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Western Digital Likely For Sharp Revenue Decline Taking Cue From Seagate, Intel & Microsoft, Analyst Says

  • Credit Suisse analyst Shannon Cross reiterated Neutral on Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDCwith a $42 price target.

  • Western Digital will likely report 2Q23 results after the market on Jan. 31, 2023.

  • The analyst estimates 2Q23 revenue of $2.93 billion (down 39% Y/Y), vs. consensus of $2.98 billion and guidance between $2.9 billion - $3.1 billion.

  • Cross believes demand remains weak across most end markets (e.g., PCs, smartphones, cloud, smart video). However, management pointed to better visibility weekly at its Annual Technology Conference in November.

  • The analyst estimates HDD revenue declined 33% Y/Y to $1.48 billion, reflecting inventory digestion at cloud and OEM customers and ongoing weakness in China, taking a cue from Seagate Technology Holdings PLC's (NASDAQ: STX2Q23 results.

  • Cross estimate Flash revenue declined 45% Y/Y to $1.44 billion driven by a deteriorating pricing environment (NAND pricing was down >20% Q/Q), continued weak smartphone and notebook demand, and cloud digestion taking a cue from Intel Corp (NASDAQ: INTC) and Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT).

  • Cross expects signs of meaningful demand recovery to begin in 4Q23 (June).

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  • The analyst estimated gross margin declined 1,364 bps Y/Y to 19.9%, mainly driven by underutilization charges, and the estimated operating margin was down 2,081 bps Y/Y to negative 2.6%.

  • As a result, the analyst estimates non-GAAP EPS of negative $(0.23) vs. consensus of negative $(0.15) and guidance between negative $(0.25) - $(0.05).

  • While management is confident this downcycle is temporary, the analyst thinks near-term uncertainty surrounding the strategic review will add to volatility.

  • Price Action: WDC shares traded lower by 1.82% at $44.15 on the last check Monday.

Latest Ratings for WDC

Date

Firm

Action

From

To

Mar 2022

Stifel

Maintains

Buy

Jan 2022

Mizuho

Maintains

Buy

Jan 2022

Barclays

Maintains

Equal-Weight

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