Seagate Technology plc reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended December 30, 2016. For the second quarter, the Company reported revenue of $2.9 billion, gross margin of 30.8%, net income of $297 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.00. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 31.8%, net income of $412 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.38.
During the second quarter, the Company generated $656 million in cash flow from operations, paid cash dividends of $188 million, and repurchased 4.1 million ordinary shares for $147 million. Cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments totaled approximately $1.7 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 295 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.
“The Company’s product execution, operational performance, and financial results improved every quarter throughout 2016. In the December quarter we achieved near record results in gross margin, cash flow, and profitability. Seagate’s employees are to be congratulated for their incredible effort,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Looking ahead, we are optimistic about the long-term opportunities for Seagate’s business as enterprises and consumers embrace and benefit from the shift of storage to cloud and mobile applications. Seagate is well positioned to work with the leaders in this digital transformation with a broad market-leading storage solution portfolio.”