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Novell Reports Preliminary Financial Results for First Fiscal Quarter 2007

  • Linux Platform Products recognized revenue grows 46% year-over-year, invoicing grows 659%
  • Balance sheet strengthened through increased operating cash flow

WALTHAM, Mass. | March 1, 2007

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL) today announced preliminary financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2007. These financial results are preliminary because Novell, during the third fiscal quarter of 2006, began a self-initiated, voluntary review of the company's historical stock-based compensation practices and related potential accounting impact. The financial results reported today do not take into account any adjustments that may be required in connection with the completion of the stock-based compensation review and should be considered preliminary until Novell files its Form 10-Q report for the third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2006, its Form 10-K report for the full fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2006, and its Form 10-Q report for the first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2007.

Financial Results
For the first fiscal quarter 2007, Novell reported net revenue of $230 million, compared to net revenue of $242 million for the first fiscal quarter 2006. The loss available to common stockholders from continuing operations in the first fiscal quarter 2007 was $20 million, or $0.06 loss per common share. This compares to income available to common stockholders from continuing operations of $4 million, or $0.01 per diluted common share, for the first fiscal quarter 2006.

On a non-GAAP basis, which includes stock-based compensation as described below, adjusted loss available to common stockholders from continuing operations for the first fiscal quarter 2007 was $3 million, or $0.01 loss per common share. This compares to non-GAAP adjusted income available to common stockholders from continuing operations of $4 million, or $0.01 per diluted common share, for the first fiscal quarter 2006.

During the first fiscal quarter 2007, Novell reported $15 million of revenue from Linux* Platform Products, up 46 percent year-over-year, and $91 million of invoicing, up 659 percent year-over-year. Revenue from Identity and Access Management was $24 million, down 7 percent year-over-year. Combined revenue from Open Enterprise Server and products related to NetWare® declined 18 percent from the year ago period.

"We are very pleased with our first quarter Linux results and momentum," said Ron Hovsepian, President and CEO of Novell. "We have made good progress toward implementing our strategic initiatives and achieving our key fiscal year 2007 milestones. Overall, our quarterly results were mixed and we will need to improve our execution in our identity, security and systems management businesses. We feel confident that we are on the right path to put Novell on target for sustained profitability."

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $1.8 billion at January 31, 2007, up from $1.5 billion last quarter. Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable was 57 days at the end of the first fiscal quarter 2007, down from 59 days in the year ago quarter. Deferred revenue was $728 million at the end of the first fiscal quarter 2007, up $361 million, or 98 percent, from the prior year. Cash flow from operations was $348 million for the first fiscal quarter 2007, up from $25 million from the first fiscal quarter 2006. Both deferred revenue and cash flow from operations were up from the prior year due to the Microsoft agreement completed in the quarter.

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.

Update on Stock-Based Compensation Review
Novell's previously announced, self-initiated review of its historical stock-based compensation practices, which is being conducted by the Audit Committee of its Board of Directors with the assistance of independent outside counsel, is on-going. Novell expects to file its Form 10-Q report for the third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2006, its Form 10-K report for the full fiscal year ended October 31, 2006, and its Form 10-Q report for the first fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, 2007, following the conclusion of the review.

Update on Preliminary Full Fiscal Year 2006 Results
Because of the stock-based compensation review, the financial results of the third and fourth fiscal quarters 2006 and full fiscal year 2006 remain preliminary. We are required to revise results for those periods as a result of material changes in estimates. Accordingly, an increase of $15 million in other accrued liabilities as a result of a change in estimate identified during the first fiscal quarter 2007 must be recognized as an expense in the third fiscal quarter 2006. Similarly, a decrease of $2 million in accrued compensation as a result of a change in estimate identified during the first fiscal quarter 2007 must be recognized as a reduction of expense in the fourth fiscal quarter 2006. As a result, the following changed in the full fiscal year 2006:

  • Cost of revenue and operating expenses decreased a combined $13 million,
  • Income available to common stockholders from continuing operations decreased from $21 million, or $0.06 per diluted common share, to $7 million, or $0.02 per diluted common share, and
  • Non-GAAP adjusted income available to common stockholders from continuing operations of $29 million increased to $30 million, and adjusted income per diluted common share of $0.08 remained unchanged.

