News Release

Cisco Reports First Quarter Earnings

SAN JOSE, CA -- November 13, 2012 -- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) Q1

SAN JOSE, CA -- November 13, 2012 -- Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

  • Q1 Net Sales: $11.9 billion (increase of 6% year over year)
  • Q1 Net Income: $2.1 billion GAAP (increase of 18% year over year); $2.6 billion non-GAAP (increase of 11% year over year)
  • Q1 Earnings per Share: $0.39 GAAP (increase of 18% year over year); $0.48 non-GAAP (increase of 12% year over year)

Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, today reported its first quarter results for the period ended October 27, 2012. Cisco reported first quarter net sales of $11.9 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.1 billion or $0.39 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.6 billion or $0.48 per share.

"We delivered record results this quarter -- with revenue growth of 6 percent and strong earnings per share growth -- demonstrating our vision and strategy are working," said John Chambers, chairman and chief executive officer, Cisco. "Our innovation engine, operational discipline and on-going evolution are enabling us to differentiate in the market."

Chambers continued, "Cisco is at the center of the major market transitions -- cloud, mobility, video -- and yet we believe the largest market transition lies ahead of us, as the Internet of Everything becomes a reality. Cisco has the unique ability to turn information that will flow across networks into new capabilities and richer experiences. The Internet of Everything will create unprecedented possibilities for businesses, individuals and countries, and Cisco is poised to lead and fully maximize the opportunities of this evolution."

GAAP Results  
    Q1 2013   Q1 2012   Vs. Q1 2012  
Net Sales   $ 11.9 billion   $ 11.3 billion   5.5 %
Net Income   $ 2.1 billion   $ 1.8 billion   17.7 %
Earnings per Share   $ 0.39   $ 0.33   18.2 %
Non-GAAP Results  
    Q1 2013   Q1 2012   Vs. Q1 2012  
 Net Income   $ 2.6 billion   $ 2.3 billion   10.6 %
 Earnings per Share   $ 0.48   $ 0.43   11.6 %

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 first 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

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments

  • Cash flows from operations were $2.5 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with $2.3 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2012, and compared with $3.1 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.
  • Cash and cash equivalents and investments were $45.0 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with $48.7 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

Dividends and Stock Repurchase Program

During the first quarter of fiscal 2013:

  • The combination of cash used for dividends and common stock repurchases under the stock repurchase program totaled approximately $1.0 billion.
  • Cisco paid a cash dividend of $0.14 per common share, or $744 million.
  • Cisco repurchased 15 million shares of common stock under the stock repurchase program at an average price of $16.44 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $253 million. As of October 27, 2012, Cisco had repurchased and retired 3.8 billion shares of Cisco common stock at an average price of $20.34 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $76.4 billion since the inception of the stock repurchase program. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under this program is approximately $5.6 billion with no termination date.  

"Once again, we delivered strong financial performance with continued execution on our long-term strategy of growing profits faster than revenue and driving long-term value to our shareholders," stated Frank Calderoni, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Cisco. "We remain confident in our financial strategy and in our ability to consistently execute moving forward."

Select Global Business Highlights

  • Cisco announced the completion of its acquisition of NDS Group Ltd., a leading provider of video software and content security solutions that help service providers and media companies to securely deliver and monetize new video experiences.
  • Cisco and NBC Olympics provided a personalized, interactive, multiscreen Olympics experience at the 2012 London Olympic Games to select users at event venues and accommodations using Cisco® Videoscape™.
  • Cisco and Citrix announced a significant expansion of their successful desktop virtualization partnership into three strategic areas: cloud networking, cloud orchestration, and mobile workstyles.
  • Cisco and EMC announced further collaboration to help accelerate IT transformation by providing customers with choice and flexibility via "three paths to the cloud" -- custom-design infrastructure, validated reference architectures, and pre-integrated converged infrastructure.

