Post-Acquisition Turnaround?

Oracle Report Sun Profit for 2010 Q4

Jessica Thornsby

Oracle announce a $400 million gain in non-GAAP operating income – and more job cuts.

According to Oracle’s latest financial report (pdf), Sun has contributed
over $400 million to non-GAAP operating income in the fourth
quarter of 2010.

This translates to earnings of $0.46 per share. In the report,
Oracle contrasts this against Sun’s quarter ending June of last
year, when it recorded a loss. Indeed, this is a a 24% increase
over the same period last year. Additionally, new software license
revenues rose 14% to $3.1 billion in the quarter, indicating that
the long drawn-out acquisition and subsequent departure of many
prominent Sun employees, hasn’t shaken everyone’s confidence in

Oracle themselves imply that this is the post-acquisition
turnaround for Sun Microsystems.

“Now that Sun is profitable, we have increased confidence that
we will meet or exceed our goal of Sun contributing $1.5 billion to
non-GAAP operating income in FY2011, and $2.0 billion in FY2012,”
said Oracle President Safra Catz.

In a conference call on Thursday, Catz stated that users have
been reassured by Oracle taking control of the company, and that
the new support policy for Sun products has been “very
well-received” by customers. “A lot of customers that had not been
on support have come back to Sun,” she said.

However, this profit hasn’t been achieved without causalities.
Oracle have reported that the integration of Sun Microsystems cost
the company an estimated $325 million. And now, another wave of job
cuts are on the horizon for Europe and Asia. In a regulatory filing, Oracle state that reducing
the workforce in this way “eliminates redundant costs resulting
from the acquisition of Sun and reflects improved efficiencies in

According to the filing, Oracle began notifying affected
employees on May 28rd, 2010.

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