Oracle Reports Slow Revenue Growth as Licensing and Hardware Businesses Decline

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  • Oracle's quarterly results beat expectations, and quarterly guidance came in above estimates.
  • The company's deal to become a cloud provider for TikTok in the U.S. is still not final.

Oracle shares fell as much as 2% in extended trading Thursday after the company reported fiscal second-quarter earnings that beat analysts' expectations. The shares recovered after the company issued better-than-expected quarterly guidance.

Here's how the company did:

  • Earnings: $1.06 per share, adjusted, vs. $1.00 per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $9.80 billion, vs. $9.79 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.

Oracle's revenue grew nearly 2% year over year in the quarter, which ended Nov. 30, according to a statement. In the prior quarter revenue increased by almost 2%.

The company pointed to growth from cloud services, which are more in demand this year because the coronavirus has forced many corporate workers to telecommute. At the same time, it continues to offer more traditional services to businesses, some of which have been hit hard by the pandemic.

"We would have had more revenue growth if we had not been capacity constrained in OCI during Q2," Larry Ellison, Oracle's co-founder and chairman, told analysts on a conference call. He was referring to Oracle's cloud infrastructure, which competes with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

Oracle's largest business segment, cloud services and license support, generated $7.11 billion in revenue, up 4% year over year and above the $7.04 billion consensus estimate among analysts polled by FactSet. Oracle's second-generation cloud-infrastructure revenue grew 139% in the quarter, Oracle CEO Safra Catz said on the call.

But smaller parts of Oracle's business declined. The company's cloud license and on-premises license segment contributed $1.09 billion in revenue, down 3%. Analysts polled by FactSet had been looking for $1.13 billion.

Oracle's hardware revenue totaled $844 million, down 3% although just above the $838 million FactSet analyst consensus. The company's $752 million in services revenue, while slightly more than the $750 million consensus, was off by 7%.

"So the pandemic affects us in some ways negatively, in some ways positively, simply because of our size and breadth of customer base, it affects them differently," Catz said. "And so obviously our hospitality customers have had a very difficult time of it in the main. Some of our retail customers have done horribly, some have done very, very well."

In the quarter President Donald Trump said he had agreed in principle to a deal that would involve moving U.S. user data for video-sharing app TikTok to Oracle's cloud infrastructure. Oracle said it would become a 12.5% owner of TikTok Global as part of the deal. The deal is not final.

Oracle also announced the availability of a cloud service that organizations can use to monitor the health of different parts of applications running in clouds and on-premises centers.

With respect to guidance, Catz said she expects the company to generate $1.09 to $1.13 in adjusted earnings per share in the fiscal third quarter alongside 2% to 4% annualized revenue growth. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had been expecting $1.04 in adjusted earnings per share and $9.95 billion in revenue, which implies 1.5% growth.

Excluding the after-hours move, shares of Oracle are up about 12% since the start of 2020, while the S&P 500 is up almost 14%.

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