VMware Bunts on Earnings (VMW)

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VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) just posted earnings and the virtualization leader reported that Q4 sales and earnings were $0.36 non-GAAP EPS on $515 million in revenues. Analysts were looking for $0.26 EPS and $512.3 million in revenues.  This looks like it really delivered on the bottom line, but it is the outlook that brings some caution.

The company now claims more than 130,000 customers using its products.

VMware is also saying that the outlook is hard to predict in thecurrent time.  But it is at least giving some guidance.  VMware seesrevenues in the coming quarter coming in at approximately $475million.  The bulls are going to have top hope that this is justconservative.  First Call has estimates at $496.5 million.

Shares are not really moving on this, except they are marginallylower.  We saw a 2% gain to $22.10 in regular trading and shares downat $21.45 in the initial reaction.  It looks like the traders are notgoing to make up their minds until we see analyst calls tomorrow.

Jon C. Ogg
January 26, 2009