Oracle warns of significant financial impact from potential US TikTok ban

TikTok is one of the major clients for Oracle’s cloud infrastructure, potentially contributing between $480 million and $800 million in annual revenue.

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Oracle has cautioned investors that a potential US ban on TikTok could negatively impact its financial results. A new law signed by President Biden in April could make it illegal for Oracle to provide internet hosting services to TikTok unless its China-based owners meet certain conditions. Oracle warned that losing TikTok as a client could harm its revenue and profits, as TikTok relies on Oracle’s cloud infrastructure for storing and processing US user data.

Analysts consider TikTok one of Oracle’s major clients, contributing significantly to its cloud business revenue. Estimates suggest Oracle earns between $480 million to $800 million annually from TikTok, while its cloud unit generated $6.9 billion in sales last year. The cloud business’s growth, driven by demand for AI work, has boosted Oracle’s shares by 34% this year.

Why does it matter?

The new law requires TikTok to find a US buyer within 270 days or face a ban, with a possibility of extension. TikTok, which disputes the security concerns, has sued to overturn the law. It highlights its collaboration with Oracle, termed ‘Project Texas,’ aimed at safeguarding US data from its Chinese parent company, ByteDance. Despite this, Oracle has remained discreet about its relationship with TikTok, not listing it among its key cloud customers and avoiding public discussion.