Cisco Achieves Better Than Expected Revenue & Earnings

February 14, 2019

Cisco reported second quarter results for the period ended January 26, 2019. Cisco reported second quarter revenue of $12.4 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.8 billion or $0.63 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.3 billion or $0.73 per share.

Wall Street was only looking for 72 cents per share and revenue of $12.41 billion.

As previously disclosed, Cisco completed the divestiture of the Service Provider Video Software Solutions (SPVSS) business in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 on October 28, 2018. Revenue, non-GAAP financial information, and Q3 FY 2019 guidance have been normalized to exclude the SPVSS business from prior periods for comparative purposes.

"We are very pleased with our strong performance in the quarter," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "Our teams are executing incredibly well, aggressively transitioning to a software model and accelerating our pace of innovation. We are redefining and connecting every domain of the networking infrastructure to deliver the agility, operational efficiency and security our customers require to embrace multicloud, edge computing and digital transformation."

Cisco has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.35 per common share, a 2-cent increase or up 6% over the previous quarter's dividend, to be paid on April 24, 2019 to all shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 5, 2019. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval.

Cisco's board of directors has also approved a $15 billion increase to the authorization of the stock repurchase program. There is no fixed termination date for the repurchase program. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases including the additional authorization is approximately $24 billion.

"Q2 was a solid quarter with continued momentum across the business delivering revenue growth of 7% and non-GAAP EPS growth of 16%. I'm also very pleased with our revenue from software subscriptions which is now 65% of total software revenue," said Kelly Kramer, CFO of Cisco. "Our increased dividend and share repurchase authorization show confidence in the strength of our ongoing cash flows and reinforce our commitment to returning capital to our shareholders."

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