Novell's third-quarter loss widens, but Linux booms by 30 percent
Novell beat Wall Street's estimates with a solid third quarter, but the real story is in its continued Linux growth. Net revenue rose to $245 million from $237 million in 2007, but Novell's third-quarter loss quadrupled to $15.1 million from $3.7 million in 2007. The company reported that annual adjusted operating margin to be between eight to ten percent, up from earlier expected seven to nine percent.
So, things are looking up.
Nowhere is this clearer than in Novell's Linux revenue, which soared 30 percent, year over year, to $31 million for the quarter. Novell invoiced a total of $51 million in Linux bookings in the quarter, up 36 percent year over year. Novell's Linux revenue is growing faster than the market, which IDC pegs at 19.7 percent CAGR from 2008 to 2010.