Oracle earnings show profit for Sun

Summary:Sales were in line with expectations, but the software giant's profit got a boost from better-than-expected hardware sales.

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.

Read more of "Oracle: Sun profitable; Exadata sales pipeline nears $1 billion" at

Topics: Enterprise Software, Data Management, Hardware, Servers, Storage, Developer, Tech & Work


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