In a late-afternoon webcast, the leading open source software company also reported the following details:
- fourth-quarter revenue rose 5% from the previous quarter;
- net income for the year was $76.7 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared with $59.9 million or $0.29 per diluted share for the previous year;
- net income for the fourth quarter of 2007 was $22.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with $20.3 million or $0.10 per share compared with the fourth quarter of the previous year, an increase of 28%; and
- software subscription revenues rose at nearly identical rates to total revenues, growing 32% to $449.8 million for the year and 27% to $121.9 million for the fourth quarter. Fourth-quarter revenues was 5% higher than that of the previous quarter.
"It was an outstanding year," said Charlie Peters, the chief financial officer at Red Hat. "The company's performance was driven by growing demand for our open source solutions."
During 2007, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 , or RHEL5 , won the Gold Award for Product of the Year in the virutalization technology category from SearchEnterpriseLinux.com . Other highlights include healthy growth in demand for JBoss middleware, which Red Hat acquired in 2006, and the recent acquisition of Amentra, a large middleware systems integrator.
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