2017 Press Releases

February 16, 2017

Cisco Reports Second Quarter Earnings

Cisco reported second quarter results for the period ended January 28, 2017. Cisco announced second quarter revenue of $11.6 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.3 billion or $0.47 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.9 billion or $0.57 per share.

According to Chuck Robbins, CEO at Cisco, "We are pleased with the quarter and the continued customer momentum as we help them drive security, automation and intelligence across the network and into the cloud. This quarter we announced our intent to acquire AppDynamics which, combined with Cisco's networking analytics, will provide customers with unprecedented insights into business performance. We will remain focused on accelerating innovation across our portfolio as we continue to deliver value to customers and shareholders."

Cisco Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend

Cisco has also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.29 per common share, a three-cent increase over the past quarter's dividend, to be paid on April 26, 2017 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 6, 2017. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval.

Kelly Kramer, CFO at Cisco said, "We delivered a solid Q2 with $11.6 billion in revenues and further growth in key business areas of collaboration, security and services. I am pleased with our progress on business transformation to software and recurring revenues. We expect to continue to execute well and return value to our shareholders including our board approved an increase of three-cents to the quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share."

Q2 FY 2017 Highlights

Revenue -- Total revenue was $11.6 billion, down 2 percent, with product revenue declined by 4 percent and service revenue up 5 percent. Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas declined 3 percent, EMEA flat, and APJC down 3 percent. Product revenue performance was led by Security which increased 14 percent. Collaboration and Wireless product revenue increased by 4 percent and 3 percent, respectively. NGN Routing, Switching and Data Centre product revenue decreased by 10 percent, 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Service Provider Video product revenue decreased by 41 percent.

Gross Margin -- On a GAAP basis, total gross margin and product gross margin were 62.8 percent and 61.1 percent, respectively. The decline in the product gross margin compared with 61.3 percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was primarily due to pricing and to a lesser extent product mix, partially offset by continued productivity improvements and the divestiture of the SP Video CPE Business.

Non-GAAP total gross margin and product gross margin were 64.1 percent and 62.4 percent, respectively. The decline in non-GAAP product gross margin compared with 63.3% percent in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 was due to pricing and to a lesser extent product mix, partially offset by continued productivity improvements.

GAAP service gross margin was 67.7 percent and non-GAAP service gross margin was 68.8 percent.

Total gross margins by geographic segment were: 64.4 percent for the Americas, 65.6 percent for EMEA and 60.4 percent for APJC.

Operating Expenses -- On a GAAP basis, operating expenses were $4.4 billion, up 6 percent, due to the gain recorded in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 from the sale of the SP Video CPE Business. Non-GAAP operating expenses were $3.8 billion, down 2 percent, and were 33.0 percent of revenue. Headcount compared with the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017 decreased by 426 to 71,959, driven by our fiscal 2017 restructuring actions that began in the first quarter, offset by additional headcount primarily in our investments in key growth areas.

Operating Income -- GAAP operating income was $2.9 billion, down 12 percent, with GAAP operating margin of 25.0 percent. Non-GAAP operating income was $3.6 billion, down 3 percent, with non-GAAP operating margin at 31.0 percent.

Provision for Income Taxes -- The GAAP tax provision rate was 20.8 percent. The non-GAAP tax provision rate was 22.0 percent.

Net Income and EPS -- On a GAAP basis, net income was $2.3 billion and EPS was $0.47. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $2.9 billion, a decrease of 2 percent, and EPS was flat at $0.57.

Cash Flow from Operating Activities -- was $3.8 billion, a decrease of 4 percent compared with $3.9 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

Balance Sheet and Other Financial Highlights

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments -- were $71.8 billion at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with $71.0 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2017, and compared with $65.8 billion at the end of fiscal 2016. The total cash and cash equivalents and investments available in the United States at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were $9.6 billion.

Deferred Revenue -- was $17.1 billion, up 13 percent in total, with deferred product revenue up 19 percent, driven significantly by subscription-based and software offerings. Deferred service revenue was up 9 percent. The portion of product deferred revenue related to recurring software and subscription businesses grew 51 percent.

Capital Allocation -- In the second quarter of fiscal 2017, Cisco declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.26 per common share, or $1.3 billion. For the second quarter of fiscal 2017, Cisco repurchased approximately 33 million shares of common stock under its stock repurchase program at an average price of $30.33 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $1.0 billion.

As of January 28, 2017, Cisco had repurchased and retired 4.7 billion shares of Cisco common stock at an average price of $21.17 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $98.6 billion since the inception of the stock repurchase program. The remaining authorised amount for stock repurchases under this program is approximately $13.4 billion with no termination date.

Announced Acquisition of AppDynamics -- On January 24, 2017, Cisco unveiled its intent to acquire AppDynamics, Inc., a privately held application intelligence software company. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.