(Reuters) – Business software maker Oracle Corp’s cloud division reported quarterly revenue that missed analysts‘ estimates, on increased competition from Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp for cloud services due to remote working.
Oracle said it expects fourth-quarter revenue to increase between 1% and 3% on a constant currency basis, the midpoint of which implies a revenue of $10.65 billion, according to Reuters calculations. Analysts had expected current-quarter revenue of $10.84 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
Oracle’s shares fell 6.5% to $67.44 in extended trading on Wednesday.
Revenue from Oracle’s cloud services and licenses support unit, its largest by revenue, rose 5% to $7.25 billion in the reported quarter, compared with analysts’ estimates of $7.27 billion.
To compete with cloud services provided by Amazon and Microsoft, Oracle has been setting up more data centers.
“Some say Oracle is ‘turning into a cloud giant’, but their growth is still pretty small. Despite some notable progress, Oracle’s Q3 revenue grew by just 3%. And that’s with some notable cloud-driven progress,” said Third Bridge analyst Scott Kessler.
The company’s revenue rose 3% to $10.09 billion for the third quarter ended Feb. 28, edging past analysts’ estimates of $10.07 billion.
On an adjusted basis, Oracle earned $1.16 per share, beating estimates of $1.11.
(Reporting by Chavi Mehta in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)