Citrix Posts Solid Fourth Quarter, Awaits Desktop Virtualization Breakout

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Virtualization vendor Citrix reported higher revenues and net income for its fourth quarter and said the year showed great promise for adoption of desktop virtualization technology.

At the beginning of the year that many are saying will be the year desktop virtualization is finally ready for prime time, virtualization vendor Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) is off to an auspicious start.

Citrix reported fiscal 2009 fourth quarter revenue of $451 million compared to $416 for the same period a year ago – growing 9 percent. For the fiscal year 2009, Citrix reported revenue of $1.61 billion compared to $1.58 billion for 2008 – a 2 percent increase in a year when many technology vendors saw double-digit declines.

Citrix reported net income of $88 million, or 47 cents per diluted share for Q4 compared to $60 million, or 33 cents per diluted share for the same period last year. For the year, net income was $191 million or $1.03 per diluted share, compared to $178 million or 96 cents per diluted share for the previous year.

"In the fourth quarter, we saw a lot of interest in desktop virtualization," said Mark Templeton, president and CEO, in a prepared statement. "That combined with the timely launch of XenDesktop and uncommitted IT budget dollars, helped propel a record-breaking quarter.

"We continue to see CIOs looking for ways to simplify and drive costs out of enterprise computing. Going forward, we’ll set our sights on helping those CIOs by bringing desktop virtualization to the mainstream, broadening the reach of Web collaboration, and powering public and private clouds," he added.

Citrix said it expects net revenue for the first quarter in the range of $405 million to $410 million, and diluted earnings per share in the range of 23 cents to 25 cents.

For the year 2010 Citrix is forecasting net revenue in the range of $1.74 billion to $1.76 billion and diluted earnings per share in the range of $1.33 to $1.34.

"We were impressed with the company’s performance on the large deal front and improved execution within both the Americas and international markets," said financial analyst firm FBR Research in a brief report following Citrix’s earnings release. "We believe this is a positive dynamic that should provide tailwinds for the company as it marches into FY10. That said, we remain on the sidelines, given our belief that the next few quarters could prove to be challenging, as enterprises prioritize their 2010 IT spending budgets in a slowly recovering macro environment."

Further, the firm says it remains to be seen whether 2010 will be a breakout year for desktop virtualization as companies are still learning about how their concerns about the technology will be addressed going forward

FBR Research said it was raising its revenue estimates for the first quarter to $408.1 million and for the year to $175 billion.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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