Oracle delivered a better-than-expected fourth quarter courtesy of strong hardware sales--notably an operating profit at Sun Microsystems and strong sales of Exadata database machines.
The company on Thursday reported earnings of US$2.4 billion, or 46 cents a share, on revenue of US$9.5 billion (statement, preview). Non-GAAP earnings were 60 cents a share, well ahead of the 54 cents a share expected by Wall Street. Sales were in line with expectations, but Oracle's profit got a boost from better-than-expected hardware sales.
Sun contributed about US$400 million in non-GAAP operating income. You could call the performance Oracle's Sun miracle. In a statement, Oracle CFO Jeff Epstein said Sun had US$1.2 billion in systems revenue. Oracle president Safra Catz said:
Now that Sun is profitable, we have increased confidence that we will meet or exceed our goal of Sun contributing US$1.5 billion to non-GAAP operating income in FY2011, and US$2.0 billion in FY2012.
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