Red Hat Tops Its Records in Revenue, SalesBy Channel Insider Staff | Print
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Continued growth in its enterprise subscription revenue helps the company's total revenue for fiscal year 2005 jumps to $196.5 million, an increase of 58 percent from 2004.Red Hat on Thursday announced record revenue and profits for its fourth quarter and its 2005 fiscal year, which ended Feb. 28.
The Raleigh, N.C., company's total revenue for fiscal year 2005 jumped to $196.5 million, an increase of 58 percent from 2004. For the fourth quarter of 2005, the revenue was $57.5 million. This was a year-over-year increase of 56 percent and a third to fourth quarter leap of 13 percent.
Red Hat reported net income of $45.4 million, or 24 cents per diluted share for 2005, up from 8 cents per diluted share last year. For cash flow, Red Hat saw an increase of 100 percent over 2004 as its cash flow hit $122.2 million.
At the same time, Red Hat announced that it is expanding its stock repurchase plan to $250 million, and that it already has spent $100 million on buybacks.
"We are very pleased with the strong momentum of the Linux marketplace, and our business in particular," Charlie Peters, Red Hat's chief financial officer, said in a statement.
"Based on publicly available information, we believe our enterprise subscription revenue run rate is more than six times that of the No. 2 Linux provider [Novell Inc.]"
George Weiss, a Gartner Group vice president, said Red Hat's gains and Novell's also-run status have been because of poor business execution on Novell's part and "Red Hat's superior, established, extremely strong position in the market."
"Linux users don't seem to be inclined to make a switch," Weiss said, adding that "Red Hat is growing at market space, while Novell is showing only incremental growth."
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