Cisco Innovation

  • Cisco introduced an expanded and enhanced content delivery network portfolio, branded as the Cisco Videoscape Distribution Suite.
  • Cisco introduced a new wave of security solutions designed to fortify data centers against the threats they face in moving toward more consolidated and virtualized environments, while also helping businesses to take advantage of new cloud-based models.
  • Cisco announced new elastic core networking capabilities that help service providers to cost-effectively launch and scale revenue-generating services within minutes instead of months.
  • Cisco introduced a new Unified Access solution, a highly secure network infrastructure based on one policy source and one management solution for the entire network, to help organizations quickly respond to new business opportunities while managing rapidly changing network demands.
  • Cisco introduced a full suite of solutions for the SAP HANA platform built on the Cisco Unified Computing System™ allowing customers to experience benefits -- realtime data analytics and data warehousing -- in seconds instead of hours.
  • Cisco unveiled enhancements to its collaboration portfolio, delivered via public, private or hybrid cloud models.

Select Customer Announcements

  • Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC announced plans to offer a trading platform built on Cisco's ultra-low latency intelligent network infrastructure and designed from the ground up to address the highly secure, functional and high performance demands of the derivatives market.
  • Cisco and Manila Electric Company (Meralco), the Philippines' largest distributor of electrical power, announced a collaboration to provide reliable computing and networking infrastructure as a foundation for operations on a smart grid.
  • Cisco, Barcelona's City Council, and GDF SUEZ agreed to launch, and agreed on the criteria for the creation of, the City Protocol (the first certification system for smart cities) that can be put into practice by any city in the world.
  • SBB-Telemach Group, the largest pay-TV platform in southeast Europe providing television, Internet, and telephony services, selected the Cisco Videoscape-capable Personal DVB Set-Tops (PDS) Series and Cisco Integration Services to deliver next-generation television services.
  • Cisco and the United Nations (UN) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reached an agreement that will allow any United Nations organization to access Cisco's networking technology solutions for emergency communications assistance during UN disaster relief missions.
  • Barclays Center will feature Cisco's Connected Sports and Entertainment solutions -- Connected Stadium Wi-Fi and StadiumVision™ to deliver a next-generation fan experience and make this venue one of the most technologically advanced arenas in the world.
  • Cisco announced that it has been selected by NBN Co. to provide equipment for its national data connectivity network, which is part of the Australian National Broadband Network.
  • Itaú BBA will invest $2 million in technology to expand its Latin American businesses and has selected Cisco solutions for its IT environment, including servers, networking, increased access security and IP telephony systems.

Editor's Note:

  • Q1 2013 conference call to discuss Cisco's results along with its business outlook will be held at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, November 13, 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, November 13, 2012 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, November 20, 2012 at 1-800-224-1051 (United States) or 1-402-220-3762 (international). The replay also will be available via webcast from November 13, 2012 through January 18, 2013 on the Cisco Investor Relations website at
  • 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, November 13, 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

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This release includes non-GAAP net income, 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 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 period presented.

For its internal budgeting process, Cisco's management uses financial statements that do not include, when applicable, share-based compensation expense, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, impact to cost of sales from purchase accounting adjustments to inventory, other acquisition-related costs, significant asset impairments and restructurings, the income tax effects of the foregoing, and significant tax matters. Cisco's management also uses the foregoing non-GAAP measures, in addition to the corresponding GAAP measures, in reviewing the financial results of Cisco. In prior periods, Cisco has excluded other items that it no longer excludes for purposes of its non-GAAP financial measures. From time to time in the future, there may be other items, such as significant gains or losses from contingencies that Cisco may exclude for purposes of its internal budgeting process and in reviewing its financial results.

