Western Digital profit rises on tax benefit
Revenue up 26 per cent
Western Digital (WD), the world's second largest hard-disk drive maker, said fourth quarter profit has nearly doubled due to a tax gain and strong sales growth.
It reported a significant jump of $113m with Q4 net income of $233m, which represented $1.03 a share. For the same period a year ago the firm saw net income of $120m, or 53 cents a share.
WD's reported profit included a $147m income tax benefit.
Revenue also rose, said to be up 26 per cent to $1.4bn on shipments of 24.9 million units.
WD, which has been pushing to become vertically integrated like its rivals Seagate and Hitachi GST, agreed to acquire media supplier Komag in a $1bn deal in June this year.
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