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Red Hat's transfer agent is Computershare. Computershare can be reached at 1-888-542-4427 or

Yes. Red Hat's transfer agent Computershare can electronically transfer your Red Hat stock to your broker or sell it for you without the need for you to hold a paper stock certificate.

Contact Red Hat's transfer agent Computershare at 1-888-542-4427 or at Once on Computershare's website, choose Investor Center to initiate the transfer or sale of your Red Hat stock. Please note that if you are transferring shares to a broker-dealer, you must provide the broker-dealer with your Computershare Personal Account Information and request the broker-dealer initiate the electronic transfer of shares.

No. Any purchases or sales of Red Hat stock must be made through a stockbroker or an online brokerage firm of your choice.

Red Hat's fiscal year ends February 28.
The first quarter ends May 31.
The second quarter ends August 31.
The third quarter ends November 30.
The fourth quarter ends February 28.

Red Hat was incorporated in Connecticut in March 1993 as ACC Corp., Inc. In September 1995, ACC Corp. changed its name to Red Hat Software, Inc. In September 1998, Red Hat Software, Inc. reincorporated in Delaware. Red Hat Software, Inc. later changed its name to Red Hat, Inc. in June 1999.

As of November 30, 2015 Red Hat had approximately 8,300 employees worldwide.

Red Hat's initial public offering was on August 11, 1999. A total of 6,000,000 shares were priced at $14 ($7 post-split) per share. The lead underwriters were Goldman Sachs, Thomas Weisel Partners, H&Q, and E-Offering.

As of November 30, 2015 Red Hat had approximately 186 million shares outstanding of common stock.

As of December 12, 2006, the company's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol RHT. Prior to that date, the stock traded on Nasdaq.

On March 25, 2015, the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program of up to $500 million of outstanding common shares. This program replaces the previous $300 million repurchase program which used approximately $220 million to repurchase shares.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The next Annual Shareholder's Meeting will be held in August 2016 at Red Hat's corporate headquarters located in Raleigh, NC.

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On April 10, 2014, Standard and Poor’s Rating Service upgraded Red Hat to a ‘BBB’ corporate credit rating.  On September 30, 2014, Standard & Poor's Rating Services assigned its 'BBB' issue-level rating to Red Hat's $700 million convertible senior notes due 2019. The 'BBB' corporate credit rating remained unchanged.

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