"The day after announcing financial results that beat Wall
Street estimates, Red Hat saw its stock price jump several hundred
"Red Hat, the leading Linux distributor and open source
champion, reported Thursday losses of just $600,000 for the quarter
ending Feb. 28, compared to losses of $5.6 million for the same
quarter last year. The company's stock price started the day at
$1.31 and quickly rose to more than $7. Red Hat shares are
currently trading at $6.25."
"The fourth quarter results represent a virtual break-even per
share for stockholders. Red Hat officials say they expect to reach
profitability in the first quarter of fiscal year 2002. In an
exclusive interview with VARBusiness last month, Matthew Szulik,
president and CEO of Red Hat, said he expected the company to turn
a profit during the calendar year of 2001 after originally setting
the goal for 2002 (see "The Linux Populist")."