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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K



(Mark One)    
ý   ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended July 1, 2011
OR
o   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                                  to                                   
Commission File No. 001-31560

SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANY
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

Ireland   98-0648577
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)

38/39 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin 2, Ireland
(Address of principal executive offices)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (353) (1) 234-3136



Securities registered pursuant to Section 12 (b) of the Act:

Title of Each Class   Name of Each Exchange
on Which Registered
Ordinary Shares, par value $0.00001 per share   The NASDAQ Global Select Market

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None



         Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. YES ý    NO o

         Indicate by check mark if the Registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. YES o    NO ý

         Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. YES ý    NO o

         Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 229.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). YES ý    NO o

         Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ý

         Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large accelerated filer ý   Accelerated filer o   Non-accelerated filer o
(Do not check if a
smaller reporting company)
  Smaller reporting company o

         Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). YES o    NO ý

         The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting ordinary shares held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of December 31, 2010, the last business day of the registrant's most recently completed second fiscal quarter, was approximately $5.8 billion based upon the closing price reported for such date by the NASDAQ.

         The number of outstanding ordinary shares of the registrant as of August 11, 2011 was 419,546,623.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

         Portions of the Proxy Statement to be delivered to shareholders in connection with our 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the "Proxy Statement") are incorporated herein by reference in Part III.


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Item
   
  Page No.

 

PART I

   

1.

 

Business

 
4

1A.

 

Risk Factors

 
18

1B.

 

Unresolved Staff Comments

 
38

2.

 

Properties

 
39

3.

 

Legal Proceedings

 
40

4.

 

(Removed and Reserved)

 
40

 

PART II

   

5.

 

Market for Registrant's Shares, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 
41

6.

 

Selected Financial Data

 
46

7.

 

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 
48

7A.

 

Qualitative and Quantitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 
67

8.

 

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 
69

9.

 

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

 
120

9A.

 

Controls and Procedures

 
120

9B.

 

Other Information

 
120

 

PART III

   

10.

 

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

 
121

11.

 

Executive Compensation

 
121

12.

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management

 
121

13.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

 
121

14.

 

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

 
121

 

PART IV

   

15.

 

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

 
122

 

SIGNATURES

 
123

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 
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PRESENTATION OF FINANCIAL AND OTHER INFORMATION

        Effective as of 1:30 p.m. PDT on July 3, 2010 (the "Effective Time"), Seagate Technology public limited company, an Irish public limited company, ("Seagate-Ireland") became the successor to Seagate Technology, an exempted company incorporated with limited liability under the laws of the Cayman Islands ("Seagate-Cayman"). In this Annual Report on Form 10-K (this "Form 10-K"), unless the context indicates otherwise, as used herein, the terms "we," "us," "Seagate," the "Company" and "our" refer to Seagate-Cayman and its subsidiaries for periods prior to the Effective Time and to Seagate-Ireland and its subsidiaries for periods after the Effective Time. References to "$" are to the United States dollar.

        We have compiled the market size in this Form 10-K using statistics and other information obtained from several third-party sources.

        Various amounts and percentages used in this Form 10-K have been rounded and, accordingly, they may not total 100%.

        We own or otherwise have rights to the trademarks and trade names, including those mentioned in this Form 10-K, used in conjunction with the marketing and sale of our products.


CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

        Some of the statements contained in this Form 10-K that are not historical facts, particularly in "Item 1. Business," "Item 1A. Risk Factors," "Item 3. Legal Proceedings," and "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," are statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended). Certain of these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "believes," "expects," "may," "are expected to," "will," "will continue," "should," "would be," "seeks" or "anticipates" or similar expressions or the negative thereof or other variations thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans or intentions. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current views and assumptions, and are conditioned upon and also involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those in such statements due to, among other factors:

    uncertainty in global economic conditions as customers may defer purchases in response to tighter credit and negative financial news;

    the impact of the variable demand and the pricing environment for disk drives, particularly in view of current business and economic conditions;

    our dependence on our ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell our disk drive products in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality, particularly the new disk drive products with lower cost structures;

    the impact of competitive product announcements and industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products;

    our ability to achieve potential cost savings from restructuring activities; and

    the risk that our recently announced transaction with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. ("Samsung") will not be consummated and the risk that we will incur significant costs in connection with the transaction (see Item 1A Risk Factors for risks related to our Pending Alignment with Samsung below).

        These risks and uncertainties include a variety of factors, some of which are beyond our control. Additional risks and uncertainties are set forth and are discussed in more detail in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of this Form 10-K. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this Annual Report on Form 10-K as anticipated, believed or expected. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made.

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PART I

ITEM 1.    BUSINESS

        We are the world's leading provider of hard disk drives based on revenue. We design, manufacture, market and sell hard disk drives. Hard disk drives, commonly referred to as disk drives, hard drives or HDDs, are devices that store digitally encoded data on rapidly rotating disks with magnetic surfaces. The performance attributes of disk drives, including their cost effectiveness, high quality, high storage capacities and energy efficiencies have resulted in disk drives being used as the primary medium for mass storage of electronic data.

        We produce a broad range of disk drive products addressing enterprise applications, where our products are designed for enterprise servers, mainframes and workstations; client compute applications, where our products are designed for desktop and notebook computers; and client non-compute applications, where our products are designed for a wide variety of end user devices such as digital video recorders (DVRs), personal data backup systems, portable external storage systems and digital media systems. In addition to manufacturing and selling disk drives, we provide data storage services for small- to medium-sized businesses, including online backup, data protection and recovery solutions.

Industry Overview

    Electronic Data Storage Industry

        The electronic data storage industry is comprised of companies that manufacture components or subcomponents designed for electronic data storage devices and companies that provide storage solutions through a variety of technologies such as disk drives, tape storage and semiconductor-based storage technologies such as flash memory. Participants in the electronic data storage industry include:

        Major subcomponent manufacturers.    Companies that manufacture components or subcomponents used in electronic data storage devices or solutions include companies such as Fuji Electric Device Technology Co., Ltd., Showa Denko K.K. and TDK Corporation, which supply heads and media to disk drive manufacturers; LSI Corporation and Marvell Technology Group Limited, which supply application specific integrated circuits (ASICs); and Hoya Corporation, which supplies glass substrates.

        Hardware storage solutions manufacturers.    Companies that transform components into storage products include disk drive manufacturers such as Seagate, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Toshiba Corporation and Western Digital Corporation; magnetic tape storage manufacturers such as Quantum Corporation; and semiconductor storage manufacturers such as Intel Corporation, Micron Technology, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SanDisk Corporation and STEC, Inc., whose operations include integrating flash memory into storage products such as solid state drives (SSDs).

        System integrators.    Companies that bundle and package storage components such as storage hardware and software into client compute, client non-compute or enterprise applications. Client compute original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) include Acer Inc., Apple Inc., Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company and Lenovo Group Limited; client non-compute OEMs include Apple Inc., DIRECTV Group, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Inc., Scientific-Atlanta Inc., Sony Corporation and TiVo Inc.; and enterprise storage system OEMs include EMC Corporation, Hewlett-Packard Company and NetApp, Inc. Distributors who integrate storage hardware and software into end-user applications are also included in this category.

        Storage services.    Another area within the electronic data storage industry is services and solutions related to the backup, archiving, recovery and discovery of electronic data.

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    Demand for Electronic Data Storage

        The electronic data storage industry has traditionally been focused on client compute applications. We believe that technological advances in storage technology and a proliferation of client non-compute applications such as digital video recorders, gaming devices, digital music players and digital cameras are driving the broad, global proliferation and growth of digital content through the:

    creation and sharing of all types of digital content, such as high-resolution photos, high definition video and movies and music by consumers and electronic data by enterprises;

    aggregation and distribution of digital content through services and other offerings such as YouTube, Facebook, Pandora, iTunes, Hulu and LinkedIn;

    network and video infrastructure, including broadband, internet protocol television (IPTV), cable and satellite that has enabled the access, hosting and distribution of such digital content;

    enjoyment and consumption of digital content through DVRs, handheld devices, tablets and gaming consoles, as well as in automobiles; and

    protection of digital content through storage on backup devices and storage services.

        As a result of these factors, the nature and amount of content being created requires increasingly higher storage capacity in order to store, manage, distribute, utilize and backup such content. This in turn has resulted in the rapid growth in demand for electronic data storage applications and solutions which we believe will continue to grow with the increased demand for electronic data storage, in developed countries as well as in emerging economies.

        We believe that demand for electronic data storage in the enterprise and traditional compute markets continues to grow as the proliferation of digital content in the consumer space has resulted in additional demand for storage by enterprises, including those that host, aggregate, distribute or share such content. Other factors driving demand for additional storage include:

    continued growth in cloud computing and backup services for enterprises seeking efficient and cost-effective methods of processing and storing mass data increases demand for storage as data centers expand and proliferate;

    increasing legal and regulatory requirements, which necessitate larger archives; and

    changes in the nature and amount of data being stored, such as the growing use of digital records in the healthcare industry

    Demand Trends for Disk Drives

        We believe that continued growth in digital content requires increasingly higher storage capacity in order to store, aggregate, host, distribute, manage, backup and use such content, which we believe will continue to result in increased demand for disk drive products. In addition, we believe the continued increase in demand for disk drives, in developed countries as well as in emerging economies, reflects the demand for real-time access to rich data and content driven by the impact of a highly mobile and increasingly connected user base. We believe these trends will continue as computing architectures evolve to serve the growing commercial and consumer user base throughout the world.

        Historically, the electronic data storage industry has introduced alternative technologies that directly compete with hard disk drives. SSDs, using NAND flash memory, are a potential alternative to disk drives in certain applications such as consumer handheld devices, tablets and portable external storage. NAND flash memory is a type of non-volatile storage technology. However, we believe that in the foreseeable future the traditional enterprise and client compute markets that require high capacity storage solutions, as well as the data intensive client non-compute markets, will continue to be best served by hard disk drives based on the industry's ability to deliver reliable, energy efficient and cost effective mass storage devices.

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        Disk Drives for Enterprise Storage.    We define enterprise storage as disk drives designed for mission critical applications and nearline applications.

        Mission critical applications are defined as applications that are vital to the operation of enterprises, requiring high performance, and high reliability disk drives. We expect the market for mission critical enterprise storage solutions to continue to be driven by enterprises moving network traffic to dedicated storage area networks in an effort to reduce network complexity and increase energy savings. We believe that this transition will lead to an increased demand for more energy efficient, smaller form factor disk drives. These solutions are comprised principally of high performance enterprise class disk drives with sophisticated firmware and communications technologies.

        Nearline applications are defined as applications that are capacity-intensive and require high capacity and energy efficient disk drives featuring low costs per gigabyte. We expect such applications, which include storage for cloud computing and backup services, will continue to grow and drive demand for disk drives designed with these attributes.

        SSD storage applications have been introduced as a potential alternative to redundant system startup or boot disk drives. In addition, enterprises are gradually adopting SSDs in applications where rapid processing and/or energy efficiency is required. The timing of significant adoption of SSDs is dependent on enterprises weighing the cost effectiveness and other benefits of mission critical enterprise disk drives against the perceived performance benefits of SSDs.

        Disk Drives for Client Compute.    We define client compute applications as disk drives designed for the traditional desktop and mobile compute applications. We believe that the increase in demand resulting from growing economies of certain countries and the continued proliferation of digital content will drive the demand for the client compute market.

        Disk Drives for Client Non-Compute.    We define client non-compute applications as disk drives designed for consumer electronic devices and disk drives used for external storage and network-attached storage (NAS). Disk drives designed for consumer electronic devices are primarily used in applications such as DVRs that require a higher capacity, low cost-per-gigabyte storage solution. Disk drives for external and NAS devices are designed for purposes such as personal data backup and portable external storage, and to augment storage capacity in the consumer's current desktop, notebook, tablet or DVR disk drive capacities. Client non-compute applications also include devices designed to display digital media in the home theater. We believe the proliferation of high definition and media-rich digital content will continue to create increasing consumer demand for higher storage solutions. As the proliferation of client non-compute applications that require minimal storage such as tablets continues, SSDs could become more competitive within the client compute market in the future.

    Industry Supply Balance

        From time to time the industry has experienced periods of imbalance between supply and demand. To the extent that the disk drive industry builds capacity based on expectations of demand that do not materialize, price erosion may become more pronounced. Conversely, during periods where demand exceeds supply, price erosion is generally muted. For the first half of fiscal year 2011, our industry experienced a period of relative balance between supply and demand. We also believe there was unmet demand in the last quarter of fiscal year 2011 due to a reaction to possible supply chain disruptions stemming from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. However, the industry returned to a relatively balanced supply environment at the end of the fiscal year.

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Disk Drive Technology

    Overview

        The design and manufacturing of disk drives depends on highly advanced technology and manufacturing techniques and therefore requires high levels of research and development spending and capital equipment investments. Manufacturing our disk drives is a complex process that begins with the production of individual components and ends with a fully assembled unit. We design, fabricate and assemble a number of the most important components found in our disk drives, including read/write heads and recording media. Our design and manufacturing operations are based on technology platforms that are used to produce various disk drive products that serve multiple data storage applications and markets. Our core technology platforms are focused around the areal density of media and read/write head technologies. Using an integrated platform design and manufacturing leverage approach allows us to deliver a portfolio of disk drive products to service a wide range of electronic data storage applications and a wide range of industries.

    Disk Drive Performance

        Disk drive performance is commonly differentiated by six key characteristics:

    storage capacity, commonly expressed in gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB), which is the amount of data that can be stored on the disk;

    spindle rotation speed, commonly expressed in revolutions per minute (RPM), which has an effect on speed of access to data;

    interface transfer rate, commonly expressed in megabytes per second, which is the rate at which data moves between the disk drive and the computer controller;

    average seek time, commonly expressed in milliseconds, which is the time needed to position the heads over a selected track on the disk surface;

    data transfer rate, commonly expressed in megabytes per second, which is the rate at which data is transferred to and from the disk; and

    product quality and reliability, commonly expressed in annualized return rates.

    Areal Density

        Areal density is a measure of storage capacity per square inch on the recording surface of a disk. The capacity of a disk drive is determined by the number of disks it contains as well as the areal density capability of these disks. We have been pursuing, and will continue to pursue, a number of technologies to increase areal densities across the entire range of our products for expanding disk drive capacities and reducing the number of disks and heads per drive to further reduce product costs.

Manufacturing

        Disk drive manufacturers are distinguished by their level of vertical integration, which is the degree to which they control the design and manufacture of the technology used in their products and by whether they are captive, producing disk drives for their own computer systems, or independent, producing disk drives as a stand-alone product.

        Vertically integrated hard drive manufacturers design and produce their own read/write heads and recording media, which are critical technologies for disk drives. This integrated approach enables manufacturers to lower costs and to improve the functionality of components so that they work together efficiently. In contrast, manufacturers that are not integrated purchase most of their components from third-party suppliers, upon whom they depend for key elements of their technological innovation and

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differentiation. This can limit their ability to coordinate technology roadmaps and optimize the component design process for manufacturing efficiency and product reliability while making them reliant on the technology investment decisions of their suppliers. Independent manufacturers can enjoy a competitive advantage over captive manufacturers in working with OEMs because they do not compete with OEMs for computer system sales. We believe the competitive dynamics of the disk drive industry favor vertically integrated, independent manufacturers with the scale to make substantial technology investments and apply them across a broad product portfolio and set of customers.

        We pursue a vertically integrated business strategy based on the ownership of critical component technologies, allowing us to maintain control over our product roadmap and component cost, quality and availability. We believe that because of our vertical design and manufacturing strategy, we are well suited to meet the challenges posed by the close interdependence of components for disk drives. Our manufacturing efficiency and flexibility are critical elements of our integrated business strategy. We continuously seek to improve our manufacturing efficiency and cost by:

    employing manufacturing automation to enhance our efficiency;

    improving product quality and reliability and reducing costs;

    integrating our supply chain with suppliers and customers to enhance our demand visibility and reduce our working capital requirements;

    coordinating between our manufacturing group and our research and development organization to rapidly achieve volume manufacturing; and

    rationalizing the facilities we operate and reducing the number of personnel we employ.

        A vertically integrated model, however, tends to have less flexibility when demand moderates as it exposes us to higher unit costs as capacity utilization is not optimized.

        Due to the significant challenges posed by the need to continually innovate and improve manufacturing efficiency and the continued demands on capital and research and development investments required to do so, the disk drive industry has undergone significant consolidation as disk drive manufacturers and component manufacturers merged with other companies or exited the industry. The increasing technological challenges, associated levels of investment and competitive necessity of large-scale operations may also drive future industry consolidation. Additionally, we may in the future face indirect competition from customers who from time to time evaluate whether to offer electronic data storage products that may compete with our products.

    Components and Raw Materials

        All of our disk drive products incorporate certain components, including a head disk assembly and a printed circuit board mounted to the head disk assembly, which are sealed inside a rigid base and top cover containing the recording components in a contamination controlled environment. We maintain a highly integrated approach to our business by designing and manufacturing a significant portion of the components we view as critical to our products, such as recording heads and media.

        Read/Write Heads.    The function of the read/write head is to scan across the disk as it spins, magnetically recording or reading information. The tolerances of recording heads are extremely demanding and require state-of-the-art equipment and processes. Our read/write heads are manufactured with thin-film and photolithographic processes similar to those used to produce semiconductor integrated circuits, though challenges in magnetic film properties and topographical structures are unique to the disk drive industry. We perform all primary stages of design and manufacture of read/write heads at our facilities. We use a combination of internally manufactured and externally sourced read/write heads, the mix of which varies based on product mix, technology and our internal capacity levels.

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        Media.    Information is written to the media, or disk, as it rotates at very high speeds past the read/write head. The media is made from non-magnetic material, usually aluminum alloy or glass, and is coated with a thin layer of magnetic material. We use a combination of internally manufactured and externally sourced finished media and aluminum substrates, the mix of which varies based on product mix, technology and our internal capacity levels. We purchase all of our glass substrates from third parties, which we use in the disk drives we make for mobile products.

        Printed Circuit Board Assemblies.    The printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) are comprised of standard and custom ASICs and ancillary electronic control chips. The ASICs control the movement of data to and from the read/write heads and through the internal controller and interface, which communicates with the host computer. The ASICs and control chips form electronic circuitry that delivers instructions to a head positioning mechanism called an actuator to guide the heads to the selected track of a disk where the data is recorded or retrieved. Disk drive manufacturers use one or more industry standard interfaces such as serial advanced technology architecture (SATA); small computer system interface (SCSI); serial attached SCSI (SAS); or Fibre Channel (FC) to communicate to the host systems. We outsource to third parties the manufacture and assembly of the PCBAs used in our disk drives. We do not manufacture any ASICs, but we participate in their proprietary design.

        Head Disk Assembly.    The head disk assembly consists of one or more disks attached to a spindle assembly powered by a spindle motor that rotates the disks at a high constant speed around a hub. Read/write heads, mounted on an arm assembly, similar in concept to that of a record player, fly extremely close to each disk surface and record data on and retrieve it from concentric tracks in the magnetic layers of the rotating disks. The read/write heads are mounted vertically on an E-shaped assembly (E-block) that is actuated by a voice-coil motor to allow the heads to move from track to track. The E-block and the recording media are mounted inside the head disk assembly. We purchase spindle motors from outside vendors and from time to time participate in the design of the motors that go into our products.

        Disk Drive Assembly.    Following the completion of the head disk assembly, it is mated to the PCBA, and the completed unit goes through extensive defect mapping and testing prior to packaging and shipment. Disk drive assembly and test operations occur primarily at facilities located in China and Thailand. We perform subassembly and component manufacturing operations at our facilities in China, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Thailand and in the United States in Minnesota. In addition, third parties manufacture and assemble components for us in various Asian countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, in Europe and in the United States.

        Suppliers of Components and Industry Constraints.    Due to industry consolidation, there are a limited number of independent suppliers of components, such as recording heads and media, available to disk drive manufacturers. Vertically integrated disk drive manufacturers, who manufacture their own components, are less dependent on external component suppliers than less vertically integrated disk drive manufacturers.

        Commodity and Other Manufacturing Costs.    The production of disk drives requires rare earth elements, precious metals, scarce alloys and industrial commodities, which are subject to fluctuations in prices and the supply of which has at times been constrained. During the latter part of fiscal year 2011, the industry experienced significant increases in the costs of rare earth elements, which are used in magnets as well as in the process for polishing glass substrates. In addition to increased costs of components and commodities, volatility in fuel costs may also increase our costs related to commodities, manufacturing and freight. As a result, we may increase our use of ocean shipments to help offset any increase in freight costs.

Products

        We offer a broad range of disk drive products for the enterprise, client compute and client non-compute market applications. We offer more than one product within each product family and

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differentiate products on the basis of price, performance, form factor, capacity, interface, power consumption efficiency, security features like full disk encryption and other customer integration requirements. Our industry is characterized by continuous and significant advances in technology which contribute to rapid product life cycles. We list our main current product offerings below.

    Enterprise Storage

        Cheetah SCSI/SAS/Fibre Channel Family.    Our Cheetah 3.5-inch disk drives ship in 10,000 and 15,000 RPM and in storage capacities ranging from 73GB to 600GB. Commercial uses for Cheetah disk drives include Internet and e-commerce servers, data mining and data warehousing, mainframes and supercomputers, department/enterprise servers and workstations, transaction processing, professional video and graphics and medical imaging.

        Savvio SCSI/SAS/Fibre Channel Family.    We are currently shipping our fifth generation Savvio 2.5-inch enterprise disk drive featuring increased throughput and improved energy efficiency, targeted at space optimized enterprise storage systems. Our Savvio disk drives ship in 10,000 and 15,000 RPM and in storage capacities ranging from 73GB to 900GB. We believe that end-user customers are increasingly adopting the smaller 2.5-inch form factor enterprise class disk drives, which allow the installation of more disk drives per square foot, thus facilitating faster access to data.

        Constellation ES SATA Family.    Our Constellation disk drives ship in both 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch and in storage capacities of up to 1TB and 3TB, respectively, at 7,200 RPM. The Constellation is designed for reference data environments that require high capacity, enterprise reliability, energy efficiency and optional security.

        Pulsar Family.    Our Pulsar family of products are performance-optimized solid state drives for high-value, critical data, requiring enterprise class endurance and reliability in capacities ranging from 50GB to 800GB.

    Client Compute

        Momentus ATA/SATA Family.    Our Momentus family of disk drives for mobile computing disk drive products ship in 5,400 and 7,200 RPM and in capacities ranging from 160GB to 1 TB. Momentus disk drives are used in notebooks for business, government, education and consumer applications. Consumer uses for Momentus disk drives also include tablets and digital audio applications. Our Momentus 7200.4 is a 7,200 RPM disk drive for high-performance notebooks. In addition, we are the industry leader in shipments of hybrid drives into the notebook market with our Momentus XT product line. Hybrid disk drives incorporate both a hard disk drive and NAND flash storage. The benefits of such drives are improved performance over hard disk drives, as well as higher capacity and lower cost compared to SSDs alone.

        Barracuda ATA/SATA Family.    Our Barracuda 3.5-inch disk drives ship in 5,400 and 7,200 RPM and in storage capacities of up to 2TB. Barracuda disk drives are designed for applications such as PCs, workstations and personal external storage devices.

    Client Non-Compute

        Pipeline HD and DB35 SATA Family.    We sell our 3.5-inch Pipeline HD and DB35 disk drives primarily for use in DVRs. These disk drives are optimized for leading-edge digital entertainment and range from 160GB to 2TB.

        Pipeline Mini SATA Family.    We sell our 2.5-inch, 5,400 RPM Pipeline Mini disk drives, with capacities ranging from 160GB up to 500GB, for use in low-profile DVRs, gaming consoles, home entertainment devices and small footprint media PCs.

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        We ship external backup storage solutions under our Free Agent Go™ and Free Agent Go Flex™ product lines. Both of these product lines utilize our 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch disk drives, which are available in capacities up to 3TB and 1TB, respectively.

Customers

        We sell our disk drives to major OEMs, distributors and retailers under our globally recognized brand names. We have longstanding relationships with many of our OEM customers, such as Hewlett-Packard Company, Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation.

        The following table summarizes our disk drive revenue by channel and by geography:

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
 
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
 

Revenues by Channel (%)

                   
 

OEM

    69 %   71 %   64 %
 

Distributors

    22 %   21 %   27 %
 

Retail

    9 %   8 %   9 %

Revenues by Geography (%)

                   
 

Americas

    29 %   26 %   28 %
 

EMEA

    20 %   22 %   27 %
 

Asia Pacific

    51 %   52 %   45 %

        OEM customers typically enter into master purchase agreements with us. These agreements provide for pricing, volume discounts, order lead times, product support obligations and other terms and conditions. The term of these agreements is usually 6 to 24 months; however they are generally cancelable for convenience by either party upon written notice. Our product support obligations generally extend substantially beyond the term of these agreements. These master agreements typically do not commit the customer to buy any minimum quantity of products or create exclusive relationships. Deliveries are scheduled only after receipt of purchase orders. In addition, with limited lead-time, customers may cancel or defer most purchase orders without significant penalty. Anticipated orders from many of our customers have in the past failed to materialize or OEM delivery schedules have been deferred or altered as a result of changes in their business needs.

