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2 Reasons Red Hat Really Shouldn't Be This Cheap

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Shares of Red Hat took a beating when the company's second-quarter report hit the newswires. But CEO Jim Whitehurst isn't worried.

Red Hat beat analyst estimates both on earnings and revenues by growing sales 16% year over year and adjusted earnings by 25%. Analysts and investors ignored all this good news to focus on the billings proxy, a forward-looking measure of upcoming revenues. On that measure -- on which Red Hat doesn't offer any guidance -- the 8% higher number fell short of Wall Street's 12% projections. Red Hat has seen this market reaction before, but the business growth hasn't slowed down like the panic sellers expected.

In a phone call with Fool analyst Anders Bylund, Whitehurst explained two big reasons investors shouldn't focus on the billings proxy. Spoiler alert:

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