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Rackspace Hosting Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

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Rackspace ® Hosting, Inc. (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company, announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Net revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was $336 million, up 5.3% from the previous quarter and 27% from the third quarter of 2011. Net revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was negatively impacted by currency exchange rates, when compared to the third quarter of 2011, by $1.5 million, and was negatively impacted compared to the previous quarter by $0.1 million.

Total server count increased to 89,051 up from 84,978 servers at the end of the previous quarter, and total customers increased to 197,635, up from 190,958 at the end of the previous quarter.

“We have successfully enhanced our product and services portfolio while managing a rapidly growing business and building a better economic model.  We believe the work we’ve accomplished so far in 2012 increases our competitiveness in this massive cloud opportunity,” said Karl Pichler, chief financial officer.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $122 million, an 8.8% increase compared to the second quarter of 2012 and a 38% increase compared to the third quarter of 2011. The adjusted EBITDA margin for the quarter was 36.2% compared to 35.1% in the previous quarter and 33.3% for the third quarter of 2011.

Consistent with prior periods, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin were negatively impacted by a non-cash charge relating to data center operating leases. During the third quarter of 2012, the non-cash data center lease charge was $2.3 million.

Net income was $27 million for the quarter, up 8.2% from the previous quarter and up 36% from the third quarter of 2011. Net income margin for the quarter was 8.1% compared to 7.9% for the previous quarter and 7.6% in the third quarter of 2011.

Cash flow from operating activities was $100 million for the third quarter of 2012. Capital expenditures were $85 million, including $51 million for purchases of customer gear, $5.8 million for data center build outs, $3.4 million for office build outs and $25 million for capitalized software and other projects.

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