"Exadata, Exalogic, Exalytics, SPARC SuperCluster and our other engineered systems grew at a rate of 45% in Q4 as we took considerable market share from our primary competitor -- IBM P-Series -- which declined 32% in their most recent quarter," said Oracle CEO, Larry Ellison. "We sold over 1,200 engineered systems in the quarter and over 3,000 during the year. Our fast growing engineered systems business is now more than one-third of our overall hardware business which is one of the reasons we believe hardware will be a growth story in Oracle's FY14."
Oracle also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share of outstanding common stock, reflecting a 100% increase over the current quarterly dividend of $0.06. Oracle's CEO and largest stockholder did not participate in the deliberation or the vote on this matter. This increased dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 12, 2013, with a payment date of August 2, 2013.
Oracle also announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $12.0 billion of common stock under its existing share repurchase program in future quarters.
Oracle also announced that it has applied to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under its current symbol "ORCL". After careful consideration and deliberation, the Board of Directors of Oracle determined that the proposed transfer of Oracle's common stock listing to the New York Stock Exchange would be in the best interests of its stockholders, customers and partners. Subject to the approval by the NYSE of Oracle's listing application, Oracle expects that its common stock will begin trading on the NYSE on July 15, 2013. Until the transfer is completed, Oracle will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol "ORCL".
Q4 Fiscal 2013 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast
Oracle will hold a conference call and webcast today to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific. You may listen to the call by dialing (913) 312-9303, Passcode: 849181. To access the live webcast of this event, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle's Q4 results and Fiscal 2013 financial tables are available on the Oracle Investor Relations website.
A replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (719) 457-0820 or (888) 203-1112, Passcode: 2970367.
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"Safe Harbor" Statement: Statements in this press release relating to Oracle's future plans, expectations, beliefs, intentions and prospects, including statements regarding hardware being a growth story in FY14 and when Oracle's common stock will begin trading on the NYSE, are "forward-looking statements" and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Many factors could affect our current expectations and our actual results, and could cause actual results to differ materially. We presently consider the following to be among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations: (1) Economic, political and market conditions, including the current European economic crisis and slowing economic conditions in other parts of the world, can adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition, including our revenue growth and profitability, which in turn could adversely affect our stock price. (2) We may fail to achieve our financial forecasts due to such factors as delays or size reductions in transactions, fewer large transactions in a particular quarter, unanticipated fluctuations in currency exchange rates, delays in delivery of new products or releases or a decline in our renewal rates for support contracts. (3) Our hardware systems revenues and profitability could decline further, and we may fail to achieve our financial forecasts with respect to this business. (4) We have an active acquisition program and our acquisitions may not be successful, may involve unanticipated costs or other integration issues or may disrupt our existing operations. (5) Our international sales and operations subject us to additional risks that can adversely affect our operating results, including risks relating to foreign currency gains and losses. (6) Our periodic workforce restructurings, including reorganizations of our sales force, can be disruptive. (7) If we are unable to develop new or sufficiently differentiated products and services, or to enhance and improve our products and support services in a timely manner or to position and/or price our products and services to meet market demand, customers may not buy new software licenses, cloud software subscriptions or hardware systems products or purchase or renew support contracts. A detailed discussion of these factors and other risks that affect our business is contained in our SEC filings, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors." Copies of these filings are available online from the SEC or by contacting Oracle Corporation's Investor Relations Department at (650) 506-4073 or by clicking on SEC Filings on Oracle's Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. All information set forth in this press release is current as of June 20, 2013. Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.
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