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Mixed Q2 fails to please Oracle investors

Software giant Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) reported strong earnings growth for the second quarter, riding on continued growth in the cloud business. However, the top line came in below the target set by analysts.

Second-quarter earnings, excluding one-off items, rose 12% from last year to $0.90 per share, which was 2 cents above the street consensus. 

Oracle Q2 2020 earnings

Helped by the stable demand for the company’s cloud and license support products, which account for about three-fourths of the total revenues, the top-line came in at $9.6 billion, up 1% year-over-year, but lower than the street estimate.

Cloud Services and License Support revenues were $6.8 billion, while Cloud License and On-Premise License revenues were $1.1 billion.

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CFO Safra Catz said, “We had another strong quarter in our Fusion and NetSuite cloud applications businesses with Fusion ERP revenues growing 37% and NetSuite ERP revenues growing 29%.”

CTO Larry Ellison added, “It’s still early days, but the Oracle Autonomous Database already has thousands of customers running in our Gen2 Public Cloud. Currently, our Autonomous Database running in our Public Cloud business is growing at a rate of over 100%.”

Oracle shares fell 1.98% immediately following the announcement. The stock has gained over 23% so far this year and 2% in the past three months.

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