Seagate forecasts higher Q4 profit on boost from cloud customers

(Reuters) - Seagate Technology on Tuesday forecast fourth-quarter profit above Wall Street estimates after beating earnings estimates for the most recent quarter, driven by higher demand for its memory chips from cloud customers.

Dublin, Ireland-based Seagate forecast June-quarter adjusted per share earnings of 70 cents, plus or minus 20 cents, compared to analysts' estimates of 60 cents, per LSEG data. Its revenue forecast with a mid-point of $1.85 billion was in line with estimates.

"Seagate's March quarter revenue grew 6% and non-GAAP EPS more than doubled over the December quarter as we benefit from improving cloud demand, our strong operating discipline and price execution," CEO Dave Mosley said in a statement.

Storage devices makers were hit last year as key electronics-makers including computers and smartphone firms cut back orders due to soft demand. Even as those sales recover this year, advances in artificial intelligence technology has boosted demand for cloud computing, driving investments in data centers that use Seagate's memory chips.

The company posted an adjusted profit of 33 cents per share in its third quarter ended March 29, above expectations of 29 cents. Revenue, however, fell 11% to $1.66 billion, falling short of estimates.

Rival Western Digital reports its quarterly results on Thursday.

(Reporting by Yuvraj Malik in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)