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Red Hat Reports Fiscal Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2009 Results

Annual revenue of $653 million, up 25% from prior year Full year GAAP EPS of $0.39, non-GAAP EPS of $0.86 Annual Operating Cash-flow of $236 million

RALEIGH, N.C.

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended February 28, 2009.

Total revenue for the quarter was $166.2 million, an increase of 18% from the year ago quarter and 1% from the prior quarter. Subscription revenue for the quarter was $139.4 million, up 14% year-over-year and 3% from the prior quarter. For the full year, total revenue was $652.6 million, an increase of 25% over the prior year, and subscription revenue was $541.2 million, up 20% year-over-year.

GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter and the full fiscal year 2009 was $20.2 million and $82.5 million, respectively. After adjusting for stock compensation and amortization expenses, non-GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $39.8 million, or a 23.9% operating margin, up 70 basis points from the prior quarter and 180 basis points from the year ago quarter. Full year non-GAAP operating income was $148.4 million, an increase of 24% from the prior year.

GAAP net income for the quarter was $16.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared with $24.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the prior quarter and $22.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the year ago quarter. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the quarter was $42.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, after adjusting for stock compensation, amortization and tax expense as detailed in the tables below. This compares to non-GAAP adjusted net income of $48.4 million, or $0.24 per diluted share in the prior quarter and $45.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share in the year ago quarter. Both the prior quarter and the year ago fourth quarter included one-time gains in other income of $4.1 million and $4.7 million respectively that are not included in the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter.

For the full year, GAAP net income was $78.7 million or $0.39 per diluted share, compared with $76.7 million or $0.36 per diluted share in the prior year. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the year was $178.1 million or $0.86 per diluted share, compared to $165.3 million and $0.77 per diluted share for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2008.

Operating cash flow totaled $59.7 million for the quarter and $236.4 million for the full year. At year end, the company's total deferred revenue balance was $543.1 million, an increase of 15% on a year-over-year basis and 8% sequentially. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of February 28, 2009 were $846.1 million after redeeming the remaining balance of $285.5 million of convertible debentures during the quarter.

"Our ability to demonstrate real value and deliver cost savings to our customers enabled us to achieve significant new milestones during the quarter, including billings in excess of $200 million and more than 100 deals in excess of $250,000. Our value proposition is even more compelling in a challenging economic environment, and we believe that's a key driver to our solid financial results and market share gains," stated Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. "For the full fiscal year, we achieved an impressive combination of 25% revenue growth, 24% non-GAAP operating income growth and operating cash flow of $236 million, while renewing 100% of our top 25 customers up for renewal each quarter."

"Solid execution by our associates and focused expense management on a continuing basis has enabled us to exceed our guidance for non-GAAP operating margins and EPS for the fourth quarter," stated Charlie Peters, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat. "We continue to enhance the company's already strong financial profile. We ended the fiscal year with cash and cash equivalents and investments of $846 million and essentially no debt. During fiscal year 2009, we redeemed $570 million in convertible debt and repurchased 2.9 million shares of the company's common stock, which reduced our diluted share count by more than 10%. In summary, it was a strong year in a very difficult economic climate."

Additional information on Red Hat's reported results, including a reconciliation of the non-GAAP adjusted results, are included in the financial tables below. A live webcast of Red Hat's results will begin at 5:00 pm ET today and can be accessed by the general public at Red Hat's investor relations website at http://investors.redhat.com. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the live event has ended.

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Red Hat, the world's leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for five consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands - except per share amounts)
                                         
                                         
                Three Months Ended       Twelve Months Ended
                February 28,       February 29,       February 28,       February 29,
                2009       2008       2009       2008
Revenue:                            
                                         
    Subscriptions   $139,356       $121,862       $541,210       $449,811
    Training and services   26,865       19,631       111,362       73,205
                                         
                                         
        Total subscription, training and services revenue   166,221       141,493       652,572       523,016
                                         
Cost of revenue:                            
                                         
    Subscriptions   9,819       9,389       37,267       33,581
    Training and services   15,834       12,011       68,859       47,072
                                         
                                         
        Total cost of subscription, training and services revenue   25,653       21,400       106,126       80,653
                                         
                                         
  Total gross profit   140,568       120,093       546,446       442,363
                                         
Operating expense:                            
  Sales and marketing   61,202       52,093       238,552       192,049
  Research and development   34,993       26,316       130,177       97,417
  General and administrative   24,136       23,512       95,196       82,525
                                         
    Total operating expense   120,331       101,921       463,925       371,991
                                         
Income from operations   20,237       18,172       82,521       70,372
Other income, net   5,216       18,371       43,809       60,420
Interest expense   (433)       (1,611)       (4,798)       (6,252)
                                         
Income before provision for income taxes   25,020       34,932       121,532       124,540
Provision for income taxes   9,032       12,926       42,811       47,873
                                         
Net income   $15,988       $22,006       $78,721       $76,667
                                         
Net income-diluted   $16,210       $22,929       $81,597       $80,274
                                         
Net income per share:                            
  Basic   $0.08       $0.11       $0.41       $0.40
  Diluted   $0.08       $0.10       $0.39 </ d>      

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Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to delays or reductions in information technology spending; the effects of industry consolidation; the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; risks related to data and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective management of, and control over, the Company’s growth and international operations; fluctuations in exchange rates; and changes in and a dependence on key personnel, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov), including those found therein under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.