RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized
the repurchase of up to $300 million of Red Hat's common stock from time
to time on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions.
The new program replaces the previous $300 million repurchase program,
the final $179 million of which was completed since February 28, 2013 at
an average price of $49.15 per share, inclusive of commissions, for a
total of 3.6 million shares. "Over the last 13 months we have
repurchased $300 million or 5.9 million shares of Red Hat common stock
under the current program, equivalent to 3% of our shares outstanding as
of February 28, 2013," stated Charlie Peters, Executive Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat. "Our management team and Board
of Directors have a strong conviction in our long-term growth prospects
and our ability to generate profits and cash flow. We believe that stock
repurchases demonstrate our commitment to building shareholder value as
well as confidence in achieving long-term growth."
The timing and the amount of any repurchases of common stock will be
determined by Red Hat management based on its evaluation of market
conditions and other factors. Repurchases of common stock may be made
under a Rule 10b5-1 plan, which would permit common stock to be
repurchased when Red Hat might otherwise be precluded from doing so
under insider trading laws. The repurchase program may be suspended or
discontinued at any time.
The repurchase program will be funded using Red Hat's working capital.
As of February 28, 2013, Red Hat had cash and investments of
approximately $1.3 billion.
Red Hat had approximately 193.0 million shares of common stock
outstanding as of February 28, 2013.
About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software
solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and
high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization
technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and
consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of
enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create
relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and
prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.
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and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective management of, and
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Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through
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Red Hat, Inc.
Tom McCallum, 919-754-4630
Source: Red Hat, Inc.
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