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Oracle's Upcoming Earnings: What You Need To Know

Monday - 3/18/2013, 5:11pm  ET

Oracle is expected to report Q3 earnings on March 20. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:

The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Oracle's revenues will grow 3.4% and EPS will grow 6.5%.

The average estimate for revenue is $9.37 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.66.

Revenue details
Last quarter, Oracle notched revenue of $9.11 billion. GAAP reported sales were 3.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $8.79 billion.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.64. GAAP EPS of $0.53 for Q2 were 23% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.43 per share.

Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Recent performance
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 80.3%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 38.3%, 230 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 28.4%, 350 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead

The full year's average estimate for revenue is $38.25 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.70.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 3,445 members out of 3,657 rating the stock outperform, and 212 members rating it underperform. Among 829 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 798 give Oracle a green thumbs-up, and 31 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Oracle is outperform, with an average price target of $35.53.

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