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 Could cut costs, after Submitting lower-than-expected quarterly results due to waning demand for its data storage Apparatus used in smartphones.

The organization’s shares reversed course after the remarks on a post-earnings forecast to trade 8% higher in extended trading. They fell as much as 5 per cent sooner.

Chief Executive Officer Stephen Milligan stated on the forecast that the company expected revenues to improve in the latter portion of 2019 as cloud computing customers go back to more normal buying patterns and need from its other companies improve.

“WDC’s anticipation for the second half have raised investor hopes,” explained Kevin Cassidy, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus and Co..

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

“NAND flash cost is near the bottom in 1Q19 or even 1H19. I expect 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 and China’s slowing economy.

Adding to the gloomy outlook, Intel Corp on Thursday prediction current-quarter revenue and profit below analysts’ estimates and missed fourth-quarter sales expectations because of some slowing China.

Analysts on average were expecting $3.88 billion and earnings of 97 cents per share, based on IBES data from Refinitiv.

For the next 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 gain of $1.51 per share and earnings of $4.26 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.


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