Western Digital (ticker: WDC) posted income of $4.1 billion within the quarter ended March 31, down 1% from a 12 months in the past however forward of the guidance range of $3.Eight billion to $4.05 billion. Non-GAAP income have been $1.02 a share, effectively above the corporate’s forecast of 55 cents to 75 cents.
The firm mentioned the sturdy outcomes mirrored “increasing momentum” for each “energy assisted drives” and present era solid-state drives, as effectively as “improving NAND flash pricing trends.”
For the June quarter, Western sees income of $4.Four billion to $4.6 billion, with non-GAAP income of $1.30 to $1.60 a share, above the Street consensus forecast at $4.Three billion and $1.02 a share.
Western mentioned its shopper units enterprise had income of $2 billion, up 10% from a 12 months in the past, pushed by “continued strength in notebook and desktop PC demand, as well the ramp of new game consoles.
Data center devices had revenue of $1.2 billion, down 19%, although the company said it had sequential growth with its NVMe (nonvolatile memory express, a connection standard for certain memory devices) enterprise solid-state drives at an unspecified “cloud titan.” (That is outwardly a reference to one of many huge three cloud corporations—
or Google.) The firm added that “qualifications of Western Digital’s energy-assisted hard drives have also been completed with nearly all cloud and enterprise customers, including all cloud titans.”
The firm mentioned its shopper options phase had income of $888 million, up 8%, pushed by energy in merchandise offered at retail.
In an interview with Barron’s, Western Digital CEO
mentioned that flash reminiscence machine pricing continues to strengthen, and he says Western has been capable of increase costs for shopper merchandise offered by retailers and distributors on weekly, and in some circumstances, every day foundation. “We’re able to react to market changes, and shift supply to where there’s more market opportunity,” he says.
Goeckeler declined to supply a long-term outlook for reminiscence costs, however he did says that the corporate continues to see “a strong demand environment.” He provides that provide constraints should not actually a problem for the corporate – though the corporate makes use of micro-controllers and different elements which might be in brief provide. “We’re managing through all of that,” he says.
Goeckeler wouldn’t touch upon current hypothesis that the corporate might purchase Kioxia, its Japan-based flash manufacturing three way partnership associate. He says the partnership “is fantastic,” and consists of R&D as effectively as manufacturing. He notes that the 2 corporations collectively are the most important flash reminiscence producer on the planet. “In this business, you want scale,” he says.
Meanwhile, Goeckeler notes that there’s been a small however noticeable choose up in demand for top capability disk-drivers from a brand new crypto foreign money referred to as Chia that requires cash to be “farmed” fairly than “mined,” with a strategy that requires massive capability drives.
Western Digital shares in late buying and selling have rallied 6.9%, to $76.
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