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Oracle Reports Fiscal Q3 Earnings Per Share of $0.12; Database New License Sales Up 16%; Operating Income Up 16%

March 11, 2004

Database New License Sales up 12% to $782 Million


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Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) today announced that fiscal 2005 Q3 GAAP earnings per share was $0.10 and non-GAAP earnings per share was $0.16, compared with GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.12 last year. GAAP net income for the quarter was $540 million and non-GAAP net income was $814 million, compared with GAAP net income of $635 million and non-GAAP net income of $650 million in Q3 last year. Total GAAP revenues increased 18% to $2.95 billion while total non-GAAP revenues increased 23% to $3.09 billion for the quarter.

Third quarter GAAP total software revenues were up 15% to $2.34 billion while non-GAAP total software revenues were up 23% to $2.48 billion. GAAP services revenues were up 26% to $614 million. GAAP database new license revenues were up 12% to $782 million for the quarter.

"We are extremely pleased that Q3 non-GAAP net income was up 25%, and non-GAAP earnings per share was up 28%," said Safra Catz, Oracle's Co-President and interim CFO. "Given our strong Q3 results and the improved outlook for Q4, we are raising our non-GAAP EPS guidance for the full fiscal year 2005 from $0.62 to $0.64 - $0.65."

"Solid growth in our database business has enabled Oracle to take market share from IBM all year long," said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Independent proof of Oracle's gains came when industry analyst firm IDC published that Oracle had increased its market share from 40.3% to 41.3%, while runner-up IBM's database share dropped from 31.8% to 30.6% over the last 12 months. "Oracle's gain in market share highlights the accelerating acceptance of Oracle Database Grids as replacements for IBM mainframes."

"Combining the Oracle and PeopleSoft applications businesses gives us the largest applications business in North America," said Oracle's Co-President Charles Phillips. "Having completed the PeopleSoft deal, we can now sell into an installed base of over 23,000 applications customers worldwide. We intend to aggressively expand our number one position in North America and grow our share globally."

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