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Database Sales Up 32%, Applications Sales Up 35% Operating Income Up 89%, Net Income Up 160% As Oracle becomes the Software Standard for Internet e-Business

March 14, 2000

As Oracle becomes the Software Standard for Internet e-Business.

Redwood Shores, Calif. 14-MAR-2000 12:00 AM Today, Oracle Corporation announced that in its fiscal third quarter (Q3) adjusted net income increased 80% to $498 million, or $0.17 per share, while revenue grew to $2.4 billion. This compares to $2.1 billion in revenue, $277 million in adjusted net income, and $0.09 per share in Q3 last year.

Total net income, which includes $432 million of investment gains, increased to $763 million, or $0.25 per share for the quarter. The investment gains came from the sale of 11% of Oracle's holdings in Liberate Technologies - Oracle's first network computer company spin-off. In Q3 last year, total net income was $293 million, or $0.10 per share.

Database software sales increased 32% to $778 million. Total applications software sales increased 35%, to $199 million, with sales of CRM applications growing at a 179% rate. Consulting, education and support revenues grew 10% to $1.4 billion.

"Oracle's database and e-Business applications have become the software standard for the Internet," said Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison. "All 10 of the world's biggest web sites use Oracle. 93% of the public dot com companies use Oracle. Now the leading companies in traditional industries - Chevron, Ford, General Motors, Carrefour and Sears - are choosing Oracle to move them to the Internet. The faster the Internet grows - the faster we grow."

"Nine months ago, we set out to save one billion dollars annually by using our own Internet e-Business applications," said Oracle CFO, Jeff Henley. "That billion dollar savings translates to a 10 point improvement in our margin. This quarter's operating margin improved 11.8 points - from 19.6% to 31.4% percent - compared to Q3 last year. So we are reaching our financial goals faster and saving even more than planned. Better still, there are a lot more Internet efficiencies to come as we complete the transformation of Oracle into a global e-Business. We are only halfway through an 18 month process."

Oracle Corporation is the world's second largest software company. With annual sales of more than $9.7 billion, Oracle provides the software that powers the Internet. For more information about Oracle, please call Investor Relations at (650) 506-4073 or visit Oracle on the web at .

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