Wed, Apr. 29, 2:50 PM
- Bloomberg reports Salesforce (CRM) has been approached by a potential acquirer, and is working with bankers to field offers. Shares have soared in response.
- With a current $51B market cap, only a handful of enterprise tech companies could afford to digest Salesforce. The short list includes Oracle ($197B market cap), Microsoft ($400B), IBM ($173B), and just maybe SAP ($94B). Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), which has made plenty of cloud software acquisitions, just launched a $10B debt offering.
- Update: BuzzFeed reports Oracle wasn't the company that approached Salesforce.
Dec. 18, 2014, 2:04 PM
- With the help of stronger-than-expected hardware sales, Oracle (ORCL +9.2%) beat FQ2 estimates in spite of a 400 bps forex headwind (twice what was originally expected). FQ3 guidance was conservative after taking forex pressures into account.
- The numbers have been good enough for Oracle to surge to new highs and receive a slew of target hikes, and to lead many enterprise tech names to outperform amid a big market rally. The Nasdaq is up 1.9%.
- Microsoft (MSFT +3.2%), Cisco (CSCO +2.3%), EMC (EMC +3.7%), VMware (VMW +5.1%), and beaten-down IBM (IBM +2.8%) are among the enterprise tech names outperforming today. Others: SPLK +4.6%. CA +3.5%. RHT +3.4%. VRNS +6.3%. PCTY +5.8%. JIVE +4.6%. VMEM +5.2%. SAAS +4.7%. BRCD +3.8%.
- Oracle's healthy cloud software numbers are drawing attention: While traditional software license revenue fell 4% Y/Y, its SaaS/PaaS revenue rose 41%. SaaS/PaaS bookings totaled $170M, and are expected to be "well over" $1B in FY16 (ends May '16). Fusion cloud app bookings rose over 100%.
- On the CC (transcript), Oracle performed its customary trash-talking of cloud app rivals. "We are clearly growing faster than Salesforce (CRM +4%) and were more than three times the size of Workday (WDAY +3.2%)." Both firms are posting solid gains.
- Oracle's numbers come as Bloomberg reports the Chinese government is looking to "purge most foreign technology from banks, the military, state-owned enterprises and key government agencies by 2020." IBM, Cisco, and other U.S. firms have already seen their Chinese sales fall sharply following last year's NSA spying uproar.
Dec. 17, 2014, 5:40 PM
Dec. 17, 2014, 5:26 PM
- Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) has declined to provide guidance in absolute dollars on its FQ2 CC. In constant currency, the company expects FQ3 revenue to be up 4%-8% Y/Y, and EPS to be in a range of $0.69-$0.74. Consensus (based on absolute dollars, naturally) is for 4% revenue growth and EPS of $0.73.
- If exchange rates remain where they are, forex is expected to have 4%+ impact on absolute dollar revenue growth, and a $0.04 impact on EPS.
- In constant currency, software/cloud revenue is expected to be up 5%-8% Y/Y (~1%-4% in absolute dollars, at current exchange rates). Within cloud, SaaS/PaaS and IaaS revenue is respectively forecast to grow 30%-34% and 29%-33%; total cloud revenue was up 45% in FQ2. Hardware system growth guidance is set at -2% to +8%.
- ORCL +5.5% AH. Morgan Stanley's pre-earnings upgrade is looking good.
- FQ2 results, PR
Dec. 17, 2014, 4:18 PM
- Oracle's (NYSE:ORCL) total software/cloud revenue rose 5% Y/Y in FQ2 to $7.3B, in-line with guidance for 3%-6% growth. However, hardware system revenue grew 1% to $1.3B, beating guidance for flat to -10% growth.
- SaaS, (cloud app), PaaS (cloud app platform), and IaaS (cloud infrastructure) revenue collectively rose 45% to $516M; guidance was for 39%-44% SaaS/PaaS growth and 39%-43% IaaS growth.
- On the other hand, traditional software license revenue remains pressured by the cloud migration, it fell 4% to $2.05B. Services revenue fell 3% to $935M. License update/product support revenue (50% of revenue, driven by past deals) rose 6% to $4.8B.
- GAAP opex +3% Y/Y to $6.06B, even with revenue growth. Sales/marketing spend only rose 1% to $19B; R&D rose 9% to $1.39B.
- Americas revenue +5% Y/Y to $5.2B; EMEA +3% to $2.9B; Asia-Pac roughly flat at $1.5B (an improvement from recent quarters).
- $2.1B was spent on buybacks, up slightly from FQ1's $2B. Forex had a 400 bps impact on revenue.
- ORCL +2.7% AH. CC at 5PM ET, guidance should be provided.
- FQ2 results, PR.
Dec. 17, 2014, 4:02 PM
Dec. 15, 2014, 9:33 AM
- Citing "improving results in secularly important portions of the business" against a backdrop of "very low expectations and weak sentiment," Morgan Stanley has upgraded Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) ahead of Wednesday's FQ2 report, and hiked its target by $5 to $50.