        Our distributors generally enter into non-exclusive agreements for the resale of our products. They typically furnish us with a non-binding indication of their near-term requirements and product deliveries are generally scheduled accordingly. The agreements and related sales programs typically provide the distributors with limited right of return and price protection rights. In addition, we offer sales programs to distributors on a quarterly and periodic basis to promote the sale of selected products in the sales channel.

        Our retail channel consists of our branded storage products sold to retailers either by us directly or by our distributors. Retail sales made by us or our distributors typically require greater marketing support, sales incentives and price protection periods.

        In fiscal year 2011, Hewlett-Packard Company accounted for approximately 15% of consolidated revenue, while Dell Inc. accounted for approximately 13% of consolidated revenue. In each of fiscal years 2010 and 2009, Hewlett-Packard Company accounted for approximately 16% of consolidated revenue, while Dell Inc. accounted for approximately 11% of consolidated revenue. We have master purchase agreements in place with Hewlett-Packard Company and Dell Inc. that are cancelable for convenience by either party upon written notice, and do not require either customer to purchase any minimum or other specified quantity of our products. See "Item 1A. Risk Factors—Risks Related to Our Business—Dependence on Key Customers—We may be adversely affected by the loss of, or reduced, delayed or cancelled purchases by, one or more of our larger customers."

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Competition

        The markets that we compete in are intensely competitive. Disk drive manufacturers not only compete for a limited number of major disk drive customers but also compete with other companies in the electronic data storage industry that provide alternative storage solutions, such as flash memory, tape, optical and SSDs. Some of the principal factors used by customers to differentiate among electronic data storage solutions manufacturers are storage capacity, price per unit and price per gigabyte, storage/retrieval access times, data transfer rates, product quality and reliability, supply continuity, form factor, warranty and brand. We believe that our disk drive products are competitive with respect to each of these factors in the markets that we currently address.

        We summarize below our principal disk drive competitors, other competitors, the effect of competition on price erosion for our products, product life cycles and technology.

        Principal Disk Drive Competitors.    We have experienced and expect to continue to experience intense competition from a number of domestic and foreign companies, some of which have greater financial and other resources than we have. These competitors include independent disk drive manufacturers such as Western Digital Corporation, as well as large captive manufacturers such as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation. Because these captive manufacturers produce complete computer systems and other non-compute consumer electronics and mobile devices, they can derive a greater portion of their operating margins from other components, which may reduce their need to realize a profit on the disk drives included in their computer systems and may allow them to sell disk drives to third parties at very low margins. Many captive manufacturers are also formidable competitors because they have more resources and greater access to their internal customers than we do. In addition, competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Toshiba Corporation are increasingly integrating other storage technologies such as flash memory, hybrid disk drives and SSDs into their product offerings. Not only may they be willing to sell their disk drives at a lower margin to advance their overall business strategy, their portfolio may allow them to be indifferent to which technology prevails over the other as they can offer a broad range of storage media and solutions and focus on those with lowest costs and greatest sales. In addition to competing with our disk drive competitors, we also compete with companies such as Iomega Corporation (an EMC company) and LaCie S.A. that purchase disk drives from us and our competitors for use in their branded storage products.

        Other Competitors.    We also are experiencing competition from companies that provide alternative storage technologies such as flash memory and SSDs. In the flash memory market, primarily used in lower capacity handheld devices, our principal competitors include Micron Technology, Inc., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SanDisk Corporation and Toshiba Corporation. In enterprise applications, where SSDs are used for rapid processing and high volume transactions, our principal SSD competitors include Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Intel Corporation and STEC Inc., with others expected to enter in the near future.

        Price Erosion.    Our industry has been characterized by price declines for disk drive products with comparable capacity, performance and feature sets ("like-for-like products"). Price declines for like-for-like products ("price erosion") are more pronounced during periods of:

    economic contraction or industry consolidation in which competitors may use discounted pricing to attempt to maintain or gain market share;

    few new product introductions when multiple competitors have comparable or alternative product offerings;

    temporary imbalances between industry supply and demand; and

    seasonally weaker demand, which may cause excess supply.

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        Disk drive manufacturers typically attempt to offset price erosion with an improved mix of disk drive products characterized by higher capacity, better performance and additional feature sets and/or product cost reductions.

        We expect price erosion in our industry to continue. To remain competitive, we believe it is necessary for industry participants to continue to introduce new product offerings that utilize advanced technologies ahead of the competition in order to take advantage of potentially higher initial profit margins and reduced cost structures on these new products.

        Product Life Cycles and Changing Technology.    Our industry has been characterized by significant advances in technology, which have contributed to rapid product life cycles. As a result, success in our industry has been dependent to a large extent on the ability to be the first-to-market with new products, allowing those disk drive manufacturers who introduce new products first to benefit from improved product mix, favorable profit margins and less pricing pressure until comparable products are introduced. Also, because our industry is characterized by continuous price erosion, the existence of rapid product life cycles has necessitated quick achievement of product cost effectiveness. Changing technology also necessitates on-going investments in research and development, which may be difficult to recover due to rapid product life cycles and economic declines. Further, there is a continued need to successfully execute product transitions and new product introductions, as factors such as quality, reliability and manufacturing yields become of increasing competitive importance.

Seasonality

        The disk drive industry traditionally experiences seasonal variability in demand with higher levels of demand in the second half of the calendar year. This seasonality is driven by consumer spending in the back-to-school season from late summer to fall and the traditional holiday shopping season from fall to winter. In addition, corporate demand is typically higher during the second half of the calendar year. However, with volatility in fuel costs, the industry may be experiencing higher levels of demand earlier in the calendar year as customers attempt to take advantage of less expensive modes of transportation, which generally require longer lead times.

Research and Development

        We are committed to developing new component technologies, products and alternative storage technologies, including solid state technology. Our research and development focus is designed to bring new products to market in high volume, with quality attributes that our customers expect, before our competitors. Part of our product development strategy is to leverage a design platform and/or subsystem within product families to serve different market needs. This platform strategy allows for more efficient resource utilization, leverages best design practices, reduces exposure to changes in demand, and allows for achievement of lower costs through purchasing economies. Our advanced technology integration effort focuses disk drive and component research on recording subsystems, including read/write heads and recording media, market-specific product technology and technology focused towards new business opportunities. The primary purpose of our advanced technology integration effort is to ensure timely availability of mature component technologies to our product development teams as well as allowing us to leverage and coordinate those technologies in the design centers across our products in order to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace. During fiscal years 2011, 2010 and 2009, we had product development expenses of approximately $875 million, $877 million and $953 million, respectively, which represented 8%, 8% and 10% of our consolidated revenue, respectively.

Patents and Licenses

        As of July 1, 2011, we had 4,370 U.S. patents and 553 patents issued in various foreign jurisdictions as well as 1,093 U.S. and 444 foreign patent applications pending. The number of patents and patent

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applications will vary at any given time as part of our ongoing patent portfolio management activity. Due to the rapid technological change that characterizes the electronic data storage industry, we believe that, in addition to patent protection, the improvement of existing products, reliance upon trade secrets, protection of unpatented proprietary know-how and development of new products are also important to our business in establishing and maintaining a competitive advantage. Accordingly, we intend to continue our efforts to broadly protect our intellectual property, including obtaining patents, where available, in connection with our research and development program.

        The electronic data storage industry is characterized by significant litigation relating to patent and other intellectual property rights. Because of rapid technological development in the electronic data storage industry, some of our products have been, and in the future could be, alleged to infringe existing patents of third parties. From time to time, we receive claims that our products infringe patents of third parties. Although we have been able to resolve some of those claims or potential claims by obtaining licenses or rights under the patents in question without a material adverse affect on us, other claims have resulted in adverse decisions or settlements. In addition, other claims are pending, which if resolved unfavorably to us could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations. For more information on these claims, see "Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data—Note 13, Legal, Environmental, and Other Contingencies." The costs of engaging in intellectual property litigation in the past have been, and in the future may be, substantial, irrespective of the merits of the claim or the outcome. We have patent licenses with a number of companies. Additionally, as part of our normal intellectual property practices, we may be engaged in negotiations with other major electronic data storage companies and component manufacturers with respect to patent licenses.

Backlog

        In view of our customers' rights to cancel or defer orders with little or no penalty, we believe backlog in the disk drive industry is of limited indicative value in estimating future performance and results.

Environmental Matters

        Our operations are subject to U.S. and foreign laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment, including those governing discharges of pollutants into the air and water, the management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes and the cleanup of contaminated sites. Some of our operations require environmental permits and controls to prevent and reduce air and water pollution, and these permits are subject to modification, renewal and revocation by issuing authorities.

        We have established environmental management systems and continually update our environmental policies and standard operating procedures for our operations worldwide. We believe that our operations are in material compliance with applicable environmental laws, regulations and permits. We budget for operating and capital costs on an ongoing basis to comply with environmental laws. If additional or more stringent requirements are imposed on us in the future, we could incur additional operating costs and capital expenditures.

        Some environmental laws, such as the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (as amended, the "Superfund" law) and its state equivalents, can impose liability for the cost of cleanup of contaminated sites upon any of the current or former site owners or operators or upon parties who sent waste to these sites, regardless of whether the owner or operator owned the site at the time of the release of hazardous substances or the lawfulness of the original disposal activity. We have been identified as a potentially responsible party at several sites. At each of these sites, we have an assigned portion of the financial liability based on the type and amount of hazardous substances disposed of by each party at the site and the number of financially viable parties. We have fulfilled our responsibilities at some of these sites and remain involved in only a few sites at this time.

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        While our ultimate costs in connection with these sites is difficult to predict with complete accuracy, based on our current estimates of cleanup costs and our expected allocation of these costs, we do not expect costs in connection with these sites to be material.

        We may be subject to various state, federal and international laws and regulations governing the environment, including those restricting the presence of certain substances in electronic products. For example, the European Union ("EU") enacted the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, which prohibits the use of certain substances, including lead, in certain products, including disk drives, put on the market after July 1, 2006. Similar legislation has been or may be enacted in other jurisdictions, including in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, China, Japan and others. The European Union REACH Directive (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals, EC 1907/2006) also restricts substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in products.

        If we or our suppliers fail to comply with the substance restrictions, recycle requirements or other environmental requirements as they are enacted worldwide, it could have a materially adverse effect on our business.

Employees

        At July 1, 2011, we employed approximately 52,700 employees, temporary employees and contractors worldwide, of which approximately 45,500 employees were located in our Asian operations. We believe that our future success will depend in part on our ability to attract and retain qualified employees at all levels. We believe that our employee relations are good.

Financial Information

        Financial information for our reportable business segment and about geographic areas is set forth in "Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data—Note 12, Business Segment and Geographic Information."

Corporate Information

        On July 3, 2010, we consummated our previously announced reorganization pursuant to which Seagate Technology public limited company, a public limited company organized under the laws of Ireland, became the publicly traded parent of the Seagate corporate family. Prior to the reorganization our publicly traded parent was Seagate Technology, an exempted company incorporated with limited liability under the laws of the Cayman Islands.

Available Information

        Availability of Reports.    We are a reporting company under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "1934 Exchange Act"), and we file reports, proxy statements and other information with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The public may read and copy any of our filings at the SEC's Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. Because we make filings to the SEC electronically, the public may access this information at the SEC's website: www.sec.gov. This site contains reports, proxies and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC.

        Web Site Access.    Our website is www.seagate.com. We make available, free of charge at the "Investor Relations" section of our website, Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the 1934 Exchange Act as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically

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file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC. Reports of beneficial ownership filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the 1934 Exchange Act are also available on our web site. Information in, or that can be accessed through, our web site is not incorporated into this Form 10-K.

Executive Officers

        The following sets forth the name, age and position of each of the persons who were serving as executive officers as of August 4, 2011. There are no family relationships among any of our executive officers.

Name
  Age   Positions

Stephen J. Luczo

    54   Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Patrick J. O'Malley

    49   Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Robert W. Whitmore

    49   Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

William D. Mosley

    44   Executive Vice President, Operations

Albert A. "Rocky" Pimentel

    55   Executive Vice President, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

D. Kurt Richarz

    50   Executive Vice President, Sales

Kenneth M. Massaroni

    50   Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer

David H. Morton Jr. 

    39   Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Principal Accounting Officer

        Stephen J. Luczo, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Luczo, 54, has served as President and CEO since January 2009, and continues to serve as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Luczo joined Seagate in October 1993 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. In September 1997, he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of our predecessor, Seagate Technology, Inc. and, in July 1998, he was promoted to CEO at which time he joined the board of directors of Seagate Technology, Inc. He was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2002. Mr. Luczo resigned as CEO effective as of July 3, 2004, but retained his position as Chairman of the Board. He served as non-employee Chairman from October 2006 to January 2009. From October 2006 until he rejoined us in January 2009, Mr. Luczo was a private investor. Prior to joining Seagate in 1993, Mr. Luczo was Senior Managing Director of the Global Technology Group of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., an investment banking firm, from February 1992 to October 1993.

        Patrick J. O'Malley, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. O'Malley, 49, has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since August 2008. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Finance from 2005 to August 2008, and assumed the additional roles of Principal Accounting Officer and Treasurer in 2006. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Consumer Electronics from 2004 to 2005; Senior Vice President, Finance, Manufacturing from 1999 to 2004; Vice President, Finance-Recording Media from 1997 to 1999; Senior Director Finance, Desktop Design, from 1996 to 1997; Senior Director, Finance, Oklahoma City Operations from 1994 to 1996; Director/Manager, Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis from 1991 to 1994; Manager, Consolidations & Cost Accounting from 1990 to 1991; Manager, Consolidations from 1988 to 1990; and Senior Financial Analyst in 1988.

        Robert W. Whitmore, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Whitmore, 49, has been Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since March 2011. Prior to that he was executive Vice President, Design and Operations from 2007 through March 2011; Executive Vice President, Product and Process Development from 2006 to 2007; Senior Vice President, Product and Process Development from 2004 to 2006; Senior Vice President, Product Development Engineering from 2002 to 2004; Vice President, Enterprise Storage Design Engineering from 1999 to 2002, Vice President and Executive Director, Twin Cities Manufacturing Operations from 1997 to 1999; Senior Director, Manufacturing Engineering, Singapore Operations from 1995 to 1997; and Senior Manager, Design Engineering, Twin Cities Division from 1992 to 1995.

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        William D. Mosley, Executive Vice President, Operations. Mr. Mosley, 44, has served as Executive Vice President, Operations since March 2011. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing from September 2009 through March 2011; Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management from February 2009 to September 2009; Senior Vice President, Global Disk Storage Operations from 2007 to 2009; Vice President, Research and Development, Engineering from 2002 to 2007; Senior Director, Research and Development, Engineering from 2000 to 2002; Director, Research and Development, Engineering from 1998 to 2000; and Manager, Operations and Manufacturing from 1996 to 1998.

        Albert A. "Rocky" Pimentel, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Mr. Pimentel, 55, joined Seagate in April 2011. Mr. Pimentel was previously a director of Seagate from 2009 until his resignation from the Board of Directors on April 7, 2011. Mr. Pimentel served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") at McAfee, Inc., from 2008 until he retired in August 2010. He served as the Executive Vice President and CFO of Glu Mobile from 2004 to 2008. Prior to joining Glu Mobile, Mr. Pimentel served as Executive Vice President and CFO at Zone Labs from 2003 to 2004, which was acquired by Check Point Software in 2004. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Pimentel was a partner with Redpoint Ventures. Mr. Pimentel also held the positions of Senior Vice President and CFO of WebTV Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft in 1997; from 1996 until 2001, Senior Vice President and CFO of LSI Logic Corporation from 1992 to 1996 and was part of the founding management team of Conner Peripherals, Inc., which was acquired by the Company in 1996.

        D. Kurt Richarz, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Mr. Richarz, 50, joined Seagate in May 2006, when we acquired Maxtor Corporation. He has served as our Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing since March 2011. Prior to that, he served as our Executive Vice President, Sales from May 2008 through March 2011;Executive Vice President, Sales and Customer Service Operations since from May 2006 to May 2008; Senior Vice President of Global OEM Sales from 2007 to 2008, and Vice President of Global OEM Sales from 2006 to 2007. At Maxtor Corporation, from 2002 to 2006, he served as Vice President, Global OEM Account Sales and Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. From 1990 to 2001, he served in various sales positions at Quantum Corporation.

        Kenneth M. Massaroni, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Massaroni, 50, was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer in July 2011. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from April 2008 through July 2011; Vice President and Acting General Counsel from December 2007 to April 2008; and Vice President of Intellectual Property from 2006 to December 2007. Prior to joining Seagate in 2006, Mr. Massaroni was vice president of law, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary at Scientific-Atlanta Inc. from 1997 to 2006. In addition, Mr. Massaroni has also held senior patent counsel positions at Motorola Inc. from 1993 to 1997, served as general counsel and secretary at Optical Imaging Systems, Inc. from 1990 to 1992 and as a patent attorney at Energy Conversion Devices Inc. from 1987 to 1990, and as an associate at the law firm of Collier, Shannon, Rill and Scott from 1992 to 1993.

        David H. Morton Jr., Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Principal Accounting Officer. Mr. Morton, 39, joined Seagate in 1995 and has served as our Vice President, Finance, Treasurer and Principal Accounting Officer since October 2009. Prior to that, he served as our Vice President of Finance, Sales and Marketing from March 2009 to October 2009; Vice President of Sales Operations from July 2007 to March 2009; Vice President of Finance, Storage Markets from October 2006 to July 2007; Executive Director of Consumer Electronics Finance from October 2005 to October 2006; and Executive Director of Corporate FP&A from June 2004 to October 2005. Prior to June 2004, Mr. Morton held a variety of progressively senior management positions within our finance organization.

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ITEM 1A.    RISK FACTORS

Risks Related to our Business

Macroeconomic Conditions—Changes in the macroeconomic environment have, and may continue to, negatively impact our results of operations.

        Due to the continuing uncertainty about current macroeconomic conditions, we believe our customers may postpone spending in response to tighter credit, unemployment, negative financial news and/or declines in income or asset values, which could have a material adverse effect on the demand for our products. Other factors that could influence demand include conditions in the residential real estate and mortgage markets, labor and healthcare costs, access to credit, consumer confidence and other macroeconomic factors affecting consumer spending behavior. These and other economic factors could have a material adverse effect on demand for our products and on our financial condition and operating results.

        In addition, the capital and credit markets continue to experience some measure of volatility and disruption, resulting in a tightening in the credit markets, a low level of liquidity in many financial markets and reduced stability in fixed income, credit, currency and equity markets. There could be a number of follow-on effects from the credit crisis on our business including our customers being less able to obtain financing to purchase our products.

Competition—Our industry is highly competitive and our products have experienced and will continue to experience significant price erosion and market share variability.

        The disk drive industry is intensely competitive and vendors typically experience substantial price erosion over the life of a product. Our competitors have historically offered existing products at lower prices as part of a strategy to gain or retain market share and customers, and we expect these practices to continue. We will need to continually reduce our prices for existing products to retain our market share, which could adversely affect our results of operations.

        We believe price erosion and market share variability will continue, as the industry engages in aggressive pricing actions targeted to shift customer demand to offset lower demand due to the deterioration in business and economic conditions.

        Our ability to offset the effect of price erosion through new product introductions at higher average prices is diminished to the extent competitors introduce products into particular markets ahead of our similar, competing products. This risk is particularly pronounced in markets where we have experienced lower market share, as is the case in the market for 2.5-inch ATA products. Our ability to offset the effect of price erosion is also diminished during times when product life cycles for particular products are extended, allowing competitors more time to enter the market.

        The growth of sales to distributors that serve producers of non-branded products in the personal storage sector may also contribute to increased price erosion. These customers generally have limited product qualification programs, which increases the number of competing products available to satisfy their demand. As a result, purchasing decisions for these customers are based largely on price and terms. Any increase in our average price erosion would have an adverse effect on our results of operations.

        Additionally, a significant portion of our success in the past has been a result of increasing our market share at the expense of our competitors, particularly in enterprise markets. Market share for our products can be negatively affected by our customers' diversifying their sources of supply as our competitors enter the market for particular products, as well as by our ability to ramp volume production of new product offerings. When our competitors successfully introduce product offerings that are competitive with our recently introduced products, our customers may quickly diversify their sources of supply. Any significant

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decline in our market share in any of our principal market applications would adversely affect our results of operations.

Principal Competitors—We compete with both independent manufacturers, whose primary focus is producing technologically advanced disk drives, and captive manufacturers, who do not depend solely on sales of disk drives to maintain their profitability.

        We have experienced and expect to continue to experience intense competition from a number of domestic and foreign companies, including other independent disk drive manufacturers, and large captive manufacturers. The term "independent" in this context refers to manufacturers that primarily produce disk drives as a stand-alone product, such as Western Digital Corporation, and the term "captive" in this context refers to manufacturers who themselves or through affiliated entities produce complete computer or other systems that contain disk drives or other electronic data storage products, such as Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Samsung Electronics Incorporated and Toshiba Corporation.

        Captive manufacturers are formidable competitors because they have the ability to determine pricing for complete systems without regard to the margins on individual components. As components other than disk drives generally contribute a greater portion of the operating margin on a complete computer system than do disk drives, captive manufacturers do not necessarily need to realize a profit on the disk drives included in a complete computer system and, as a result, may be willing to sell disk drives to third parties at very low margins. Captive manufacturers are also formidable competitors because they have more substantial resources than we do. Samsung and Hitachi (together with affiliated entities) also sell other products to our customers, including critical components like flash memory, ASICs and flat panel displays, and may be willing to sell their disk drives at a lower margin to advance their overall business strategy. To the extent we are not successful competing with captive or independent disk drive manufacturers, our results of operations will be adversely affected.

        In response to customer demand for high-quality, high-volume and low-cost disk drives, manufacturers of disk drives have had to develop large, and in some cases global, production facilities with highly developed technological capabilities and internal controls. The development of these large production facilities combined with industry consolidation can further increase the intensity of competition.

        We also face indirect competition from present and potential customers who evaluate from time to time whether to manufacture their own disk drives or other electronic data storage products.

        We also experience competition from other companies that produce alternative storage technologies like flash memory, where increasing capacity, decreasing cost, energy efficiency and improvements in performance ruggedness have resulted in competition with our lower capacity, smaller form factor disk drives. While this competition has traditionally been in the markets for handheld consumer electronics applications, these competitors have announced solid state drives (SSDs) for tablet, notebook and enterprise compute applications. Some of these companies, like Samsung, also sell disk drives. Certain customers for both notebook and enterprise compute applications are evaluating and may adopt SSDs as alternatives to hard drives in certain applications.

Volatility of Quarterly Results—Our quarterly results of operations fluctuate, sometimes significantly, from period to period, and may cause our share price to decline.

        In the past, our quarterly revenue and results of operations have fluctuated, sometimes significantly, from period to period. These fluctuations, which we expect to continue, may be occasioned by a variety of factors, including:

    current uncertainty in global economic conditions may pose a risk to the overall economy;

    adverse changes in the level of economic activity in the major regions in which we do business;

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    competitive pressures resulting in lower selling prices by our competitors targeted to encourage shifting of customer demand;

    delays or problems in our introduction of new products, particularly new disk drives with lower cost structures, the inability to achieve high production yields or delays in customer qualification or initial product quality issues;

    changes in purchasing patterns by our distributor customers;

    increased costs or adverse changes in availability of supplies of raw materials or components;

    the impact of corporate restructuring activities that we have and may continue to engage in;

    changes in the demand for the computer systems, storage subsystems and consumer electronics that contain our disk drives, due to seasonality, economic conditions and other factors;

    changes in purchases from period to period by our primary customers, particularly as our competitors are able to introduce and produce in volume competing disk drive solutions or alternative storage technology solutions, such as flash memory or SSDs;

    shifting trends in customer demand which, when combined with overproduction of particular products, particularly when the industry is served by multiple suppliers, results in unfavorable supply/demand imbalances;

    our high proportion of fixed costs, including research and development expenses;

    announcements of new products, services or technological innovations by us or our competitors; and

    adverse changes in the performance of our products.

        As a result, we believe that quarter-to-quarter comparisons of our revenue and results of operations may not be meaningful, and that these comparisons may not be an accurate indicator of our future performance. Our results of operations in one or more future quarters may fail to meet the expectations of investment research analysts or investors, which could cause an immediate and significant decline in the trading price of our ordinary shares.

New Product Offerings—Market acceptance of new product introductions cannot be accurately predicted, and our results of operations will suffer if there is less demand for our new products than is anticipated.

        We are continually developing new products with the goal that we will be able to introduce technologically advanced and lower cost disk drives into the marketplace ahead of our competitors.

