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Novell Reports Financial Results for Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2009

WALTHAM, Mass. | December 3, 2009

Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL) today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full fiscal year ended October 31, 2009. For the quarter, Novell reported net revenue of $216 million. This compares to net revenue of $245 million for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008. GAAP loss from operations for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009 was $259 million, which included a $279 million non-cash impairment charge to goodwill and intangible assets. This compares to GAAP loss from operations of $6 million for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008. GAAP net loss in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009 was $256 million, or $0.74 loss per share. This compares to GAAP net loss of $16 million, or $0.05 loss per share, for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008. In the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009, foreign currency exchange rates negatively impacted net revenue by $2 million, did not materially impact operating expenses and negatively impacted the loss from operations by $1 million compared to the same period last year.

On a non-GAAP basis, income from operations for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009 was $37 million. This compares to non-GAAP income from operations of $32 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009 was $38 million, or $0.11 per share. This compares to non-GAAP net income of $22 million, or $0.06 per share, for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008. 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."

For the full fiscal year 2009, Novell reported net revenue of $862 million and GAAP loss from operations of $206 million, which included a $279 million non-cash impairment charge to goodwill and intangible assets. Comparatively, net revenue for the full fiscal year 2008 was $957 million and GAAP income from operations was $5 million. GAAP net loss for the full fiscal year 2009 was $213 million, or $0.62 loss per share, compared to a net loss of $9 million, or $0.02 loss per share, for the full fiscal year 2008. In the full fiscal year 2009, foreign currency exchange rates unfavorably impacted net revenue by $17 million, positively impacted operating expenses by $32 million and favorably impacted income from operations by $15 million compared to the prior fiscal year.

On a non-GAAP basis, income from operations for the full fiscal year 2009 was $139 million. This compares to non-GAAP income from operations of $97 million in the prior fiscal year. Non-GAAP net income for the full fiscal year 2009 was $117 million, or $0.34 per share. This compares to non-GAAP net income of $91 million, or $0.26 per share, for the full fiscal year 2008.

For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009, Novell reported $41 million of product revenue from Open Platform Solutions, of which $39 million was from Linux Platform Products, up 14% compared to product revenue from Linux Platform Products in the same period last year. Product revenue from Identity and Security Management was $32 million, of which Identity, Access and Compliance Management was $30 million, down 14% compared to product revenue from Identity, Access and Compliance Management in the same period last year. Product revenue from Systems and Resource Management was $40 million, down 10% compared to the same period last year. Workgroup product revenue of $78 million decreased 15% compared to the same period last year.

For the full fiscal year 2009, Novell reported $157 million of product revenue from Open Platform Solutions, of which $149 million was from Linux Platform Products, up 21% compared to product revenue from Linux Platform Products in the prior fiscal year. Product revenue from Identity and Security Management was $121 million, of which Identity, Access and Compliance Management was $112 million, down 10% compared to product revenue from Identity, Access and Compliance Management in the prior fiscal year. Product revenue from Systems and Resource Management was $161 million, down 6% compared to the prior fiscal year. Workgroup product revenue of $319 million decreased 13% compared to the prior fiscal year.

"While it was a challenging year in terms of revenue, we worked hard to improve our cost structure, deliver innovative solutions, and expand our partner ecosystem while delivering a significant improvement in non-GAAP operating margin, which increased to 16% from 10% last year," said Ron Hovsepian, President and CEO of Novell. "As we move into 2010, we will focus on invoicing growth as we pursue opportunities in our current markets as well as new opportunities in the emerging market of Intelligent Workload Management."

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $983 million at October 31, 2009, up from $921 million last quarter. Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable was 75 days at the end of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009, up from 72 days at the end of the year-ago quarter. Total deferred revenue was $689 million at the end of the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009, down from $730 million at the end of the year-ago quarter. For the full fiscal year 2009, cash flow from operations was $69 million. This compares to cash flow from operations of $56 million for the full fiscal year 2008.

Further details on Novell's reported results are included in the financial schedules that are a part of this release.

