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Red Hat Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 Results

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- Revenue of $135.4 million, up 28% year-over-year
- Net Income of $20.3 million, up 39% year-over-year
- Record Billings and Cash-flow

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended November 30, 2007. Red Hat's current fiscal year will end February 29, 2008.

Total revenue for the quarter was $135.4 million, an increase of 28% from the year ago quarter and 6% from the prior quarter. Subscription revenue was $115.7 million, up 30% year-over-year and 6% sequentially.

Net income for the quarter was $20.3 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with $18.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, for the prior quarter and $14.6 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the year ago quarter. Non-GAAP adjusted net income for the quarter was $39.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, after adjusting for stock compensation and tax expense as detailed in the tables below. This compares to non-GAAP adjusted net income of $36.9 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the prior quarter and $30.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, in the year ago period.

Non-GAAP operating cash flow, as detailed in the tables below, totaled $76.7 million for the quarter, up 24% from the year ago quarter and 20% sequentially. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of November 30, 2007 were $1.3 billion. At quarter end, Red Hat's total deferred revenue balance was $422.6 million, an increase of 36% year-over-year and 12% sequentially.

Other highlights of the quarter included the following:

- Red Hat has been named the leader in vendor value and satisfaction by the independent Ziff Davis’ 2007 "CIO Insight Vendor Value" survey, which polls IT executives on the value and reliability delivered by vendors. This marks the third time in four years that the company has been ranked #1 among all global IT vendors, and the fourth consecutive year Red Hat has been named the most valued enterprise software vendor. Red Hat also received a remarkable 97% customer loyalty rating from the CIOs polled in the survey.

- Red Hat introduced the JBoss Advanced Partner Program, that offers value-added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators (SIs) in North America the tools, resources and support to increase their share in the middleware segment. Red Hat has already teamed with over 70 JBoss-specific channel partners worldwide.

"We are very pleased to be recognized by CIO’s for the fourth consecutive year as the most valued Enterprise Software Vendor and best overall IT Vendor for the third time in four years," stated Charlie Peters, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat. "There is a direct correlation between our ability to deliver real business value and the loyalty of our large and growing customer base. As a result of strong market demand and solid execution from our worldwide organization, we were able to deliver another strong financial performance in the third quarter and we are optimistic about our outlook."

JBoss World Orlando, the third-annual conference and exhibition, will take place at the Marriott Orlando World Center Resort in Orlando, FL, February 12-15, 2008. The fourth-annual Red Hat Summit will take place June 18-20, 2008 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

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 will have ended.

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