        The success of our new product introductions is dependent on a number of factors, including market acceptance, our ability to manage the risks associated with product transitions, the effective management of inventory levels in line with anticipated product demand and the risk that our new products will have quality problems or other defects in the early stages of introduction that were not anticipated in the design of those products. Accordingly, we cannot accurately determine the ultimate effect that our new products will have on our results of operations.

        In addition, the success of our new product introductions is dependent upon our ability to qualify as a primary source of supply with our OEM customers. In order for our products to be considered by our customers for qualification, we must be among the leaders in time-to-market with those new products. Once a product is accepted for qualification testing, any failure or delay in the qualification process or a requirement that we requalify can result in our losing sales to that customer until new products are introduced. The limited number of high-volume OEMs magnifies the effect of missing a product qualification opportunity. These risks are further magnified because we expect competitive pressures to result in declining sales, eroding prices, and declining gross margins on our current generation products.

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We cannot assure that we will be among the leaders in time-to-market with new products or that we will be able to successfully qualify new products with our customers in the future.

        If we cannot successfully deliver competitive products, our future results of operations may be adversely affected.

Smaller Form Factor Disk Drives—If we do not continue to successfully market smaller form factor disk drives, our business may suffer.

        The disk drive industry is experiencing significant increases in sales of smaller form factor disk drives for an expanding number of applications, in particular notebook computers and consumer electronic devices, but also in personal computers and enterprise storage applications. Our future success will depend on our ability to develop and introduce smaller form factor drives at desired price and capacity points faster than our competitors.

        We have experienced competition from other companies that produce alternative storage technologies like solid state or flash memory, where increased capacity, improving cost, energy efficiency and performance ruggedness have resulted in flash memory largely replacing disk drives in handheld applications. We believe that the demand for disk drives to store or back up related media content from such handheld devices, however, continues to grow. While this competition has traditionally been limited to the markets for handheld consumer electronics applications, these competitors have announced SSDs for tablet, notebook and enterprise compute applications.

        If we do not suitably adapt our product offerings to successfully introduce additional smaller form factor disk drives or alternative storage products based on flash storage technology, or if our competitors are successful in achieving customer acceptance of SSD products for tablet, notebook and enterprise compute applications, then our customers may decrease the amounts of our products that they purchase, which would adversely affect our results of operations.

Difficulty in Predicting Quarterly Demand—If we fail to predict demand accurately for our products in any quarter, we may not be able to recapture the cost of our investments.

        The disk drive industry operates on quarterly purchasing cycles, with much of the order flow in any given quarter typically coming at the end of that quarter. Our manufacturing process requires us to make significant product-specific investments in inventory in each quarter for that quarter's production. Since we typically receive the bulk of our orders late in a quarter after we have made our investments, there is a risk that our orders will not be sufficient to allow us to recapture the costs of our investment before the products resulting from that investment have become obsolete. We cannot assure you that we will be able to accurately predict demand in the future.

        The difficulty in forecasting demand also increases the difficulty in anticipating our inventory requirements, which may cause us to over-produce finished goods, resulting in inventory write-offs, or under-produce finished goods, affecting our ability to meet customer requirements. Additionally, the risk of inventory write-offs could increase if we were to continue to hold higher inventory levels. We cannot be certain that we will be able to recover the costs associated with increased inventory.

        Other factors that may negatively impact our ability to recapture the cost of investments in any given quarter include:

    the impact of variable demand and an aggressive pricing environment for disk drives;

    the impact of competitive product announcements and possible excess industry supply both with respect to particular disk drive products and with respect to competing alternative storage technology solutions such as SSDs in tablet, notebook and enterprise compute applications;

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    our inability to reduce our fixed costs to match sales in any quarter because of our vertical manufacturing strategy, which means that we make more capital investments than we would if we were not vertically integrated;

    dependence on our ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality our disk drive products, particularly the new disk drive products with lower cost structures;

    variations in the cost of components for our products, especially during periods when the U.S. dollar is relatively volatile as compared to other currencies;

    uncertainty in the amount of purchases from our distributor customers who from time to time constitute a large portion of our total sales;

    our product mix and the related margins of the various products;

    accelerated reduction in the price of our disk drives due to technological advances and/or an oversupply of disk drives in the market and shifting trends in demand which can create supply and demand imbalances;

    manufacturing delays or interruptions, particularly at our manufacturing facilities in China, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Thailand or the United States;

    limited access to components that we obtain from a single or a limited number of suppliers;

    the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates on the cost of producing our products and the effective price of our products to foreign consumers; and

    operational issues arising out of the increasingly automated nature of our manufacturing processes.

Dependence on Supply of Components, Equipment and Raw Materials—If we experience shortages or delays in the receipt of, or cost increases in, critical components, equipment or raw materials necessary to manufacture our products, we may suffer lower operating margins, production delays and other material adverse effects.

        The cost, quality and supply of components, certain equipment and raw materials used to manufacture disk drives and key components like recording media and heads are critical to our success. The equipment we use to manufacture our products and components is frequently custom made and comes from a few suppliers and the lead times required to obtain manufacturing equipment can be significant. Particularly important components for disk drives include read/write heads, aluminum or glass substrates for recording media, ASICs, spindle motors, printed circuit boards, and suspension assemblies. We rely on sole suppliers or a limited number of suppliers for some of these components that we do not manufacture, including aluminum and glass substrates, read/write heads, ASICs, spindle motors, printed circuit boards, and suspension assemblies. If our vendors for these components are unable to meet our cost, quality, and supply requirements, we could experience a shortage in supply or an increase in production costs, which would adversely affect our results of operations.

        Certain rare earth elements are critical in the manufacture of our products. We purchase components that contain rare earth elements from a number of countries, including the People's Republic of China. We cannot predict whether any nation will impose regulations, quotas or embargoes upon the rare earth elements incorporated into our products that would restrict the worldwide supply of such metals or increase their cost. We have experienced increased costs and production delays when we were unable to obtain the necessary equipment or sufficient quantities of some components, and/or have been forced to pay higher prices or make volume purchase commitments or advance deposits for some components, equipment or raw materials that were in short supply in the industry in general. If any major supplier were to restrict the supply available to us or increase the cost of the rare earth elements used in our products, we

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could experience a shortage in supply or an increase in production costs, which would adversely affect our results of operations.

        Consolidation among component manufacturers may result in some component manufacturers exiting the industry or not making sufficient investments in research to develop new components.

        If there is a shortage of, or delay in supplying us with, critical components, equipment or raw materials, then:

    it is likely that our suppliers would raise their prices and, if we could not pass these price increases to our customers, our operating margin would decline;

    we might have to reengineer some products, which would likely cause production and shipment delays, make the reengineered products more costly and provide us with a lower rate of return on these products;

    we would likely have to allocate the components we receive to certain of our products and ship less of others, which could reduce our revenues and could cause us to lose sales to customers who could purchase more of their required products from manufacturers that either did not experience these shortages or delays or that made different allocations; and

    we might be late in shipping products, causing potential customers to make purchases from our competitors, thus causing our revenue and operating margin to decline.

        We cannot assure you that we will be able to obtain critical components in a timely and economic manner.

Importance of Time-to-Maturity—Our results of operations may depend on our being among the first-to-maturity with new product offerings and achieving sufficient production volume with our new products.

        To achieve consistent success with our OEM customers, it is important that we be an early provider of new types of disk drives featuring leading, high-quality technology and lower per gigabyte storage cost. Historically, our results of operations have substantially depended upon our ability to be among the first-to-maturity with new product offerings. Our market share and results of operations in the future may be adversely affected if we fail to:

    consistently maintain our time-to-maturity performance with our new products;

    produce these products in sufficient volume;

    qualify these products with key customers on a timely basis by meeting our customers' performance and quality specifications; or

    achieve acceptable manufacturing yields, quality and costs with these products.

        If the delivery of our products is delayed, our OEM customers may use our competitors' products to meet their production requirements. If the delay of our products causes delivery of those OEMs' computer systems into which our products are integrated to be delayed, consumers and businesses may purchase comparable products from the OEMs' competitors.

        We face the related risk that consumers and businesses may wait to make their purchases if they want to buy a new product that has been shipped or announced but not yet released. If this were to occur, we may be unable to sell our existing inventory of products that may be less efficient and cost effective compared to new products. As a result, even if we are among the first-to-maturity with a given product, subsequent introductions or announcements by our competitors of new products could cause us to lose revenue and not achieve a positive return on our investment in existing products and inventory.

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Industry Demand—Poor global economic conditions and changes in demand for computer systems and storage subsystems may cause in the future a decline in demand for our products.

        Our disk drives are components in computers, computer systems, storage subsystems and consumer electronics devices. The demand for these products has been volatile. During times of poor global economic conditions, consumer spending tends to decline and retail demand for personal computers and consumer electronics devices tends to decrease, as does enterprise demand for computer systems and storage subsystems. Moreover, unexpected slowdowns in demand for computer systems, storage subsystems or consumer electronics devices generally cause sharp declines in demand for disk drive products. The decline in consumer spending could have a material adverse effect on demand for our products and services and on our financial condition and results of operations.

        Additional causes of declines in demand for our products in the past have included announcements or introductions of major new operating systems or semiconductor improvements or changes in consumer preferences, such as the shift from desktop to notebook computers. We believe these announcements and introductions have from time to time caused consumers to defer their purchases and made inventory obsolete. Whenever an oversupply of disk drives causes participants in our industry to have higher than anticipated inventory levels, we experience even more intense price competition from other disk drive manufacturers than usual.

Dependence on Distributors—We are dependent on sales to distributors and retailers, which may increase price erosion and the volatility of our sales.

        A substantial portion of our sales has been to distributors of disk drive products. Certain of our distributors may also market other products that compete with our products. Product qualification programs in this distribution channel are limited, which increases the number of competing products that are available to satisfy demand, particularly in times of lengthening product cycles. As a result, purchasing decisions in this channel are based largely on price, terms and product availability. Sales volumes through this channel are also less predictable and subject to greater volatility than sales to our OEM customers. In addition, deterioration in business and economic conditions could exacerbate price erosion and volatility as distributors lower prices to compensate for lower demand and higher inventory levels. Our distributors' ability to access credit for purposes of funding their operations may also affect purchases of our products by these customers.

        If distributors reduce their purchases of our products or prices decline significantly in the distribution channel or if distributors experience financial difficulties or terminate their relationships with us, our revenues and results of operations would be adversely affected.

Dependence on Sales of Disk Drives in Client Non-Compute Applications—Our sales of disk drives for client non-compute applications, which have contributed significant revenues to our results, can experience significant volatility due to seasonal and other factors, which could materially adversely impact our future results of operations.

        Sales of disk drives for client non-compute applications have contributed significant revenues to our results. Consumer spending on client non-compute has, and may continue to, deteriorate in many countries and regions, due to poor global economic conditions and high levels of unemployment. This could have a material adverse effect on demand for our products and services and on our financial condition and results of operations.

        In addition, the demand for client non-compute products can be even more volatile and unpredictable than the demand for client compute products. In some cases, our products manufactured for client non-compute applications are uniquely configured for a single customer's application, which creates a risk of unwanted and unsellable inventory if the anticipated volumes are not realized. This potential for unpredictable volatility is increased by the possibility of competing alternative storage technologies like flash memory meeting the customers' cost and capacity metrics, resulting in a rapid shift in demand from

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our products and disk drive technology, generally, to alternative storage technologies. Unpredictable fluctuations in demand for our products or rapid shifts in demand from our products to alternative storage technologies in new client non-compute applications could materially adversely impact our future results of operations.

Dependence on Sales of Disk Drives Directly to Consumers Through Retail Outlets—Our sales of disk drives directly to consumers through retail outlets can experience significant volatility due to seasonal and other factors, which could materially adversely impact our future results of operations.

        We believe that industry demand for storage products in the long-term is increasing due to the proliferation of media-rich digital content in consumer applications and is fuelling increased consumer demand for storage. This has led to the expansion of solutions such as external storage products to provide additional storage capacity and to secure data in case of disaster or system failure, or to provide independent storage solutions for multiple users in home or small business environments. Consumer spending on retail sales of our branded solutions has deteriorated in some markets and may continue to do so if poor global economic conditions continue and higher levels of unemployment persist. This could have a material adverse effect on demand for our products and services and on our financial condition and results of operations.

        In addition, such retail sales of our branded solutions traditionally experience seasonal variability in demand with higher levels of demand in the first half of our fiscal year driven by consumer spending in the back-to-school season from late summer to fall and the traditional holiday shopping season from fall to winter. Additionally, our ability to reach such consumers depends on our maintaining effective working relationships with major retailers and distributors. Failure to anticipate consumer demand for our branded solutions as well as an inability to maintain effective working relationships with retail and online distributors may adversely impact our future results of operations.

Importance of Controlling Operating Costs—If we do not control our operating expenses, we will not be able to compete effectively in our industry.

        Our strategy involves, to a substantial degree, increasing revenue and product volume while at the same time controlling operating expenses. If we do not control our operating expenses, our ability to compete in the marketplace may be impaired. In the past, activities to reduce operating costs have included closures and transfers of facilities, significant personnel reductions and efforts to increase automation. The reduction of personnel and closure of facilities may adversely affect our ability to manufacture our products in required volumes to meet customer demand and may result in other disruptions that affect our products and customer service.

Impairment Charges—We may be required to record additional impairment charges for goodwill and/or other long-lived assets.

        We are required to assess goodwill annually for impairment, or on an interim basis whenever events occur or circumstances change, such as an adverse change in business climate or a decline in the overall industry, that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount. We are also required to test other long-lived assets, including acquired intangible assets and property, equipment and leasehold improvements, for recoverability and impairment whenever there are indicators of impairment, such as an adverse change in business climate.

        Adverse changes in business conditions could materially impact our estimates of future operations and result in impairment charges to our goodwill or other long lived assets. If our goodwill or other long-lived assets were to become impaired, our results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

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Dependence on Key Customers—We may be adversely affected by the loss of, or reduced, delayed or cancelled purchases by, one or more of our larger customers.

        Some of our key customers, including Hewlett-Packard Company, Dell Inc. and EMC Corporation, account for a large portion of our disk drive revenue. While we have longstanding relationships with many of our customers, if any of our key customers were to significantly reduce their purchases from us, our results of operations would be adversely affected. While sales to major customers may vary from period to period, a major customer that permanently discontinues or significantly reduces its relationship with us could be difficult to replace. In line with industry practice, new customers usually require that we pass a lengthy and rigorous qualification process at the customer's cost. Accordingly, it may be difficult or costly for us to attract new major customers. Additionally, mergers, acquisitions, consolidations or other significant transactions involving our customers generally entail risks to our business. If a significant transaction involving any of our key customers results in the loss of or reduction in purchases by these key customers, it could have a materially adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects.

Impact of Technological Change—Increases in the areal density of disk drives may outpace customers' demand for storage capacity.

        The rate of increase in areal density, or storage capacity per square inch on a disk, may be greater than the increase in our customers' demand for aggregate storage capacity, particularly in certain market applications like client compute. As a result, our customers' storage capacity needs may be satisfied with lower priced, low capacity disk drives. These factors could decrease our sales, especially when combined with continued price erosion, which could adversely affect our results of operations.

Changes in Electronic Data Storage Products—Future changes in the nature of electronic data storage products may reduce demand for traditional disk drive products.

        We expect that in the future, new personal computing devices and products will be developed, some of which, such as Internet appliances, tablet or mobile phones with advanced capabilities, or smartphones, may not contain a disk drive. While we are investing development resources in designing disk drives for these new applications, these new applications may have an impact on future demand for disk drive products. Products using alternative technologies, such as flash memory, optical storage and other storage technologies, are becoming increasingly common and could become a significant source of competition to particular applications of our products, which could adversely affect our results of operations.

New Product Development and Technological Change—If we do not develop products in time to keep pace with technological changes, our results of operations will be adversely affected.

        Our customers have demanded new generations of disk drive products as advances in computer hardware and software have created the need for improved storage products, with features such as increased storage capacity, improved performance and reliability and lower cost. We, and our competitors, have developed improved products, and we will need to continue to do so in the future. Such product development requires significant investments in research and development. We cannot assure you that we will be able to successfully complete the design or introduction of new products in a timely manner, that we will be able to manufacture new products in sufficient volumes with acceptable manufacturing yields, that we will be able to successfully market these new products or that these products will perform to specifications on a long-term basis. In addition, the impact of slowing areal density growth may adversely impact our ability to be successful.

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increases in failures, are of low quality or are not reliable, customers may reduce their purchases of our products and our manufacturing rework and scrap costs and service and warranty costs may increase. In addition, a decline in the reliability of our products may make us less competitive as compared with other disk drive manufacturers or competing technologies.

Substantial Leverage—Our substantial leverage may place us at a competitive disadvantage in our industry.

        We are leveraged and have significant debt service obligations. Our significant debt and debt service requirements could adversely affect our ability to operate our business and may limit our ability to take advantage of potential business opportunities. For example, our high level of debt presents the following risks:

    we are required to use a substantial portion of our cash flow from operations to pay principal and interest on our debt, thereby reducing the availability of our cash flow to fund working capital, capital expenditures, product development efforts, strategic acquisitions, investments and alliances, and other general corporate requirements;

    our substantial leverage increases our vulnerability to economic downturns and adverse competitive and industry conditions and could place us at a competitive disadvantage compared to those of our competitors that are less leveraged;

    our debt service obligations could limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and our industry and could limit our ability to pursue other business opportunities, borrow more money for operations or capital in the future and implement our business strategies;

    our level of debt may restrict us from raising additional financing on satisfactory terms to fund working capital, capital expenditures, product development efforts, strategic acquisitions, investments and alliances, and other general corporate requirements; and

    covenants in our debt instruments limit our ability to pay future dividends or make other restricted payments and investments.

        In the event that we need to refinance all or a portion of our outstanding debt as it matures, we may not be able to obtain terms as favorable as the terms of our existing debt or refinance our existing debt at all. If prevailing interest rates or other factors existing at the time of refinancing result in higher interest rates upon refinancing, then the interest expense relating to the refinanced debt would increase. Furthermore, if any rating agency changes our credit rating or outlook, our debt and equity securities could be negatively affected, which could adversely affect our ability to refinance existing debt or raise additional capital.

Significant Debt Service Requirements—Servicing our debt requires a significant amount of cash and our ability to generate cash may be affected by factors beyond our control.

        Our business may not generate cash flow in an amount sufficient to enable us to pay the principal of, or interest on, our indebtedness or to fund our other liquidity needs, including working capital, capital expenditures, product development efforts, strategic acquisitions, investments and alliances and other general corporate requirements.

        Our ability to generate cash is subject to general economic, financial, competitive, legislative, regulatory and other factors that are beyond our control. We cannot assure you that:

    our business will generate sufficient cash flow from operations;

    we will continue to realize the cost savings, revenue growth and operating improvements that result from the execution of our long-term strategic plan; or

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    future sources of funding will be available to us in amounts sufficient to enable us to fund our liquidity needs.

        If we cannot fund our liquidity needs, we will have to take actions such as reducing or delaying capital expenditures; product development efforts, strategic acquisitions, investments and alliances, and other general corporate requirements. We cannot assure you that any of these remedies could, if necessary, be effected on commercially reasonable terms, or at all, or that they would permit us to meet our scheduled debt service obligations. In addition if we incur additional debt, the risks associated with our substantial leverage, including the risk that we will be unable to service our debt or generate enough cash flow to fund our liquidity needs, could intensify.

Restrictions Imposed by Debt Covenants—Restrictions imposed by our senior secured revolving credit facility and the indenture governing our 10% Senior Secured Second-Priority Notes due 2014 may limit our ability to finance future operations or capital needs or engage in other business activities that may be in our interest.

        Our senior secured revolving credit facility and the indenture governing our 10% Senior Secured Second-Priority Notes due 2014 (the "10% Notes") impose, and the terms of any future debt may impose, operating and other restrictions on us. Subject to qualifications and exceptions, our senior secured revolving credit facility and such indenture limit, among other things, our ability to:

    incur additional indebtedness and issue certain preferred shares;

    create liens;

    pay dividends or make distributions in respect of our capital stock;

    redeem or repurchase capital stock or debt;

    make certain investments or other restricted payments;

    sell assets;

    issue or sell capital stock of subsidiaries;

    enter into transactions with affiliates;

    engage to any material extent in business other than our current business; and

    effect a consolidation or merger.

        The credit agreement that governs our senior secured revolving credit facility contains certain covenants that we must satisfy in order to remain in compliance with the credit agreement, including three financial covenants: (1) minimum cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments; (2) a fixed charge coverage ratio; and (3) a net leverage ratio. A breach of any of the covenants in our debt agreements, including our inability to comply with the required financial ratios, could result in a default under our senior secured revolving credit facility. If a condition of default occurs, and we are not able to obtain a waiver from the lenders holding a majority of the commitments under our senior secured revolving credit facility, the administrative agent of our senior secured revolving credit facility may, and at the request of lenders holding a majority of the commitments shall, declare all of our outstanding obligations under our senior secured revolving credit facility, together with accrued interest and other fees, to be immediately due and payable, and may terminate the lenders' commitments thereunder, cease making further loans and, if we cannot repay our outstanding obligation, institute foreclosure proceedings against our assets. If our outstanding indebtedness were to be accelerated, we cannot assure you that our assets would be sufficient to repay in full that debt and any potential future indebtedness, which would cause the market price of our ordinary shares to decline significantly. We could also be forced into bankruptcy or liquidation.

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        In addition, some of the agreements governing our other debt instruments contain cross-default provisions that may be triggered by a default under our senior secured revolving credit facility. In the event that we default under our senior secured revolving credit facility, there could be an event of default under cross-default provisions for the applicable debt instrument. As a result, all outstanding obligations under certain of our debt instruments may become immediately due and payable. If such acceleration were to occur, we may not have adequate funds to satisfy all of our outstanding obligations, the lenders could exercise their rights, as described above, and we could be forced into bankruptcy or liquidation.

Substantially all of our Assets are Pledged as Collateral to Secure Certain Indebtedness—Since substantially all of our assets are used to secure portions of our existing debt obligations, we may be limited in our ability to incur additional indebtedness or to provide additional credit support, and if we fail to meet our payment or other obligations under certain of our existing debt obligations, the lenders thereunder could foreclose on, and acquire control of, substantially all of our assets.

        Substantially all our assets and the assets of our significant subsidiaries organized in the United States, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Singapore, as well as certain assets located in the United States, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland and Singapore owned by other significant subsidiaries, and all proceeds therefrom, are pledged as security for borrowings under our 10% Notes, as well as obligations under our hedging agreements, cash management arrangements and certain metal leasing arrangements. Since substantially all of our assets are used to secure portions of our existing debt obligations, we have a limited amount of collateral that is available for future secured debt or credit support. As a result, we may be limited in our ability to incur additional indebtedness or to provide additional credit support for our existing indebtedness. In addition, our failure to comply with the terms of the indenture governing our 10% Notes would entitle the lenders thereunder to declare all funds borrowed thereunder to be immediately due and payable. If we were unable to meet these payment obligations, the lenders could foreclose on, and acquire control of, substantially all our assets that serve as collateral.

Failure to Pay Quarterly Dividends—Our failure to pay quarterly dividends to our shareholders could cause the market price of our ordinary shares to decline significantly.

        On April 7, 2011, we declared a dividend of $0.18 per share that was paid on June 1, 2011 to our shareholders of record as of May 2, 2011. On July 20, 2011, the Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.18 per share, which will be payable on August 26, 2011 to our shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 5, 2011.

        Our ability to pay quarterly dividends will be subject to, among other things, our financial position and results of operations, available cash and cash flow, capital requirements, and other factors. Any reduction or discontinuation of quarterly dividends could cause the market price of our ordinary shares to decline significantly. Moreover, in the event our payment of quarterly dividends is reduced or discontinued, our failure or inability to resume paying dividends at historical levels could result in a persistently low market valuation of our ordinary shares.

Purchase Commitments to Certain Suppliers—If revenues fall or customer demand decreases significantly, we may not meet all of our purchase commitments to certain suppliers.

        From time to time, we enter into long-term, non-cancelable purchase commitments with certain suppliers in order to secure certain components for the production of our products or to supplement our internal manufacturing capacity for certain components. If our actual revenues in the future are lower than our projections or if customer demand decreases significantly below our projections, we may not meet all of our purchase commitments with these suppliers. As a result, it is possible that we will have to shift output from our internal manufacturing facilities to these suppliers or make penalty-type payments under these contracts.

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Risks Associated with Future Strategic Alliances, Joint Ventures or Investments—We may not be able to identify suitable strategic alliances, acquisitions, joint ventures or investment opportunities, or successfully acquire and integrate companies that provide complementary products or technologies.

