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Red Hat Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Year End Results

Sequential quarterly increase of 80% in sales of Red Hat Enterprise Linux technologies, 75% increase in deferred revenues, $3 million in operating cash flows, and 26% quarterly growth in Enterprise revenues highlight the quarter

RALEIGH, N.C

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003, Red Hat achieved revenue of $25.9 million, a sequential increase of 7% compared to $24.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2003, and a year-over-year increase of 40%.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003, the company was break-even on a net income and per share basis, which includes $900,000 of foreign currency loss. This compares to a net income of $214,000, or break-even per share, in the prior quarter, and a net loss of $42.3 million, or $0.25 per share in the same quarter a year ago.

The company generated $3.0 million in positive cash flows from operations during the fourth quarter, which represents its third consecutive quarter of positive cash flows from operations. The company ended the year with a cash balance of $292 million, an increase of $5.4 million as compared to the balance at the end of the prior fiscal year.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003, the company increased its deferred revenue balance to $17.8 million, an increase of $7.6 million, or 75% as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2003.

Highlights for the fourth quarter include:

  • Fourth quarter sales of subscriptions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (formerly Advanced Server) increased by 4,500 to 16,500 subscriptions, an increase of 38% as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2003.
  • Total subscription revenues, including revenues from retail subscriptions, grew 10% sequentially and 43% year-over-year.
  • Total Enterprise revenues, including technologies and services, grew 26% sequentially and 73% year-over-year.
  • Subscription revenues from Enterprise Technologies grew 54% sequentially and 103% year-over-year.
  • Blended gross margins improved to 68%, while gross margins of Enterprise subscription technologies, including retail revenues, remained strong at 81%.
  • Red Hat shipped 5,000 units of Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS in its first full quarter of availability.
  • The company's operating results improved by $800,000 compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2003.

For the fiscal year ended on February 28, 2003, the company reported revenues of $90.9 million, an increase of 15% as compared to fiscal 2002 revenues of $78.9 million. The company reported a net loss of $6.4 million for fiscal 2003, or $0.04 per share, compared to a net loss of $140.2 million, or $0.83 per share, for fiscal 2002.

"Through strong performance of all our enterprise technologies, Red Hat was able to achieve steady, consistent growth in fiscal 2003?, stated Kevin Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "In a difficult environment, Red Hat delivered four consecutive quarters of revenue growth, increasing positive cash flows, and decreasing operating losses".

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