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Cisco Reports: It’s Getting Better

Networking giant Cisco Systems just reported its earnings for the quarter and they’re better than expected. Profits were 47 cents on a per-share basis on sales of $11.5 billion. It also boosted its dividend payment to shareholders to eight cents a share, which if memory serves is double two cents a quarter higher than the prior dividend.

The profit was better than the 43 cents that analysts had forecast, while sales were about $200 million better than the $11.23 billion consensus estimate. Cisco shares, which traded higher by nearly 1 percent during the regular session, rose by almost 4 percent to $21.07 by 4:10 pm ET in after-hours trading.

The earnings report also marks another step in the turnaround that CEO John Chambers ordered last year as the company’s outlook started to fall short and its growth prospects sputtered.

Cisco’s press release is below, and its conference call with analysts begins shortly, which is where we’ll hear the crucial forward guidance. I’ll add more to the post as Cisco adds color to the results during the call.

Cisco Reports Second Quarter Earnings

Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend to $0.08 per Common Share

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwire -02/08/12)- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO – News)

Q2 Net Sales: $11.5 billion (increase of 11% year over year)
Q2 Net Income: $2.2 billion GAAP; $2.6 billion non-GAAP
Q2 Earnings per Share: $0.40 GAAP (increase of 48% year over year); $0.47 non-GAAP (increase of 27% year over year)

Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, today reported its second quarter results for the period ended January 28, 2012. Cisco reported second quarter net sales of $11.5 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.2 billion or $0.40 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.6 billion or $0.47 per share.

“We delivered strong performance this quarter with record revenue and earnings per share,” said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO. “We are executing well on our three-year plan to drive earnings faster than revenue. Our operational focus continues to yield positive results — we hit our billion dollar expense reduction a quarter early — and our ongoing innovation enables our customers to solve their critical business needs. You will continue to see a focused and aggressive Cisco that is helping our customers use intelligent networks to transform their businesses.”

GAAP Results

Q2 2012 Q2 2011 Vs. Q2 2011
————– ————– ———–
Net Sales $ 11.5 billion $ 10.4 billion 10.8 %
Net Income $ 2.2 billion $ 1.5 billion 43.5 %
Earnings per Share $ 0.40 $ 0.27 48.1 %

Non-GAAP Results

Q2 2012 Q2 2011 Vs. Q2 2011
————– ————– ———–
Net Income $ 2.6 billion $ 2.1 billion 23.3 %
Earnings per Share $ 0.47 $ 0.37 27.0 %

Net sales for the first six months of fiscal 2012 were $22.8 billion, compared with $21.2 billion for the first six months of fiscal 2011. Net income for the first six months of fiscal 2012, on a GAAP basis, was $4.0 billion or $0.73 per share, compared with $3.5 billion or $0.61 per share for the first six months of fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP net income for the first six months of fiscal 2012 was $4.9 billion or $0.90 per share, compared with $4.5 billion or $0.80 per share for the first six months of fiscal 2011.

A reconciliation between net income on a GAAP basis and non-GAAP net income is provided in the table on page 5.

Cisco will discuss second quarter results and business outlook on a conference call and webcast at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today. Call information and related charts are available at http://investor.cisco.com.

Cisco Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend

Cisco also announced that on February 7, 2012 its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per common share, a two-cent increase over the previous quarter’s dividend, to be paid on April 25, 2012 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 5, 2012. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval.

“We’ve consistently reiterated our commitment to using the cash generated in our business to drive shareholder value, and to do so with a combination of stock repurchases, dividends, M&A and R&D,” said Frank Calderoni, Cisco chief financial officer. “This quarter, with the strength of our business, we’re pleased to announce an increase in our dividend. Going forward, we will continue to focus on driving the greatest return for our investors.”

Other Financial Highlights

Cash flows from operations were $3.1 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with $2.3 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with $2.6 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $46.7 billion at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with $44.4 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with $44.6 billion at the end of fiscal 2011.
During the second quarter of fiscal 2012, Cisco repurchased 26 million shares of common stock under the stock repurchase program at an average price of $17.84 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $466 million. As of January 28, 2012, Cisco had repurchased and retired 3.6 billion shares of Cisco common stock at an average price of $20.47 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $73.8 billion since the inception of the stock repurchase program. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under this program is approximately $8.2 billion with no termination date. During the second quarter of fiscal 2012, Cisco also paid a cash dividend of $0.06, or $322 million.
Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable (DSO) at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2012 were 31 days, compared with 35 days at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with 40 days at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2011.
Inventory turns on a GAAP basis were 11.1 in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with 11.2 in the first quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with 10.6 in the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP inventory turns were 10.8 in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with 10.9 in the first quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with 10.0 in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

Select Global Business Highlights

Cisco completed its acquisition of privately-held BNI Video, which supplies service providers with two major video products that offer video back-office and content delivery network (CDN) analytic capabilities.
Cisco released its seventh annual Corporate Social Responsibility report which details how Cisco applies its expertise, technology and partnership strategies to address environmental, social and governance issues.

Cisco Innovation

Cisco announced that in just over two years its new Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS), which integrates computing, networking, management and virtualization, has captured the attention of data center managers and CIOs alike — to date, over 10,000 customers worldwide, including 3,000 in Europe, have deployed Cisco UCS.
Cisco introduced Cisco CloudVerse®, a framework that combines the foundational elements required to enable organizations to build, manage and connect public, private and hybrid clouds.
Cisco announced that Cisco Videoscape™ will now help enable new “video in the cloud” services that can drive new revenue streams for service providers and exciting new video entertainment experiences for consumers.
Cisco announced the addition of new solutions and services to its Connected Grid portfolio that will help utilities modernize the electric grid with built-in flexibility, security and interoperability enabled by the power of the network. Cisco’s new technology architecture, solutions and related services address key utility concerns around cost, reliability and scalability in their communications infrastructures.
Cisco announced a series of advancements that can give midsize businesses access to “enterprise-grade” IP phone systems with integrated collaboration capabilities without taxing already constrained IT and financial resources.

Select Customer Announcements

Verizon will extend its next-generation 100G capabilities in select U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle, by deploying Cisco’s CRS-3 Carrier Routing System platform to terminate high-speed connections closer to the “edge” — the part of the network nearer to the customer’s network facilities.
Canada’s Woodstock Hospital has chosen a Cisco Medical-Grade Network for its brand new facility, providing a highly resilient, innovative and economical solution to improving health services and advancing patient care.
Cisco Cius™ was part of the Petrobras Gas Station of the Future technology portfolio launched by Petrobras Distribuidora, a subsidiary of Petrobras, and Intel, in Brazil.
Cisco announced that Warsaw’s brand new National Stadium is implementing the Cisco Connected Stadium solution. National Stadium in Poland is one of the venues for next year’s UEFA EURO 2012™ European Football Championship.
MEED Networks in Nigeria is set to deploy a Cisco Borderless Network Architecture at Ahmadu Bello University, the largest university in Nigeria and second largest in Africa.
Telstra and Cisco have enabled members of the Australian Government to meet face-to-face without the need for costly travel, following the successful deployment of one of the largest national telepresence networks in the country, the Australian Government’s National TelePresence System.
Cisco announced that Dutch service provider KPN has chosen the Cisco CRS-3 multi-chassis Carrier Routing System, which will be deployed at the heart of KPN’s Internet peering network.
Cisco and Swisscom are equipping 200 pharmacies in Switzerland with Cisco TelePresence® video communication systems. Launched recently under the name netCare, this two-year pilot project will help enable the provision of advanced telemedicine services.


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