VMware reported its second-quarter 2008 results today, with an earnings conference call which was followed closely after the abrupt removal of Diane Greene two weeks ago (see our ‘the week after‘ post too for reference). Don’t feel too bad for her, we’ve just reported on her potential payout, which could be well over $50 million USD.
These are the results that were just announced, in bullet points:
- Net income of $52.4 million, or 13 cents a share, compared with $34.2 million, or 10 cents a share, a year earlier.
- Revenues for the second quarter were $456 million, an increase of 54% from the second quarter of 2007. Update: this is below Wall Street analysts expectations and estimates, who projected $458,6 to 460 million in revenue – (which the company also projected in April but revised later on). Shares going down.
- GAAP operating income for the second quarter was $61 million, compared to $47 million for the same period last year.
- Non-GAAP operating income was $112 million, an increase of 52% from the second quarter of 2007.
- GAAP net income for the quarter was $52 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $34 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2007.
- Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $92 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to $52 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2007.
- Cash exceeded $1.5 billion and deferred revenue was $721 million as of June 30, 2008.
- 2008 revenues are targeted to grow approximately 42% to 45% compared to 2007. Update: this is rather modest.
- Third quarter 2008 revenues are targeted to be within a range of approximately $462 to $468 million. Update: Analysts were projecting revenue of $497.3 million
- Third quarter GAAP operating margin is targeted to be between 11% and 13%. This guidance includes stock-based compensation, employer payroll tax on employee stock transactions, amortization of intangible assets and capitalized software development costs which are targeted at 9% of projected revenue.
VMware is hosted a conference call today reviewing its results and discussing its financial outlook. The call was scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET.
A noteworthy statement from Paul Maritz in the call was also the fact that VMware intends to make VMware ESXi completely free. The free version, officially called ESXi 3.5, will be available to download starting July 28. Maritz believes this approach to virtualization will help bring more customers into the VMware fold and make virtualization technology ubiquitous.