Oracle’s earnings tells us more about currency effects

This week’s note highlighted USD currency headwind risk.

So, Oracle’s ‘currency headwind’ equated to nearly 15% of its quarter’s earnings.

No small change and it is a factual effect that the U.S. Dollar’s strength is having on American corporate earnings.

An extract from Oracle’s Q1 Fiscal 2023 earnings transcript is,

“The currency headwind this quarter was much higher than the 3% headwind that was present when we gave guidance. It was actually 6 points, even though due to rounding, it may look like 5%, and that’s a currency headwind to total revenue. It was, in fact, 6 points. And yet, we still exceeded our forecast on a reported basis, and we beat our constant currency revenue forecast by $200 million. We saw similar currency headwinds in EPS, which had an $0.08 negative effect, much worse than the $0.05 headwind present at the time of guidance in June.”

But with present USD strength being extended and stretched, in the spirit of positioning for ‘where the puck is going to be’, I’ll look for the contrarian effect to company earnings in the coming quarters.

In the meantime, well run Japanese companies should be ‘minting’ profits from their increasing competitive position of having a monumental weaker Yen.

September 15, 2022

by Rob Zdravevski

rob@karriasset.com.au

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