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  
    October 27,
    October 29,
NET SALES:                
  Product   $ 9,297     $ 8,952  
  Service     2,579       2,304  
    Total net sales     11,876       11,256  
COST OF SALES:                
  Product     3,748       3,563  
  Service     889       803  
    Total cost of sales     4,637       4,366  
GROSS MARGIN     7,239       6,890  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                
  Research and development     1,431       1,375  
  Sales and marketing     2,416       2,452  
  General and administrative     560       552  
  Amortization of purchased intangible assets     122       99  
  Restructuring and other charges     59       202  
    Total operating expenses     4,588       4,680  
OPERATING INCOME     2,651       2,210  
  Interest income     161       164  
  Interest expense     (148 )     (148 )
  Other income (loss), net     (33 )     19  
    Interest and other income (loss), net     (20 )     35  
Provision for income taxes     539       468  
  NET INCOME   $ 2,092     $ 1,777  
Net income per share:                
Basic   $ 0.39     $ 0.33  
Diluted   $ 0.39     $ 0.33  
Shares used in per-share calculation:                
Basic     5,301       5,394  
Diluted     5,334       5,407  
Cash dividends declared per common share   $ 0.14     $ 0.06  
(In millions, except per-share amounts)  
    Three Months Ended  
    October 27,
    October 29,
GAAP net income   $ 2,092     $ 1,777  
  Adjustments to cost of sales:                
    Share-based compensation expense     45       50  
    Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets     134       87  
    Impact to cost of sales from purchase accounting adjustments to inventory     24       --  
    Significant asset impairments and restructurings     --       (5 )
  Total adjustments to GAAP cost of sales     203       132  
  Adjustments to operating expenses:                
    Share-based compensation expense     264       291  
    Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets     122       99  
    Other acquisition-related costs     15       8  
    Significant asset impairments and restructurings     59       202  
  Total adjustments to GAAP operating expenses     460       600  
  Total adjustments to GAAP income before provision for income taxes     663       732  
  Income tax effect     (186 )     (187 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 2,569     $ 2,322  
Diluted net income per share:                
GAAP   $ 0.39     $ 0.33  
Non-GAAP   $ 0.48     $ 0.43  
(In millions)
    October 27, 2012   July 28, 2012
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,773   $ 9,799
  Investments     40,227     38,917
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $224 at October 27, 2012 and $207 at July 28, 2012     3,942     4,369
  Inventories     1,709     1,663
  Financing receivables, net     3,726     3,661
  Deferred tax assets     2,253     2,294
  Other current assets     1,277     1,230
  Total current assets     57,907     61,933
Property and equipment, net     3,409     3,402
Financing receivables, net     3,695     3,585
Goodwill     20,443     16,998
Purchased intangible assets, net     3,449     1,959
Other assets     3,740     3,882
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 92,643   $ 91,759
Current liabilities:            
  Short-term debt   $ 55   $ 31
  Accounts payable     889     859
  Income taxes payable     200     276
  Accrued compensation     2,710     2,928
  Deferred revenue     8,721     8,852
  Other current liabilities     4,539     4,785
  Total current liabilities     17,114     17,731
Long-term debt     16,272     16,297
Income taxes payable     1,577     1,844
Deferred revenue     3,902     4,028
Other long-term liabilities     1,077     558
Total liabilities     39,942     40,458
Total equity     52,701     51,301
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 92,643   $ 91,759
(In millions)  
    Three Months Ended  
    October 27, 2012     October 29, 2011  
Cash flows from operating activities:                
  Net income   $ 2,092     $ 1,777  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
    Depreciation, amortization, and other     612       621  
    Share-based compensation expense     306       341  
    Provision for receivables     29       (13 )
    Deferred income taxes     135       109  
    Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation     (15 )     (21 )
    Net losses (gains) on investments     15       (13 )
    Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures:                
      Accounts receivable     615       399  
      Inventories     42       (168 )
      Financing receivables     (132 )     (9 )
      Other assets     99       (374 )
      Accounts payable     (19 )     36  
      Income taxes, net     (372 )     (38 )
      Accrued compensation     (359 )     (548 )
      Deferred revenue     (295 )     232  
      Other liabilities     (288 )     2  
        Net cash provided by operating activities     2,465       2,333  
Cash flows from investing activities:                
  Purchases of investments     (8,213 )     (11,770 )
  Proceeds from sales of investments     2,447       7,721  
  Proceeds from maturities of investments     4,388       1,179  
  Acquisition of property and equipment     (265 )     (265 )
  Acquisition of businesses, net of cash and cash equivalents acquired     (4,912 )     (38 )
  Purchases of investments in privately held companies     (9 )     (153 )
  Return of investments in privately held companies     12       58  
  Other     22       77  
        Net cash used in investing activities     (6,530 )     (3,191 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
  Issuances of common stock     117       203  
  Repurchases of stock - repurchase program     (183 )     (1,744 )
  Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on vesting of restricted stock units     (203 )     (137 )
  Short-term borrowings, maturities less than 90 days, net     23       --  
  Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation     15       21  
  Dividends paid     (744 )     (322 )
  Other     14       (78 )
        Net cash used in financing activities     (961 )     (2,057 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (5,026 )     (2,915 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     9,799       7,662  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 4,773     $ 4,747  
Cash paid for:                
Interest   $ 221     $ 220  
Income taxes   $ 776     $ 398  

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period amounts to conform to the current period's presentation.

