SOURCE: VA Software

November 29, 2005 16:15 ET

VA Software Reports First Quarter FY06 Results

Media Revenue Grows 40% Year-Over-Year

FREMONT, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 29, 2005 -- VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX), a leading provider of software, information and community support for IT and development professionals, today announced financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2006, ended October 31, 2005.

Total first quarter fiscal 2006 revenue grew to $8.2 million, compared to first quarter fiscal 2005 total revenue of $7.0 million. In particular, online media revenue increased 40% to $2.6 million in first quarter fiscal 2006 from $1.8 million in first quarter fiscal 2005.

On a GAAP basis, the first quarter fiscal 2006 net loss was $1.2 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to first quarter fiscal 2005 GAAP net loss of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share.

As specified in the attached reconciliation of net loss as reported to pro forma net loss, the first quarter fiscal 2006 net loss was $1.0 million, or $0.02 per share, compared to the first quarter fiscal 2005 net loss of $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share. Cash and investments remain strong at $35.9 million as of October 31, 2005.

"We are pleased with our performance this quarter. Our online media revenue grew by 40% year-over-year, due in part to our media sales team operating at a fully-staffed level," said Ali Jenab, president and CEO. "We are encouraged by the strong start that our online media and ecommerce businesses had during the first quarter. We are also encouraged by an over $1 million sale of SourceForge® Enterprise Edition to a single enterprise customer, that slipped from the first quarter and closed in November. We released a new look and feel for® and intend to continue to invest in this important asset throughout fiscal year 2006."

A conference call to review results will be held at 5:00 pm (Eastern) today. The call may be accessed via webcast at or by dialing (800) 862-9098 or (785) 424-1051. A replay of the call will be available for 30 days by dialing (800) 839-4014 or (402) 220-2983.

Recent Highlights

--  Customers. Through first quarter fiscal 2006, VA Software sold the
    SourceForge solution to a total of 136 customers.  During the quarter,
    Naval Research Laboratory, ThoughtWorks, Inc., a large transportation
    services company and a number of entities in Japan were added to the
    installed base.  In addition, existing customers, including Agilent,
    Sapient, Eli Lilly and Acxiom, purchased additional SourceForge licenses or
--  ThoughtWorks alliance. VA Software and ThoughtWorks, Inc. announced an
    alliance to develop agile development solutions for enterprise customers.
    The two companies will offer a turn-key solution that integrates VA
    Software's SourceForge Enterprise Edition, the leading collaborative
    development platform; CruiseControl, the popular continuous integration
    build tool open sourced by ThoughtWorks; and ThoughtWorks' best practices
    for agile and distributed agile development.
-- We have begun the implementation of strategic
    upgrades to make more powerful and functional to our
    worldwide technology audience. The first release streamlines the site's
    navigation, as well as optimizes and increases the usability of the most
    frequently visited areas of our site, to give our users a more robust
    environment to create projects, participate actively with the community,
    and evaluate open source applications for their organization's IT
    infrastructure. The enhanced site design is the first step in's strategic usability refinements. Over the next few
    months, we will continue to make numerous enhancements to the site's
--  OSTG. OSTG has had continued success in custom publishing by
    developing microsites for clients such as HP, IBM Power Architecture, the
    IBM Migration Factory and IBM Solaris to Linux. OSTG also launched a large-
    scale program for IBM to promote downloads of Apache Geronimo server, as a
    first phase approach to their larger scale branding initiatives around
    OSTG continues to rank highly against other online technology networks with
    the third-party research firm Nielsen//NetRatings @Plan.  According to
    Nielsen//NetRatings @Plan Fall 2005 results, The OSTG network maintains the
    number one rank against competitors in key technology categories such as:
    visitors who look for technology news online, visitors who download
    software online, visitors who purchase networking equipment and multi-media
    software, and visitors who have purchased computer hardware and software
    online in the last 6 months.
    On the technical and operational side, OSTG has recently outsourced its ad
    serving to Falk eSolutions and its site measurement and metrics services to
    Google Analytics. Both systems allow OSTG to reference third party sources
    for traffic measurement and ad impression delivery. Google Analytics
    measures site traffic by IAB industry standards and provides advertisers
    with additional comfort that comes from a trusted third-party source.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to reporting financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, VA Software uses non-GAAP financial results. Non-GAAP net loss and loss per share exclude amortization of intangible assets and stock-based compensation expense. These non-GAAP adjustments are provided to enhance the user's overall understanding of current financial performance and prospects for the future. Specifically, VA Software believes the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain unusual expenses that VA Software believes are not indicative of core operating results. In addition, because VA Software has historically reported non-GAAP results to the investment community, VA Software believes the inclusion of non-GAAP numbers provides consistency in financial reporting. Further, these non-GAAP results are one of the primary indicators management uses for planning and forecasting in future periods. The method VA Software uses to produce non-GAAP results is not computed according to GAAP, is likely to differ from the methods used by other companies and should not be regarded as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

About VA Software

VA Software Corporation (NASDAQ: LNUX) is at the center of today's technology revolution and incites innovation by empowering the IT and developer communities with information, community support and software. VA Software is the parent company of OSTG, Inc. (Open Source Technology Group), and the creator of SourceForge. SourceForge Enterprise Edition optimizes distributed development for Fortune 500 companies.

