* Q1 adj EPS $0.25 vs est $0.27
* Q1 rev $2.7 bln vs est $2.66 bln (Adds details, analyst estimates, background)
April 19 (Reuters) - Seagate Technology Plc posted a third-quarter profit below market expectations on lower hard-drive shipments.
It also announced a deal to buy Samsung Electronics Co’s hard disk business for $1.4 billion in cash and stock, a month after rival Western Digital Corp bought Hitachi Ltd’s hard drive business.[ID:nL3E7FJ1GA]
Seagate earned 25 cents a share on an adjusted basis for the three-month period ended April 1.
Analysts, on average, were looking for 27 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Seagate shipped 49 million drives during the quarter, compared with 50.3 million units in the year-ago period.
The company reported third-quarter revenue of $2.7 billion, marginally above $2.66 billion pegged by Wall Street analysts.
Seagate, which counts companies like Hewlett-Packard and Dell Inc among its customers, had last week reinstated its dividend. [ID:nL3E7F73QV] (Reporting by Himank Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Joyjeet Das)