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Novell Reports Financial Results for Second Fiscal Quarter 2006

Year-over-year results show continued growth in Linux and Identity revenues and improvement in overall profitability

WALTHAM, Mass. | May 31, 2006

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL) today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2006.  For the quarter, Novell reported revenue of $278 million, compared to revenue of $297 million for the second fiscal quarter 2005. Net income available to common stockholders in the second fiscal quarter 2006 was $3 million or $0.01 per diluted common share. This compared to net loss available to common stockholders of $16 million, or $0.04 loss per diluted common share, for the second fiscal quarter 2005.

On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted net income available to common stockholders for the second fiscal quarter 2006 was $10 million, or $0.03 per diluted common share. This compared to non-GAAP adjusted net income available to common stockholders of $2 million, or $0.01 per diluted common share, for the second fiscal quarter 2005. These amounts exclude stock-based compensation, restructuring and acquired in-process research and development expenses, gains on sale of property, plant and equipment and a legal settlement, long-term investment impairments and related adjustments for income taxes, debt interest expense and the allocation of earnings to preferred stockholders.

In the second fiscal quarter 2006, foreign currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted total revenue by approximately $6 million year-over-year. Foreign currency exchange rates favorably impacted net income by $1 million year-over-year.

During the second fiscal quarter 2006, Novell reported total Open Platform Solutions revenue of $57 million, which was up from $20 million in the year ago period. Total Open Platform Solutions included $46 million from sales of Open Enterprise Server (OES), up $38 million year-over-year, and $10 million of revenue from Linux* Platform Products, up 20 percent year-over-year.

During the second fiscal quarter 2006, Novell reported $61 million of Systems, Security and Identity Management revenue, up 16 percent year-over-year.

Combined revenue from OES and NetWare-related products declined 16 percent from the year ago period.

“While Novell delivered on its financial guidance again this quarter, we have not lost sight of our goal to significantly increase our profitability by the end of fiscal year 2008,” said Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell. “We are engaged in many initiatives to grow revenues, increase efficiencies, and lower costs, to enhance shareholder value.”

With regard to the company's previously announced share repurchase program, Novell repurchased 35 million common shares at a cost of $267 million during the quarter. An additional 16 million common shares were repurchased for $133 million after the quarter's end, resulting in an aggregate repurchase amount of $400 million, or 51 million shares. These repurchases complete the share repurchase program authorized and announced in September 2005 and amended in April 2006.

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $1.3 billion at April 30, 2006, down $347 million from last quarter primarily due to cash used to repurchase common stock and the acquisition of e-Security. Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable was 66 days at the end of the second fiscal quarter 2006, up from 59 days in the year ago quarter. Deferred revenue was $346 million at the end of the second fiscal quarter 2006, up $25 million or 8 percent from the prior year. Cash flow from operations was a negative $24 million for the second fiscal quarter 2006, up from a negative $25 million in the second fiscal quarter 2005.

Full details on Novell’s reported results, including a reconciliation of the non-GAAP adjusted results, are included in the financial schedules that are a part of this release.

Financial Outlook
Due to the previously announced sale on May 24, 2006, of Novell's ownership in its management consulting subsidiary, Celerant, Novell will no longer consolidate Celerant's results. Novell expects to report Celerant's partial period results in the third fiscal quarter 2006 as discontinued operations. Accordingly, Novell management provides the following financial guidance:

Net revenue, excluding Celerant, for the third fiscal quarter 2006 is expected to be between $239 million and $247 million.
On a non-GAAP basis, net income per diluted common share, excluding Celerant, for the third fiscal quarter 2006 is expected to be $0.03, excluding an estimated $0.03 per share expense from stock-based compensation.

A summary of Novell’s vision, mission and strategy can be accessed on the Novell® Web site at: http://www.novell.com/company/ir/qresults/.

Conference call notification and Web access detail
A live Webcast of a Novell conference call to discuss the quarter will be broadcast at 5:00 PM ET May 31, 2006, from Novell's Investor Relations Web page: http://www.novell.com/company/ir/qresults/.  The domestic conference call dial-in number is 866-335-5255, password “Novell”, and the international dial-in number is +1-706-679-2263, password “Novell”. 

The call will be archived on the Web site approximately 15 minutes after its conclusion, and will be available for telephone playback through midnight ET, June 7, 2006.  The domestic toll-free replay number is 800-642-1687, and the international replay number is +1-706-645-9291. Replay listeners must enter conference ID number 8678383.

A copy of this press release is posted on Novell’s Web site at: http://www.novell.com/company/ir/qresults/.

Legal notice regarding forward-looking statements
This press release includes statements that are not historical in nature and that may be characterized as “forward-looking statements,” including those related to future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the company’s brands and strategies, future opportunities and the growth of the market for Identity and Access Management and Open Platform Solutions.  You should be aware that Novell’s actual results could differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations of Novell management and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, Novell’s ability to integrate acquired operations and employees, Novell’s success in executing its Linux and identity and resource management strategies, Novell’s ability to take a competitive position in the Linux and identity and resource management industries, business conditions and the general economy, market opportunities, potential new business strategies, competitive factors, sales and marketing execution, shifts in technologies or market demand and the other factors described in Novell’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Jan. 10, 2006. Novell disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this press release.

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Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at http://www.novell.com.

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