Oracle Impresses: Fool by Numbers

On Tuesday, business software giant Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL  ) released Q1 2007 earnings for the period ended Aug. 31.

  • Its sales growth -- 26% -- is very impressive for a company as big as Oracle. According to Capital IQ, only 22 of the 298 companies with revenues above $2.7 billion in the year-ago quarter can match or beat Oracle's 26% top-line, year-over-year growth.
  • Margins haven't moved much from last year, but that's actually a good thing, considering the broad-spectrum drop in margins in the interim.
  • Cash flow growth isn't quite keeping up with sales or earnings, but 12% is still a respectable increase and an indication of a healthy business overall.

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