        Our growth strategy may involve pursuing strategic alliances with, making acquisitions of, forming joint ventures with or making investments in other companies that are complementary to our business. There is substantial competition for attractive strategic alliance, acquisition, joint venture and investment candidates. Accordingly, we may not be able to identify suitable strategic alliances, acquisition, joint venture, or investment candidates. Even if we can identify them, we cannot assure you that we will be able to partner with, acquire or invest in suitable candidates, or integrate acquired technologies or operations successfully into our existing technologies and operations. Moreover, our ability to finance potential strategic alliances, acquisitions, joint ventures or investments will be limited by our high degree of leverage, the covenants contained in the indentures that govern our outstanding indebtedness, and any agreements governing any other debt we may incur.

        If we are successful in forming strategic alliances or acquiring, forming joint ventures or making investments in other companies, any of these transactions may have an adverse effect on our results of operations, particularly while the operations of an acquired business are being integrated. It is also likely that integration of acquired companies would lead to the loss of key employees from those companies or the loss of customers of those companies. In addition, the integration of any acquired companies would require substantial attention from our senior management, which may limit the amount of time available to be devoted to our day-to-day operations or to the execution of our strategy. Growth by strategic alliance, acquisition, joint venture or investment involves an even higher degree of risk to the extent we combine new product offerings and enter new markets in which we have limited experience, and no assurance can be given that acquisitions of entities with new or alternative business models will be successfully integrated or achieve their stated objectives.

        Furthermore, the expansion of our business involves the risk that we might not manage our growth effectively, that we would incur additional debt to finance these acquisitions or investments, that we may have impairment of goodwill or acquired intangible assets associated with these acquisitions and that we would incur substantial charges relating to the write-off of in-process research and development, similar to that which we incurred in connection with several of our prior acquisitions. Each of these items could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

        In addition, we could issue additional ordinary shares in connection with future strategic alliances, acquisitions, joint ventures or investments. Issuing shares in connection with such transactions would have the effect of diluting your ownership percentage of the ordinary shares and could cause the price of our ordinary shares to decline.

Risk of Intellectual Property Litigation—Our products may infringe the intellectual property rights of others, which may cause us to incur unexpected costs or prevent us from selling our products.

        We cannot be certain that our products do not and will not infringe issued patents or other intellectual property rights of others. We may not be aware of currently filed patent applications that relate to our products or technology. If patents are later issued on these applications, we may be liable for infringement. We may be subject to legal proceedings and claims, including claims of alleged infringement of the patents, trademarks and other intellectual property rights of third parties by us, or our customers, in connection with their use of our products.

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We are currently subject to lawsuits involving intellectual property claims which could cause us to incur significant additional costs or prevent us from selling our products, and which could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

        Intellectual property litigation is expensive and time-consuming, regardless of the merits of any claim, and could divert our management's attention from operating our business. In addition, intellectual property lawsuits are subject to inherent uncertainties due to the complexity of the technical issues involved, and we cannot assure you that we will be successful in defending ourselves against intellectual property claims. Patent litigation has increased due to the current uncertainty of the law and the increasing competition and overlap of product functionality in the field. If we were to discover that our products infringe the intellectual property rights of others, we would need to obtain licenses from these parties or substantially reengineer our products in order to avoid infringement. We might not be able to obtain the necessary licenses on acceptable terms, or at all, or be able to reengineer our products successfully. Moreover, if we are sued for patent infringement and lose the suit, we could be required to pay substantial damages and/or be enjoined from using or selling the infringing products or technology. Any of the foregoing could cause us to incur significant costs and prevent us from selling our products, which could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. See Part II, Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data—Note 13, Legal, Environmental and Other Contingencies of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for a description of pending intellectual property proceedings.

System Failures—System failures caused by events beyond our control could adversely affect computer equipment and electronic data on which our operations depend.

        Our operations are dependent upon our ability to protect our computer equipment and the electronic data stored in our databases from damage by, among other things, earthquake, fire, natural disaster, power loss, telecommunications failures, unauthorized intrusion and other catastrophic events. As our operations become more automated and increasingly interdependent, our exposure to the risks posed by these types of events will increase. While we continue to improve our disaster recovery processes, system failures and other interruptions in our operations could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Economic Risks Associated with International Operations—Our international operations subject us to risks related to currency exchange fluctuations, longer payment cycles for sales in foreign countries, seasonality and disruptions in foreign markets, tariffs and duties, price controls, potential adverse tax consequences, increased costs, our customers' credit and access to capital and health-related risks.

        We have significant operations in foreign countries, including manufacturing facilities, sales personnel and customer support operations. We have manufacturing facilities in China, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Singapore and Thailand, in addition to those in the United States. A substantial portion of our client compute disk drive assembly occurs in our facility in China.

        Our international operations are subject to economic risks inherent in doing business in foreign countries, including the following:

    Disruptions in Foreign Markets.  Disruptions in financial markets and the deterioration of the underlying economic conditions in the past in some countries, including those in Asia, have had an impact on our sales to customers located in, or whose end-user customers are located in, these countries.

    Fluctuations in Currency Exchange Rates.  Prices for our products are denominated predominately in U.S. dollars, even when sold to customers that are located outside the United States. Currency instability in Asia and other geographic markets may make our products more expensive than products sold by other manufacturers that are priced in the local currency. Moreover, many of the costs associated with our operations located outside the United States are denominated in local

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      currencies. As a consequence, the increased strength of local currencies against the U.S. dollar in countries where we have foreign operations would result in higher effective operating costs and, potentially, reduced earnings. From time to time, fluctuations in foreign exchange rates have negatively affected our operations and profitability and there can be no assurance that these fluctuations will not adversely affect our operations and profitability in the future.

    Longer Payment Cycles.  Our customers outside of the United States are often allowed longer time periods for payment than our U.S. customers. This increases the risk of nonpayment due to the possibility that the financial condition of particular customers may worsen during the course of the payment period.

    Seasonality.  Seasonal reductions in the business activities of our customers during the summer months, particularly in Europe, typically result in lower earnings during those periods.

    Tariffs, Duties, Limitations on Trade and Price Controls.  Our international operations are affected by limitations on imports, currency exchange control regulations, transfer pricing regulations, price controls and other restraints on trade. In addition, the governments of many countries, including China, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Singapore and Thailand, in which we have significant operating assets, have exercised and continue to exercise significant influence over many aspects of their domestic economies and international trade.

    Potential Adverse Tax Consequences.  Our international operations create a risk of potential adverse tax consequences, including imposition of withholding or other taxes on payments by subsidiaries.

    Increased Costs.  The shipping and transportation costs associated with our international operations are typically higher than those associated with our U.S. operations, resulting in decreased operating margins in some foreign countries.

    Credit and Access to Capital Risks.  Our international customers could have reduced access to working capital due to higher interest rates, reduced bank lending resulting from contractions in the money supply or the deterioration in the customer's or its bank's financial condition, or the inability to access other financing.

    Global Health Outbreaks.  The occurrence of a pandemic disease may adversely impact our operations, and some of our key customers. Such diseases could also potentially disrupt the timeliness and reliability of the distribution network we rely on.

Political Risks Associated with International Operations—Our international operations subject us to risks related to political unrest and terrorism.

        We have manufacturing facilities in parts of the world that periodically experience political unrest. This could disrupt our ability to manufacture important components as well as cause interruptions and/or delays in our ability to ship components to other locations for continued manufacture and assembly. Any such delays or interruptions could result in delays in our ability to fill orders and have an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition. U.S. and international responses to the ongoing hostilities in various regions and the risk of terrorist attacks or hostilities elsewhere in the world could exacerbate these risks.

Legal and Operational Risks Associated with International Operations—Our international operations subject us to risks related to staffing and management, legal and regulatory requirements and the protection of intellectual property.

        Operating outside of the United States creates difficulties associated with staffing and managing our international manufacturing facilities, complying with local legal and regulatory requirements and protecting our intellectual property. We cannot assure you that we will continue to be found to be

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operating in compliance with applicable customs, currency exchange control regulations, transfer pricing regulations or any other laws or regulations to which we may be subject. We also cannot assure you that these laws will not be modified.

Dependence on Key Personnel—The loss of key executive officers and employees could negatively impact our business prospects.

        Our future performance depends to a significant degree upon the continued service of key members of management as well as marketing, sales and product development personnel. The loss of one or more of our key personnel may have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. We believe our future success will also depend in large part upon our ability to attract, retain and further motivate highly skilled management, marketing, sales and product development personnel. We have experienced intense competition for personnel, and we cannot assure you that we will be able to retain our key employees or that we will be successful in attracting, assimilating and retaining personnel in the future.

Potential Governmental Action—Governmental action against companies located in offshore jurisdictions may lead to a reduction in the demand for our ordinary shares.

        Recent U.S. federal and state legislation has been proposed, and additional legislation may be proposed in the future which, if enacted, could have an adverse tax impact on either Seagate or its shareholders.

Securities Litigation—Significant fluctuations in the market price of our ordinary shares could result in securities class action claims against us.

        Significant price and value fluctuations have occurred with respect to the publicly traded securities of disk drive companies and technology companies generally. The price of our ordinary shares is likely to be volatile in the future. In the past, following periods of decline in the market price of a company's securities, class action lawsuits have often been pursued against that company. If similar litigation were pursued against us, it could result in substantial costs and a diversion of management's attention and resources, which could materially adversely affect our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity.

Global Credit and Financial Market Conditions—Deterioration in global credit and financial market conditions could negatively impact the value of our current portfolio of cash equivalents, short-term investments or auction rate securities and our ability to meet our financing objectives.

        Our cash and cash equivalents are maintained in highly liquid investments with remaining maturities of 90 days or less at the time of purchase. Our short-term investments consist primarily of readily marketable debt securities with remaining maturities of more than 90 days at the time of purchase. Our investment policy has as its principal objectives the preservation of principal and maintenance of liquidity. We mitigate default risk by investing in high-quality investment grade securities, limiting the time to maturity and by monitoring the counter-parties and underlying obligors closely.

        While as of the date of this filing, we are not aware of any other material downgrades, losses, or other significant deterioration in the fair value of our cash equivalents or short-term investments or auction rate securities since July 1, 2011, no assurance can be given that further deterioration in conditions of the global credit and financial markets would not negatively impact our current portfolio of cash equivalents, short-term investments or auction rate securities or our ability to meet our financing objectives.

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Environmental Regulations—Failure to comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

        The sale and manufacturing of products in certain states and countries may subject us to environmental and other regulations including, in some instances, the responsibility for environmentally safe disposal or recycling. For example, the EU has enacted the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive, which prohibits the use of certain substances in electronic equipment, and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive, which obligates parties that place electrical and electronic equipment onto the market in the EU to put a clearly identifiable mark on the equipment, register with and report to EU member countries regarding distribution of the equipment, and provide a mechanism to take-back and properly dispose of the equipment. Similar legislation may be enacted in other locations where we manufacture or sell our products. Although we do not anticipate any material adverse effects based on the nature of our operations and the focus of such legislation, we will need to ensure that we comply with these laws and regulations as they are enacted and that our suppliers also comply with these laws and regulations. If we fail to timely comply with the legislation, our customers may refuse to purchase our products, which would have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition. In addition, if we were found to be in violation of these laws or noncompliance with these initiatives or standards of conduct, we could be subject to governmental fines, liability to our customers and damage to our reputation, which would also have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

Seasonality—Because we experience seasonality in the sales of our products, our results of operations will generally be adversely impacted during the second half of our fiscal year.

        Sales of computer systems, storage subsystems and consumer electronics tend to be seasonal, and therefore we expect to continue to experience seasonality in our business as we respond to variations in our customers' demand for disk drives. In particular, we anticipate that sales of our products will continue to be lower during the second half of our fiscal year. In the client compute and client non-compute market applications of our business, this seasonality is partially attributable to the historical trend in our results derived from our customers' increased sales of desktop computers, notebook computers, and consumer electronics during the back-to-school and winter holiday season. In the enterprise market our sales are seasonal because of the capital budgeting and purchasing cycles of our end users. Since our working capital needs peak during periods in which we are increasing production in anticipation of orders that have not yet been received, our results of operations will fluctuate seasonally even if the forecasted demand for our products proves accurate. Furthermore, it is difficult for us to evaluate the degree to which this seasonality may affect our business in future periods because of the rate and unpredictability of product transitions and new product introductions, particularly in the client non-compute market, as well as macroeconomic conditions.

Volatile Public Markets—The price of our ordinary shares may be volatile and could decline significantly.

        The stock market, in general, and the market for technology stocks in particular, has recently experienced volatility that has often been unrelated to the operating performance of companies. If these market or industry-based fluctuations continue, the trading price of our ordinary shares could decline significantly independent of our actual operating performance, and you could lose all or a substantial part of your investment. The market price of our ordinary shares could fluctuate significantly in response to several factors, including among others:

    general uncertainty in stock market conditions occasioned by global economic conditions, negative financial news and the continued instability of several large financial institutions;

    actual or anticipated variations in our results of operations;

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    announcements of innovations, new products or significant price reductions by us or our competitors, including those competitors who offer alternative storage technology solutions;

    our failure to meet the performance estimates of investment research analysts;

    the timing of announcements by us or our competitors of significant contracts or acquisitions;

    general stock market conditions;

    the occurrence of major catastrophic events;

    changes in financial estimates by investment research analysts;

    changes in the credit ratings of our indebtedness by rating agencies; and

    the sale of our ordinary shares held by certain equity investors or members of management.

Risks Related to our Pending Strategic Alignment with Samsung

We will not be able to complete the Strategic Alignment with Samsung unless we receive the requisite regulatory approvals, or the regulatory approvals may contain burdensome conditions.

        We have recently announced the entry into an asset purchase agreement with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. ("Samsung"), pursuant to which we agreed to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Samsung relating to the research and development, manufacture and sale of hard disk drives and to enter into certain related agreements in connection therewith, including an intellectual property agreement, a patent cross-license agreement, a disk drive supply agreement, a NAND flash memory supply agreement and a shareholder agreement. The purchase price for these assets consists of $687.5 million in cash and approximately 45.2 million of our ordinary shares. Under the terms of the asset purchase agreement, the transactions contemplated thereby are subject to the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, clearance by the European Commission and the receipt of certain other similar regulatory approvals from the Republic of Korea, Japan, and the People's Republic of China. While we intend to consummate the transactions contemplated by the asset purchase agreement and related agreements as soon as practicable after such regulatory approvals are obtained, there can be no assurance that we will obtain such approvals when expected or at all, which could, among other things, delay or prevent us from completing the transactions contemplated by the asset purchase agreement and related agreements or restrict our ability to realize the expected financial and strategic goals of the transactions contemplated thereby. In certain specified circumstances, we must pay Samsung a termination fee of $72.5 million (generally if the transaction has not been consummated and the requisite regulatory approvals have not been obtained by the Expiration Date of December 31, 2011, which may be extended in certain circumstances to March 31, 2012). If regulatory approvals have been obtained but the transaction has not been consummated by the Expiration Date, then in certain specified circumstances we must pay Samsung a termination fee of $82.5 million (generally if we are in breach of the agreement and legal remedies are not awarded to Samsung).

        In addition, the governmental entities from which these approvals are required may impose conditions on the completion of the transaction or require changes to the terms of the strategic alignment. While we do not currently expect that any such conditions or changes would be imposed, there can be no assurance that there will not be, and such conditions or changes could have the effect of jeopardizing or delaying completion of the transaction or reducing its anticipated benefits. If we agree to any material conditions in order to obtain any approvals required to complete the strategic alignment, the business and results of operations of the combined company may be adversely affected.

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If we do not realize the expected benefits of our Strategic Alignment with Samsung, our business and financial condition may be materially impaired.

        We may not achieve the desired benefits from our strategic alignment with Samsung. If we cannot successfully integrate the assets we acquire from Samsung into our operations, we may experience negative consequences to our business, financial condition or results of operations. The integration of the assets that we acquire from Samsung into our business will involve a number of risks, including, but not limited to:

    Diversion of senior management's attention from the management of daily operations to the integration of the acquired assets into our business;

    The potential that we do not successfully integrate the employees that we hire from Samsung's hard disk drive business into our business;

    The potential loss of key customers or suppliers of Samsung's hard disk drive business who do not choose to do business with us;

    The potential that key customers do not accept new products of the combined company;

    The potential that we do not successfully coordinate sales and marketing efforts to communicate the capabilities of the combined company;

    Potential revenue attrition in excess of anticipated levels;

    The potential that we do not qualify the combined company's products as a primary source of supply with OEM customers on a timely basis or at all;

    The risk of higher than anticipated costs in continuing support and development of acquired products;

    Difficulties and uncertainties in achieving anticipated cost reductions and operational synergies;

    Potential difficulties integrating manufacturing and design processes and controls;

    Potential difficulties integrating and harmonizing financial reporting systems; and

    Potential incompatibility of technology and systems.

        Even if we are able to successfully integrate the assets that we acquire from Samsung into our business, we may not be able to realize the cost savings, synergies and growth that we anticipate from this transaction in the timeframe we currently expect, and the costs of achieving these benefits may be higher than we currently expect, because of a number of risks, including but not limited to:

    The possibility that the transaction may not further our business strategy as we expected;

    Our operating results or financial condition may be adversely impacted by liabilities that we assume in the transaction; and

    The risk of intellectual property disputes with respect to the acquired assets.

        As a result of these risks, the transaction may not contribute to our earnings as we expected, we may not achieve expected cost synergies when expected, or at all, and we may not achieve the other anticipated strategic and financial benefits of this transaction.

The issuance of our ordinary shares to Samsung in connection with the asset purchase agreement will dilute the holdings of our existing shareholders.

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shares. We will be issuing these shares from our authorized but unissued share reserves, and this issuance will have the effect of diluting the ownership of our existing shareholders.

We expect the integration of Seagate and Samsung's hard drive business will result in revenue attrition, significant accounting charges and increased capital expenditures that will have an adverse effect on the results and financial condition of the combined company.

        The financial results of the combined company may be adversely affected by cash expenditures and non-cash charges incurred in connection with the strategic alignment. In addition to the anticipated cash expenditures, we expect significant non-cash charges, including those associated with the amortization of intangible assets. We anticipate that the majority of these cash expenditures and non-cash charges will occur in the 12 months following the closing of the combination, and will reduce earnings of the combined enterprise. In addition, the combined company is likely to incur revenue attrition. As a result of the revenue attrition, capital expenditures and charges described above, the operating results and financial condition of the combined company may be adversely affected after the consummation of the strategic alignment, particularly in the first year following the closing.

The announcement and pendency of the strategic alignment could cause disruptions in the businesses of Seagate and Samsung, which could have an adverse effect on their respective business and financial results, and consequently on the combined company.

        Seagate and Samsung have operated and, until the completion of the strategic alignment, will continue to operate independently. Uncertainty about the effect of the strategic alignment on employees, customers, distributors and suppliers may have an adverse effect on Seagate and Samsung and consequently on the combined company. These uncertainties may impair Seagate's and Samsung's ability to retain and motivate key personnel and could cause customers, distributors, suppliers and others with whom each company deals to seek to change existing business relationships which may materially and adversely affect their respective businesses. Due to the materiality standards agreed to by the parties in the Agreement, Seagate and Samsung may be obligated to consummate the transaction in spite of the adverse effects resulting from the disruption of Seagate's and Samsung's ongoing businesses. Furthermore, this disruption could adversely affect the combined company's ability to maintain relationships with customers, distributors, suppliers and employees after the transaction or to achieve the anticipated benefits of the transaction. For example, in many instances, Seagate and Samsung serve the same customers, and some of these customers may decide it is desirable to have additional or different suppliers, reducing the combined company's share of the market. Revenues that may have ordinarily been received by Seagate or Samsung may be delayed until or after the transaction is completed or not earned at all, and cost reductions that would ordinarily have been achieved might be delayed or not achieved at all, whether or not the transaction is completed. Moreover, efforts to integrate Samsung's hard drive business into Seagate's operations will also divert management attention and resources. These integration matters could have an adverse effect on each of Seagate and Samsung. Each of these events could adversely affect Samsung in the near term and the combined company, if the transaction is completed.

Failure to complete the Merger could negatively impact the stock prices and the future business and financial results of Seagate.

        If the strategic alignment is not completed, the ongoing business of Seagate may be adversely affected and Seagate will be subject to a number of risks, including the following:

    Seagate will be required to pay Samsung a termination fee as described above;

    Seagate will be required to pay certain costs relating to the transaction, such as legal, accounting, financial advisor and related fees whether or not the transaction is completed; and

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    matters relating to the transaction (including integration planning) may require substantial commitments of time and resources by Seagate management, which could otherwise have been devoted to other opportunities that may have been beneficial to Seagate, in each case, without realizing any of the benefits of having completed the transaction. If the strategic alignment is not completed, these risks may materialize and may adversely affect Seagate's business, financial results and stock price.

ITEM 1B.    UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

        None.

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ITEM 2.    PROPERTIES

        Our company headquarters are located in Ireland, while our U.S. executive offices are located in Cupertino, California. Our principal manufacturing facilities are located in China, Malaysia, Northern Ireland, Singapore, Thailand and Minnesota. Our principal product development facilities are located in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Singapore. Our leased facilities are occupied under leases that expire at various times through 2022.

        Our material manufacturing, product development and marketing and administrative facilities at July 1, 2011 are as follows:

Location
  Building(s)
Owned or Leased
  Approximate
Square Footage
  Use

United States

             
 

California

             
   

Fremont

  Leased     157.925   Product development
   

Cupertino

  Owned     141,598   Marketing and administrative
 

Colorado

  Owned     528,479   Product development
 

Minnesota

  Owned     1,084,783   Manufacture of recording heads and product development
 

Oklahoma

  Owned/Leased     145,461   Administrative
 

Massachusetts

  Leased     89,185   Product development

Europe

             
 

Northern Ireland

             
   

Springtown

  Owned     478,800   Manufacture of recording heads

Asia

             
 

China

             
   

Suzhou

  Owned(1)     1,047,787   Manufacture of drives
   

Wuxi

  Leased     562,479   Manufacture of drives and drive subassemblies
 

Malaysia

             
   

Johor

  Owned(1)     630,500   Manufacture of substrates
   

Penang

  Owned(1)     390,254   Manufacture of drive subassemblies
 

Singapore

             
   

Woodlands

  Owned(1)     1,404,049   Manufacture of media
   

Ang Mo Kio

  Leased     701,474   Administrative, manufacturing support, and product development
   

Science Park

  Leased     100,850   Product development
 

Thailand

             
   

Korat

  Owned     1,162,846   Manufacture of drives and drive subassemblies
   

Teparuk

  Owned     362,028   Manufacture of drive subassemblies

(1)
Land leases for these facilities expire at varying dates through 2067.

        As of July 1, 2011, we owned or leased a total of approximately 11.9 million square feet of space worldwide. We occupied approximately 6.6 million square feet for the purpose of manufacturing, 1.3 million square feet for product development, 1.5 million square feet for marketing and administrative purposes and subleased 0.9 million square feet. Included in the 11.9 million square feet of owned or leased space is a total of 1.6 million square feet that is currently unoccupied, primarily as a result of site closures at our facilities in Longmont, Colorado; Ang Mo Kio (AMK), Singapore; Milpitas, California; Scotts Valley, California; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We believe that our existing properties are in good operating condition and are suitable and adequate for the operations for which they are used. As of July 1, 2011, all of our material manufacturing facilities are operating at normal utilization levels and none of our manufacturing facilities are experiencing significant underutilization.

        In August 2009, we announced that we will close our AMK facility in Singapore. Manufacturing operations at this facility have ceased as of the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. Our hard drive manufacturing operations have been relocated to other existing facilities and our Asia International Headquarters (IHQ) remains in Singapore. The closure did not meaningfully change production capacity.

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ITEM 3.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

        See Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data—Note 13, Legal, Environmental, and Other Contingencies.

ITEM 4.    (REMOVED AND RESERVED)

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PART II

ITEM 5.    MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S SHARES, RELATED SHAREHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Market Information

        Our shares have traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "STX" since September 16, 2008, and previously traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "STX" since December 11, 2002. Prior to that time there was no public market for our shares. The high and low sales prices of our shares, as reported by both the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange, are set forth below for the periods indicated.

 
  Price Range  
Fiscal Quarter
  High   Low  

Quarter ended October 2, 2009

  $ 16.16   $ 9.25  

Quarter ended January 1, 2010

  $ 18.59   $ 13.78  

Quarter ended April 2, 2010

  $ 21.58   $ 16.47  

Quarter ended July 2, 2010

  $ 20.90   $ 12.69  

Quarter ended October 1, 2010

  $ 15.28   $ 9.84  

Quarter ended December 31, 2010

  $ 15.66   $ 11.29  

Quarter ended April 1, 2011

  $ 15.33   $ 12.26  

Quarter ended July 1, 2011

  $ 18.35   $ 14.14  

        As of August 11, 2011 there were approximately 1,280 holders of record of our ordinary shares. We did not sell any of our equity securities during fiscal year 2011 that were not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

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Performance Graph

        The performance graph below shows the cumulative total shareholder return on our ordinary shares for the period from June 30, 2006 to July 1, 2011. This is compared with the cumulative total return of the Dow Jones US Computer Hardware Index and the Standard & Poor's 500 Stock Index over the same period. The graph assumes that on June 30, 2006, $100 was invested in our ordinary shares and $100 was invested in each of the other two indices, with dividends reinvested on the date of payment without payment of any commissions. Dollar amounts in the graph are rounded to the nearest whole dollar. The performance shown in the graph represents past performance and should not be considered an indication of future performance.