Financial Outlook
Novell management issues the following guidance:

For the first fiscal quarter of 2010:

  • Net revenue is expected to be between $200 million and $210 million
  • Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be between 14% and 16%
  • Invoicing growth is expected to improve from first fiscal quarter 2009 levels

Conference Call Notification and Web Access Detail
A one-hour conference call with Novell management to discuss the quarter and the year will be broadcast at 5:00PM ET on December 3, 2009. The conference call will be available live as a listen-only Webcast from Novell's Investor Relations Web page at: www.novell.com/company/ir/qresults. The domestic toll-free dial-in number is 866-335-5255, password "Novell." The international dial-in number is +1-706-679-2263, password "Novell."

Following the live event, an archived version of the Webcast will be available for twelve months on the Novell Investor Relations Web page at: www.novell.com/company/ir/qresults.

A copy of this press release is posted on the Novell Investor Relations Web page at: www.novell.com/company/ir/qresults.

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 income from continuing operations, adjusted net income, adjusted income per share from continuing operations and adjusted net income per share both of which are based on an adjusted number of diluted weighted average shares. 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, purchased in-process research and development, and the sale of business operations, long-term investments, and property, plant and equipment.

We also present a projection of our non-GAAP operating margin. This projection is a forward-looking, non-GAAP financial measure. The corresponding GAAP financial measure of operating margin is not available and cannot be provided without undue effort because we are unable to accurately forecast information regarding expenses or gains such as, but not limited to, those listed above. We believe that the corresponding GAAP financial measure is not likely to be significant to an understanding of our business because there is likely to be substantial variability between projected and actual realization of the expenses and gains described above and/or that such expenses or gains are likely to arise outside of the ordinary course of business.

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, targets, and prospects; future opportunities; operating margins; progress of growth businesses; invoicing growth; profitability; short-term and long-term trends; the macroeconomic environment; customer priorities; timing of realization of projections; functionality, characteristics, quality and performance capabilities of Novell's products and technology; and results achievable and benefits attainable through deployment of Novell's products and provision of services. Forward-looking statements forecasting growth in financial metrics are predicated on assumptions regarding improvements in the overall economy and the markets served by the Company and in which the Company operates, the timing of which are impossible to accurately predict. Actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in or implied by such forward-looking statements, which are based upon information that is currently available to us and/or management’s current expectations, speak only as of the date hereof, and are subject to a number of factors, including, but not limited to: difficulties, delays or unexpected costs in completing our cost reduction and sales growth strategic initiatives; our ability to attract and retain new customers through our indirect sales strategy; our reliance on an indirect sales channel for the distribution of products; our ability to renew SLES subscriptions with those customers who have received SLES certificates from Microsoft; an accelerated decline in our OES and NetWare-related revenue stream; the ability of our Open Platform Solutions, Identity and Security Management, and Systems and Resource Management business unit segments to grow at expected rates; our ability to successfully integrate acquired companies; our ability to compete in markets for infrastructure software services; our ability to meet customer demand for technical support services; our ability to maintain a strong brand; delays in the introduction of new products; increased foreign research and development operations; reliance on software licensed from third parties; our ability to attract and retain talented employees; claims that we have infringed the intellectual property rights of others; adverse results in legal disputes; our ability to protect our confidential information; impairment of goodwill or amortizable intangible assets causing a charge to earnings; exposure to increased economic and regulatory uncertainties from operating a global business; cancellations or reductions in the scope of our engagements with professional services clients; and uncertain economic conditions and reductions in IT spending.

A detailed discussion of these and other factors that could affect our results is included in our SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year Ended October 31, 2008 filed with the SEC on December 23, 2008, which may be obtained by calling (800) 317- 3195, or at our Investor Relations Web page at: www.novell.com/company/ir.

We expressly disclaim any obligation, except as required by law, or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this press release to reflect any change of expectations with regard thereto or to reflect any change in events, conditions, or circumstances on which any such forward-looking statement is based, in whole or in part.

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Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers the best engineered, most interoperable Linux platform and a portfolio of integrated IT management software that helps customers around the world reduce cost, complexity and risk. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell harmoniously integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit www.novell.com.

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Ian Bruce
Novell, Inc.
Telephone: +1 781 464-8034
E-mail: ibruce@novell.com



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