(In millions)  
    October 27, 2012     July 28, 2012  
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,773     $ 9,799  
Fixed income securities     38,464       37,297  
Publicly traded equity securities     1,763       1,620  
Total   $ 45,000     $ 48,716  
Raw materials   $ 101     $ 127  
Work in process     36       35  
Finished goods:                
  Distributor inventory and deferred cost of sales     671       630  
  Manufactured finished goods     615       597  
Total finished goods     1,286       1,227  
Service-related spares     237       213  
Demonstration systems     49       61  
Total   $ 1,709     $ 1,663  
Land, buildings, and building & leasehold improvements   $ 4,458     $ 4,363  
Computer equipment and related software     1,491       1,469  
Production, engineering, and other equipment     5,495       5,364  
Operating lease assets     312       300  
Furniture and fixtures     494       487  
      12,250       11,983  
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization     (8,841 )     (8,581 )
Total   $ 3,409     $ 3,402  
OTHER ASSETS                
Deferred tax assets   $ 2,061     $ 2,270  
Investments in privately held companies     830       858  
Other     849       754  
Total   $ 3,740     $ 3,882  
DEFERRED REVENUE                
Service   $ 8,753     $ 9,173  
  Unrecognized revenue on product shipments and other deferred revenue     3,074       2,975  
  Cash receipts related to unrecognized revenue from two-tier distributors     796       732  
Total product deferred revenue     3,870       3,707  
Total   $ 12,623     $ 12,880  
Reported as:                
Current   $ 8,721     $ 8,852  
Noncurrent     3,902       4,028  
Total   $ 12,623     $ 12,880  
(In millions)
    Three Months Ended
    October 27,
    October 29,
Cost of sales -- product   $ 10     $ 13
Cost of sales -- service     35       37
Share-based compensation expense in cost of sales     45       50
Research and development     84       101
Sales and marketing     130       142
General and administrative     50       48
Restructuring and other charges     (3 )     --
Share-based compensation expense in operating expenses     261       291
Total share-based compensation expense   $ 306     $ 341

The income tax benefit for share-based compensation expense was $79 million and $90 million for the three months ended October 27, 2012 and October 29, 2011, respectively.

(In millions, except DSO)
    October 27, 2012   July 28, 2012   October 29, 2011
Accounts receivable   $ 3,942   $ 4,369   $ 4,300
Days sales outstanding in accounts receivable (DSO)     30     34     35
(In millions, except annualized inventory turns)  
    Three Months Ended  
    October 27, 2012     July 28, 2012     October 29, 2011  
Annualized inventory turns- GAAP     11.0       11.7       11.2  
    Cost of sales adjustments     (0.5 )     (0.4 )     (0.3 )
Annualized inventory turns- non-GAAP     10.5       11.3       10.9  
GAAP cost of sales   $ 4,637     $ 4,605     $ 4,366  
  Cost of sales adjustments:                        
    Share-based compensation expense     (45 )     (54 )     (50 )
    Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets     (134 )     (100 )     (87 )
    Impact to cost of sales from purchase accounting adjustments to inventory     (24 )     --       --  
    Significant asset impairments and restructurings     --       5       5  
Non-GAAP cost of sales   $ 4,434     $ 4,456     $ 4,234  
(In millions)
Three Months Ended   October 27, 2012   July 28, 2012   April 28, 2012   January 28, 2012   October 29, 2011
Repurchase of common stock under the stock repurchase program   $ 253   $ 1,800   $ 550   $ 466   $ 1,544
Dividends paid     744     425     432     322     322
Total   $ 997   $ 2,225   $ 982   $ 788   $ 1,866