Western Digital Will Separate Its HDD and Flash Businesses in 2024

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Western Digital has revealed that it will be separating its HDD and Flash businesses. The plan, which was “unanimously” approved by the company’s Board of Directors and targeted for the second half of calendar year 2024, will result in the formation of two independent, public companies, which, according to a press release that Western Digital shared on October 30, is designed to improve both businesses and unlock further value for shareholders. Western Digital currently sells as many as 70 HDDs for the consumer space, including the G-RAID MIRROR, a SanDisk-branded product that recently launched with storage capacities of up to 44 TB.

“Our HDD and Flash businesses are both well positioned to capitalize on the data storage industry’s significant market dynamics, and as separate companies, each will have the strategic focus and resources to pursue opportunities in their respective markets. Importantly, separating these franchises will unlock significant value for Western Digital shareholders, allowing them to participate in the upside of two industry leaders with distinct growth and investment profiles,” said David Goeckeler, CEO, Western Digital.

“We have already laid important groundwork by building market-leading portfolios and enhancing the operational efficiency of each business, including the creation of separate Flash and HDD product business units and separating operational capabilities over the past several years,” he added. “Additionally, we now have strong product, operational, and financial leadership in place to execute this plan successfully. Each business is in a solid position to succeed on its own, and the actions we are announcing today will further enable each company to drive long-term success in the years to come.”

In completing its strategic review after fully evaluating a comprehensive range of alternatives, Western Digital has determined that to realize its full value, spinning off its Flash business is the best, executable alternative at this time. To that end, Western Digital believes the current timing for implementing a stand-alone separation strategy is advantageous in its efforts to create shareholder value as industry conditions improve.

Western Digital will host its first quarter fiscal year 2024 earnings results conference call on Monday, October 30 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time and will include discussion of the creation of two independent companies during this session. A webcast and related presentation providing additional clarity on the separation process and the financial characteristics of each business will be available at investor.wdc.com. The conference call will be archived and available on this website shortly after the call is complete.

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Tsing Mui
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