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Cisco Reports Second Quarter Earnings

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 12, 2014) - Cisco ( NASDAQ : CSCO )

  • Q2 Revenue: $11.2 billion (decrease of 8% year over year)
  • Q2 Earnings per Share: $0.27 GAAP; $0.47 non-GAAP 

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 25, 2014. Cisco reported second quarter revenue of $11.2 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $1.4 billion or $0.27 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.5 billion or $0.47 per share. 

"We delivered the results we expected this quarter. I'm pleased with the progress we've made managing through the technology transitions of cloud, mobile, security and video," stated chairman and CEO John Chambers. "Our financials are strong and our strategy is solid. The major market transitions are networking centric and as the Internet of Everything becomes more important to business, cities and countries, Cisco is uniquely positioned to help our customers solve their biggest business problems."  

GAAP Results  
    Q2 2014   Q2 2013   Vs. Q2 2013  
Revenue   $ 11.2   billion   $ 12.1   billion   (7.8 )%
Net Income   $ 1.4   billion   $ 3.1   billion   (54.5 )%
Earnings per Share   $ 0.27       $ 0.59       (54.2 )%
Non-GAAP Results  
    Q2 2014   Q2 2013   Vs. Q2 2013  
Net Income   $ 2.5   billion   $ 2.7   billion   (7.4 )%
Earnings per Share   $ 0.47       $ 0.51       (7.8 )%

GAAP net income for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 included a pre-tax charge of $655 million related to the expected cost of remediation of issues with memory components in certain products sold in prior fiscal years. This charge was excluded from non-GAAP net income and earnings per share. A reconciliation between net income on a GAAP basis and non-GAAP net income is provided in the table below.

For the second quarter of fiscal 2013, GAAP net income and GAAP earnings per share include total tax benefits of $926 million or $0.17 per share, respectively, related to a tax settlement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the reinstatement of the U.S. federal research and development (R&D) tax credit on January 2, 2013.

Revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2014 was $23.2 billion, compared with $24.0 billion for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Net income for the first six months of fiscal 2014, on a GAAP basis, was $3.4 billion or $0.64 per share, compared with $5.2 billion or $0.98 per share for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Non-GAAP net income for the first six months of fiscal 2014 was $5.4 billion or $1.00 per share, compared with $5.3 billion or $0.99 per share for the first six months of fiscal 2013.

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 is also announcing that earlier today its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.19 per common share, a two-cent increase over the previous quarter's dividend, to be paid on April 23, 2014 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 3, 2014. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval.

"We had a record quarter of returning $4.9 billion to our shareholders through our quarterly dividend of approximately $900 million and share repurchases of $4.0 billion," stated Frank Calderoni, executive vice president and chief financial officer. "Our financial strength gives us the confidence to provide a meaningful return to our shareholders, and I'm pleased we are increasing our quarterly dividend by 12 percent to $0.19 per share."

Other Financial Highlights

  • Cash flows from operations were $2.9 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, compared with $2.6 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, and compared with $3.3 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $47.1 billion at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2014, compared with $48.2 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2014, and compared with $50.6 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.
  • Cisco repurchased approximately 185 million shares of common stock under the stock repurchase program at an average price of $21.73 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $4.0 billion during the second quarter of fiscal 2014. As of January 25, 2014, Cisco had repurchased and retired 4.1 billion shares of Cisco common stock at an average price of $20.53 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $84.9 billion since the inception of the stock repurchase program. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases as of January 25, 2014 was approximately $12.1 billion with no termination date.
  • During the second quarter of fiscal 2014, Cisco paid a cash dividend of $0.17 per common share, or $896 million.

Internet of Everything

  • Cisco announced a blueprint for creating a sustainable smart and connected city to help fulfill Dubai's Smart City ambitions.
  • Cisco released a study which estimates that The Internet of Everything (IoE) could generate $4.6 trillion in value for public sector organizations over the next decade.
  • Cisco announced that it has allocated $100 million to invest in early stage companies in order to drive the evolution of the IoE.

