Oracle CEO Safra Catz delivers a keynote address during the 2019 Oracle OpenWorld on September 17, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Oracle CEO Safra Catz kicked off day two of the 2019 Oracle OpenWorld with a keynote address. The annual convention runs through September 19.
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Oracle shares moved 3% lower in extended trading on Wednesday after the enterprise software maker reported fiscal third-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts’ estimates and increased its quarterly dividend to 32 cents per share from 24 cents per share.
Here’s how the company did:
- Earnings: $1.16 per share, adjusted, vs. $1.11 per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
- Revenue: $10.09 billion, vs. $10.07 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
Oracle’s revenue increased by 3% on an annualized basis in the quarter, which ended on Feb. 28, according to a statement. Revenue grew nearly 2% in the prior quarter.
Oracle’s top business segment, cloud services and license support, delivered $7.25 billion in revenue, up 5% year over year in the quarter and slightly lower than the FactSet consensus estimate of $7.28 billion.
Oracle’s cloud license and on-premises license revenue totaled $1.28 billion, which was up 4% and above the $1.21 billion FactSet consensus. The company reported $820 million in hardware revenue, down 4% and just under the $843 million FactSet consensus.
In the quarter Oracle introduced a portable ruggedized server for running cloud workloads and announced the availability of version 21c of its database software as a cloud service.
Last week Barclays analysts led by Raimo Lenschow raised their rating on Oracle stock to the equivalent of buy from the equivalent of hold, citing their belief that cloud revenue growth would accelerate. “We expect shares to re-rate, especially as investor appetite for value names and cash flow growth stories continues to improve in a higher yield environment coming out of the pandemic,” they wrote.
With respect to guidance, analysts polled by Refinitiv were expecting $1.28 in adjusted earnings per share for the fiscal fourth quarter and $10.84 billion in revenue, which would imply about 4% growth.
Oracle stock has risen about 12% since the start of 2021, while the S&P 500 index is up 4% over the same period. The company last increased its dividend in 2019, when it rose 26%, compared with the 33% increase announced on Wednesday.
Executives will discuss the results with analysts and issue guidance on a conference call starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
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