COMPARISON OF 60 MONTH
CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*
Among Seagate Technology, The S&P 500 Index
And The Dow Jones US Computer Hardware Index

GRAPHIC

 
  6/30/06   6/29/07   6/27/08   7/3/09   7/2/10   7/1/11  

Seagate Technology

    100.00     97.80     89.15     49.04     62.83     78.91  

S&P 500

    100.00     118.36     100.64     70.57     80.51     105.47  

Dow Jones US Computer Hardware

    100.00     142.15     143.10     114.03     162.06     207.30  

*
$100 invested on 6/30/06 in stock and in index, including reinvestment of dividends.

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Dividends

        Our ability to pay dividends in the future will be subject to, among other things, general business conditions within the disk drive industry, our financial results, the impact of paying dividends on our credit ratings and legal and contractual restrictions on the payment of dividends by our subsidiaries to us or by us to our ordinary shareholders, including restrictions imposed by covenants in our debt instruments.

        In 2009, we adopted a policy of no longer paying a dividend to our shareholders to enhance liquidity. In 2011, we reinstated our dividend policy and declared a dividend of $0.18 per share that was paid on June 1, 2011 to our shareholders of record as of May 2, 2011. Since the closing of our initial public offering in December 2002 up to 2011, we have paid dividends, pursuant to our dividend policy then in effect, totaling approximately $1.0 billion in the aggregate. The following were dividends paid in the last two fiscal years:

  Record Date   Paid Date   Dividend
per Share
 
  May 2, 2011   June 1, 2011   $ 0.18  

Repurchases of Our Equity Securities

        On January 27, 2010, our Board of Directors authorized an Anti-Dilution Share Repurchase Program, which was publicly announced on February 1, 2010. The repurchase program authorizes us to repurchase our shares to offset increases in diluted shares, such as those caused by employee stock plans and convertible debt, used in the determination of diluted net income per share. The timing and number of shares to be repurchased by us will be dependent on general business and market conditions, cash flows generated by future operations, the price of our shares, cash requirements for other investing and financing activities, and maintaining compliance with our debt covenants. Repurchases may be made through open market or in privately negotiated transactions, pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 trading plans or other available means, such as by way of an accelerated share repurchase program, through block trades or through the purchase of call options or the sale of put options. Additionally, there is no minimum or maximum number of shares to be repurchased under the program and the authority for the Anti-Dilution Share Repurchase Program will continue until terminated by our Board of Directors.

        On November 29, 2010, the Company's Board of Directors authorized repurchases of up to an additional $2 billion of the Company's outstanding ordinary shares.

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        The following table sets forth information with respect to repurchases of our shares made during fiscal year 2011:

January 2010 Anti-Dilution Share Repurchase Program

(In millions, except average price paid per share)
  Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased
  Average Price
Paid per
Share
  Total Number of
Shares
Purchased
Under Publicly
Announced Plans
or Programs
  Approximate
Dollar Value of
Shares
Purchased Under
the Plans or
Programs
 

Cumulative repurchased from February 1, 2010 through July 2, 2010

    32.4   $ 18.02     32.4   $ 584  
 

July 3, 2010 through July 30, 2010

                 
 

July 31, 2010 through August 27, 2010

                 
 

August 28, 2010 through October 1, 2010

                 
                   

Through 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

    32.4     18.02     32.4     584  
 

October 2, 2010 through October 29, 2010

                 
 

October 30, 2010 through November 26, 2010

                 
 

November 27, 2010 through December 31, 2010

    20.7     14.75     20.7     305  
                   

Through 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

    53.1     16.74     53.1     889  
 

January 1, 2011 through January 28, 2011

                 
 

January 29, 2011 through February 25, 2011

                 
 

February 26, 2011 through April 1, 2011

                 
                   

Through 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

    53.1     16.74     53.1     889  
 

April 2, 2011 through April 29, 2011

                 
 

April 30, 2011 through May 27, 2011

                 
 

May 28, 2011 through July 1, 2011

                 
                   

Total Through 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

    53.1   $ 16.74     53.1   $ 889  
                   

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November 2010 Share Repurchase Program

(In millions, except average price paid per share)
  Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased
  Average Price
Paid per
Share
  Total Number of
Shares
Purchased
Under Publicly
Announced Plans
or Programs
  Approximate
Dollar Value of
Shares
Purchased Under
the Plans or
Programs
 
 

November 27, 2010 through December 31, 2010

      $       $  
                   

Through 2nd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

                 
 

January 1, 2011 through January 28, 2011

    9.4     13.71     9.4     130  
 

January 29, 2011 through February 25, 2011

    18.7     13.78     18.7     257  
 

February 26, 2011 through April 1, 2011

    1.4     12.65     1.4     18  
                   

Through 3rd Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

    29.5     13.71     29.5     405  
 

April 2, 2011 through April 29, 2011

                 
 

April 30, 2011 through May 27, 2011

    6.7     16.76     6.7     112  
 

May 28, 2011 through July 1, 2011

                 
                   

Total Through 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2011

    36.2   $ 14.27     36.2   $ 517  
                   

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ITEM 6.    SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

        The following selected consolidated financial data set forth below is not necessarily indicative of results of future operations, and should be read in conjunction with "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and the Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes thereto included in "Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data" of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, which are incorporated herein by reference, to fully understand factors that may affect the comparability of the information presented below.

        The Consolidated Statements of Operations data for the years ended July 1, 2011, July 2, 2010 and July 3, 2009 and the Consolidated Balance Sheet data at July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2010, are derived from our audited Consolidated Financial Statements appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Consolidated Statements of Operations data for the years ended June 27, 2008 and June 29, 2007, and the Consolidated Balance Sheet data at July 3, 2009, June 27, 2008 and June 29, 2007, are derived from our audited Consolidated Financial Statements that are not included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions, except per share data)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009(1)
  June 27,
2008
  June 29,
2007
 

Revenue

  $ 10,971   $ 11,395   $ 9,805   $ 12,708   $ 11,360  

Gross margin

    2,146     3,204     1,410     3,205     2,185  

Income (loss) from operations

    806     1,740     (2,665 )   1,376     614  

Net income (loss)

    511     1,609     (3,125 )   1,251     933  

Total assets

    9,225     8,247     7,087     10,150     9,502  

Total debt

    3,512     2,502     2,697     1,978     2,000  

Shareholders' equity

  $ 2,463   $ 2,724   $ 1,554   $ 4,667   $ 4,829  

Net income (loss) per share:

                               
 

Basic

  $ 1.13   $ 3.28   $ (6.40 ) $ 2.44   $ 1.67  
 

Diluted

    1.09     3.14     (6.40 )   2.33     1.59  

Number of shares used in per share computations:

                               
 

Basic

    451     491     488     512     558  
 

Diluted

    467     514     488     538     587  

Cash dividends declared per share

 
$

0.18
 
$

 
$

0.27
 
$

0.42
 
$

0.38
 

(1)
Includes the effect of a $2.3 billion impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets.

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Supplementary Financial Data (Unaudited)

    Quarterly Data

        The Company operated and reported financial results based on 13-week quarters in fiscal years 2011 and 2010, which ended on the Friday closest to September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30.

 
  Fiscal Year 2011 Quarters Ended  
(In millions, except per share data)
  October 1,
2010
  December 31,
2010
  April 1,
2011
  July 1,
2011
 

Revenue

  $ 2,697   $ 2,719   $ 2,695   $ 2,859  

Gross margin

    550     529     516     551  

Income (loss) from operations

    231     206     179     190  

Net income (loss)

    149     150     93     119  

Net income (loss) per share:

                         
 

Basic

  $ 0.32   $ 0.32   $ 0.21   $ 0.28  
 

Diluted

    0.31     0.31     0.21     0.27  

 

 
  Fiscal Year 2010 Quarters Ended  
(In millions, except per share data)
  October 2,
2009
  January 1,
2010
  April 2,
2010
  July 2,
2010
 

Revenue

  $ 2,663   $ 3,027   $ 3,049   $ 2,656  

Gross margin

    653     923     901     728  

Income (loss) from operations

    221     578     560     380  

Net income (loss)

    179     533     518     379  

Net income (loss) per share:

                         
 

Basic

  $ 0.36   $ 1.07   $ 1.05   $ 0.79  
 

Diluted

    0.35     1.03     1.00     0.76  

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ITEM 7.    MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

        The following is a discussion of the financial condition and results of operations for the fiscal years ended July 1, 2011, July 2, 2010, and July 3, 2009. References to "$" are to United States dollars.

        You should read this discussion in conjunction with "Item 6. Selected Financial Data" and "Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data" included elsewhere in this report. Except as noted, references to any fiscal year mean the twelve-month period ending on the Friday closest to June 30 of that year.

        Some of the statements and assumptions included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, including, in particular, statements about our plans, strategies and prospects and estimates of industry growth for the fiscal year ending July 1, 2011 and beyond. These statements identify prospective information and include words such as "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "projects," and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to us as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Current expectations, forecasts and assumptions involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors may be beyond our control. In particular, the uncertainty in global economic conditions continues to pose a risk to our operating and financial performance as consumers and businesses may defer purchases in response to tighter credit and negative financial news. Such risks and uncertainties also include, but are not limited to, the impact of the variable demand and the adverse pricing environment for disk drives, particularly in view of current business and economic conditions; dependence on our ability to successfully qualify, manufacture and sell our disk drive products in increasing volumes on a cost-effective basis and with acceptable quality, particularly the new disk drive products with lower cost structures; the impact of competitive product announcements and possible excess industry supply with respect to particular disk drive products; our ability to achieve projected cost savings in connection with restructuring plans; and the risk that our recently announced transaction with Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. ("Samsung") will not be consummated and the risk that we will incur significant costs in connection with the transaction (see Pending Transaction with Samsung below). Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements is also set forth in "Item 1A. Risk Factors" of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, which we encourage you to carefully read. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any subsequent date and we undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made. The following is a discussion of the financial condition and results of operations for the fiscal years ended July 1, 2011, July 2, 2010, and July 3, 2009.

        Our Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (MD&A) is provided in addition to the accompanying consolidated financial statements and notes to assist readers in understanding our results of operations, financial condition, and cash flows. MD&A is organized as follows:

    Our Company.  Discussion of our business.

    Business Overview.  Discussion of industry trends and their impact on our business.

    Fiscal Year 2011 Summary.  Overview of financial and other highlights affecting us for fiscal year 2011.

    Results of Operations.  Analysis of our financial results comparing 2011 to 2010 and comparing 2010 to 2009.

    Liquidity and Capital Resources.  An analysis of changes in our balance sheets and cash flows, and discussion of our financial condition including the credit quality of our investment portfolio and potential sources of liquidity.

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    Contractual Obligations and Off-Balance-Sheet Arrangements.  Overview of contractual obligations and contingent liabilities and commitments outstanding as of July 1, 2011 and an explanation of off-balance-sheet arrangements.

    Critical Accounting Estimates.  Accounting estimates that we believe are important to understanding the assumptions and judgments incorporated in our reported financial results.

Our Company

        We are the world's leading provider of hard disk drives based on revenue. We design, manufacture, market and sell hard disk drives. Hard disk drives, commonly referred to as disk drives, hard drives or HDDs, are devices that store digitally encoded data on rapidly rotating disks with magnetic surfaces. The performance attributes of disk drives, including their cost effectiveness, high quality, high storage capacities and energy efficiencies have resulted in disk drives being used as the primary medium for mass storage of electronic data.

        We produce a broad range of disk drive products addressing enterprise applications, where our products are designed for enterprise servers, mainframes and workstations; client compute applications, where our products are designed for desktop and notebook computers; and client non-compute applications, where our products are designed for a wide variety of end user devices such as digital video recorders (DVRs), personal data backup systems, portable external storage systems and digital media systems. In addition to manufacturing and selling disk drives, we provide data storage services for small- to medium-sized businesses, including online backup, data protection and recovery solutions.

        Effective as of July 3, 2010, Seagate Technology public limited company, an Irish public limited company, ("Seagate-Ireland") became the successor to Seagate Technology, an exempted company incorporated with limited liability under the laws of the Cayman Islands ("Seagate-Cayman"). In connection with the reorganization, all issued and outstanding Seagate-Cayman common shares were cancelled and ceased to exist, and Seagate-Ireland issued ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis to the holders of Seagate-Cayman common shares for each Seagate-Cayman common share that was cancelled.

Business Overview

        Our industry is characterized by several trends and factors that have a material impact on our strategic planning, financial condition and results of operations.

        Demand Trends for Disk Drives.    The Total Available Market (TAM) for hard disk drives in the fiscal year 2011 was approximately 657 million units, an increase of 4% from the prior fiscal year. The average capacity per drive shipped by the industry continued to increase and reached approximately 560 gigabytes per unit in the last quarter of the fiscal year, which represents an increase of 34% year over year. Overall storage demand increased approximately 40% year over year. We believe that continued growth in digital content requires increasingly higher storage capacity in order to store, aggregate, host, distribute, manage, back up and use such content, which we believe will continue to result in increased demand for disk drive products. In addition, we believe the continued increased demand for disk drives, in developed countries as well as in emerging economies, reflects the demand for real-time access to rich data and content driven by the impact of a highly mobile and increasingly connected user base. We believe these trends will continue as computing architectures evolve to serve the growing commercial and consumer user base throughout the world.

        Historically, the electronic data storage industry has introduced alternative technologies that directly compete with hard disk drives. SSDs, using NAND flash memory, are a potential alternative to disk drives in certain applications such as consumer handheld devices, tablets and portable external storage. However, we believe that in the foreseeable future the traditional enterprise and client compute markets that require high capacity storage solutions, as well as the data intensive client non-compute markets, will continue to

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be best served by hard disk drives based on the industry's ability to deliver reliable, energy efficient and cost effective mass storage devices.

        Disk Drives for Enterprise Storage.    We define enterprise storage as disk drives designed for mission critical applications and nearline applications.

        Mission critical applications are defined as applications that are vital to the operation of enterprises, requiring high performance, and high reliability disk drives. We expect the market for mission critical enterprise storage solutions to continue to be driven by enterprises moving network traffic to dedicated storage area networks in an effort to reduce network complexity and increase energy savings. We believe that this transition will lead to an increased demand for more energy efficient, smaller form factor disk drives. These solutions are comprised principally of high performance enterprise class disk drives with sophisticated firmware and communications technologies.

        Nearline applications are defined as applications that are capacity-intensive and require high capacity and energy efficient disk drives featuring lower costs per gigabyte. We expect such applications, which include storage for cloud computing and backup services, will continue to grow and drive demand for disk drives designed with these attributes.

        We believe the TAM for enterprise disk drives for the fiscal year 2011 was approximately 55 million units, an increase of 16% compared to the prior fiscal year. We believe that the increase in the TAM from fiscal year 2010 was driven by enterprises moving network traffic to dedicated storage area networks in an effort to reduce network complexity and increase energy savings.

        SSD storage applications have been introduced as a potential alternative to redundant system startup or boot disk drives. In addition, enterprises are gradually adopting SSDs in applications where rapid processing and/or energy efficiency is required. The timing of significant adoption of SSDs is dependent on enterprises weighing the cost effectiveness and other benefits of mission critical enterprise disk drives against the perceived performance benefits of SSDs.

        Disk Drives for Client Compute.    We define client compute applications as disk drives designed for the traditional desktop and mobile compute applications. We believe that the client compute TAM for the fiscal year 2011 was approximately 483 million units, a decrease of 1% compared to prior fiscal year. We believe that the increase in demand resulting from growing economies of certain countries and the continued proliferation of digital content will drive the demand for the client compute market.

        Disk Drives for Client Non-Compute.    We define client non-compute applications as disk drives designed for consumer electronic devices and disk drives used for external storage and network-attached storage (NAS). Disk drives designed for consumer electronic devices are primarily used in applications such as DVRs that require a higher capacity, lower cost-per-gigabyte storage solution. Disk drives for external and NAS devices are designed for purposes such as personal data backup and portable external storage, and to augment storage capacity in the consumer's current desktop, notebook, tablet or DVR. Client non-compute applications also include devices designed to display digital media in the home theater. We believe the proliferation of high definition and media-rich digital content will continue to create increasing consumer demand for higher storage solutions. As the proliferation of non-client compute applications that require minimal storage such as tablets continues, SSDs could become more competitive within the client compute market in the future.

        We believe the client non-compute TAM in the fiscal year 2011 was approximately 119 million units, an increase of 20% from the prior fiscal year primarily due to the strength of the retail market in Asia Pacific during most of the fiscal year.

    Industry Supply Balance

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materialize, price erosion may become more pronounced. Conversely, during periods where demand exceeds supply, price erosion is generally muted. For the first half of fiscal year 2011, our industry experienced a period of relative balance between supply and demand. While we believe there was unmet demand in the last quarter of fiscal year 2011 due to a reaction to possible supply chain disruptions stemming from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the industry returned to a relatively balanced supply environment at the end of the fiscal year.

    Suppliers of Components and Industry Constraints

        Due to industry consolidation, there are a limited number of independent suppliers of components, such as recording heads and media, available to disk drive manufacturers. Vertically integrated disk drive manufacturers, who manufacture their own components, are less dependent on external component suppliers than less vertically integrated disk drive manufacturers. We believe the supply chain was generally tight for the industry during most of fiscal year 2011.

    Commodity and Other Manufacturing Costs

        The production of disk drives requires rare earth elements, precious metals, scarce alloys and other industrial commodities, which are subject to fluctuations in prices, and the supply of which has at times been constrained. During the latter part of fiscal year 2011, the industry experienced significant increases in the costs of rare earth elements, which are used in magnets as well as in the process for polishing glass substrates. In addition to increased costs of components and commodities, volatility in fuel costs may also increase our costs related to commodities, manufacturing and freight. As a result, we may increase our use of ocean shipments to help offset any increase in freight costs.

    Price Erosion

        Our industry has been characterized by price declines for disk drive products with comparable capacity, performance and feature sets ("like-for-like products"). Price declines for like-for-like products ("price erosion") are more pronounced during periods of:

    economic contraction or industry consolidation in which competitors may use discounted pricing to attempt to maintain or gain market share;

    few new product introductions when multiple competitors have comparable or alternative product offerings;

    temporary imbalances between industry supply and demand; and

    seasonally weaker demand, which may cause excess supply.

        Disk drive manufacturers typically attempt to offset price erosion with an improved mix of disk drive products characterized by higher capacity, better performance and additional feature sets and/or product cost reductions.

        We expect price erosion in our industry to continue. To remain competitive, we believe it is necessary for industry participants to continue to introduce new product offerings that utilize advanced technologies ahead of the competition in order to take advantage of potentially higher initial profit margins and reduced cost structures on these new products.

    Product Life Cycles and Changing Technology

        Our industry has been characterized by significant advances in technology, which have contributed to rapid product life cycles. As a result, success in our industry has been dependent to a large extent on the ability to be the first-to-market with new products, allowing those disk drive manufacturers who introduce new products first to benefit from improved mix, favorable profit margins and less pricing pressure until comparable products are introduced. Also, because our industry is characterized by continuous price

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erosion, the existence of rapid product life cycles has necessitated quick achievement of product cost effectiveness. Changing technology also necessitates on-going investments in research and development, which may be difficult to recover due to rapid product life cycles and economic declines. Further, there is a continued need to successfully execute product transitions and new product introductions, as factors such as quality, reliability and manufacturing yields become of increasing competitive importance.

    Seasonality

        The disk drive industry traditionally experiences seasonal variability in demand with higher levels of demand in the second half of the calendar year. This seasonality is driven by consumer spending in the back-to-school season from late summer to fall and the traditional holiday shopping season from fall to winter. In addition, corporate demand is typically higher during the second half of the calendar year. However, with volatility in fuel costs, the industry may be experiencing higher levels of demand earlier in the calendar year as customers attempt to take advantage of less expensive modes of transportation, which generally require longer lead times.

Fiscal Year 2011 Summary

        Revenues for fiscal year 2011 were $11.0 billion which represented a 4% decrease in revenues from $11.4 billion in the prior fiscal year. Gross margin as a percentage of revenue decreased to 20% from 28% in the prior fiscal year. We shipped 199 million units during fiscal year 2011, which represents 3% growth over the prior fiscal year. The decline in revenue reflects the cumulative effect of the competitive pricing environment the industry experienced during the middle of calendar year 2010, partially offset by an industry-wide supply constraint experienced in the second half of fiscal year 2011 in what we believed to be a reaction to possible supply chain disruptions stemming from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The decline in gross margin reflects the effects of price erosion as well as the timing in which we were able to achieve increased manufacturing yields.

        We generated operating cash flow of $1.3 billion, used approximately $822 million to repurchase 56.8 million of our ordinary shares and used $843 million for capital expenditures. In 2011, we issued $1.3 billion in new long-term debt and we repaid approximately $377 million in existing long-term debt.

    Pending Transaction with Samsung

        On April 19, 2011, we entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with Samsung, a company organized under the laws of the Republic of Korea, pursuant to which we will acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Samsung relating to the research and development, manufacture and sale of hard-disk drives. Under the terms of the agreement, Samsung will receive consideration comprised of $687.5 million in cash and approximately 45.2 million of our ordinary shares.

        The agreement has no financing contingencies, and is subject to customary closing conditions, including review by U.S. and international regulators. The agreement contains certain termination rights for Samsung and provides that a specified fee must be paid by us to Samsung in connection with certain termination events. In certain specified circumstances, we must pay Samsung a termination fee of $72.5 million (generally if the transaction has not been consummated and the requisite regulatory approvals have not been obtained by the Expiration Date of December 31, 2011, which may be extended in certain circumstances to March 31, 2012). If regulatory approvals have been obtained but the transaction has not been consummated by the Expiration Date, then in certain specified circumstances we must pay Samsung a termination fee of $82.5 million (generally if we are in breach of the agreement and legal remedies are not awarded to Samsung).

        On May 20, 2011, we received a request for additional information from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the "FTC") in connection with the FTC's review of the pending transaction. On May 30, 2011, we received notification from the European Commission (the "EC") that the EC has decided to seek more information regarding the pending transaction. We are in the process of gathering information to

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respond to both the FTC and the EC, however, we continue to believe the transaction will close by the end of calendar year 2011.

Results of Operations

        The following table summarizes information from our consolidated statements of operations by dollars and as a percentage of revenue:

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
 

Revenue

  $ 10,971   $ 11,395   $ 9,805  

Cost of revenue

    8,825     8,191     8,395  
               

Gross margin

    2,146     3,204     1,410  

Product development

    875     877     953  

Marketing and administrative

    445     437     537  

Amortization of intangibles

    2     27     55  

Restructuring and other, net

    18     66     210  

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, net of recoveries

        57     2,320  
               

Income (loss) from operations

    806     1,740     (2,665 )
 

Other income (expense), net

    (227 )   (171 )   (149 )
               

Income (loss) before income taxes

    579     1,569     (2,814 )

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

    68     (40 )   311  
               
 

Net income (loss)

  $ 511   $ 1,609   $ (3,125 )
               

 

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(as a percentage of Revenue)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
 

Revenue

    100 %   100 %   100 %

Cost of revenue

    80     72     86  
               

Gross margin

    20     28     14  

Product development

    8     8     10  

Marketing and administrative

    4     4     5  

Amortization of intangibles

            1  

Restructuring and other, net

        1     2  

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, net of recoveries

            24  
               

Income (loss) from operations

    7     15     (28 )
 

Other income (expense), net

    (2 )   (1 )   (1 )
               

Income (loss) before income taxes

    5     14     (29 )

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

    1         3  
               
 

Net income (loss)

    5 %   14 %   (32 )%
               

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        The following table summarizes information regarding volume shipments, average selling prices (ASPs) and revenues by channel and geography:

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(In millions, except percentages and ASPs)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
 

Net Revenue

  $ 10,971   $ 11,395   $ 9,805  

Unit Shipments:

                   
 

Enterprise

    29.1     25.4     22.3  
 

Client Compute

    132.3     135.0     114.9  
 

Client Non-Compute

    37.6     32.8     26.6  
               

Total Units Shipped

    199.0     193.2     163.8  

ASPs (per unit)

  $ 54   $ 58   $ 59  

Revenues by Channel (%)

                   
 

OEM

    69 %   71 %   64 %
 

Distributors

    22 %   21 %   27 %
 

Retail

    9 %   8 %   9 %

Revenues by Geography (%)

                   
 

Americas

    29 %   26 %   28 %
 

EMEA

    20 %   22 %   27 %
 

Asia Pacific

    51 %   52 %   45 %

Fiscal Year 2011 Compared to Fiscal Year 2010

    Revenue

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  Change   %
Change
 

Revenue

  $ 10,971   $ 11,395   $ (424 )   (4 )%

        Revenue in fiscal year 2011 decreased approximately 4%, or $424 million, from fiscal year 2010. Units shipped increased 3% or 6 million units from fiscal year 2010. This decrease in revenue was due to the cumulative effect of the competitive pricing environment the industry experienced, partially offset by industry-wide supply constraints.

