Seagate Technology (STX) early Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter results that missed estimates on earnings and said it will cut its workforce by 8%. STX stock plunged on the news.


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The disk drive manufacturer reported adjusted earnings of 48 cents a share on revenue of  $2.04 billion. Analysts expected Seagate to report adjusted earnings of 71 cents on revenue of $2.1 billion.

Seagate announced plans to cut its workforce by 8% to approximately 3,000 employees, along with other cost-saving measures, for the quarter ended Sept 30.

STX stock dropped 8% to close at 53.39 on the stock market today.

“Global economic uncertainties and broad-based customer inventory corrections worsened in the latter stages of the September quarter, and these dynamics are reflected in both near-term industry demand and Seagate’s financial performance,” Seagate Chief Executive Dave Mosley said in a written statement.

STX stock is down about 54% this year.

STX: Quick And Decisive Action

Mosely went on to say: “We have taken quick and decisive actions to respond to current market conditions and enhance long-term profitability, including adjusting our production output and annual capital expenditure plans, and announcing a restructuring plan that will deliver meaningful cost savings while maintaining investments in the mass capacity solutions driving our future growth.”

Seagate expects its restructuring plan to be substantially completed by the end of its fiscal second quarter in 2023. It expects total pretax charges between $60 million and $70 million.

For its December quarter Seagate expects revenue of about $1.85 billion, with adjusted earnings  of about 15 cents. That’s far below estimates of $2.1 billion and adjusted earnings of 80 cents.

Seagate competitor Western Digital (WDC) reports earnings Thursday morning. STX stock is down about 54% this year.

STX stock has an IBD Composite Rating of 29 out of a possible 99.

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