Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL) announced today that it has decided to postpone its fourth quarter and full-year 2007 earnings release and conference call that were scheduled for today, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.
Novell received a comment letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), dated Aug. 7, 2007, regarding Novell’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2006, and its Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended April 30, 2007. Novell delivered a response letter to the SEC on Sept. 20, 2007. On Oct. 18, 2007, Novell received a second comment letter from the SEC indicating that the SEC had reviewed Novell’s response to the Aug. 7, 2007 letter. The second comment letter was limited to certain accounting matters. Novell responded to the SEC’s second comment letter on Nov. 7, 2007 and is awaiting a response.
"We are confident of our accounting and are working diligently with the SEC to respond to their inquiries," said Dana C. Russell, chief financial officer of Novell. "In an abundance of caution, we have chosen to postpone our earnings release. We look forward to completing our dialogue with the SEC."
Novell intends to release its fourth quarter and full-year 2007 earnings upon the completion of the SEC’s review. Novell is unable to estimate when the process will be completed, but currently expects to file its Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2007 on or before its due date of Dec. 31, 2007.
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