Novell reported net income of US$16.8 million for its fiscal first quarter of 2008, reversing a sour performance in the same quarter last year that netted a loss of US$19.5 million.
The company's performance produced 5 cents per share, which matched the prediction of analysts polled by First Call/Thomson Financial.
Overall revenue for the quarter was US$230.9 million, a nearly 6 per cent increase from the US$218.3 million posted in the same quarter in 2007.
Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell, said in a statement, "We are very pleased with our results this quarter. We delivered product revenue growth across all business units and continued expense control this quarter."
Novell reported US$30 million of revenue from its open platform solutions, which include the SUSE Linux desktop and server. Those two platforms produced US$28 million in revenue, a 65 per cent increase over the same quarter a year ago.
The company's identity and security management division posted US$32 million in revenue, of which US$28 million was generated by four products: Identity Manager, SecureLogin, Access Manager and Sentinel. Revenue for the division was up 15 per cent over the fiscal first quarter in 2007.
In the systems and resource management division, which includes the ZenWorks suite, revenue was US$37 million, a 5 per cent year-over-year jump.
Revenue was $US90 million for the Workgroup division, which includes Open Enterprise Server, NetWare and GroupWise, a mere 1 per cent increase over the same quarter last year.