For the quarter ended March 31, 2011:
SAN ANTONIO – May 9, 2011 – Rackspace® Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX), the world’s leading specialist in the hosting and cloud computing industry, announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.
Net revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was $230.0 million, up 7.1% from the previous quarter and 28.6% from the first quarter of 2010. Net revenue for the first quarter of 2011 was positively impacted by currency exchange rates when compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 by $0.7 million and the first quarter of 2010 by $1.4 million.
Total server count increased to 70,473, up from 66,015 servers at the end of the fourth quarter of 2010, and total customers increased to 142,441, up from 130,291 at the end of the previous quarter.
“During the quarter we invested across the organization to drive higher growth as well as increase our service level capability and enhance our product portfolio,” said Karl Pichler, chief financial officer.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $75.9 million, a 5.4% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2010 and a 27.8% increase compared to the first quarter of 2010. The adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter was 33.0%, down from 33.5% in the previous quarter and 33.2% in the first quarter of 2010. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin were negatively impacted by a non-cash charge of $3.0 million for the quarter relating to data center operating leases.
Net income was $13.8 million for the quarter, up 2.1% from the previous quarter and 40.9% from the first quarter of 2010. Net income margin for the quarter was 6.0% compared to 6.3% for the previous quarter and 5.5% in the first quarter of 2010.
Cash flow from operating activities was $88.3 million for the first quarter of 2011. Capital expenditures were $76.7 million, including $46.3 million for purchases of customer gear, $9.2 million for data center build outs, $3.0 million for office build outs and $18.2 million for capitalized software and other projects.
Adjusted free cash flow (1) for the quarter was $(3.4) million.
At the end of the first quarter of 2011, cash and cash equivalents were $133.9 million. Debt obligations totaled $134.9 million, consisting of $132.7 million related to capital leases and $2.2 million related to current and non-current debt.
On a worldwide basis, Rackspace employed 3,492 Rackers as of March 31, 2011, up from 3,262 Rackers as of December 31, 2010 and 2,905 Rackers as of March 31, 2010.
“Our plan for 2011 is to become more competitive and seize the massive market opportunity ahead of us, while improving the economics of our model by becoming more capital efficient. The progress we made in Q1 shows that we are off to a great start executing on our plan,” said Lanham Napier, president and chief executive officer.
Rackspace Developments and Business Highlights
Conference Call and Webcast
Management will host a conference call to discuss the results starting today at 4:30 p.m.
To access the conference call, please dial 888-339-3513 from the United States or dial 719-325-2378 from abroad and reference pass code 7358508. A live webcast and a replay of the conference call will be available on Rackspace’s website, located at ir.rackspace.com.
About Rackspace Hosting
Rackspace Hosting is the world leader in hosting. The San Antonio-based company provides its customers Fanatical Support® in their portfolio of hosted IT services, including Managed Hosting, Cloud Computing and Email and Apps. For more information, visit www.rackspace.com.
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