Red Hat Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2014 Results

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- Fourth quarter revenue of $400 million, up 15% year-over-year; full fiscal year revenue of $1.53 billion, up 15% year-over-year
- Fourth quarter subscription revenue of $351 million, up 16% year-over-year; full fiscal year subscription revenue of $1.34 billion, up 16% year-over-year
- Fourth quarter operating cash flow of $185 million, up 35% year-over-year; full fiscal year operating cash flow of $541 million, up 16% year-over-year
- Year-end deferred revenue balance of $1.29 billion, up 18% year-over-year

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, 2014.

Total revenue for the quarter was $400 million, an increase of 15% in U.S. dollars from the year ago quarter, or 17% measured in constant currency. Constant currency references in this release are as detailed in the tables below. Subscription revenue for the quarter was $351 million, up 16% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 18% measured in constant currency. For the full fiscal year, total revenue was $1.53 billion, up 15% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 17% measured in constant currency, and subscription revenue was $1.34 billion, up 16% in U.S. dollars year-over-year, or 18% measured in constant currency.

"The fourth quarter was a strong finish to fiscal 2014, and it was highlighted by a record number of deals over $1 million and 24% growth in our billings proxy to $565 million,” stated Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. "Continued strong demand for Red Hat’s technology portfolio drove strong growth in our core platform and application development technologies during the fourth quarter. In addition, our cross-selling efforts resulted in early wins for our emerging technologies, which address top CIO priorities that are driving the evolution of enterprise computing.”

GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter and the full fiscal year was $59 million and $232 million, respectively. GAAP operating margin was 14.8% in the fourth quarter and 15.1% for the full year. After adjusting for stock compensation, amortization expenses and certain facility exit costs, as detailed in the tables below, non-GAAP operating income for the quarter was $97 million, or a 24.3% operating margin. Full year non-GAAP operating income was $376 million and full year non-GAAP operating margin was 24.5%.

GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $45 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared with $52 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the prior quarter and $43 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the year ago quarter. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the fourth quarter was $75 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, after adjusting for stock compensation, amortization expenses and certain facility exit costs, as detailed in the tables below. This compares to non-GAAP adjusted net income of $81 million, or $0.42 per diluted share in the prior quarter, and $70 million, or $0.36 per diluted share in the year ago quarter.

For the full year, GAAP net income was $178 million or $0.93 per diluted share, compared with $150 million or $0.77 per diluted share in the prior year. After adjusting for stock compensation, amortization expenses and certain facility exit costs, as detailed in the tables below, non-GAAP adjusted net income for the year was $285 million or $1.49 per diluted share, compared to $240 million or $1.23 per diluted share for the previous fiscal year. For fiscal year 2014, Red Hat fully diluted shares outstanding were approximately 192.0 million for the full fiscal year, lower by 3.8 million shares due in part to the repurchase of approximately 5.0 million shares, or approximately $239 million of common stock during the year.

Operating cash flow totaled $185 million for the fourth quarter and $541 million for the full year. At the end of the fiscal year, the company’s total deferred revenue balance was $1.29 billion, an increase of 18% on a year-over-year basis and 15% sequentially. Cash and investments at February 28, 2014 totaled $1.49 billion.

"We delivered consistent mid-teen revenue growth during every quarter in fiscal year 2014, and we continued to invest in new technologies and commercial capabilities that further expand our future growth opportunities in open hybrid cloud computing,” stated Charlie Peters, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat. "Red Hat continues to deliver a compelling combination of revenue growth, profitability and cash flow. Our annual non-GAAP operating income growth of 15% contributed to operating cash flow of $541 million for fiscal year 2014, up 16% year-over-year, which included a record quarterly operating cash flow of $185 million the fourth quarter, up 35% year-over-year.”

The billings proxy, which we define as total revenue plus the change in deferred revenue as reflected on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, was $1.74 billion for fiscal year 2014 compared with $1.49 billion for the prior fiscal year, an increase of 17%. Total backlog for fiscal year 2014 was in excess of $1.56 billion, up 14% year-over-year. We define total backlog as the value of non-cancellable subscription and service contracts, including total deferred revenue, which is billed, plus the value of customer contracts to be billed in the future not reflected in our financial statements. The portion of total backlog to be billed in the future not reflected in our financial statements was in excess of $270 million as of February 28, 2014, compared with the in excess of $280 million ending balance reported for fiscal year 2013. The portion of the total backlog to be billed in the next twelve months not reflected in our financial statements was in excess of $190 million as of February 28, 2014, compared with in excess of $180 million for the fiscal year ending February 28, 2013.

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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