Red Hat Reports First Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2019

  • First quarter total revenue of $814 million, up 20% year-over-year, or 17% in constant currency
  • First quarter Application Development-related and other emerging technology subscription revenue of $189 million, up 37% year-over-year, or 32% in constant currency
  • First quarter operating cash flow of $346 million, up 34% year-over-year
  • Quarter-end deferred revenue balance of $2.4 billion, up 19% year-over-year

Raleigh, NC  –Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019 ended May 31, 2018.

“The move to hybrid cloud architecture continues to be a strategic priority for our customers. We again delivered strong revenue growth in Q1 as customers continued to adopt our cloud enabling technologies for their applications,” stated Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. “For instance, we are driving strong growth in both subscription and services revenues for our OpenShift technologies as more customers modernize their applications in Linux containers for their hybrid cloud and digital transformation initiatives.”

“The first quarter of FY19 started as expected with double digit year-over-year growth across a number of our financial metrics, including 20% total revenue growth in U.S. dollars or 17% measured in constant currency, 25% growth in GAAP operating income, 19% growth in non-GAAP operating income, and 34% growth in operating cash flow. In addition, we also drove 48% year-over-year growth in the number of deals over one million dollars in the quarter which is evidence of our ability to expand our technology footprint with customers,” stated Eric Shander, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat. “As in March when we gave our annual guidance, we continue to expect strong demand for our hybrid cloud enabling technologies. Given the headwinds that have developed in foreign exchange rates since that time, we are adjusting our full year total revenue guidance by approximately $50 million, solely to account for the change in FX rates.”

On March 1, 2018, we adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, now commonly referred to as Accounting Standards Codification Topic 606 (“ASC 606”), using the full retrospective method of transition, which requires that the standard be applied to all periods presented. The adoption of ASC 606 did not materially impact our total revenues as previously reported for fiscal years 2018 and 2017 and it had no impact on net cash provided by or used in operating, investing or financing activities. The primary impact of adopting ASC 606 relates to the deferral of incremental commission and other costs of obtaining contracts with customers. Previously, we deferred only direct and incremental commission costs to obtain a contract and amortized those costs over the contract term as the revenue was recognized and, under the new standard, we now also defer related fringe benefit costs. The results in this Press Release apply these changes to the current period and adjust prior periods, which are detailed in the Supplemental Information section of the Press Release.

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Revenue: Total revenue for the quarter was $814 million, up 20% in USD year-over-year, or 17% measured in constant currency. Constant currency references in this release are detailed in the tables below. Subscription revenue for the quarter was $712 million, up 19% in USD year-over-year, or 16% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue in the quarter was 87% of total revenue.

Subscription Revenue Breakout: Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $522 million, an increase of 14% in USD year-over-year, or 11% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue from Application Development-related and other emerging technology offerings for the quarter was $189 million, an increase of 37% in USD year-over-year, or 32% measured in constant currency.

Operating Income: GAAP operating income for the quarter was $112 million, up 25% year-over-year. After adjusting for non-cash share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, and transaction costs related to business combinations, non-GAAP operating income for the first quarter was $168 million, up 19% year-over-year. For the first quarter, GAAP operating margin was 13.8% and non-GAAP operating margin was 20.7%. Non-GAAP references in this release are detailed in the tables below.

Net Income: GAAP net income for the quarter was $113 million, or $0.59 diluted earnings per share (“EPS”), compared with GAAP net income of $75 million, or $0.41 diluted EPS, in the year-ago quarter.

After adjusting for non-cash share-based compensation expense, amortization of intangible assets, transaction costs related to business combinations and non-cash interest expense related to the debt discount, non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $133 million, or $0.72 diluted EPS, as compared to $104 million, or $0.58 diluted EPS, in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP diluted weighted average shares outstanding excludes dilution that is expected to be offset by our convertible note hedge transactions.

