Oracle near $40 as investors fret over growth; acquisition announced

|About: Oracle Corporation (ORCL)|By:, SA News Editor

The license growth worries that plagued Oracle (ORCL -5.7%) much of last year are back with a vengeance following yesterday's FQ4 miss, in spite of the in-line guidance that followed it.

Citi has cut shares to Neutral, arguing SaaS (cloud app) strength isn't reflected in earnings. Before the downgrade, the firm noted estimated total license revenue of $4.09B missed its $4.3B estimate.

But Oracle also has its defenders. BMO (Outperform) asserts Oracle's cloud transition efforts are still going well, and that "new product releases across the board should be a tailwind to growth."

The firm attributes the FQ4 miss to an apparent "thousand cuts" that include deal slippage, Asia-Pac weakness (an ongoing issue), a shift from up-front license payments to cloud subscriptions, and potential order delays ahead of Oracle's 12c database launch (previous).

Separately, Oracle has announced it's buying LiveLOOK, a developer of co-browsing/screen sharing tech for Web customer support apps. Terms are undisclosed.

Oracle, which bought cloud customer support firm RightNow in 2011, plans to integrate LiveLOOK's offerings with its Service Cloud platform. Rival LivePerson (LPSN -0.9%) recently announced a deal to buy co-browsing tech developer Synchronite.

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