Red Hat, Inc. (RHT) has just reported a much anticipated quarter. We believe the results are bullish. In this column we highlight the high points of the quarter. We think you should consider a long position in the name.

Revenue: Total revenue for the quarter was $748 million, up 22% in USD year-over-year, or 20% measured in constant currency. Constant currency references in this release are detailed in the tables below. Subscription revenue for the quarter was $657 million, up 21% in USD year-over-year, or 19% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue in the quarter was 88% of total revenue.

Subscription Revenue Breakout: Subscription revenue from Infrastructure-related offerings for the quarter was $495 million, an increase of 15% in USD year-over-year, or 14% measured in constant currency. Subscription revenue from Application Development-related and other emerging technology offerings for the quarter was $162 million, an increase of 44% in USD year-over-year, or 42% measured in constant currency.

Operating Income: GAAP operating income for the quarter was $118 million, up 47% 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 third quarter was $179 million, up 25% year-over-year. For the third quarter, GAAP operating margin was 15.8% and non-GAAP operating margin was 23.9%. Non-GAAP references in this release are detailed in the tables below.

Net Income: GAAP net income for the quarter was $101 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared with $68 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, 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 $0.73 per diluted share, as compared to $111 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, 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 $160 million for the third quarter, an increase of 18% on a year-over-year basis. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of November 30, 2017 was $2.32 billion after repurchasing approximately $100 million, or 838 thousand shares, of common stock in the third quarter. The remaining balance in the current repurchase authorization as of November 30, 2017 was approximately $399 million.

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