Why Cisco's Q2 Is Rock Solid

Chris Lange

Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) released fiscal second-quarter financial results after markets closed Wednesday. The firm said that it had $0.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $12.0 billion in revenue, compared with consensus estimates that called for $0.76 in EPS and $11.98 billion in revenue. The same period from last year had $0.73 in EPS and $12.45 billion in revenue.

Total revenue decreased 4% year over year, with product revenue down 6% and service revenue up 5%. Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas down 5%, EMEA down 3%, and APJC down 1%. Product revenue performance was led by growth in Security, up 9%. Infrastructure Platforms and Applications revenue were each down 8%.

Deferred revenue was $18.7 billion, up 8% in total, with deferred product revenue up 19%. Deferred service revenue was up 2%.

Looking ahead to the fiscal third quarter, the company expects to see EPS in the range of $0.79 to $0.81 and revenues declining in the range of 1.5% to 3.5% year over year. Consensus estimates are calling for $0.80 in EPS and $12.62 billion in revenue for the coming quarter.

Chuck Robbins, board chair and CEO of Cisco, commented:

I am incredibly proud of the innovation our teams continue to drive. I am confident in our long-term growth opportunities as we help our customers build out the networks for the future.

Shares of Cisco closed Wednesday at $49.93, within a 52-week range of $43.40 to $58.26. The consensus analyst price target is $52.30. Following the announcement, the stock was initially up less than 1% at $50.20 in the after-hours session.