PeopleSoft Board Rejects Oracle Takeover - Page 2

In addition to rejecting Oracles overtures, the board recommitted the company to buying Denver-based J.D. Edwards. Bob Dutkowsky, the J.D. Edwards CEO, earlier this week made the same arguments against the Oracle deal.

Meanwhile, New York-based Moodys downgraded its outlook on Oracle, but kept its rating on the company at A3.

Moodys cited the size of the hostile takeover as the cause of the outlook change. Moodys rating change noted that use of cash and additional bridge financing needed to fund the cash tender offer for all outstanding common shares of PeopleSoft was "substantial."

The ratings change notice also said that Moodys expects a few things: a reduction in Oracles financial flexibility after completing the acquisition; that Oracle will have to substantially increase its tender offer price of $16 per share; and that whatever expense reduction Oracle has in mind will not offset expected revenue loss at PeopleSoft as Oracle winnows out the companys products.

Oracle recently moved up its fiscal fourth quarter earnings report from its original date of next Tuesday, June 17, to today. A company spokeswoman said the move had nothing to do with companys PeopleSoft bid and was being made simply because necessary work was finished earlier than anticipated.

As of Feb. 28, 2003, Oracle had $6 billion in cash and short-term investments. As of March 31, PeopleSoft had $1.9 billion in cash, with no debt outstanding.

This story was modified from its original posting to include information on the Moodys downgrade.