Western Digital Signals Revenue Rise in Second Half on Cloud Computing Demand

Western Digital Corp said on Thursday it expected Earnings to improve in the second half and would cut costs, after posting lower-than-expected quarterly results Because of waning demand for its data storage devices used in smartphones.

The organization’s shares reversed course after the comments on a post-earnings forecast to exchange 8% greater in extended trading. They fell as much as 5 percent earlier.

Chief Executive Officer Stephen Milligan stated on the forecast that the company expected earnings to improve in the latter part of 2019 as cloud computing customers return to more normal buying patterns and demand from its other companies enhance.

“WDC’s anticipation for the next half have increased investor hopes,” said Kevin Cassidy, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus and Co..

Western Digital is targeting $800 million (approximately Rs. 5,700 crores) at annualised reductions in non-GAAP price and expenses, Milligan stated on the post-earnings call, adding that the company is accelerating the closure of a plant.

“NAND flash cost is close to the bottom in 1Q19 or 1H19. I anticipate price reductions to increase cost reduction in 2H19,” said Summit Insight Group analyst Kinngai Chan.

Investors have been watching Western Digital’s results after South Korea’s SK Hynix, the world’s second-biggest memory chipmaker, flagged a challenging first half due to US-China trade frictions along with China’s slowing economy.

Adding to the gloomy prognosis, Intel Corp on Thursday prediction current-quarter earnings and profit below analysts’ estimates and overlooked fourth-quarter sales expectations due to a slowing China.

Western Digital said it anticipates third-quarter revenue between $3.60 billion and $3.80 billion and earnings of 40 cents to 60 cents per share.

For the second quarter, the business reported a adjusted earnings of $1.45 per share. Revenue dropped 21 percent to $4.23 billion.

Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.51 per share and earnings of $4.26 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.