        We maintain various sales programs such as point-of-sale rebates, sales price adjustments and price protection, aimed at increasing customer demand. We exercise judgment in formulating the underlying estimates related to distributor and retail inventory levels, sales program participation and customer claims submittals in determining the provision for such programs. Sales programs recorded as contra revenue were approximately 8% and 6% of our gross revenue for fiscal years 2011 and 2010, respectively.

    Gross Margin

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  Change   %
Change
 

Cost of revenue

  $ 8,825   $ 8,191   $ 634     8 %

Gross margin

  $ 2,146   $ 3,204   $ (1,058 )   (33 )%

Gross margin percentage

    20 %   28 %            

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        For fiscal year 2011, gross margin as a percentage of revenue decreased to 20% from 28% in the prior fiscal year, primarily due to price erosion. In addition, gross margin was negatively impacted by delays in ramping to maturity for new products, which unfavorably affected our manufacturing yields.

    Operating Expenses

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  Change   %
Change
 

Product development

  $ 875   $ 877   $ (2 )    

Marketing and administrative

    445     437     8     2 %

Amortization of intangibles

    2     27     (25 )   (93 )%

Restructuring and other, net

    18     66     (48 )   (73 )%

Impairment of long-lived assets

        57     (57 )   (100 )%
                     
 

Operating expenses

  $ 1,340   $ 1,464   $ (124 )      
                     

        Product Development Expense.    Product development expenses for fiscal year 2011 were relatively flat from fiscal year 2010, reflecting a $28 million decrease in variable performance-based compensation, offset by an $18 million increase in spending for new programs and an $8 million decrease in research grants.

        Marketing and Administrative Expense.    The increase in Marketing and administrative expenses for fiscal year 2011 compared to fiscal year 2010 was due to a $13 million increase related to Samsung acquisition expenses, $10 million increase in litigation related expenses, and a net $11 million reduction in total compensation expenses, part of which included a $23 million decrease in variable performance-based compensation.

        Amortization of Intangibles.    Amortization of intangibles for fiscal year 2011 decreased approximately 93% from fiscal year 2010 as certain intangibles relating to the MetaLINCS, Inc. acquisitions have been fully amortized.

        Restructuring and Other, net.    During fiscal year 2011, we recorded restructuring and other charges of $18 million primarily associated with previously announced restructuring activities. Restructuring and Other, net decreased approximately $48 million when compared to the prior fiscal year, which included a $39 million charge for our AMK restructuring plan announced in August 2009 and an $18 million charge related to our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania facility.

        Impairment of Long-Lived Assets.    During fiscal year 2011, we did not record any impairment charge related to our long-lived assets. Impairment of long-lived assets decreased approximately $57 million when compared to the prior fiscal year, which included an impairment charge to adjust the carrying value of certain assets held for sale to their estimated fair value, less cost to sell.

    Other Income (Expense), net

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  Change   %
Change
 

Other expense, net

  $ (227 ) $ (171 ) $ (56 )   33 %

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        The change in Other expense, net for fiscal year 2011 compared to fiscal year 2010 was primarily due to a $40 million increase in interest expense resulting from higher average debt balances and $24 million in losses related to the redemption of debt.

    Income Taxes

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  Change   %
Change
 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

  $ 68   $ (40 ) $ 108     270 %

        We recorded an income tax provision of $68 million for fiscal year 2011 compared to an income tax benefit of $40 million for fiscal year 2010. Our fiscal year 2011 provision for income taxes included non-U.S. income taxes recorded for increases in income tax reserves for non-U.S. income tax positions taken in prior fiscal years, partially offset by tax benefits recorded for the release of income tax reserves associated with settlements of income tax audits and the expiration of certain statutes of limitation. Our fiscal year 2010 income tax benefit included $55 million of deferred tax benefit from the reversal of a portion of the U.S. valuation allowance recorded in earlier years.

        Our Irish tax resident parent holding company owns various U.S. and non-U.S. subsidiaries that operate in multiple non-Irish tax jurisdictions. Our worldwide operating income is either subject to varying rates of tax or is exempt from tax due to tax holidays or tax incentive programs we operate under in Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland and Thailand. These tax holidays or incentives are scheduled to expire in whole or in part at various dates through 2020.

        Our income tax provision recorded for fiscal year 2011 differed from the provision for income taxes that would be derived by applying the Irish statutory rate of 25% to income before income taxes primarily due to the net effect of (i) tax benefits related to non-U.S. earnings generated in jurisdictions that are subject to tax holidays or tax incentive programs and are considered indefinitely reinvested outside of Ireland, (ii) income tax expense related to intercompany transactions, (iii) a decrease in valuation allowance for certain deferred tax assets, and (iv) non-U.S. losses with no tax benefit. Our benefit for income taxes recorded for the comparative fiscal year ended July 2, 2010 differed from the provision (benefit) for income taxes that would be derived by applying the Irish statutory rate of 25% to income before income taxes primarily due to the net effect of (i) tax benefits related to non-U.S. earnings generated in jurisdictions that are subject to tax holidays or tax incentive programs and are considered indefinitely reinvested outside of Ireland, (ii) a decrease in valuation allowance for certain deferred tax assets, (iii) non-U.S. losses with no tax benefit, and (iv) tax expense related to intercompany transactions.

        Based on our non-U.S. ownership structure and subject to (i) potential future increases in our valuation allowance for deferred tax assets; and (ii) a future change in our intention to indefinitely reinvest earnings from our subsidiaries outside of Ireland, we anticipate that our effective tax rate in future periods will generally be less than the Irish statutory rate.

        At July 1, 2011, our deferred tax asset valuation allowance was approximately $1.1 billion.

        At July 1, 2011, we had net deferred tax assets of $462 million. The realization of $455 million of these deferred tax assets is primarily dependent on our ability to generate sufficient U.S. and certain non-U.S. taxable income in future periods. Although realization is not assured, we believe that it is more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will be realized. The amount of deferred tax assets considered realizable, however, may increase or decrease in subsequent periods when we re-evaluate the underlying basis for our estimates of future U.S. and certain non-U.S. taxable income.

        Approximately $364 million and $90 million of our U.S. net operating loss and tax credit carry forwards, respectively, are subject to an aggregate annual limitation of $45 million pursuant to U.S. tax law.

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        As of July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2010, we had approximately $128 million and $115 million, respectively, in unrecognized tax benefits excluding interest and penalties. The unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would impact the effective tax rate were $128 million and $115 million as of July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2010, respectively, subject to certain future valuation allowance reversals.

        It is our policy to include interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits in the provision for taxes on the Consolidated Statements of Operations. During fiscal year 2011, we recognized a net expense for interest and penalties of less than $1 million as compared to a net benefit of $1 million and $6 million during fiscal year 2010 and fiscal year 2009, respectively. As of July 1, 2011, we had $15 million of accrued interest and penalties related to unrecognized tax benefits which remain unchanged from fiscal year 2010.

        During the fiscal year ended July 1, 2011, our unrecognized tax benefits excluding interest and penalties increased by approximately $13 million primarily due to (i) reductions associated with the expiration of certain statutes of limitation of $10 million, (ii) reductions associated with effectively settled positions of $21 million, (iii) increases associated with the election to expense foreign tax credits of $1 million, (iv) increases in current year unrecognized tax benefits of $13 million (v) increases in prior year of unrecognized tax benefits of $26 million, and (vi) increases from other activity, including non-U.S. exchange losses, of $4 million.

        During the 12 months beginning July 2, 2011, we expect to reduce our unrecognized tax benefits by approximately $10 million as a result of the expiration of certain statutes of limitation and resolution of issues with relevant authorities. We do not believe it is reasonably possible that other unrecognized tax benefits will materially change in the next 12 months.

        We are subject to taxation in many jurisdictions globally and are required to file U.S. federal, U.S. state, and non-U.S income tax returns. In May 2011, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) completed its field examination of our U.S. federal income tax returns for fiscal years ending in 2005 through 2007. The IRS issued a Revenue Agent's Report and proposed certain adjustments. We are currently contesting certain of these proposed adjustments through the IRS Appeals Office. We believe that the resolution of these disputed issues will have no material impact on our financial statements.

        With respect to U.S. state and non-U.S. income tax returns, we are generally no longer subject to tax examinations for years prior to fiscal year 2003. We are also no longer subject to tax examination of U.S. federal income tax returns for years prior to fiscal year 2005.

Fiscal Year 2010 Compared to Fiscal Year 2009

    Revenue

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
  Change   %
Change
 

Revenue

  $ 11,395   $ 9,805   $ 1,590     16 %

        Revenue in fiscal year 2010 increased approximately 16%, or $1.6 billion, from fiscal year 2009 primarily due to an 18% increase in the total number of disk drives shipped. This increase in revenue reflects an industry-wide supply constraint experienced in the first half of fiscal year 2010 and a relatively balanced supply and demand environment during the March 2010 quarter resulting in muted price erosion. In the June 2010 quarter, industry supply exceeded demand and resulted in an increase in price erosion to levels typical of a June quarter.

        Sales programs recorded as contra revenue were approximately 6% and 12% of our gross revenue for fiscal years 2010 and 2009, respectively.

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    Gross Margin

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
  Change   %
Change
 

Cost of revenue

  $ 8,191   $ 8,395   $ (204 )   (2 )%

Gross margin

  $ 3,204   $ 1,410   $ 1,794     127 %

Gross margin percentage

    28 %   14 %            

        For fiscal year 2010, gross margin as a percentage of revenue increased to 28% from 14% in the fiscal year 2009 primarily as a result of an 18% increase in drive shipments, muted price erosion, a more cost-effective product mix and a substantial improvement in manufacturing capacity utilization.

    Operating Expenses

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
  Change   %
Change
 

Product development

  $ 877   $ 953   $ (76 )   (8 )%

Marketing and administrative

    437     537     (100 )   (19 )%

Amortization of intangibles

    27     55     (28 )   (51 )%

Restructuring and other, net

    66     210     (144 )   (69 )%

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, net of recoveries

    57     2,320     (2,263 )   (98 )%
                     
 

Operating expenses

  $ 1,464   $ 4,075   $ (2,611 )      
                     

        Product Development Expense.    Product development expenses for fiscal year 2010 decreased approximately 8% from fiscal year 2009 primarily due to restructuring and other cost reduction efforts, and the effect of an additional week of compensation expenses in fiscal year 2009, which was a 53-week fiscal year. These cost reduction efforts resulted in decreases of $66 million in headcount related expenses in fiscal year 2010, $38 million due to the cessation of certain product development activities, and $26 million due to the non-recurrence of accelerated depreciation expense related to the closure of our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania facility. These decreases were partially offset by increases of $48 million for variable performance-based compensation expense recorded in fiscal year 2010 compared to none in fiscal year 2009, and a $16 million benefit related to our deferred compensation plan recorded in fiscal year 2009.

        Marketing and Administrative Expense.    Marketing and administrative expenses for fiscal year 2010 decreased approximately 19% from fiscal year 2009 primarily due to restructuring and other cost reduction efforts, and the effect of an additional week of compensation expenses in fiscal year 2009, which was a 53-week fiscal year. These cost reduction efforts resulted in decreases of $69 million in headcount related expenses, $26 million in advertising costs, and $29 million in legal expenses. These decreases were partially offset by increases of $28 million for variable performance-based compensation expense recorded in fiscal year 2010 compared to none in fiscal year 2009, and a $9 million benefit related to our deferred compensation plan recorded in fiscal year 2009.

        Amortization of Intangibles.    Amortization of intangibles for fiscal year 2010 decreased approximately 51% from fiscal year 2009 as certain intangibles relating to the Maxtor Corporation ("Maxtor") and MetaLINCS, Inc. acquisitions have been fully amortized.

        Restructuring and Other, net.    During fiscal year 2010, we recorded restructuring and other charges of $66 million mainly comprised of charges related to our AMK restructuring plan announced in August 2009

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and additional restructuring charges related to our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania facility and facilities acquired as a part of the Maxtor acquisition.

        Restructuring and Other, net decreased approximately $144 million in fiscal year 2010 when compared to the fiscal year 2009, which include restructuring plans announced in January and May 2009 that were intended to realign our cost structure with the fiscal year 2009 macroeconomic business environment.

        Impairment of Goodwill and Other Long-Lived Assets, net of Recoveries.    During fiscal year 2010, we committed to a plan to sell certain equipment related to certain research activities that had ceased. In connection with this plan, we reclassified these assets as held for sale and recorded a net impairment charge of approximately $57 million to adjust the carrying value of these assets to the estimated fair value, less cost to sell.

        Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, net of recoveries decreased approximately $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2010 when compared to the fiscal year 2009 due to non-recurring $2.3 billion impairment charge we recorded in fiscal year 2009 as a result of the significant adverse change to our business climate.

    Other Income (Expense), net

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
  Change   %
Change
 

Other income (expense), net

  $ (171 ) $ (149 ) $ (22 )   15 %

        The change in Other income (expense), net for fiscal year 2010 compared to fiscal year 2009 was primarily due to a $31 million increase in interest expense resulting from higher average borrowing costs, a decrease in gains from foreign currency remeasurements of $15 million, a $13 million write-down of an equity investment in fiscal year 2010, a $12 million decrease in interest income as a result of lower yields on our cash and investments and an $8 million non-recurring gain recognized on the sale of an equity investment in fiscal year 2009. These were partially offset by a $44 million loss related to our deferred compensation plan assets recorded in fiscal year 2009.

    Income Taxes

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
  Change   %
Change
 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

  $ (40 ) $ 311   $ (351 )   (113 )%

        During fiscal year ended July 2, 2010, an enacted legislative change in U.S. tax law was taken into account in computing our income tax provision. The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, was enacted on November 6, 2009. This law allowed us to elect an increased carryback period for net operating losses incurred in 2008 or 2009 from two years to three, four or five years at our option. We recorded an $11 million income tax benefit as a result of the increased carryback period.

        We recorded an income tax benefit of $40 million for fiscal year 2010 compared to a provision for income taxes of $311 million for fiscal year 2009. Our fiscal year 2009 provision for income taxes included $271 million of income tax expense recorded in the second quarter associated with an increase in our valuation allowance for U.S. deferred tax assets related to a reduction in our forecasted U.S. taxable income.

        In connection with our previously announced plans to move our corporate headquarters to Ireland, we initiated certain pre-reorganization steps which resulted in our existing Cayman parent holding company

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becoming an Irish tax resident in fiscal year 2010. Our Irish tax resident parent holding company owns various U.S. and non-U.S. subsidiaries that operate in multiple non-Irish taxing jurisdictions. Our worldwide operating income is either subject to varying rates of tax or is exempt from tax due to tax holidays or tax incentive programs we operate under in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland and Thailand. These tax holidays or incentives are scheduled to expire in whole or in part at various dates through 2020.

        Since we became an Irish tax resident in fiscal year 2010, the Irish statutory rate of 25% is used for purposes of the reconciliation between the provision for income taxes at the statutory rate and our effective tax rate. For fiscal years 2009, a notional 35% statutory rate was used.

        Our income tax benefit recorded for fiscal year 2010 differed from the provision (benefit) for income taxes that would be derived by applying the Irish statutory rate of 25% to income before income taxes primarily due to the net effect of (i) tax benefits related to non-U.S. earnings generated in jurisdictions that are subject to tax holidays or tax incentive programs and are considered indefinitely reinvested outside of Ireland, (ii) a decrease in valuation allowance for certain deferred tax assets, (iii) non-U.S. losses with no tax benefit, and (iv) tax expense related to intercompany transactions. Our provision for income taxes recorded for the comparative fiscal year ended July 3, 2009 differed from the provision for income taxes that would be derived by applying a notional U.S. 35% rate to income before income taxes primarily due to the net effect of (i) non-deductible goodwill impairments, (ii) an increase in our valuation allowance for certain deferred tax assets, (iii) non-U.S. losses with no tax benefit, (iv) tax benefits related to tax holiday and tax incentive programs, and (v) tax expense related to intercompany transactions.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

        The following sections discuss our principal liquidity requirements, as well as our sources and uses of cash and our liquidity and capital resources. Our cash and cash equivalents are maintained in highly liquid investments with remaining maturities of 90 days or less at the time of purchase. Our short-term investments consist primarily of readily marketable debt securities with remaining maturities of more than 90 days at the time of purchase. The principal objectives of our investment policy are the preservation of principal and maintenance of liquidity. We attempt to mitigate default risk by investing in high-quality investment grade securities, limiting the time to maturity and by monitoring the counter-parties and underlying obligors closely. We monitor our investment portfolio and position our portfolio to respond appropriately to a reduction in credit rating of any investment issuer, guarantor or depository. We intend to maintain a highly liquid portfolio by investing only in those marketable securities that we believe have active secondary or resale markets. We believe our cash equivalents and short-term investments are liquid and accessible. We operate in some countries that may have restrictive regulations over the movement of cash and/or foreign exchange across their borders. These restrictions have not impeded our ability to conduct business in those countries, nor do we expect them to in the next 12 months. We are not aware of any downgrades, losses or other significant deterioration in the fair value of our cash equivalents or short-term investments and accordingly, we do not believe the fair value of our short-term investments has significantly changed from the values reported as of July 1, 2011.

    Cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, and restricted cash and investments

 
  As of  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  Change  

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 2,677   $ 2,263   $ 414  

Short-term investments

    474     252     222  

Restricted cash and investments

    102     114     (12 )
               
 

Total

  $ 3,253   $ 2,629   $ 624  
               

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        Our cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and restricted cash and investments increased by $624 million from July 2, 2010 primarily as a result of net proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt of $1.3 billion, $1.3 billion in cash provided by operating activities, and $83 million in cash received from the issuance of ordinary shares under employee stock plans. Partially offsetting this increase were $822 million of cash paid to repurchase 56.9 million of our ordinary shares, $843 million cash paid for capital expenditures, $377 million for the redemption of long-term debt and $74 million in dividends paid to our shareholders.

        The following table summarizes results of statement of cash flows for the periods indicated:

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
 

Net cash flow provided by (used in):

                   
 

Operating activities

  $ 1,264   $ 1,932   $ 823  
 

Investing activities

    (981 )   (752 )   (618 )
 

Financing activities

    131     (344 )   232  
               

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

  $ 414   $ 836   $ 437  
               

Cash Provided by Operating Activities

        Cash provided by operating activities for fiscal year 2011 was approximately $1.3 billion and includes the effects of net income adjusted for non-cash items including depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, impairment of long-lived assets, and:

    an increase of $386 million in accounts payable due to higher direct material purchases related to an increase in volume;

    an increase of $168 million related to an increase in vendor non-trade receivables; and

    an increase of $115 million in inventories related to an increase in volume.

        Cash provided by operating activities for fiscal year 2010 was approximately $1.9 billion and includes the effects of net income adjusted for non-cash items including depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, impairment of long-lived assets, and:

    an increase of $367 million in accounts receivable due to an increase in revenue; and

    an increase of $170 million in inventories due to an increase in production requirements.

        Cash provided by operating activities for fiscal year 2009 was approximately $823 million and includes the effects of a net loss adjusted for non-cash items including depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets and the income tax provision related to a change in our valuation allowance for deferred tax assets, and:

    a decrease of $372 million in accounts receivable due to a decrease in revenue, improved sales linearity and a shift in channel mix;

    a decrease of $358 million in inventories due to improved inventory and build schedule management and supply chain improvements; and

    a decrease of $296 million in accrued employee compensation primarily due to no variable performance-based compensation expense in fiscal year 2009.

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Cash Used in Investing Activities

        In fiscal year 2011, we used $981 million for net cash investing activities, which was primarily attributable to payments for property, equipment and leasehold improvements of approximately $843 million.

        In fiscal year 2010, we used $752 million for net cash investing activities, which was primarily attributable to payments for property, equipment and leasehold improvements of approximately $639 million.

        In fiscal year 2009, we used $618 million for net cash investing activities, which was primarily attributable to payments for property, equipment and leasehold improvements of approximately $633 million.

Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities

        Net cash provided by financing activities of $131 million for fiscal year 2011 was attributable to $1.3 billion in net proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt partially offset by $822 million to repurchase 56.9 million of our ordinary shares and $377 million for the repayment of our long-term debt.

        Net cash used in financing activities of $344 million for fiscal year 2010 was primarily attributable to the repayment of $350 million of our amended credit facility and the repayment and repurchases of $457 million of our long-term debt. The repayment and repurchases were paid primarily with $379 million of restricted cash, previously held in escrow. We also paid approximately $584 million to repurchase 32.4 million of our ordinary shares, which was partially offset by $587 million in net proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt and $86 million in proceeds from the exercise of stock options and employee stock purchases.

        Net cash provided by financing activities for fiscal year 2009 was attributable to $399 million in net proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt, of which $19 million was used to repay our long-term debt and the remaining proceeds of $380 million were held in escrow for the repayment and repurchase of our long-term debt. We also had proceeds of $350 million from the draw down of our credit facility offset by $132 million in dividends paid to our shareholders.

Liquidity Sources

        Our primary sources of liquidity as of July 1, 2011, consisted of: (1) approximately $3.2 billion in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments, (2) cash we expect to generate from operations and (3) a $350 million senior secured revolving credit facility. We also had $102 million in restricted cash and investments, of which $84 million was related to our employee deferred compensation liabilities under our non-qualified deferred compensation plan.

        On January 18, 2011, Seagate Technology plc, and its subsidiary Seagate HDD entered into a Credit Agreement which provides for a $350 million senior secured revolving credit facility. Seagate Technology plc and certain of its material subsidiaries fully and unconditionally guarantee, on a senior secured basis, the revolving credit facility. The revolving credit facility matures in January 2015. The revolving credit facility is available for cash borrowings and for the issuance of letters of credit up to a sub-limit of $75 million. As of July 1, 2011, no borrowings have been drawn under the revolving credit facility, and $4 million had been utilized for letters of credit. The line of credit is available for borrowings, subject to compliance with financial covenants and other customary conditions to borrowing.

        The credit agreement that governs our revolving credit facility contains certain covenants that we must satisfy in order to remain in compliance with the credit agreement, including three financial covenants: (1) minimum amount of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities; (2) a fixed charge coverage ratio;

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and (3) a net leverage ratio. As of July 1, 2011, we are in compliance with all covenants, including the financial ratios that we are required to maintain.

        We believe that our sources of cash will be sufficient to fund our operations and meet our cash requirements for at least the next 12 months.

Cash Requirements and Commitments

        Our liquidity requirements are primarily to meet our working capital, research and development and capital expenditure needs, to fund scheduled payments of principal and interest on our indebtedness, and to fund our dividend. Our ability to fund these requirements will depend on our future cash flows, which are determined by future operating performance, and therefore, subject to prevailing global macroeconomic conditions and financial, business and other factors, some of which are beyond our control.

        On July 20, 2011, we announced that our Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.18 per share, which will be payable on August 26, 2011 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 5, 2011.

        In fiscal year 2011, we issued $1.3 billion in long-term debt. We intend to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include the repayment and/or repurchase of a portion of our outstanding indebtedness, capital expenditures and investments in our business.

        As of July 1, 2011, we were in compliance with all of the covenants under our debt agreements. Based on our current outlook, we expect to be in compliance with the covenants of our debt agreements over the next 12 months.

        The carrying value of our long-term debt as of July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2010 was $3.5 billion and $2.5 billion, respectively. The table below presents the principal amounts of our outstanding long-term debt in order of maturity:

 
  As of  
(Dollars in millions)
  July 1, 2011   July 2, 2010   Change  

6.375% Senior Notes due October 2011

  $ 559   $ 560   $ (1 )

5.75% Subordinated Debentures due March 2012

        33     (33 )

2.375% Convertible Senior Notes due August 2012

        326     (326 )

10.0% Senior Secured Second-Priority Notes due May 2014

    416     430     (14 )

6.8% Senior Notes due October 2016

    600     600      

7.75% Senior Notes due December 2018

    750         750  

6.875% Senior Notes due May 2020

    600     600      

7.00% Senior Notes due November 2021

    600         600  
               
 

Total

  $ 3,525   $ 2,549   $ 976  
               

        During fiscal year 2011, we repurchased approximately 56.9 million of our ordinary shares. See Item 5. Market for Registrant's Shares, Related Shareholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities—Repurchases of Our Equity Securities.

        We expect the pending transaction with Samsung to close by the end of calendar 2011. The purchase price for this transaction includes cash consideration of $687.5 million, which we are obligated to pay upon closing. We currently expect to fund this transaction with our current sources of liquidity and cash from operations.