OSTG, Inc., the cornerstone of the Open Source movement, is the leading online network for IT managers and development professionals. OSTG technology-focused sites include,,,, and is the global nexus for the Open Source community with more than 100,000 Open Source projects and over 1 million registered users. OSTG also runs, an online retailer of technology products, and the MediaBuilder network, featuring OSTG receives more than 290 million page views and nearly 19 million unique visitors monthly.*

For more information about VA Software, visit For more information about OSTG, visit

Slashdot, freshmeat, ThinkGeek, Animation Factory, MediaBuilder, and are trademarks or registered trademarks of OSTG, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries. VA Software, OSTG, and SourceForge are trademarks or registered trademarks of VA Software Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other product or brand names herein are the properties of their respective owners.

* Publisher's own data based on internal traffic audits.

NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations, and involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements, include statements regarding our business and sales pipeline, our prospects for fiscal year 2006, expected benefits of the alliance with ThoughtWorks, Inc., the acceptance of our online advertising programs, and ongoing improvements to and any expected benefits there from. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various factors, including: VA Software's success in expanding its SourceForge enterprise software business; customer adoption of SourceForge solutions; the size and timing in executing enterprise-level licenses; VA Software's reliance upon strategic relationships with other companies; VA Software's success in designing and offering innovative online advertising programs; decreases or delays in online advertising spending; VA Software's ability to achieve and sustain higher levels of revenue; VA Software's ability to protect and defend its intellectual property rights; rapid technological and market change; future guidelines and interpretations regarding software revenue recognition; unforeseen expenses that VA Software may incur in future quarters; and competition with, and pricing pressures from more established competitors. Investors should consult VA Software's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors section of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2005, for further information regarding these and other risks of VA Software's business. These documents are available at All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to VA Software as of the date hereof, and VA Software does not assume any obligations to update such statements or the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.

                                    VA Software Corporation
                           (In thousands, except per share data)

                                     Three Months Ended
                              October 31, 2005  October 31, 2004
                              ----------------  ----------------
Software revenues             $          1,421  $          1,931
Online Media revenues                    2,581             1,849
E-Commerce revenues                      3,586             2,694
Online Images revenues                     580               524
                              ----------------  ----------------
  Net revenues                           8,168             6,998

Software cost of revenues                  276               232
Online Media cost of revenues              863               802
E-commerce cost of revenues              2,842             2,355
Online Images cost of revenues             111               130
                              ----------------  ----------------
  Cost of revenues                       4,092             3,519
                              ----------------  ----------------
  Gross margin                           4,076             3,479
Operating Expenses:
  Sales and marketing                    2,297             2,411
  Research and development               1,602             1,471
  General and administrative             1,688             1,465
  Amortization of intangible
   assets                                    1                 3
                              ----------------  ----------------
    Total operating expenses             5,588             5,350
                              ----------------  ----------------
Loss from operations                    (1,512)           (1,871)
Interest and other, net                    278               255
                              ----------------  ----------------
Net loss                      $         (1,234) $         (1,616)
                              ================  ================
Basic and diluted net loss
 per share                    $          (0.02) $          (0.03)
                              ================  ================
Weighted-average shares
Basic and diluted                       61,667            61,296
                              ================  ================

Reconciliation of net loss
 as reported to pro forma
 net loss:                            Three Months Ended
                              October 31, 2005  October 31, 2004
                              ----------------  ----------------
Net loss as reported          $         (1,234) $         (1,616)
Non recurring charges:
  Stock-based compensation
   expense included in cost
   of goods                                 14                 -
  Stock-based compensation
   expense included in
   operating expenses                      214                 -
  Amortization of intangible
   assets                                    1                 3
                              ----------------  ----------------
Pro forma net loss            $         (1,005) $         (1,613)
                              ================  ================
Basic and diluted net
 loss per share - pro
 forma                        $          (0.02) $          (0.03)
Weighted-average              ================  ================
 shares outstanding:
Basic and diluted                       61,667            61,296
                              ================  ================

                                  VA Software Corporation
                                     (In thousands)

                                        October 31, 2005   July 31, 2005
                                        ----------------  ----------------
                             ASSETS       (Unaudited)
Current assets:
  Cash, cash equivalents and
   short-term investments               $         33,784  $         36,614
  Accounts receivable, net                         4,904             4,306
  Inventories                                      1,372               773
  Prepaid expenses and other assets                1,478             1,014
                                        ----------------  ----------------
      Total current assets                        41,538            42,707
Long-term investments and long-term
 restricted cash                                   2,159             2,806
Property and equipment, net                          632               736
Other assets                                       1,132             1,132
                                        ----------------  ----------------
Total assets                            $         45,461  $         47,381
                                        ================  ================

Current liabilities:
  Accounts payable                      $          1,357  $          1,574
  Accrued restructuring liabilities                1,593             1,748
  Deferred revenue                                 2,208             2,134
  Accrued liabilities and other                    2,597             2,882
                                        ----------------  ----------------
      Total current liabilities                    7,755             8,338
Accrued restructuring liabilities,
 net of current portion                            5,709             6,107
Other long-term liabilities                        1,255             1,271
                                        ----------------  ----------------
Total liabilities                                 14,719            15,716
                                        ----------------  ----------------
Stockholders' equity:
  Common stock                                        62                62
  Additional paid-in capital                     784,162           783,891
  Accumulated other comprehensive gain              (191)             (231)
  Accumulated deficit                           (753,291)         (752,057)
                                        ----------------  ----------------
   Total stockholders' equity                     30,742            31,665
                                        ----------------  ----------------
Total liabilities and
 stockholders' equity                   $         45,461  $         47,381
                                        ================  ================

Contact Information

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