Novell Reports Financial Results for First Fiscal Quarter 2011

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL) today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2011

3 March 2011

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL) today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2011. For the quarter, Novell reported net revenue of $191 million. This compares to net revenue of $202 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2010. GAAP income from operations for the first fiscal quarter of 2011 was $12 million. This compares to GAAP income from operations of $21 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2010. GAAP net loss in the first fiscal quarter of 2011 was $18 million, or a $0.05 loss per share, which included a $31 million net tax charge in connection with the planned repatriation of a majority of non-U.S. cash. This compares to GAAP net income of $20 million, or $0.06 per share, for the first fiscal quarter of 2010. Foreign currency exchange rates negatively impacted revenue and positively impacted operating expenses by $1 million and did not materially impact income from operations year-over-year.

On a non-GAAP basis, income from operations for the first fiscal quarter of 2011 was $31 million. This compares to non-GAAP income from operations of $33 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income for the first fiscal quarter of 2011 was $26 million, or $0.07 per share. This compares to non-GAAP net income of $25 million, or $0.07 per share, for the first fiscal quarter of 2010. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is provided in the financial schedules as part of this press release. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $1.1 billion at January 31, 2011, consistent with last quarter. Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable was 42 days at the end of the first fiscal quarter of 2011, down from 50 days at the end of the year-ago quarter. Total deferred revenue was $593 million at the end of the first fiscal quarter of 2011, down from $646 million at the end of the year-ago quarter. For the first fiscal quarter of 2011, cash flow from operations was $9 million. This compares to cash flow from operations of $5 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2010. Further details on Novell's reported results are included in the financial schedules that are a part of this release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We supplement our consolidated unaudited condensed financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP with certain non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures include adjusted income from operations, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share. We provide non-GAAP financial measures to enhance an overall understanding of our current financial performance and prospects for the future and to enable investors to evaluate our performance in the same way that management does. Management uses these same non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate performance, allocate resources, and determine compensation. The non-GAAP financial measures do not replace the presentation of our GAAP financial results, but they eliminate expenses and gains that are excluded from most analysts' consensus estimates, that are unusual, and/or that arise outside of the ordinary course of business, such as, but not limited to, those related to stock-based compensation, acquisition-related intangible asset amortization, restructuring, asset impairments, litigation judgments and settlements, strategic alternatives review, the sale of business operations, long-term investments, property, plant and equipment, and unusual and discrete income tax effects.

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