Next Generation of IT

  • Cisco completed its acquisition of WhipTail Technologies, Inc. to strengthen the Cisco Unified Computing System" (UCS) strategy and enhance application performance by integrating scalable solid state memory into the Cisco UCS® fabric computing architecture.
  • Cisco acquired Collaborate.com to provide a comprehensive solution that enables the mobile workforce to work smarter and more efficiently from virtually anywhere and help accelerate innovation in collaboration.
  • Cisco completed its acquisition of Insieme Networks, Inc., furthering its ability to deliver to customers the first data center and cloud solution that offers full visibility and integrated management of physical and virtual networked IT resources, all built around meeting the needs of applications.
  • Cisco was awarded the "Ten-Year Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution in Corporate Social Responsibility" at a ceremony jointly hosted by 21st Century Business Review, 21st Century Business Herald and the 21st Century Corporate Citizenship Research Center in Beijing.
  • Cisco expanded its manufacturing in Brazil with the production of advanced enterprise Wi-Fi access points.
  • Cisco was selected to provide video hardware and cloud software components from its Videoscape" TV services delivery platform to support transcoding and content management during NBC's production of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
  • Cisco released its 2014 Annual Security Report, which offers a vivid picture of rapidly evolving security challenges facing businesses, IT departments and individuals.
  • At the 2014 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Cisco announced that it plans to invest up to $1.35 billion in Mexico to expand its presence in the region during 2014 via the Cisco Support Center, the expansion of the manufacturing of advanced technology products and the expansion of the Cisco Networking Academy" program.


  • Cisco announced the delivery of Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), new professional services, and an open ecosystem of partners to help customers unleash their applications and enable greater business agility.
  • Tata Sky deployed Cisco Videoscape" Video Everywhere solution, a thin-client user interface application designed to enable new multiscreen experiences beyond the set-top box. Tata Sky is the first platform in Asia to deploy this solution.
  • Using the Cisco Remote Expert Solution, UK-based Nationwide Building Society announced plans to introduce a new remote mortgage service from more than 60 branches throughout the UK by the end of spring 2014.
  • The Government of Canarias in Spain commissioned an innovative telepresence service, based on Cisco TelePresence®, to enable representatives of the public administration of Canarias to hold virtual "face-to-face" meetings without traveling between islands -- thereby saving travel costs and speeding decision-making.
  • Cisco announced new solutions and services in the Cisco EnergyWise" suite that help enterprises become more energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions. The expanded portfolio is based on the integration of software acquired through Cisco's acquisition of JouleX with Cisco's existing services offerings and EnergyWise technology.
  • Cisco expanded its Videoscape TV services delivery platform to include a host of new cloud video capabilities, including an industry-first Videoscape "as-a-service" offering and open cloud software technologies based on OpenStack, designed to help service providers and media companies enhance agility, increase revenue and reduce operating expenses.

Editor's Notes:

  • Q2 fiscal year 2014 conference call to discuss Cisco's results along with its business outlook will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Conference call number is 1-888-848-6507 (United States) or 1-212-519-0847 (international).
  • Conference call replay will be available from 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, February 12, 2014 to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, February 19, 2014 at 1-866-513-1228 (United States) or 1-203-369-1971 (international). The replay will also be available via webcast from February 12, 2014 through April 19, 2014 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, February 12, 2014. 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 .

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This release includes non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP effective tax rates, non-GAAP net income per share data and non-GAAP inventory turns.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Cisco believes that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with Cisco's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate Cisco's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Cisco believes that the presentation of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP effective tax rates, and non-GAAP net income per share data, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. In addition, Cisco believes that the presentation of non-GAAP inventory turns provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to inventory management based on the operating activities of the periods presented.

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For additional information on the items excluded by Cisco from one or more of its non-GAAP financial measures, refer to the Form 8-K regarding this release furnished today to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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(In millions, except per-share amounts)  
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    January 25,
    January 26,
    January 25,
    January 26,
  Product   $ 8,423     $ 9,437     $