Red Hat's billing proxy, which the company defines as total revenue combined with the change in deferred revenue, grew 8 percent to $376 million in the second quarter. However analysts expected billings to grow 14 percent and that announcement caused shares to tumble.
This is now the third quarter in a row that Red Hat has failed to meet analysts’ expectations on deferred revenue and Red Hat's ability to sustain billings growth at a mid-teen percentage rate was questionable.
Regions outside the United States accounted for 43.3 percent of Red Hat's revenue and the outfit said it was expecting third-quarter adjusted earnings of 34-35 cents per share on revenue of about $381-$384 million. Analysts were expecting earnings of 34 cents per share on revenue of $391.5 million.