Oracle Corp (ORCL) Misses Q3 EPS by 2c, Sales Light

March 18, 2014 4:06 PM EDT
Oracle Corp (NASDAQ: ORCL) reported Q3 EPS of $0.68, $0.02 worse than the analyst estimate of $0.70. Revenue for the quarter rose 4% to $9.3 billion versus the consensus estimate of $9.36 billion.

Part of the blame was a higher U.S. dollar. Without the impact of the US dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies, Oracle's reported Q3 GAAP earnings per share would have been up 10% and non-GAAP earnings per share would have been up 7%. In addition, GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share both include a non-operating $0.02 per share loss this quarter as a result of exchange rate changes in Venezuela as compared to $0.01 last year. Excluding the impact of the US dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies and excluding Venezuela's exchange loss impact on both reporting periods, Oracle's reported Q3 GAAP earnings per share would have been $0.59, up 12%, and non-GAAP earnings per share would have been $0.71, up 8%. GAAP and non-GAAP total revenues also would have been up 6%. GAAP new software licenses and cloud software subscriptions revenues would have been up 6% and non-GAAP new software licenses and cloud software subscriptions revenues would have been up 5%. Hardware systems product revenues would have been up 10%.

"In constant currency, our Cloud Software Subscriptions revenues grew 25% and our Engineered Systems revenue grew more than 30% in the quarter," said Oracle President and CFO, Safra Catz. "Oracle Cloud Applications and Engineered Systems are both rapidly growing, billion dollar run-rate businesses. Those two high-growth businesses helped us deliver record year-to-date operating cash flow, and a record $15 billion of operating cash flow over the past twelve months."

"Sales of Oracle's Cloud Applications accelerated sharply in the quarter with bookings growth of over 60%," said Oracle President Mark Hurd. "Our quarterly Cloud Application revenue is now approaching $300 million. All of our strategic Cloud Application Suites, including Fusion Enterprise Resource Planning, Fusion Human Capital Management and Fusion Customer Experience, posted triple-digit revenue growth."

"Oracle's Engineered Server Systems, including Exadata and SPARC SuperClusters, achieved over a 30% constant currency growth rate in the quarter, while throughout the industry traditional high-end server product lines are in steep decline," said Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison. "Our Engineered Systems business is growing rapidly for the same fundamental reason that our Cloud Applications business is growing rapidly. In both cases, customers want us to integrate the hardware and software and make it work together, so they don't have to."

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