline HDD products in September and expects to increase its market participation in this growth segment over the next several quarters.

While Seagate had strong operating cash flows and made significant progress in cost containment in the September quarter, we are disappointed we did not execute a product portfolio that fully addressed the demand in the nearline market, said Steve Luczo, Seagates Chairman and CEO. Looking ahead, we are confident that our nearline product portfolio will be fully competitive by our fiscal third quarter.

Non-GAAP operating expenses for the fiscal first quarter are expected to be approximately $500 million, below previously forecasted non-GAAP operating expenses of approximately $515 million due to better cost containment.

First fiscal quarter cash flow from operations is expected to be approximately $800 million. During the quarter, the Company redeemed approximately 20 million shares and cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short term investments totaled approximately $1.9 billion at the end of the quarter.

Conference Call Details for Fiscal First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Seagate will report its fiscal first quarter 2016 financial results before the market opens on Friday October 30, 2015. The investment community conference call to discuss these results will take place that day at 6:00 a.m. Pacific/9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The live event can be accessed online at Seagates Investor Relations website at An archived audio webcast of this event will be available shortly following the event conclusion.

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