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3Com Reports 3Q08

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) today reported financial results for its fiscal 2008 third quarter, which ended February 29, 2008. Revenue in the quarter was $336.4 million compared to revenue of $323.4 million in the corresponding period in fiscal 2007, a 4 percent increase.

Net loss in the quarter was $7.8 million, or $0.02 per share, compared with a net loss of $4.8 million, or $0.01 per share, in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007. The net loss increase resulted primarily from a $6.1 million non-cash deferred tax liability provision, which is expected to be reversed in coming quarters. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $34.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared with net income of $11.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal year 2007.

In the third quarter, 3Com generated $44.1 million in cash from operations.

"On an operational basis we had a very strong quarter," said Edgar Masri, 3Com President and CEO. "In the third quarter, our revenues were at the highest level since we began consolidating H3C revenue; our gross margins reached a record high of 53 percent; we generated a non-GAAP net income margin of 10 percent; and we were cash-flow positive for the second consecutive quarter. We still have more work to do, but I am very pleased with the continued progress we are making in building a growing and profitable business."

3Com Corp.