Financial Outlook
Novell management reiterates the following financial guidance:

For the full fiscal year 2007:

  • Net revenue is expected to be between $945 million and $975 million.
  • On a non-GAAP basis, adjusted income from operations is expected to be between breakeven and $10 million, excluding an estimated $35 million to $45 million in stock-based compensation expense.
  • Novell is targeting fourth fiscal quarter 2007 exit rate operating margins, as described below, of between 5 and 7 percent.

For the full fiscal year 2008:

  • Novell is targeting fourth fiscal quarter 2008 exit rate operating margins of between 12 and 15 percent.

Exit rate operating margins are defined as an annualized run rate expense level at the end of the period that, when compared to the full fiscal year's revenue, would result in a pro forma operating margin for the year.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement Novell's preliminary consolidated unaudited condensed financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP and to better reflect comparative quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year operating performance, Novell uses non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted diluted income (loss) available to common stockholders from continuing operations and adjusted diluted income (loss) per common share from continuing operations, which reflect the exclusion of certain expenses and gains, and adjusted diluted weighted average shares outstanding. Novell's financial outlook uses a non-GAAP income from operations measure. These non-GAAP financial measures do not replace the presentation of Novell's GAAP financial results but are provided to improve overall understanding of current financial performance and prospects for the future.

 

Novell considers non-GAAP adjusted diluted income (loss) available to common stockholders from continuing operations to be after-tax income (loss) generated from continuing operations excluding certain non-recurring or non-core items such as, but not limited to, restructuring expenses, asset impairments, actual and estimated litigation judgments and settlements, the write-off of acquired in-process research and development, and gains (losses) on the sale of business operations, long-term investments and property, plant and equipment.

In the full fiscal year 2006, Novell excluded stock-based compensation expense from non-GAAP adjusted diluted income (loss) available to common stockholders from continuing operations for transition purposes following the adoption of FAS 123R, "Accounting for Stock-Based Compensation," to provide investors with an easier comparison to the prior year's performance. Beginning in the first fiscal quarter 2007, Novell no longer excludes stock-based compensation expense from its non-GAAP financial measures. Accordingly, the fiscal year 2006 non-GAAP financial measures were revised to include stock-based compensation for comparative purposes to the current year.

Novell does not provide financial guidance for GAAP financial measures because items identified as excluded from non-GAAP financial measures are difficult to forecast.

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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 March 1, 2007, from Novell's Investor Relations Web page. 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 two hours after its conclusion, and will be available for telephone playback through midnight ET, March 9, 2007. 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 8070024.

 

A copy of this press release is posted on Novell's Web site.

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" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, 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 Linux Platform Products. 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 realize the benefits anticipated from the Microsoft transaction, Novell's success in executing its Linux Platform Products, Identity and Access Management and Systems and Resource Management strategies, Novell's ability to take a competitive position in the Linux Platform Products, Identity and Access Management and Systems 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, Novell's ability to integrate acquired operations and employees, the final conclusions of the Audit Committee (and the timing of such conclusions) concerning matters relating to the company's review of its historical stock-based compensation practices, and the other factors described in Novell's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") 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 except as required by the securities laws.

There can be no assurance that the outcome of the review by the company's Audit Committee of the company's past stock-based compensation practices and the related potential accounting impact will not result in changes in the preliminary financial results for the third and fourth fiscal quarter 2006, the full fiscal year 2006, the first fiscal quarter 2007 or a restatement of financial results provided by the company for any historical period. In addition, the review and possible conclusions may require additional expenses to be recorded, may continue to adversely affect our ability to file required reports with the SEC on a timely basis, may change our conclusions on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures and may affect our ability to meet the requirements of the NASDAQ Stock Market for continued listing of our shares; and may result in claims and proceedings relating to such matters, including shareholder litigation and actions by the SEC and/or other governmental agencies and negative tax or other implications for the company resulting from any accounting adjustments or other factors.

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