- Oracle's performance nearly matches the Nasdaq's this year. Shares go for 11x estimated FY16 (ends May '16) EPS exc. net cash.
Oct. 22, 2014, 1:22 PM
- Enterprise software vendors are having a rough day after VMware (VMW -5.6%) provided light Q4 guidance to go with a Q3 beat.
- On its CC (transcript), VMware also reported its bookings fell Q/Q in Q3. They were hurt by Russian and German softness, and a failure to close a major enterprise license agreement (ELA) with a federal client. ELAs made up 29% of Q3 bookings, down from 37% in Q2.
- Rivals Oracle (ORCL -1.5%), Red Hat (RHT -3.3%), and Citrix (CTXS -1.5%) are among the decliners, as are Splunk (SPLK -4.7%), Tableau (DATA -2.8%), Qlik (QLIK -2.5%), and MicroStrategy (MSTR -0.9%). Oracle provided light guidance last month.
- Several enterprise cloud software stocks are also selling off: N -2.5%. VEEV -2.9%. ZEN -4.2%. CSOD -2.3%. SAAS -3.2%. NOW -1.7%.
- Nomura and Raymond James have downgraded VMware. Nomura thinks 2015 guidance (expected in January) will also be light, and believes slow vSphere server virtualization growth (affected by competition and high penetration rates) will remain a headwind, given it's still over half of VMware's business. "Growth has to come from the vCloud Suite ... other newer products are just too small still to matter."
- Some of those "other newer products" are doing well: VMware's end-user computing license bookings (boosted by the AirWatch acquisition) rose over 60% Y/Y in Q3, and its much-hyped NSX software-defined networking platform now has 250+ paying customers (up from just 100 a few months ago).
- A slew of enterprise tech names sold off on Monday in response to IBM's Q3 report. Big Blue's software sales fell 2% Y/Y in Q3, after rising 1% in Q2. CA, Citrix, and ServiceNow report after the bell.
Oct. 20, 2014, 9:19 AM
- IBM missed Q3 estimates, pulled its $20 2015 EPS forecast, and respectively reported 15% and 7% Y/Y drops in hardware revenue and services backlog.
- Big Blue also stated it "saw a marked slowdown in September in client buying behavior," and declared its numbers "also point to the unprecedented pace of change in our industry" (at least partially a reference to cloud services adoption).
- SAP missed Q3 revenue estimates (while posting in-line EPS), reported a 3% Y/Y drop in traditional software license revenue, and (citing the cloud transition) cut its full-year op. profit outlook.
- Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) -0.8% premarket. H-P (NYSE:HPQ) -2% premarket. Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) -1.8%. EMC -0.8%. There's a good chance other enterprise IT names will trade lower as well.
Sep. 19, 2014, 4:54 PM
- Though Oracle's (ORCL -4%) cloud-related sales saw healthy growth in FQ1, its core database business saw negative license growth, notes Deutsche's Karl Keirstead, downgrading shares to Hold. "Coupled with Larry Ellison’s decision to give up the CEO role, our confidence in the core database business is getting tested and we’d prefer to step to the sidelines while Oracle shares are still near their 10-year high."
- While Oracle blames the database weakness on tough comps and sales execution - the latter is a common excuse among enterprise software firms - Keirstead also sees other factors at work: A mature relational database market; Microsoft's share gains; and a secular shift to new data types (e.g. Hadoop/NoSQL) and cloud apps (often running on non-Oracle databases). He estimates Oracle's FQ2 guidance implies a 3%-4% Y/Y drop in license revenue.
- D.A. Davidson (Neutral) also isn't thrilled with Oracle's numbers. "ORCL's financial results have now either missed or come in at the low end of management's guidance range in 7 of the last 9 quarters." Ditto Sterne Agee: "Given the current moderate size of the cloud business, the transition will span several years and create both revenue and EPS estimate volatility."
- On the other hand, Sterne (like many others) isn't concerned about Oracle's CEO change, calling it "more of a change in titles than in functions." On the CC (transcript), new co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd insisted there will be no major operational changes.
- Wedbush, however, sees negative long-term implications. "Mr. Ellison's desire to delegate more responsibility (and credit) to Safra Catz and Mark Hurd is understandable ... but it underlines our view that Oracle's days as an organic grower are rapidly coming to an end."
- Prior Oracle coverage
Sep. 2, 2014, 5:28 PM
- Concur (NASDAQ:CNQR) approached SAP and Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) to "gauge their interest" in an acquisition, sources tell Bloomberg. Oracle, set to buy point-of-sale hardware vendor Micros for $5.3B, is said to have passed.
- No details are given on SAP's reaction. Back in January, the German software giant suggested it could make another big cloud software acquisition - it already has a few under its belt. But in April, SAP, which is counting on cloud growth to offset slumping traditional license sales, stated it considers itself under no pressure to make a deal.
- Concur has pared its AH gains: The cloud travel/expense software provider is now up 11%. Its market cap stands at $6.4B.
- Earlier: Concur reportedly exploring sale
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. 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
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