Micro Focus share price: Group updates on half-year performance

Revenues rise 14.2 percent at constant currency

Micro Focus share price: Group updates on half-year performance

Micro Focus (LON:MCRO) has updated investors on its interim performance this morning.

Highlights from the company statement:

Revenues in the period were $684.7m, 14.2% higher than the prior year's constant currency ("CCY") figures. Underlying Adjusted EBITDA of $320.3m was 20.9% higher than that delivered in the comparable period at CCY.

Pro-forma CCY* revenues increased 1.2% to $684.7m in the six months ended 31 October 2016, slightly ahead of the guidance range for the full year. Adjusted Diluted EPS in the period increased by 20.5% to 89.20 cents.

In March 2016 the Company announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the entire share capital of Spartacus Acquisition Holdings Corp. the holding company of Serena Software Inc. and its subsidiaries (together, "Serena" or "the Serena Group"). The acquisition completed on 2 May 2016 and consequently trading results of Serena are included in the results for the six months ended 31 October 2016 set out below.

In September 2016 the Company announced it had agreed with Hewlett Packard Enterprises ("HPE") to merge with the software business assets of HPE ("HPE Software") by way of merger with a wholly owned subsidiary of HPE. The transaction is expected to complete in the third quarter of the calendar year 2017. Exceptional pre-acquisition costs have been incurred in the period and further exceptional costs will be incurred for the remainder of the FY17 and to completion in FY18.

As of 07:08 GMT, Wednesday, 14 December, Micro Focus International plc share price is 2,131.96p.

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