Jul. 29, 2014, 1:38 PM
- Oracle (ORCL +0.8%) has awarded Larry Ellison 3M stock options for 2014, well below the 7M he has been awarded over each of the prior 8 years. Likewise, Mark Hurd and CFO Safra Catz have seen their awards drop to 2.25M from 5M.
- The award cuts follow mounting criticism of Oracle's executive compensation from shareholders and proxy advisers. In a non-binding vote, shareholders voted against Oracle's proposed compensation plan at last October's annual meeting.
- Ellison still owns 25% of Oracle, a stake worth $45B at current levels.
Jul. 29, 2014, 7:14 AM
- Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) has cut back on its yearly stock grants given to its top execs, including CEO Larry Ellison and co-Presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz.
- The cuts follow waves of shareholder opposition against the excessive compensation paid to the company's senior management.
- Ellison's stock-option grants were decreased from 7M to 3M options, while Hurd's and Catz's were cut from 5M to 2.25M shares.
Jul. 25, 2014, 4:52 AM
- The European Comission has announced that EU antitrust regulators will determine whether to clear Oracle's (NYSE:ORCL) $5.3B bid to buy Micros (NASDAQ:MCRS) by August 29.
- Oracle is looking to continue its fast-expanding cloud business through the new acquisition, and it will be the company's biggest purchase in five years.
Jul. 15, 2014, 7:07 PM
- Oracle's (NYSE:ORCL) new Big Data SQL software allows users to run joint queries across both SQL databases such as Oracle's flagship 12c, and semi-structured and unstructured data stores such as the Hadoop big data framework and NoSQL databases.
- Hadoop and NoSQL are widely used in big data projects due to their scalability and support for a variety of data formats. The Oracle solution runs on top of the company's Big Data Appliance - 3rd-party hardware support will be added if demand is strong. The appliance runs a Hadoop distribution from Cloudera, which recently received funding from Intel at a $4.1B valuation.
- Microsoft has also shown an interest in developing hardware/software bundles that support joint SQL/unstructured data queries. Both Microsoft and Oracle are hoping SQL databases, which still offer advantages in data consistency and complex query support, play a role in a healthy percentage of big data projects as spending on them takes off.
Jul. 1, 2014, 12:29 AM
- A week after announcing a $5.3B deal to buy Micros, Oracle (ORCL) has sold $10B in debt. Maturity dates range from 3 years to 30. 5-year notes yield just 2.3%, and 30-year notes 4.5%. The sale is the 2nd-largest dollar-denominated corporate bond offering in 2014, behind Apple's $12B April offering.
- Aside from financing the Micros deal, there's a good chance some of the funds will be used on buybacks. Oracle spent $2B on buybacks in both the February and May quarters.
- The software giant had $38.8B in cash/investments at the end of May (much of it offshore), and $24.2B in debt.
Jun. 23, 2014, 8:16 AM
- Earlier rumors had Micros (MCRS) going for about $5B, and final deal for $5.3B works out to $68 per share.
- The purchase is expected to be immediately accretive to Oracle's non-GAAP earnings and to "expand over time," says Oracle CFO Safra Catz.
- MCRS +2.2% premarket to $67.20. ORCL +0.3%.
- Source: Press Release
- Previously: Bloomberg: Oracle close to buying Micros for ~$5B
Jun. 23, 2014, 2:02 AM
- Oracle (ORCL) is expected to announce a $5B acquisition of MICROS Systems (MCRS) this morning. The deal values MICROS at more than $67 a share, a slight premium to its $65.77 Friday close.
- If confirmed, the acquisition would be Oracle's largest deal since it bought Sun Microsystems for $5.6B in 2009.
- ORCL +0.1% AH
Jun. 20, 2014, 11:00 AM
- 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.
- Prior coverage. CC transcript.
Jun. 20, 2014, 9:14 AM
Jun. 19, 2014, 5:37 PM
Jun. 19, 2014, 5:26 PM
- Oracle (ORCL) expects FQ1 revenue growth of 4%-6% Y/Y, and EPS of $0.62-$0.66. That's in-line with a consensus of 4.8% growth and $0.64.
- New software license/cloud revenue is expected to be up 6%-8% Y/Y, an improvement from FQ4 and driven by an expected 25%-35% increase in SaaS/PaaS revenue. Hardware systems revenue is expected to see -1% to +3% growth.
- CFO Safra Catz noted a $102M forex loss (Venezuela-related) pressured FQ4 EPS by $0.02.
- FQ4 results, details
Jun. 19, 2014, 4:22 PM
- With cloud competition continuing to take a toll, Oracle's (ORCL) new software license revenue was flat Y/Y in FQ4 at $3.77B. Cloud app (SaaS) and app platform (PaaS) revenue rose 25% to $322M, and cloud infrastructure (IaaS) revenue 13% to $128M.
- Altogether, new license/cloud revenue rose 2% Y/Y to $4.22B. Oracle had guided for 0%-10% new license/cloud subscription growth.
- License update/product support revenue (stems from existing deals, relatively stable) rose 7% to $4.7B after growing 5% in FQ3. Hardware product sales +2% to $870M, near the low end of a 0%-10% guidance range. Hardware support +2% to $596M.
- $2B was spent on buybacks, even with FQ3 and boosting EPS. GAAP opex +8% Y/Y - sales/marketing +6%, R&D +7%.
- CC at 5PM ET, guidance will be provided. FQ4 results, PR.
Jun. 19, 2014, 4:05 PM
Jun. 18, 2014, 5:35 PM
Jun. 17, 2014, 12:05 PM
- Bloomberg reports Oracle (ORCL +0.9%) is close to buying leading point-of-sale hardware/software vendor Micros (MCRS +17.6%) for ~$5B.
- Micros has soared on the report; its market cap is currently at $5.05B. Peers NCR (NCR +3.4%), VeriFone (PAY +2.2%), and PAR Technology (PAR +4.6%) are also up. Oracle has ticked higher.
- If the report holds, Oracle will be paying ~24x FY15E (ends June '15) EPS. Micros has a long list of retail/hospitality industry clients that Oracle could offer integrated CRM hardware/software solutions to.
- IBM and SAP have each shown an interest in growing software sales to retailers. However, Big Blue sold its POS hardware business to Toshiba in 2012.
Jun. 10, 2014, 6:42 PM
- The in-memory version of Oracle's (ORCL) flagship 12c database, first detailed last September, has officially launched. Oracle continues to promise major gains in query speeds and transaction-processing rates relative to a standard database, as well as easy integration with both regular Oracle databases and 3rd-party apps.
- The launch is aimed squarely at SAP's Hana in-memory database, which saw its sales rise 61% last year to €633M ($855M) and has developed a strong ecosystem.
- As one might expect, Oracle argues integration with standard 12cand mature database feature set give it an edge - Larry Ellison claims data can be moved in-memory "within minutes." Ellison adds 12c in-memory is only meant to handle active data; all other data is left on cheaper flash memory or hard drives.
- In April, Microsoft updated its SQL Server database (has gained share against Oracle in recent years) to include in-memory features.
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