Mar. 31, 2014, 4:27 PM
- Seagate's (STX) $294M purchase of hard drive equipment/storage subsystem maker Xyratex (XRTX), announced on Dec. 23, is officially on the books.
- With Xyratex's third-party hard drive equipment clients likely to start looking elsewhere, the business is expected to produce just $500M-$600M in revenue during Seagate's FY15 (ends July 3, 2015), and be neutral to EPS during the year. Xyratex had revenue of $814.3M and EPS of $0.15 during its FY13 (ended Nov. '13).
- Analysts have argued Xyratex rival Teradyne (TER) will benefit from the deal, as Western Digital/Toshiba step up their orders.
- Opinions have been mixed on whether the deal is a smart move for Seagate: Those who like it think Seagate's hard drive manufacturing ops and /R&D will benefit from further vertical integration, and see a major opportunity to sell Xyratex's ClusterStor systems to Web/cloud providers. Those who don't are worried about channel conflict with both hard drive equipment buyers and Seagate's storage OEM clients.
Dec. 23, 2013, 9:25 AM
- Seagate (STX) is acquiring hard drive equipment/storage subsystem maker Xyratex (XRTX) for $13.25/share, or $294M if excluding $80M in cash on hand. The price represents a 27% premium to Xyratex's Friday close. (PR)
- By acquiring Xyratex, which has counted Seagate, Western Digital (WDC), and Toshiba among its clients (the latter two might now now turn to other suppliers), Seagate is vertically integrating in an effort to gain a manufacturing edge. The purchase comes shortly after Western beat Seagate to the punch in shipping helium drives (they're lighter, denser, and more power-efficient than conventional drives), a technology long promoted by Xyratex.
- The deal also increases Seagate's enterprise storage exposure. As SA Pro contributor Kingsley Park Capital has noted, Xyratex, historically focused on relatively low-end solutions, recently launched ClusterStor, a solution aimed at the growing, higher-margin HPC storage market.
- Seagate expects the purchase to contribute $500M-$600M to FY15 (ends June '15) revenue, and to be neutral to FY15 EPS. The deal is expected to close by mid-2014. Activist investor Baker Street Capital, which has a large stake in Xyratex, backs the deal.
Jan. 14, 2013, 12:32 PM
Xyratex (XRTX +10%) rallies after activist firm Baker Street Capital discloses its stake is now at 23%, and issues an open letter in which it: 1) Nominates 3 board members. 2) Calls on Xyratex to halt its big investments in HPC and cloud hardware solutions, as well as curtail SG&A spending. 3) Estimates the company is trading at only 2.2x the EBITDA produced by its core storage system and hard drive equipment ops (exc. cash). Xyratex rose on Friday in spite of providing disappointing guidance to go with its FQ4 beat.| Jan. 14, 2013, 12:32 PM | 3 Comments