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February 28, 2010

Novell Q1 net revenues down 6% to $202m

Posts net income of $20m compared to $11m for the same period last year

By CBR Staff Writer

Novell has reported net revenues of $202m for the first fiscal quarter of 2010, down 6% compared to net revenues of $215m for the same period last year.

The company posted an operating income of $21m for the first quarter, compared to $14m in the same period last year.

For the first fiscal quarter ended January 31, 2010, the company posted a net income of $20m, or $0.06 per share compared to a net income of $11m, or $0.03 per share, for the same period last year.

Novell has reported software licenses revenue of $21.2m, a decrease from $28.2m for the same period last year, while maintenance and subscriptions revenue remained flat at $158.96m.

First fiscal quarter of 2010 results included a $5m change in accounting estimate related to fiscal 2009 sales compensation that increased profitability in the first fiscal quarter of 2010. The benefit was more than offset by a $6m negative impact to income from operations from foreign currency exchange rates compared to the same period last year. Foreign currency exchange rates favourably impacted net revenue by $1m.

Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell, said: We are pleased with the invoicing recovery in our security, management and operating platforms business unit as well as our solid operating margin performance this quarter.”

Novell expects net revenues for the second fiscal quarter of 2010 to be similar to first fiscal quarter revenue levels. Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between 12% and 15%.

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