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March 18, 2014
13:24 EDTVMW, ORCL, RHT, TIBXEarnings Preview: Oracle guidance seen at risk by Morgan Stanley
Oracle (ORCL) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday, March 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Oracle provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 70c on revenue of $9.36B. The consensus range is 68c-71c for EPS and $9.29B-$9.49B for revenue, according to First Call. During its last earnings conference call, Oracle said it expects Q3 adjusted EPS to be between 68c-72c. At that time the company also projected its Q3 revenue to grow 3%-7% in constant currency terms compared to the prior year, or 2%-6% in terms of U.S. dollars. LAST QUARTER: The company reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 69c, topping the consensus expectation of 67c. Oracle's revenue of $9.27B also beat the $9.19B consensus projection. Oracle reported its Q2 hardware systems products revenues fell 3% from the prior year, that its Q2 non-GAAP new software licenses and cloud software subscriptions revenues declined 1% and that its Q2 license updates and product support revenues grew 6%. NEWS: Throughout this quarter, Oracle made several acquisitions. The largest of those was Oracle's agreement to buy Responsys for $27.00 per share in cash, or approximately $1.5B, net of Responsys' cash. Responsys' offerings are used by businesses to manage and orchestrate marketing interactions with their customers across email, mobile, social, display and the web. On February 6, the deal was completed and Responsys was merged into Oracle. On January 7, Oracle announced that it has agreed to acquire Corente, a provider of software defined networking technology for wide area networks. On February 24, Oracle agreed to acquire BlueKai, which owns a platform that centrally organizes a company's customer and audience data in the cloud and also runs a third party data marketplace to augment a company's proprietary customer data. STREET RESEARCH: On January 22, Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Oracle shares to $43 from $36 citing its favorable partner survey and the company's headcount growth. That same day, Oracle was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank, which raised its price target on the stock to $45 from $33, but the stock was also downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer, which cited a more balanced risk/reward profile given the share levels at that time. In a note issued last Friday, Morgan Stanley said it saw limited upside in either Oracle or another provider of middleware and infrastructure software that also reports this week, TIBCO Software (TIBX). Morgan Stanley contended that while both companies have achievable quarters, the firm sees risk, particularly for TIBCO, for forward guidance to fall short of the consensus view. Morgan added that it continues to favor Red Hat (RHT) and VMware (VMW) in infrastructure software. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Oracle shares were up nearly 1% to $38.55. Over the last three months, Oracle shares have advanced about 11%.
News For ORCL;TIBX;RHT;VMW From The Last 14 Days
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November 24, 2014
08:34 EDTORCL, RHT, VMWJefferies software analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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November 21, 2014
10:01 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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November 20, 2014
16:53 EDTORCLOracle initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $41.
16:44 EDTVMWVMware initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
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16:17 EDTRHTRed Hat initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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07:11 EDTORCLBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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