Oracle Reports Fiscal Third Quarter Earnings, Revenue Meets Expectations While Earnings Fell Short

Computer technology company Oracle reported its fiscal third-quarter earnings on Thursday. The company’s stock dropped 6 percent before eventually making a rebound.

The company reported earnings per share of $1.13 per share, adjusted, falling short of the expectation of $1.18 per share, according to analysts. It reported revenue of $10.51 billion which was exactly what analysts had predicted for its fiscal third-quarter.

According to a statement, the software company’s revenue was up 4 percent from a year before in the quarter ended February 28th. Net income, however, declined 54 percent to $2.32 billion.

The company suffered a decline in its net income because of two investments – the share price of gene-sequencing company Oxford Nanopore which it invested in tumbling and an operating loss suffered by Ampere Computing. “We remain confident that our investments in these two cutting-edge technology companies will deliver very strong returns for Oracle,” the company said.

Oracle’s short-term deferred revenue stood at $7.87 billion, falling short of StreetAccount’s consensus of $8.01 billion.

Oracle, and a bunch of other companies, continues to experience supply challenges that hinder the production of hardware equipments that are needed in data centres.

In a conference call with analysts, the company’s CEO Safra Catz said that “We couldn’t meet every need as quickly as we would have liked.”

In the fiscal third quarter, Oracle announced the intention to acquire Cerner for $28.3 billion in cash. Cerner is a developer of software for managing health records.

For guidance, the company says it expects revenue to grow between 3 percent and 5 percent, while it expects $1.35 to $1,39 in adjusted earnings per share in the fiscal fourth quarter. Analysts expect earnings per share of $1.38 and revenue of $11.76 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter, according to a consensus polled by Refinitiv.

The company’s CEO emphasized that its guidance does not take the acquisition of Cerner into account even though the acquisition may be completed in the quarter.

Prior to the after-hours move, Oracle stock was down 12% so far in 2022. The S&P 500 index has dropped about 11% over the same period.

Oracle has stopped its operations in Russia following the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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