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Cisco Posts Results In Line With Street Expectations

Cisco Systems just announced results for its third fiscal quarter and they’re pretty much what the Street anticipated.

Revenues were $11.6 billion, up 6.6 percent from the year-ago quarter, while per-share earnings on a non-GAAP basis were 48 cents, versus 42 cents a year ago, up 14 percent. That’s essentially right in line with what the consensus of Wall Street analysts had expected Cisco to report: $11.58 billion in sales, and 47 cents in per-share of earnings, with a penny-per-share beat on the EPS front.

I’m going quickly through the numbers, but here’s the announcement in full so you can look for yourselves. I’ll be dialing in to the conference call shortly and will be talking to CEO John Chambers after that.

Cisco shares are headed lower in after-hours trading. As of 4:45 pm ET, shares are down 48 cents to $18.30, or 2.5 percent.

Update: Cisco just issued its guidance on the conference call. CFO Frank Calderoni says that Cisco expects to report revenue to grow 2 percent to 5 percent year over year in the fourth quarter. It also expects to earn a gross margin in the range of 61 percent to 62 percent on a non-GAAP basis. Operating margins should be 26.5 percent to 27.5 percent, up about a point from the year-ago quarter. EPS will be 44 to 46 cents a share. The outlook is lower than the consensus of 49 cents.

On this, the shares have continued to fall after hours. Cisco shares are now, as of 5:02 pm ET, down more than 8 percent, or $1.55, to $17.23. Investors clearly don’t like what they see. Tomorrow looks like it’s going to be a rough day.

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwire -05/09/12)- Cisco (CSCO)

Q3 Net Sales: $11.6 billion (increase of 7% year over year)

Q3 Net Income: $2.2 billion GAAP (increase of 20% year over year); $2.6 billion non-GAAP (increase of 11% year over year)

Q3 Earnings per Share: $0.40 GAAP (increase of 21% year over year); $0.48 non-GAAP (increase of 14% year over year)

Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, today reported its third quarter results for the period ended April 28, 2012. Cisco reported third quarter net sales of $11.6 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 $0.48 per share.

“We delivered solid results this quarter with record revenue and non-GAAP earnings per share,” said John Chambers, Cisco chairman and CEO. “We are successfully executing against our long-term strategic plan of growing profit faster than revenue, and in a cautious IT spending environment, we continue to outperform our competitors.”

Chambers continued, “In a world of clouds, video and mobile device proliferations, the role of the intelligent network has never been greater and our value proposition with our customers is the strongest it has ever been. Our vision and strategy is focused on the right market transitions, and I want to thank our shareholders, employees, customers and partners for their ongoing commitment to Cisco.”

GAAP Results

Q3 2012 Q3 2011 Vs. Q3 2011
—————- —————- —————
Net Sales $ 11.6 billion $ 10.9 billion 6.6%
Net Income $ 2.2 billion $ 1.8 billion 19.8%
Earnings per Share $ 0.40 $ 0.33 21.2%

Non-GAAP Results

Q3 2012 Q3 2011 Vs. Q3 2011
————— ————— —————
Net Income $ 2.6 billion $ 2.3 billion 10.9%
Earnings per Share $ 0.48 $ 0.42 14.3%

Net sales for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 were $34.4 billion, compared with $32.0 billion for the first nine months of fiscal 2011. Net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012, on a GAAP basis, was $6.1 billion, or $1.13 per share, compared with $5.3 billion, or $0.94 per share, for the first nine months of fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 was $7.5 billion, or $1.38 per share, compared with $6.8 billion, or $1.22 per share, for the first nine 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 third quarter results and business outlook in 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.

Other Financial Highlights

Cash flows from operations were $3.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with $3.1 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with $3.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Cash and cash equivalents and investments totaled $48.4 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with $46.7 billion at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with $44.6 billion at the end of fiscal 2011.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, Cisco repurchased 27 million shares of common stock under its stock repurchase program at an average price of $20.28 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $550 million. As of April 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 $74.3 billion since the inception of the stock repurchase program. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under this program is approximately $7.7 billion with no termination date. During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, Cisco also paid a cash dividend of $0.08, or $432 million.

Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable (DSO) at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were 31 days, compared with 31 days at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with 37 days at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Inventory turns on a GAAP basis were 11.5 in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with 11.1 in each of the second quarter of fiscal 2012 and the third quarter of fiscal 2011. Non-GAAP inventory turns were 11.1 in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, compared with 10.8 in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with 10.3 in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Select Global Business Highlights

Cisco announced its intent to acquire NDS Group Ltd., a provider of video software and content security solutions. The acquisition is expected to help Cisco’s ability to transform how service providers and media companies deliver next-generation video experiences to subscribers.
Cisco completed the acquisition of privately held Lightwire, Inc. Lightwire develops advanced optical interconnect technology for high-speed networking applications. The acquisition is expected to allow Cisco to deliver cost-effective, high-speed networks with the next generation of optical connectivity.
Cisco acquired privately held ClearAccess, Inc. The acquisition enhances Cisco’s network management capabilities and enables service providers to better deliver, manage and monetize their services.
Cisco announced strategic investments in Brazil to foster innovation, transformation and socio-economic development.

Cisco Innovation

Cisco announced it has updated its cloud-ready switching portfolio to enhance network virtualization with simplicity and scale.
Cisco announced a successful demonstration and validation of its coherent 100G dense wavelength division multiplexing solution, exceeding 3,000 km in reach without the need for regeneration. This distance is 50 percent farther than any non-Raman alternative solution on the market today.
Cisco introduced the industry’s first carrier-grade, end-to-end Wi-Fi infrastructure to deliver next-generation hotspots. The technology is designed to deliver seamless mobile experiences and enables operators to support a continuing expansion of mobile traffic, devices and new services.
Cisco announced innovations across the Cisco Unified Computing System® (UCS) that quadruple memory capacity, double switching capacity and simplify management for large-scale Cisco UCS® deployments.
Cisco introduced new Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Routers with app-enabled capabilities for new home experiences. The three new routers offer wireless performance and support for Cisco Connect® Cloud.
Cisco announced it expanded its small business product portfolio with new wireless access points, routers, switches, unified communications and partner-managed service offerings.
Cisco and NetApp announced FlexPod was the first data center infrastructure solution to be validated by Microsoft for the updated Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track 2.0 program.

Select Customer Announcements

TELUS announced it has deployed key components of the Cisco Videoscape™ platform to extend its Optik TV services to mobile devices.
Cisco announced it has been chosen by Fastway Transmissions Private Ltd. to facilitate cable digitization deployment across its customer base in India. Fastway is expected to deploy more than two million next-generation digital set-top boxes from Cisco during the next two years.
Magyar Telekom rolled out 4G LTE services with Cisco mobile internet solutions. Magyar Telekom is Hungary’s largest telecommunications company.
IPLAN chose Cisco technology for its newest data center which is expected to be launched in June 2012. IPLAN is a leader in telecommunications and cloud computing services for small and medium-sized businesses in Argentina.
Videotron launched its enhanced illico digital TV service with Cisco’s HD set-top box platform. Videotron is a leading Canadian telecommunications operator providing communications and broadband entertainment services.
Peru Credit Bank implemented the Cisco Unified Communications system to increase business flexibility and reduce costs.
Kabel Deutschland (KD) selected Cisco CRS-3 routers for its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network core to meet demand for video and broadband services. KD is Germany’s largest cable operator.
Netelligent announced that it will collaborate with Desktone, Inc. to offer cloud-hosted virtual desktops. These cloud-based solutions will include Cisco UCS, the Desktone desktops-as-a-service (DaaS) platform and NetApp storage systems.

Editor’s Note:

Q3 FY 2012 conference call to discuss Cisco’s results along with its business outlook will be held at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Wednesday, May 9, 2012. Conference call number is 888-848-6507 (United States) or 212-519-0847 (international).
Conference call replay will be available from 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, May 9, 2012 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, May 16, 2012 at 866-493-8039 (United States) or 203-369-1749 (international). The replay also will be available via webcast from May 9, 2012 through July 20, 2012 on the Cisco Investor Relations website at http://investor.cisco.com.
Additional information regarding Cisco’s financials, as well as a webcast of the conference call with visuals designed to guide participants through the call, will be available at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time, May 9, 2012. Text of the conference call’s prepared remarks will be available within 24 hours of completion of the call. The webcast will include both the prepared remarks and the question-and-answer session. This information, along with GAAP reconciliation information, will be available on the Cisco Investor Relations website at http://investor.cisco.com.

About Cisco

Cisco (CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.cisco.com.


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