Oracle Faces Investor Concerns as Q1 Earnings Disappoint

FILE PHOTO: The Oracle logo is shown on an office building in Irvine, California, U.S. June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

Database software giant Oracle experienced a 9% drop in its shares during extended trading on Monday, following the release of its fiscal first-quarter earnings and guidance that fell short of expectations.

For the fiscal second quarter, Oracle provided guidance of adjusted net income ranging from $1.30 to $1.34 per share, along with revenue growth of 5% to 7%. Analysts surveyed by LSEG had anticipated adjusted earnings per share of $1.33 and revenue of $13.28 billion, suggesting an 8% growth in revenue.

Oracle’s revenue for the fiscal first quarter, ending on August 31, increased by 9% year-over-year. The net income for this period reached $2.42 billion, equivalent to 86 cents per share, compared to $1.55 billion, or 56 cents per share, in the previous year.

CEO Safra Catz mentioned during an analyst conference call that Oracle’s acquisition of Cerner, an electronic health record software company, for $28.2 billion in June 2022, has caused an “accelerated transition” to the cloud. This transition has slowed down revenue growth as customers shift from licensed purchases, recognized upfront, to cloud subscriptions, which are recognized rateably.

The cloud services and license support segment recorded $9.55 billion in revenue, marking a 13% YoY increase and surpassing the StreetAccount consensus of $9.44 billion. However, the cloud license and on-premises license segment reported $809 million in revenue, down 10% from the previous year and falling short of the StreetAccount consensus of $892.7 million.

Hardware revenue amounted to $714 million, reflecting a 6% decline YoY. Analysts had expected $739.6 million, according to StreetAccount.

Cloud infrastructure revenue reached $1.5 billion, with a 66% YoY increase, although this growth rate had slowed from 76% in the previous quarter. Oracle still lags behind industry giants like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft in this category.

Larry Ellison, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Oracle, stated that AI development companies have signed contracts for over $4 billion of capacity in Oracle’s Gen2 Cloud, twice the amount booked by the end of Q4. Oracle announced new database hardware, Micros point-of-sale workstations, and artificial intelligence features in its Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management software during the quarter.

Ellison also revealed that xAI, Elon Musk’s recently announced AI startup, would utilize Oracle’s cloud services. It’s worth noting that Ellison had invested in Tesla shares and held a board seat at the electric automaker until August 2022.

Despite this after-hours setback, Oracle shares have gained 55% year-to-date, significantly outpacing the S&P 500’s 17% increase during the same period.

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