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        For fiscal year 2012, we expect capital investment to be at or below the low end of our targeted range of 6-8% of revenue. We require substantial amounts of cash to fund scheduled payments of principal and interest on our indebtedness, future capital expenditures and any increased working capital requirements. We will continue to evaluate and manage the retirement and replacement of existing debt and associated obligations, including the issuance of new debt securities, exchanging existing debt securities for other debt securities and retiring debt pursuant to privately negotiated transactions, open market purchases or otherwise. In addition, we may selectively pursue strategic alliances, acquisitions and investments, which may require additional capital.

Contractual Obligations and Commitments

        Our contractual cash obligations and commitments as of July 1, 2011, have been summarized in the table below:

 
   
  Fiscal Year(s)  
(Dollars in millions)
  Total   2012   2013-
2014
  2015-
2016
  Thereafter  

Contractual Cash Obligations:

                               
 

Long-term debt(1)

  $ 3,525   $ 559   $ 416   $   $ 2,550  
 

Interest payments on debt

    1,613     241     446     364     562  
 

Capital expenditures

    166     163     3          
 

Operating leases(2)

    193     42     51     23     77  
 

Purchase obligations(3)

    1,158     1,150     8          
                       
   

Subtotal

    6,655     2,155     924     387     3,189  

Commitments:

                               
 

Letters of credit or bank guarantees

    31     27     4          
                       
   

Total

  $ 6,686   $ 2,182   $ 928   $ 387   $ 3,189  
                       

(1)
Included in long-term debt for fiscal year 2012 is the principal amount of $559 million related to our 6.375% Notes.

(2)
Includes total future minimum rent expense under non-cancelable leases for both occupied and vacated facilities (rent expense is shown net of sublease income).

(3)
Purchase obligations are defined as contractual obligations for the purchase of goods or services, which are enforceable and legally binding on us, and that specify all significant terms.

        As of July 1, 2011, we had a liability for unrecognized tax benefits and an accrual for the payment of related interest totaling $75 million, $8 million of which is expected to be settled within one year. Outside of one year, we are unable to make a reasonably reliable estimate of when cash settlement with a taxing authority will occur.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

        As of July 1, 2011, we did not have any material off-balance sheet arrangements (as defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of Regulation S-K).

Critical Accounting Policies

        The methods, estimates and judgments we use in applying our most critical accounting policies have a significant impact on the results we report in our consolidated financial statements. The SEC has defined the most critical accounting policies as the ones that are most important to the portrayal of our financial condition and operating results, and require us to make our most difficult and subjective judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates of matters that are highly uncertain at the time of estimation.

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Based on this definition, our most critical policies include: establishment of sales program accruals, establishment of warranty accruals, accounting for income taxes, and the accounting for goodwill and other long-lived assets. Below, we discuss these policies further, as well as the estimates and judgments involved. We also have other accounting policies and accounting estimates relating to uncollectible customer accounts, valuation of inventory, valuation of share-based payments and restructuring. We believe that these other accounting policies and accounting estimates either do not generally require us to make estimates and judgments that are as difficult or as subjective, or it is less likely that they would have a material impact on our reported results of operations for a given period.

        Establishment of Sales Program Accruals.    We establish certain distributor and OEM sales programs aimed at increasing customer demand. For the distribution channel, these programs typically involve rebates related to a distributor's level of sales, order size, advertising or point of sale activity and price protection adjustments. For OEM sales, rebates are typically based on an OEM customer's volume of purchases or other agreed upon rebate programs. We provide for these obligations at the time that revenue is recorded based on estimated requirements. We estimate these contra-revenue rebates and adjustments based on various factors, including price reductions during the period reported, estimated future price erosion, customer orders, distributor sell-through and inventory levels, program participation, customer claim submittals and sales returns. Our estimates reflect contractual arrangements but also our judgment relating to variables such as customer claim rates and attainment of program goals, and inventory and sell-through levels reported by our distribution customers. Currently, our distributors' inventories are at the low end of the historical range.

        While we believe we have sufficient experience and knowledge of the market and customer buying patterns to reasonably estimate such rebates and adjustments, actual market conditions or customer behavior could differ from our expectations. As a result, actual payments under these programs, which may spread over several months after the related sale, may vary from the amount accrued. Accordingly, revenues and margins in the period in which the adjustment occurs may be affected.

        Significant actual variations in any of the factors upon which we base our contra-revenue estimates could have a material effect on our operating results. In fiscal year 2011, sales programs were approximately 8% of gross revenue, reflecting the cumulative effect of the competitive pricing environment during the first half of fiscal year 2011. For fiscal years 2009 and 2010, total sales programs have ranged from 6% to 12% of gross revenues. Adjustments to revenues due to under or over accruals for sales programs related to revenues reported in prior quarterly periods have averaged 0.5% of quarterly gross revenue for fiscal years 2009 through 2011, and were approximately 0.4% of quarterly gross revenue in fiscal year 2011. Any future shifts in the industry supply-demand balance as well as other factors may result in a more competitive pricing environment and may cause sales programs as a percentage of gross revenue to increase from the current or historical levels. If such rebates and incentives trend upwards, revenues and margins will be reduced.

        Establishment of Warranty Accruals.    We estimate probable product warranty costs at the time revenue is recognized. We generally warrant our products for a period of one to five years. Our warranty provision considers estimated product failure rates and trends (including the timing of product returns during the warranty periods), estimated repair or replacement costs and estimated costs for customer compensatory claims related to product quality issues, if any. We use a statistical model to help with our estimates and we exercise considerable judgment in determining the underlying estimates. Should actual experience in any future period differ significantly from our estimates, or should the rate of future product technological advancements fail to keep pace with the past, our future results of operations could be materially affected. Our judgment is subject to a greater degree of subjectivity with respect to newly introduced products because of limited experience with those products upon which to base our warranty estimates.

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        The actual results with regard to warranty expenditures could have an adverse or favorable effect on our results of operations if the actual rate of unit failure, the cost to repair a unit, or the actual cost required to satisfy customer compensatory claims differs from those estimates we used in determining the warranty accrual. Since we typically outsource our warranty repairs, our repair cost is subject to periodic negotiations with vendors and may vary from our estimates. We also exercise judgment in estimating our ability to sell certain repaired disk drives. To the extent such sales fall below our forecast, warranty cost will be adversely impacted.

        We review our warranty accrual quarterly for products shipped in prior periods and which are still under warranty. Any changes in the estimates underlying the accrual may result in adjustments that impact the current period gross margins and income. In fiscal year 2011, net favorable changes in estimates of prior warranty accruals as a percentage of revenue were not material. Our total warranty cost was 1.8%, 1.3% and 2.4% of revenue during fiscal years 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively, while warranty cost related to new shipments (exclusive of the impact of re-estimates of pre-existing liabilities) were 1.8%, 1.8% and 2.7% respectively, for the same periods. Changes in anticipated failure rates of specific products and significant changes in repair or replacement costs have historically been the major reasons for significant changes in prior estimates. Any future changes in failure rates of certain products, as well as changes in repair costs or the cost of replacement parts, may result in increased or decreased warranty accruals.

        Accounting for Income Taxes.    We account for income taxes pursuant to Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 740 (ASC 740), Income Taxes. In applying, ASC 740, we make certain estimates and judgments in determining income tax expense for financial statement purposes. These estimates and judgments occur in the calculation of tax credits, recognition of income and deductions and calculation of specific tax assets and liabilities, which arise from differences in the timing of recognition of revenue and expense for tax and financial statement purposes, as well as tax liabilities associated with uncertain tax positions. The calculation of tax liabilities involves uncertainties in the application of complex tax rules and the potential for future adjustment of our uncertain tax positions by the Internal Revenue Service or other tax jurisdictions. If estimates of these tax liabilities are greater or less than actual results, an additional tax benefit or provision will result. The deferred tax assets we record each period depend primarily on our ability to generate future taxable income in the United States and certain non-U.S. jurisdictions. Each period, we evaluate the need for a valuation allowance for our deferred tax assets and, if necessary, we adjust the valuation allowance so that net deferred tax assets are recorded only to the extent we conclude it is more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will be realized. If our outlook for future taxable income changes significantly, our assessment of the need for a valuation allowance may also change.

        Accounting for Goodwill, and Other Long-lived Assets.    We account for goodwill in accordance with ASC 350, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other. As required by ASC 350, we test goodwill of our reporting units annually during our fourth quarter or whenever events occur or circumstances change, such as an adverse change in business climate or a decline in the overall industry, that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount.

        In accordance with ASC 360-05-4, Impairment or Disposal of Long-lived Assets. We test other long-lived assets, including property, equipment and leasehold improvements and other intangible assets subject to amortization, for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying values of those assets may not be recoverable. We assess the recoverability of an asset group by determining if the carrying value of the asset group exceeds the sum of the projected undiscounted cash flows expected to result from the use and eventual disposition of the assets over the remaining economic life of the primary asset in the asset group. If the recoverability test indicates that the carrying value of the asset group is not recoverable, we will estimate the fair value of the asset group using the same approaches indicated above for ASC 360 step two and compare it to its carrying value. The excess of the carrying value over the fair value is allocated pro rata to derive the adjusted carrying value of each asset in the asset group. The adjusted carrying value of each asset in the asset group is not reduced below its fair value.

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Recent Accounting Pronouncements

        See Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data, Note 1. Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies for information regarding the effect of new accounting pronouncements on our financial statements.

ITEM 7A.    QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

        We have exposure to market risks due to the volatility of interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, equity and bond markets. A portion of these risks are hedged, but fluctuations could impact our results of operations, financial position and cash flows. Additionally, we have exposure to downgrades in the credit ratings of our counterparties as well as exposure related to our credit rating changes.

        Interest Rate Risk.    Our exposure to market risk for changes in interest rates relates primarily to our investment portfolio. At July 1, 2011, with the exception of our auction rate securities, we had no marketable securities that had been in a continuous unrealized loss position for a period greater than 12 months and determined that no investments were other-than-temporarily impaired. We currently do not use derivative financial instruments in our investment portfolio.

        We have fixed rate debt obligations. We enter into debt obligations for general corporate purposes including capital expenditures and working capital needs. We currently do not use interest rate derivatives to hedge interest rate exposure on our outstanding debt.

        The table below presents principal amounts and related weighted average interest rates by year of maturity for our investment portfolio and debt obligations as of July 1, 2011. All short-term investments mature in four years or less.

Fiscal Years Ended

(Dollars in millions, except percentages)
  2012   2013   2014   2015   2016   Thereafter   Total   Fair Value
at
July 1, 2011
 

Assets

                                                 

Cash equivalents:

                                                 
 

Fixed rate

  $ 2,590   $   $   $   $   $   $ 2,590   $ 2,590  
   

Average interest rate

    0.08 %                                 0.08 %      

Short-term investments:

                                                 
 

Fixed rate

  $ 260   $ 132   $ 68   $ 8   $   $   $ 468   $ 474  
   

Average interest rate

    1.53 %   2.34 %   1.82 %   2.98 %               1.82 %      

Long-term investments:

                                                 
 

Variable rate

  $   $   $   $   $   $ 18   $ 18   $ 16  
   

Average interest rate

                                  0.41 %   0.41 %      
                                   

Total investment securities

  $ 2,850   $ 132   $ 68   $ 8   $   $ 18   $ 3,076   $ 3,080  
   

Average interest rate

    0.21 %   2.34 %   1.82 %   2.98 %         0.41 %   0.34 %      

Debt

                                                 
 

Fixed rate

  $ 559   $   $ 416   $   $   $ 2,550   $ 3,525   $ 3,658  
   

Average interest rate

    6.38 %         10.00 %               7.14 %   7.36 %      

        Foreign Currency Exchange Risk.    We may enter into foreign currency forward exchange contracts to manage exposure related to certain foreign currency commitments and anticipated foreign currency denominated expenditures. Our policy prohibits us from entering into derivative financial instruments for speculative or trading purposes. During fiscal years 2011 and 2010, we did not enter into any hedges of net investments in foreign operations.

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changes in currency exchange rates. The changes in fair value of these hedges are recognized in earnings in the same period as the gains and losses from the remeasurement of the assets and liabilities. These foreign currency forward exchange contracts are not designated as hedging instruments under ASC 815, Derivatives and Hedging. All these forward contracts mature within 12 months.

        We evaluate hedging effectiveness prospectively and retrospectively and record any ineffective portion of the hedging instruments in Costs of Revenue on the Consolidated Statements of Operations. We did not have any material net gains (losses) recognized in Costs of Revenue for cash flow hedges due to hedge ineffectiveness or discontinued cash flow hedges during fiscal years 2011 and 2010.

        The table below provides information as of July 1, 2011 about our foreign currency forward exchange contracts. The table is provided in U.S. dollar equivalent amounts and presents the notional amounts (at the contract exchange rates) and the weighted average contractual foreign currency exchange rates.

(Dollars in millions, except average contract rate)
  Notional
Amount
  Average
Contract Rate
  Estimated
Fair
Value(1)
 

Foreign currency forward exchange contracts:

                   
 

Thai Baht

  $ 333     30.35   $ (5 )
 

Singapore Dollar

    221     1.25     4  
 

Chinese Renminbi

    78     6.38      
 

Czech Koruna

    11     16.95      
                 
   

Total

  $ 643         $ (1 )
                 

(1)
Equivalent to the unrealized net gain (loss) on existing contracts.

        Other Market Risks.    We have exposure to counterparty credit downgrades in the form of credit risk related to our foreign currency forward exchange contracts and our fixed income portfolio. We monitor and limit our credit exposure for our foreign currency forward exchange contracts by performing ongoing credit evaluations. We also manage the notional amount of contracts entered into with any one counterparty, and we maintain limits on maximum tenor of contracts based on the credit rating of the financial institutions. Additionally, the investment portfolio is diversified and structured to minimize credit risk. As of July 1, 2011, we had counterparty credit exposure of $5 million comprised of the mark-to-market valuation related to our foreign currency forward exchange contracts in a gain position. Changes in our corporate issuer credit ratings have minimal impact on our financial results, but downgrades may negatively impact our future transaction costs and our ability to execute transactions with various counterparties.

        We are subject to equity market risks due to changes in the fair value of the notional investments selected by our employees as part of our Seagate Deferred Compensation Plan (the "SDCP"). Prior to January 3, 2011, we had a Total Return Swap (TRS) in order to manage the equity market risks associated with the SDCP liabilities. Effective January 3, 2011, we cancelled the TRS, and we currently manage our exposure to equity market risks associated with the SDCP liabilities by investing directly in mutual funds that mirror the employees' investment options.

        During fiscal year 2011, approximately $1 million of our auction rate securities were called by the issuers. As of July 1, 2011 we continued to hold auction rate securities with a par value of approximately $18 million, all of which are collateralized by student loans guaranteed by the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Beginning in the March 2008 quarter, these securities have continuously failed to settle at auction. As of July 1, 2011, the estimated fair value of these auction rate securities was $16 million. We believe that the impairments totaling $2 million are temporary as we do not intend to sell these securities and have concluded it is not more likely than not that we will be required to sell the securities before the recovery of the amortized cost basis. As such, the impairment was recorded in Other comprehensive income (loss) and these securities were classified as long-term investments.

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ITEM 8.    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

        


SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions, except share and per share data)

 
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
 

ASSETS

             

Current assets:

             
 

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 2,677   $ 2,263  
 

Short-term investments

    474     252  
 

Restricted cash and investments

    102     114  
 

Accounts receivable, net

    1,495     1,400  
 

Inventories

    872     757  
 

Deferred income taxes

    99     118  
 

Other current assets

    706     514  
           

Total current assets

    6,425     5,418  

Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net

    2,245     2,263  

Deferred income taxes

    374     395  

Other assets, net

    181     171  
           
   

Total Assets

  $ 9,225   $ 8,247  
           

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

             

Current liabilities:

             
 

Accounts payable

  $ 2,063   $ 1,780  
 

Accrued employee compensation

    199     263  
 

Accrued warranty

    189     189  
 

Accrued expenses

    438     422  
 

Accrued income taxes

    14     14  
 

Current portion of long-term debt

    560     329  
           

Total current liabilities

    3,463     2,997  

Long-term accrued warranty

    159     183  

Long-term accrued income taxes

    67     59  

Other non-current liabilities

    121     111  

Long-term debt, less current portion

    2,952     2,173  
           
   

Total Liabilities

    6,762     5,523  

Commitments and contingencies (See Notes 13 and 14)

             

Shareholders' equity:

             

Preferred shares, $0.00001 par value per share—100 million authorized; no shares issued or outstanding

         

Ordinary shares, $0.00001 par value per share—1,250 million authorized; 424,611,591 issued and outstanding at July 1, 2011 and 493,008,776 issued and outstanding at July 2, 2010

         

Additional paid-in capital

    3,980     3,851  

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

    (6 )   (4 )

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

    (1,511 )   (1,123 )
           
   

Total Shareholders' Equity

    2,463     2,724  
           
   

Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

  $ 9,225   $ 8,247  
           

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

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SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In millions, except per share data)

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
 
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
 

Revenue

  $ 10,971   $ 11,395   $ 9,805  

Cost of revenue

    8,825     8,191     8,395  

Product development

    875     877     953  

Marketing and administrative

    445     437     537  

Amortization of intangibles

    2     27     55  

Restructuring and other, net

    18     66     210  

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, net of recoveries

        57     2,320  
               
 

Total operating expenses

    10,165     9,655     12,470  
               

Income (loss) from operations

    806     1,740     (2,665 )

Interest income

    7     6     17  

Interest expense

    (214 )   (174 )   (143 )

Other, net

    (20 )   (3 )   (23 )
               
 

Other income (expense), net

    (227 )   (171 )   (149 )
               

Income (loss) before income taxes

    579     1,569     (2,814 )

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

    68     (40 )   311  
               
 

Net income (loss)

  $ 511   $ 1,609   $ (3,125 )
               

Net income (loss) per share:

                   
 

Basic

  $ 1.13   $ 3.28   $ (6.40 )
 

Diluted

    1.09     3.14     (6.40 )

Number of shares used in per share calculations:

                   
 

Basic

    451     491     488  
 

Diluted

    467     514     488  

Cash dividends declared per share

  $ 0.18   $   $ 0.27  

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

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SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)

 
  Fiscal Years Ended  
 
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
  July 3,
2009
 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

                   

Net income (loss)

  $ 511   $ 1,609   $ (3,125 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash from operating activities:

                   
 

Depreciation and amortization

    754     780     931  
 

Share-based compensation

    51     57     83  
 

Loss on redemption of debt

    26          
 

Gain on sale of property and equipment

    (23 )   (4 )   (1 )
 

Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, net of recoveries

        57     2,320  
 

Deferred income taxes

    46     (36 )   306  
 

Other non-cash operating activities, net

    15     38     9  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

                   
 

Accounts receivable, net

    (95 )   (367 )   372  
 

Inventories

    (115 )   (170 )   358  
 

Accounts payable

    386     2     (79 )
 

Accrued employee compensation

    (64 )   119     (296 )
 

Accrued expenses, income taxes and warranty

    (28 )   (169 )   (131 )
 

Other assets and liabilities

    (200 )   16     76  
               
   

Net cash provided by operating activities

    1,264     1,932     823  
               

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

                   

Acquisition of property, equipment and leasehold improvements

    (843 )   (639 )   (633 )

Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment

    77     21     7  

Purchases of short-term investments

    (487 )   (373 )   (155 )

Sales of short-term investments

    159     119     89  

Maturities of short-term investments

    101     114     103  

Change in restricted cash and investments

    14     15     (128 )

Proceeds from liquidation of deferred compensation plan investments

            85  

Other investing activities, net

    (2 )   (9 )   14  
               
   

Net cash used in investing activities

    (981 )   (752 )   (618 )
               

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

                   

Proceeds from short-term borrowings

        15     350  

Net proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

    1,324     587     399  

Repayments of short-term borrowings

        (365 )    

Repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

    (377 )   (462 )   (55 )

Change in restricted cash and investments

    2     379     (380 )

Proceeds from issuance of ordinary shares under employee stock plans

    83     86     54  

Dividends to shareholders

    (74 )       (132 )

Repurchases of ordinary shares

    (822 )   (584 )    

Other financing activities, net

    (5 )       (4 )
               
   

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

    131     (344 )   232  
               
     

Increase in cash and cash equivalents

    414     836     437  

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year

    2,263     1,427     990  
               

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the year

  $ 2,677   $ 2,263   $ 1,427  
               

Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information

                   
   

Cash paid for interest

  $ 193   $ 138   $ 118  
   

Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds

    18     (14 )   10  

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

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SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

For Fiscal Years Ended July 1, 2011, July 2, 2010 and July 3, 2009
(In millions)

 
  Number
of
Ordinary
Shares
  Par
Value
of
Shares
  Additional
Paid-in
Capital
  Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
  Retained
Earnings/
(Accumulated
Deficit)
  Total  

Balance at June 27, 2008

    485   $   $ 3,574   $ (16 ) $ 1,109   $ 4,667  

Comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

                                     
 

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on cash flow hedges, net

                      12           12  
 

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on auction rate securities, net

                      1           1  
 

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on post-retirement plan costs

                      (3 )         (3 )
 

Net loss

                            (3,125 )   (3,125 )
                                     

Comprehensive loss

                                  (3,115 )
                                     

Issuance of ordinary shares under employee stock plans

    8           54                 54  

Dividends to shareholders

                            (132 )   (132 )

Share-based compensation

                83                 83  

Other, net

                (3 )               (3 )
                           

Balance at July 3, 2009

    493         3,708     (6 )   (2,148 )   1,554  

Comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

                                     
 

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on cash flow hedges, net

                      4           4  
 

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on post-retirement plan costs

                      (2 )         (2 )
 

Net income

                            1,609     1,609  
                                     

Comprehensive income

                                  1,611  
                                     

Issuance of ordinary shares under employee stock plans

    9           86                 86  

Repurchases of shares

    (32 )                     (584 )   (584 )

Share-based compensation

                57                 57  
                           

Balance at July 2, 2010

    470         3,851     (4 )   (1,123 )   2,724  

Comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

                                     
 

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on cash flow hedges, net

                      (1 )         (1 )
 

Change in unrealized gain (loss) on post-retirement plan costs

                      (1 )         (1 )
 

Net income

                            511     511  
                                     

Comprehensive income

                                  509  

Issuance of ordinary shares under employee stock plans

    12           83                 83  

Tax benefit from exercise of stock options

                2                 2  

Repurchases of shares

    (57 )                     (822 )   (822 )

Adjustment to equity component of convertible debt upon redemption

                (7 )               (7 )

Dividends to shareholders

                            (77 )   (77 )

Share-based compensation

                51                 51  
                           

Balance at July 1, 2011

    425   $   $ 3,980   $ (6 ) $ (1,511 ) $ 2,463  
                           

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

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SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY PLC

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1. Basis of Presentation and Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

    Organization

        Effective as of July 3, 2010, Seagate Technology public limited company (plc), an Irish public limited company, ("Seagate-Ireland", "Seagate" or the "Company") became the successor to Seagate Technology, an exempted company incorporated with limited liability under the laws of the Cayman Islands ("Seagate-Cayman"). In connection with the reorganization, all issued and outstanding Seagate-Cayman common shares were cancelled and ceased to exist, and Seagate-Ireland issued ordinary shares on a one-for-one basis to the holders of Seagate-Cayman common shares for each Seagate-Cayman common share that was cancelled. For presentation purposes, unless otherwise noted, common shares prior to the reorganization and ordinary shares subsequent to the reorganization are referred to herein as ordinary shares.

        The Company designs, manufactures, markets and sells hard disk drives. Hard disk drives, which are commonly referred to as disk drives or hard drives, are used as the primary medium for storing electronic data. The Company produces a broad range of disk drive products addressing enterprise applications, where its products are primarily used in enterprise servers, mainframes and workstations; client compute applications, where its products are used in desktop and notebook computers; and client non-compute applications, where its products are used in a wide variety of end user devices such as digital video recorders (DVRs), personal data backup systems, portable external storage systems and digital media systems. The Company sells its disk drives primarily to major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and retailers. In addition to manufacturing and selling disk drives, the Company provides storage services for small- to medium-sized businesses, including online backup, data protection and recovery solutions.

    Basis of Presentation and Consolidation

        The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and all its wholly-owned subsidiaries, after elimination of intercompany transactions and balances. The preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States also requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the Company's consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ materially from those estimates. The methods, estimates and judgments the Company uses in applying its most critical accounting policies have a significant impact on the results the Company reports in its consolidated financial statements. The consolidated financial statements reflect, in the opinion of management, all material adjustments necessary to present fairly the consolidated financial position, results of operations, cash flows and shareholders' equity for the periods presented.

        The Company operates and reports financial results on a fiscal year of 52 or 53 weeks ending on the Friday closest to June 30. Accordingly, fiscal years 2011 and 2010 were comprised of 52 weeks and ended on July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2010, respectively. Fiscal year 2009 was comprised of 53 weeks and ended on July 3, 2009. All references to years in these Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements represent fiscal years unless otherwise noted. Fiscal year 2012 will be 52 weeks and will end on June 29, 2012.

    Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

        Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments.    The Company considers all highly liquid investments with a remaining maturity of 90 days or less at the time of purchase to be cash equivalents. Cash equivalents are carried at cost, which approximates fair value. The Company's short-term investments are primarily comprised of readily marketable debt securities with remaining maturities of more than 90 days at the time of purchase. With the exception of restricted cash and investments, the Company has

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classified its entire investment portfolio as available-for-sale and it is stated at fair value with unrealized gains and losses included in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), which is a component of Shareholders' Equity. The amortized cost of debt securities is adjusted for amortization of premiums and accretion of discounts to maturity. Such amortization and accretion are included in interest income. Realized gains and losses are included in Other, net. The cost of securities sold is based on the specific identification method.

        Restricted Cash and Investments.    Restricted cash and investments represents cash and investments that are restricted as to withdrawal or use for other than current operations.

        Allowances for Doubtful Accounts.    The Company maintains an allowance for uncollectible accounts receivable based upon expected collectibility. This reserve is established based upon historical trends, global macroeconomic conditions and an analysis of specific exposures. The provision for doubtful accounts is recorded as a charge to general and administrative expense.

        Inventory.    Inventories are valued at the lower of cost (which approximates actual cost using the first-in, first-out method) or market. Market value is based upon an estimated average selling price reduced by estimated cost of completion and disposal.

        Property, Equipment and Leasehold Improvements.    Property, equipment and leasehold improvements are stated at cost. Equipment and buildings are depreciated using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Leasehold improvements are amortized using the straight-line method over the shorter of the estimated life of the asset or the remaining term of the lease. The costs of additions and substantial improvements to property, equipment and leasehold improvements, which extend the economic life of the underlying assets, are capitalized. The cost of maintenance and repairs to property, equipment and leasehold improvements is expensed as incurred.

        Impairment of Goodwill and Other Long-lived Assets.    The Company accounts for goodwill in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 350 (ASC 350), Intangibles—Goodwill and Other. As required by ASC 350, the Company tests goodwill of its reporting units for impairment annually during its fourth quarter or whenever events occur or circumstances change, such as an adverse change in business climate or a decline in the overall industry, that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of a reporting unit below its carrying amount.

        The Company tests other long-lived assets, including property, equipment and leasehold improvements and other intangible assets subject to amortization, for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of those assets may not be recoverable. The Company performs a recoverability test to assess the recoverability of an asset group. If the recoverability test indicates that the carrying value of the asset group is not recoverable, the Company will estimate the fair value of the asset group and the excess of the carrying value over the fair value is allocated pro rata to derive the adjusted carrying value of assets in the asset group. The adjusted carrying value of each asset in the asset group is not reduced below its fair value.

        Derivative Financial Instruments.    The Company applies the requirements of ASC Topic 815 (ASC 815), Derivatives and Hedging. ASC 815 requires that all derivatives be recorded on the balance sheet at fair value and establishes criteria for designation and effectiveness of hedging relationships.

        Establishment of Warranty Accruals.    The Company estimates probable product warranty costs at the time revenue is recognized. The Company generally warrants its products for a period of one to five years. The Company's warranty provision considers estimated product failure rates and trends (including the

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timing of product returns during the warranty periods), estimated repair or replacement costs and estimated costs for customer compensatory claims related to product quality issues, if any. Should actual experience in any future period differ significantly from its estimates, or should the rate of future product technological advancements fail to keep pace with the past, the Company's future results of operations could be materially affected. The Company also exercises judgment in estimating its ability to sell certain repaired disk drives. To the extent such sales vary significantly from the Company's forecast, warranty cost will be adversely or favorably impacted.

        Revenue Recognition, Sales Returns and Allowances, and Sales Incentive Programs.    The Company's revenue recognition policy complies with ASC Topic 605 (ASC 605), Revenue Recognition. Revenue from sales of products, including sales to distribution customers, is generally recognized when title and risk of loss has passed to the buyer, which typically occurs upon shipment from the Company or third party warehouse facilities, persuasive evidence of an arrangement exists, including a fixed or determinable price to the buyer, and when collectability is reasonably assured. Revenue from sales of products to direct retail customers and to customers in certain indirect retail channels is recognized on a sell-through basis.

        The Company records estimated product returns at the time of shipment. The Company also estimates reductions to revenue for sales incentive programs, such as price protection, and volume incentives, and records such reductions when revenue is recorded. The Company establishes certain distributor and OEM sales programs aimed at increasing customer demand. For the distribution channel, these programs typically involve rebates related to a distributor's level of sales, order size, advertising or point of sale activity and price protection adjustments. For OEM sales, rebates are typically based on an OEM customer's volume of purchases from Seagate or other agreed upon rebate programs. The Company provides for these obligations at the time that revenue is recorded based on estimated requirements. Marketing development programs are either recorded as a reduction to revenue or as an addition to marketing expense depending on the contractual nature of the program.

        Shipping and Handling.    The Company includes costs related to shipping and handling in Cost of revenue for all periods presented.

        Restructuring Costs.    The Company records restructuring activities, including costs for one-time termination benefits, in accordance with ASC Topic 420 (ASC 420), Restructuring. Severance costs accounted for under ASC 420 are recognized when management, having the appropriate authorization, has committed to a restructuring plan and has communicated those actions to employees. Employee termination benefits covered by existing benefit arrangements are recorded in accordance with ASC Topic 712, Non-retirement Postemployment Benefits. These costs are recognized when management has committed to a restructuring plan and the severance costs are probable and estimable.

        Advertising Expense.    The cost of advertising is expensed as incurred. Advertising costs were approximately $21 million, $23 million and $48 million in fiscal years 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

        Stock-Based Compensation.    The Company accounts for stock-based compensation under the fair value recognition provisions of ASC Topic 718 (ASC 718), Compensation-Stock Compensation. The Company has elected to apply the with-and-without method to assess the realization of excess tax benefits.

        Accounting for Income Taxes.    The Company accounts for income taxes pursuant to ASC Topic 740 (ASC 740), Incomes Taxes. In applying ASC 740, the Company makes certain estimates and judgments in determining income tax expense for financial statement purposes. These estimates and judgments occur in the calculation of tax credits, recognition of income and deductions and calculation of specific tax assets and liabilities, which arise from differences in the timing of recognition of revenue and expense for tax and

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financial statement purposes, as well as tax liabilities associated with uncertain tax positions. The calculation of tax liabilities involves uncertainties in the application of complex tax rules and the potential for future adjustment of the Company's uncertain tax positions by the Internal Revenue Service or other tax jurisdictions. If estimates of these tax liabilities are greater or less than actual results, an additional tax benefit or provision will result. The deferred tax assets the Company records each period depend primarily on the Company's ability to generate future taxable income in the United States and certain non-U.S. jurisdictions. Each period, the Company evaluates the need for a valuation allowance for its deferred tax assets and, if necessary, adjusts the valuation allowance so that net deferred tax assets are recorded only to the extent the Company concludes it is more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will be realized. If the Company's outlook for future taxable income changes significantly, the Company's assessment of the need for a valuation allowance may also change.

        Foreign Currency Remeasurement and Translation.    The U.S. dollar is the functional currency for substantially all of the Company's foreign operations. Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies are remeasured into U.S. dollars at the balance sheet date. The gains and losses from the remeasurement of foreign currency denominated balances into U.S. dollars are included in net income (loss) for those operations.

    Concentrations

        Concentration of Credit Risk.    The Company's customer base for disk drive products is concentrated with a small number of OEMs and distributors. The Company does not generally require collateral or other security to support accounts receivable. To reduce credit risk, the Company performs ongoing credit evaluations on its customers' financial condition. The Company establishes an allowance for doubtful accounts based upon factors surrounding the credit risk of customers, historical trends and other information. Hewlett-Packard Company and Dell Inc. each accounted for more than 10 percent of the Company's accounts receivable as of July 1, 2011.

        Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist primarily of cash equivalents, short-term investments and foreign currency forward exchange contracts. The Company further mitigates concentrations of credit risk in its investments through diversification, by limiting its investments in the debt securities of a single issuer, and investing in highly rated securities.

        In entering into foreign currency forward exchange contracts, the Company assumes the risk that might arise from the possible inability of counterparties to meet the terms of their contracts. The counterparties to these contracts are major multinational commercial banks, and the Company has not incurred and does not expect any losses as a result of counterparty defaults.

        Supplier Concentration.    Certain of the raw materials, components and equipment used by the Company in the manufacture of its products are available from a sole supplier or a limited number of suppliers. Shortages could occur in these essential materials and components due to an interruption of supply or increased demand in the industry. If the Company were unable to procure certain materials, components or equipment at acceptable prices, it would be required to reduce its manufacturing operations, which could have a material adverse effect on its results of operations. In addition, the Company has made prepayments to certain suppliers. Should these suppliers be unable to deliver on their obligations or experience financial difficulty, the Company may not be able to recover these prepayments.

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    Newly Adopted and Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

        In June 2011, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued Accounting Standard Update (ASU) No. 2011-05, Comprehensive Income (ASC Topic 220)—Presentation of Comprehensive Income. The ASU requires companies to report comprehensive income, including items of other comprehensive income, for all periods presented in a single continuous financial statement in the Consolidated Statements of Operations or split between the Consolidated Statements of Operations and a separate Consolidated Statements of Other Comprehensive Income. The ASU is effective for the Company's first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Other than requiring additional disclosures, the adoption of this new guidance will not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

        In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-04, Fair Value Measurement (ASC Topic 820)—Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRSs. The ASU requires additional disclosures about the sensitivity to changes in unobservable inputs for Level 3 measurements. In addition, for items that are not measured at fair value on the balance sheet but for which the disclosure of fair values in the footnotes is required, the ASU requires disclosures of the categorization by level within the fair value hierarchy. The ASU is effective for the Company's first quarter of fiscal year 2013. Other than requiring additional disclosures, the adoption of this new guidance will not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

        In December 2010, the FASB issued ASU No. 2010-29, Business Combinations (ASC Topic 805)—Disclosures of Supplementary Pro Forma Information for Business Combinations. The ASU clarifies that pro forma information to be disclosed should be as though the business combination(s) that occurred during the current year had occurred as of the beginning of the annual reporting period. The ASU is effective for the Company's first quarter of fiscal year 2012. The adoption of this new guidance will not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

        In January 2010, the FASB issued ASU No. 2010-06, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures (ASC Topic 820)—Improving Disclosures About Fair Value Measurements. The ASU requires new disclosures about transfers into and out of Levels 1 and 2 and separate disclosures about purchases, sales, issuances, and settlements relating to Level 3 measurements. It also clarifies existing fair value disclosures about the level of disaggregation and about inputs and valuation techniques used to measure fair value. The new disclosures and clarifications of existing disclosures are effective for the Company's third quarter of fiscal year 2010, except for the disclosures about purchases, sales, issuances, and settlements relating to Level 3 measurements, which are effective for the Company's first quarter of fiscal year 2012. Other than requiring additional disclosures, the adoption of this new guidance did not and will not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

        In October 2009, the FASB issued ASU No. 2009-13, Revenue Recognition (ASC Topic 605)—Multiple-Deliverable Revenue Arrangements, a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force. This guidance modifies the fair value requirements of ASC subtopic 605-25, Revenue Recognition-Multiple Element Arrangements by allowing the use of the best estimate of selling price (BESP) in addition to vendor-specific objective evidence (VSOE) and verifiable objective evidence (VOE) (now referred to as TPE standing for third-party evidence) for determining the selling price of a deliverable. A vendor is now required to use its best estimate of the selling price when VSOE or TPE of the selling price cannot be determined. In addition, the residual method of allocating arrangement consideration is no longer permitted. The Company implemented the provisions of this guidance beginning on July 3, 2010 on a prospective basis for all new or materially modified arrangements entered into on or after that date. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

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        In October 2009, the FASB issued ASU No. 2009-14, Software (ASC Topic 985)—Certain Revenue Arrangements That Include Software Elements, a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force. This guidance modifies the scope of ASC subtopic 985-605, Software-Revenue Recognition to exclude from its requirements (a) non-software components of tangible products and (b) software components of tangible products that are sold, licensed, or leased with tangible products when the software components and non-software components of the tangible product function together to deliver the tangible product's essential functionality. The Company implemented the provisions of this guidance beginning on July 3, 2010 on a prospective basis for all new or materially modified arrangements entered into on or after that date. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on the Company's consolidated financial statements.

2. Balance Sheet Information

    Investments

        The Company's short-term investments are primarily comprised of readily marketable debt securities with remaining maturities of more than 90 days at the time of purchase. With the exception of securities held for its non-qualified deferred compensation plan, which are classified as trading securities, the Company classifies its investment portfolio as available-for-sale. The Company recognizes its available-for-sale investments at fair value with unrealized gains and losses included in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), which is a component of shareholders' equity. The amortized cost of debt securities is adjusted for amortization of premiums and accretion of discounts to maturity. Such amortization and accretion are included in interest income. Realized gains and losses are included in Other, net. The cost of securities sold is based on the specific identification method.

        The Company's available-for-sale securities include investments in auction rate securities. Beginning in fiscal year 2008, the Company's auction rate securities failed to settle at auction and have continued to fail through July 1, 2011. Since the Company continues to earn interest on its auction rate securities at the maximum contractual rate, there have been no payment defaults with respect to such securities, and they are all collateralized, the Company expects to recover the entire amortized cost basis of these auction rate securities. The Company does not intend to sell these securities and has concluded it is not more likely than not that the Company will be required to sell the securities before the recovery of their amortized cost basis. As such, the Company believes the impairments totaling $2 million are not other-than-temporary and therefore have been recorded in Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). Given the uncertainty as to when the liquidity issues associated with these securities will improve, these securities were classified as long-term investments in the Company's Consolidated Balance Sheets.

        As of July 1, 2011, the Company's restricted cash and investments consisted of $84 million in cash and investments held in trust for payment of its non-qualified deferred compensation plan liabilities and $18 million in cash and investments held as collateral at banks for various performance obligations. As of July 2, 2010, the Company's restricted cash and investments consisted of $76 million in cash and investments held in trust for payment of its non-qualified deferred compensation plan liabilities and $38 million in cash and investments held as collateral at banks for various performance obligations.

        Effective January 3, 2011, the Company cancelled its Total Return Swap (TRS), which had been used to manage the equity market risks associated with its Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan—the Seagate Deferred Compensation Plan (the "SDCP"). Currently, the Company manages its exposure to equity market risks associated with the deferred compensation liabilities by investing directly in mutual funds that mirror the employees' investment options. The Company classified investments held to satisfy the deferred compensation liabilities as trading securities.

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        The following table summarizes, by major type, the fair value and amortized cost of the Company's investments as of July 1, 2011:

(Dollars in millions)
  Amortized
Cost
  Unrealized
Gain/(Loss)
  Fair
Value
 

Available-for-sale securities:

                   
 

Commercial paper

  $ 1,729   $   $ 1,729  
 

Money market funds

    815         815  
 

U.S. treasuries and agency bonds

    190         190  
 

Certificates of deposit

    136         136  
 

Corporate bonds

    116         116  
 

Auction rate securities

    18     (2 )   16  
 

Other debt securities

    96           96  
               

    3,100     (2 )   3,098  

Trading securities

    80     4     84  
               
   

Total

  $ 3,180   $ 2   $ 3,182  
               

Included in Cash and cash equivalents

              $ 2,590  

Included in Short-term investments

                474  

Included in Restricted cash and investments

                102  

Included in Other assets, net

                16  
                   
   

Total

              $ 3,182  
                   

        As of July 1, 2011, with the exception of the Company's auction rate securities, the Company had no available-for-sale securities that had been in a continuous unrealized loss position for a period greater than 12 months. The Company determined no available-for-sale securities were other-than-temporarily impaired as of July 1, 2011.

        The fair value of the Company's investments in debt securities classified as available-for-sale at July 1, 2011 by remaining contractual maturity was as follows:

(Dollars in millions)
  Amortized
Cost
  Fair
Value
 

Due in less than 1 year

  $ 2,876   $ 2,876  

Due in 1 to 3 years

    206     206  

Thereafter

    18     16  
           
 

Total

  $ 3,100   $ 3,098  
           

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        The following table summarizes, by major type, the fair value and amortized cost of the Company's investments as of July 2, 2010:

(Dollars in millions)
  Amortized
Cost
  Unrealized
Gain/(Loss)
  Fair
Value
 

Available-for-sale securities:

                   
 

Commercial paper

  $ 1,231   $   $ 1,231  
 

Money market funds

    833         833  
 

U.S. treasuries and agency bonds

    154     1     155  
 

Other debt securities

    134         134  
 

Auction rate securities

    19     (2 )   17  
               
   

Total

  $ 2,371   $ (1 ) $ 2,370  
               

Included in Cash and cash equivalents

              $ 2,101  

Included in Short-term investments

                252  

Included in Other assets, net

                17  
                   
   

Total

              $ 2,370  
                   

        As of July 2, 2010, with the exception of the Company's auction rate securities, the Company had no available-for-sale securities that had been in a continuous unrealized loss position for a period greater than 12 months. The Company determined no available-for-sale securities were other-than-temporarily impaired as of July 2, 2010.

Accounts Receivable, net

(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
 

Accounts receivable

  $ 1,505   $ 1,410  

Allowance for doubtful accounts

    (10 )   (10 )
           

  $ 1,495   $ 1,400  
           

        Activity in the allowance for doubtful accounts is as follows:

(Dollars in millions)
  Balance at
Beginning of
Period
  Charges to
Operations
  Deductions(1)   Balance at
End of
Period
 

Fiscal year ended July 3, 2009

  $ 6   $ 4   $   $ 10  

Fiscal year ended July 2, 2010

  $ 10   $ 1   $ (1 ) $ 10  

Fiscal year ended July 1, 2011

  $ 10   $ 1   $ (1 ) $ 10  

(1)
Uncollectible accounts written off, net of recoveries.

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Inventories

(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
 

Raw materials and components

  $ 286   $ 263  

Work-in-process

    201     145  

Finished goods

    385     349  
           

  $ 872   $ 757  
           

Other Current Assets

(Dollars in millions)
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
 

Vendor non-trade receivables

  $ 519   $ 351  

Other

    187     163  
           

  $ 706   $ 514  
           

        Other current assets include non-trade receivables from certain manufacturing vendors resulting from the sale of components to these vendors who manufacture and sell completed sub-assemblies back to the Company. The Company does not reflect the sale of these components in Revenue and does not recognize any profits on these sales. The costs of the completed sub-assemblies are included in inventory upon purchase from the vendors.

Property, Equipment and Leasehold Improvements, net

(Dollars in millions)
  Useful Life
in Years
  July 1,
2011
  July 2,
2010
 

Land

      $ 29   $ 22  

Equipment

  3 – 5     5,988     5,309  

Buildings and leasehold improvements

  Up to 48     1,203     1,164  

Construction in progress

        163     347  
               

        7,383     6,842  

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

        (5,138 )   (4,579 )
               

      $ 2,245   $ 2,263  
               

        Depreciation expense, which includes amortization of leasehold improvements, was $748 million, $745 million and $862 million for fiscal years 2011, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Additionally, depreciation expense in fiscal year 2009 included $57 million of accelerated depreciation charges related primarily to the closure of the Company's Milpitas, California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania facilities.

        Interest on borrowings related to eligible capital expenditures is capitalized as part of the cost of the qualified assets and amortized over the estimated useful lives of the assets. During fiscal years 2011, 2010 and 2009, the Company capitalized interest of $5 million, $3 million and $6 million, respectively.

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3. Impairment of Goodwill and Other Long-lived Assets

    Goodwill

        The Company tests goodwill for impairment on an annual basis and, if required, at an interim date should events occur or circumstances change that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of goodwill below its carrying value.

        The Company did not record any goodwill impairment since fiscal year 2009. During fiscal year 2009, the Company observed a sharp deterioration in the general business environment and in all of its major markets. The Company determined that a significant adverse change in its business climate had occurred, and completed a review of goodwill for impairment.

        As a result, in the fiscal year 2009, the Company recorded impairment charges of approximately $2.2 billion for the goodwill of the Hard Disk Drive reporting unit, representing its entire carrying value, and $150 million for the goodwill of the Services reporting unit reducing the carrying value to $31 million. These impairment charges were included in Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, net of recoveries in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. The Company concluded that goodwill in the amount of $31 million, which relates entirely to the Company's Services reporting unit, was not impaired as of July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2010.

    Other Long-lived Assets (Property, equipment, leasehold improvements, and other intangible assets)

        The Company tests other long-lived assets, including property, equipment and leasehold improvements and other intangible assets, subject to amortization, for recoverability whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying value may not be recoverable.

        During fiscal year 2010, the Company committed to a plan to sell certain equipment related to certain research activities that had ceased. The Company recorded a charge of $57 million in order to write down the carrying amount of these assets to estimated fair value less costs to sell. As of July 1, 2011, the Company has completed the sale of these assets.

        During fiscal year 2009, the Company determined that the adverse change in the business climate discussed under "Goodwill" above was also an indicator requiring the testing of its other long-lived assets for recoverability. The Company determined that the asset group to be tested for recoverability was at the reporting unit level as it was the lowest level at which cash flows were identifiable. The Company tested the other long-lived assets of both the Hard Disk Drive and Services reporting units for recoverability and concluded that the carrying value of the Hard Disk Drive reporting unit was recoverable while that of the Services reporting unit was not.

        The Company recorded impairment charges of $3 million for the property and equipment and intangible assets of the Services reporting unit during fiscal year 2009. The Company recorded these impairment charges in Impairment of goodwill and other long-lived assets, net of recoveries in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. No impairment charge was recorded for the intangible assets or property, equipment and leasehold improvements of the Hard Disk Drive reporting unit.

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material as of July 1, 2011 and July 2, 2010. In fiscal years 2011, 2010 and 2009, amortization expense for other intangible assets was $6 million, $35 million and $69 million, respectively.

4. Restructuring and Exit Costs

        During fiscal year 2011, the Company recorded restructuring and other charges of $18 million, mainly comprised of charges related to its AMK restructuring plan announced in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 and costs associated with the closure of facilities previously announced. During fiscal year 2010, the Company recorded restructuring and other charges of $66 million mainly comprised of charges related to its AMK restructuring plan announced in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010 and additional restructuring charges related to its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania facility and facilities acquired as part of the 2006 acquisition of Maxtor Corporation ("Maxtor"). During fiscal year 2009, the Company recorded restructuring and other charges of $210 million, comprised mainly of charges related to the May 2009 Plan and January 2009 Plan, both intended to realign its cost structure with the macroeconomic business environment. All restructuring charges are reported in Restructuring and other, net in the Consolidated Statements of Operations, unless otherwise noted. The Company's significant restructuring plans are described below.

        2010 Plan.    From the inception of the Company's restructuring plan announced in fiscal year 2010 as a result of the ongoing focus on cost efficiencies in all areas of its business, the Company recorded a total of $4 million related to employee termination costs prior to fiscal year ended July 1, 2011; no additional charges were incurred during the fiscal year 2011. The Company made cash payments of $2 million and completed the plan during the fiscal year ended July 1, 2011.

        AMK Plan.    In August 2009, the Company announced that it would close its AMK facility in Singapore. Manufacturing operations at this facility had ceased as of the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. The hard drive manufacturing operations have been relocated to other existing Seagate facilities and the Company's Asia International Headquarters (IHQ) remains in Singapore. This closure and relocation is part of the Company's ongoing focus on cost efficiencies in all areas of its business and is intended to facilitate leveraging manufacturing investments across fewer sites. The Company currently estimates total restructuring charges of approximately $60 million, all in cash, including approximately $40 million for post-employment benefits, approximately $10 million for the relocation of manufacturing equipment, and approximately $10 million for other plant closure and relocation costs. From the inception of the plan the Company has recorded $48 million in restructuring charges. During fiscal year 2011, the Company accrued total restructuring charges of $3 million related to post-employment benefits and $6 million related to other exit costs. The Company made cash payments of $38 million relating to this plan during fiscal year 2011.

        Other Restructuring and Exit Costs.    Through July 1, 2011, the Company has recorded restructuring related charges of approximately $120 million, net of adjustments, related to the previously announced closures of its Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Milpitas, California facilities, and also has recorded certain exit costs aggregating to $270 million related to its acquisition of Maxtor. These plans are currently expected to result in total charges of approximately $410 million. During the year ended July 1, 2011, the Company recorded restructuring charges of $4 million related to facility lease obligations, $3 million related to post-employment benefits and $2 million related to other exit costs. The Company made cash payments of $23 million on these and other smaller restructuring plans. Payment of these exit costs are expected to continue through the end of fiscal year 2017.

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        The following table summarizes the Company's restructuring activities for fiscal years 2011, 2010 and 2009:

(Dollars in millions)
  Post-
Employment
Benefits
  Operating
Leases
  Other
Exit
Costs
  Total  

All Restructuring Activities

                         
 

Accrual balances at June 27, 2008

  $ 52