Stock in Focus: Western Digital Corporation (WDC)

Company Profile:

Western Digital Corporation develops, manufactures, and sells data storage devices and solutions in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, rest of Asia, and internationally. It offers client devices, including hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) for computing devices, such as desktop and notebook personal computers (PCs), smart video systems, gaming consoles, and set top boxes; flash-based embedded storage products for mobile phones, tablets, notebook PCs, and other portable and wearable devices, as well as automotive, Internet of Things, industrial, and connected home applications; and flash-based memory wafers. The company also provides enterprise helium hard drives; enterprise SSDs consisting of flash-based SSDs and software solutions for use in enterprise servers, on-line transactions, data analysis, and other enterprise applications; drives are used for data storage systems and tiered storage models; and data storage platforms. In addition, it offers client solutions, such as external HDD storage products in mobile and desktop form; client portable SSDs; removable cards that are used in consumer devices comprising mobile phones, tablets, imaging systems, and cameras and smart video systems; universal serial bus flash drives for use in the computing and consumer markets; and wireless drive products used in-field back up of created content, as well as wireless streaming of high-definition movies, photos, music, and documents to tablets, smartphones, and PCs. The company sells its products under the Western Digital, SanDisk, and WD brands to original equipment manufacturers, distributors, dealers, resellers, and retailers. Western Digital Corporation was founded in 1970 and is headquartered in San Jose, California.

Recent News:

The company reported fiscal first quarter 2023 revenue was $3.74 billion, above the midpoint of guidance. GAAP earnings per share (EPS) was $0.08 and Non-GAAP EPS was $0.20, non-GAAP EPS was impacted by higher tax rate. GAAP operating income was $158 million and Non-GAAP operating income was $307 million. The company expected fiscal second quarter 2023 revenue to be in the range of $2.90 billion to $3.10 billion with Non-GAAP EPS in the range of $(0.25) to $0.05.

The company reported fiscal fourth quarter 2022 revenue was $4.53 billion, down 8% year-over-year (YoY). Cloud revenue increased 5%, Client revenue declined 14%, and Consumer revenue declined 23% YoY. Fiscal year 2022 revenue was $18.79 billion, up 11% YoY. GAAP earnings per share (EPS) was $0.95 and Non-GAAP EPS was $1.78. Fiscal year 2022 GAAP EPS was $4.75 and non-GAAP EPS was $8.22.


Fundamental Analysis:

Ninestocks analyzes several different financial aspects:

Price to Book Value – P/BV, a ratio used to compare book value to its current market price, to gauge whether a stock is valued properly.


Price to Earnings – PE, the ratio for valuing a company that measures its current share price relative to its earnings per share (EPS).


Discounted cash flow – DCF, a valuation method used to estimate the value of an investment based on its expected future cash flows.


Return on Assets – ROA, indicates how profitable a company is in relation to its total assets, how efficiently uses assets to generate a profit.


Return on Equity – ROE, a measure of financial performance calculated by dividing net income by equity. a gauge of profitability and efficiency.


Debt to Equity – evaluate financial leverage, reflects the ability of equity to cover outstanding debts in the event of a business downturn.



WDC receives outperform rating in price to book value, price to earnings, discounted cash flow and debt to equity. Technical indicators signal the bullish signs, as there is a bullish crossover in the Stochastic oscillator, the MACD is trying to cross back up and the RSI(14) stands at 49.2 with positive bias. We rate Western Digital Corporation (WDC) a BUY.

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