Cash: Operating cash flow was $346 million for the first quarter, an increase of 34% on a year-over-year basis. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of May 31, 2018 was $2.5 billion after repurchasing approximately $150 million, or 949,000 shares, of common stock in the first quarter. The remaining balance in the current repurchase authorization as of May 31, 2018 was approximately $249 million.

Deferred revenue: At the end of the first quarter, the company’s total deferred revenue balance was $2.4 billion, an increase of 19% year-over-year. The positive impact to total deferred revenue from changes in foreign exchange rates was $16 million year-over-year. On a constant currency basis, total deferred revenue would have been up 18% year-over-year.

Outlook: Red Hat’s outlook assumes current business conditions and current foreign currency exchange rates.

For the full year:

  • Revenue is expected to be approximately $3.375 billion to $3.410 billion in USD.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 16.4% and non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 23.9%.
  • Diluted GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $2.36 to $2.40, assuming 191 million diluted shares outstanding. Diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $3.44 to $3.48, assuming 185 million diluted shares outstanding. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS assume a $4 million per quarter forecast for other income and an estimated annual effective tax rate of approximately 22.5% before discrete tax items.
  • Operating cash flow is expected to be approximately $1.035 billion to $1.045 billion.

For the second quarter:

  • Revenue is expected to be approximately $822 to $830 million in USD.
  • GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 15.1% and non-GAAP operating margin is expected to be approximately 23.0%.
  • Diluted GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $0.50, assuming 191 million diluted shares outstanding. Diluted non-GAAP EPS is expected to be approximately $0.81, assuming 185 million diluted shares outstanding. Both GAAP and non-GAAP EPS assume a $4 million forecast for other income and an estimated annual effective tax rate of 22.5% before discrete tax items.

GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation:

Full year non-GAAP operating margin guidance is derived by subtracting the estimated full year impact of non-cash share-based compensation expense of approximately $215 million and amortization of intangible assets of approximately $39 million. Full year diluted non-GAAP EPS guidance is derived by subtracting the expenses listed in the previous sentence and the full year impact of non-cash interest expense related to the debt discount of approximately $20 million and an estimated annual effective tax rate of approximately 22.5% before discrete tax items. Additionally, full year diluted non-GAAP EPS excludes approximately $46 million of discrete tax benefits related to share-based compensation that are included in full year diluted GAAP EPS. Full year diluted non-GAAP EPS excludes approximately 6 million diluted shares related to the convertible notes, which are expected to be offset by our convertible note hedge transactions.

Second quarter non-GAAP operating margin guidance is derived by subtracting the estimated impact of non-cash share-based compensation expense of approximately $55 million and amortization of intangible assets of approximately $10 million. Second quarter diluted non-GAAP EPS guidance is derived by subtracting the expenses listed in the previous sentence and non-cash interest expense related to the debt discount of approximately $5 million and an estimated annual effective tax rate of 22.5% before discrete

tax items. Additionally, second quarter diluted non-GAAP EPS excludes approximately $7 million of discrete tax benefits related to share-based compensation that are included in second quarter diluted GAAP EPS. Second quarter diluted non-GAAP EPS excludes approximately 6 million diluted shares related to the convertible notes, which are expected to be offset by our convertible note hedge transactions.

Webcast and Website Information

A live webcast of Red Hat’s results will begin at 5:00 pm ET today. The webcast, in addition to a copy of our prepared remarks and slides containing financial highlights and supplemental metrics, can be accessed by the general public at Red Hat’s investor relations website at http://investors.redhat.com. A replay of the webcast will be available shortly after the live event has ended. Additional information on Red Hat’s reported results, including a reconciliation of the non-GAAP adjusted results, are included in the financial tables below.

 Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; delays or reductions in information technology spending; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; risks related to errors or defects in our offerings and third-party products upon which our offerings depend; risks related to the security of our offerings and other data security vulnerabilities; fluctuations in exchange rates; the effects of industry consolidation; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; changes in and a dependence on key personnel; the ability to meet financial and operational challenges encountered in our international operations; and ineffective management of, and control over, the Company’s growth and international operations, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov), including those found therein under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.” In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially

because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

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