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Oracle Sales And Earnings Exceed Forecasts Amid Cloud Surge

Aria Thomas

Jun 14, 2022 11:50


Oracle Corp surpassed Wall Street projections for quarterly profit and sales on Monday, as demand for its cloud products surged in tandem with the industry-wide transition to cloud-based systems.

In extended trading, shares of the Austin, Texas-based corporation whose fourth-quarter sales increased by 5 percent soared by almost 12 percent.

Safra Catz, chief executive officer of Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), stated in a statement, "We think this revenue growth increase signals that our infrastructure business has entered a hyper-growth period."

Oracle, which projected a currency headwind of 5% in the fourth quarter, up from 2% to 3% in the third quarter, forecasts significant revenue growth in its cloud business despite growing inflation and a higher dollar.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) in April and Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) Inc in May signaled a solid future for the cloud industry as corporations raise expenditure, but Microsoft reduced its fourth-quarter profit and sales prediction earlier this month owing to unfavorable currency exchange rates.

Oracle predicted a quarterly loss of $100 million in fiscal year 2023 due to the suspension of services in Russia.

However, the business anticipates first-quarter sales growth between 17 and 18 percent, thanks to its $28 billion purchase of healthcare IT provider Cerner Corp. (NASDAQ:CERN).

Oracle's prediction was released on a day when U.S. stock markets plummeted, with the S&P 500 confirming it was in a bear market, as investors feared that aggressive interest rate rises by the Federal Reserve may drive the country into recession.

The business anticipates adjusted first-quarter EPS between $1.04 and $1.08, compared to the average analyst expectation of $1.13.

According to IBES statistics from Refinitiv, revenue for the fourth quarter ended May 31 increased to $11.84 billion, above analysts' average forecast of $11.66 billion.

Excluding adjustments, the company's earnings per share were $1.54, above analysts' predictions of $1.37.