Cisco Reports Third Quarter Earnings

SAN JOSE, CA - May 17, 2017 - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

  • Q3 Revenue: $11.9 billion
    -- Decrease of (1)% year over year
    -- Recurring revenue was 31% of total revenue, up 2 pts year over year
  • Q3 Earnings per Share: $0.50 GAAP; $0.60 non-GAAP
  • Q4 FY2017 Outlook:
    -- Revenue: (6)% to (4)% decline year over year
    -- Earnings per Share: GAAP $0.46 to $0.51; Non-GAAP: $0.60 to $0.62

Q3FY17 Earnings Infographics

 

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today reported third quarter results for the period ended April 29, 2017. Cisco reported third quarter revenue of $11.9 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.5 billion or $0.50 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.0 billion or $0.60 per share.

"I am pleased with the progress we are making on the multi-year transformation of our business," said Chuck Robbins, CEO, Cisco. "The Network is becoming even more critical to business success as our customers add billions of new connections to their enterprises. We are laser focused on delivering unparalleled value through highly secure, software-defined, automated and intelligent infrastructure."

 
GAAP Results
 
    Q3 FY2017   Q3 FY2016   Vs. Q3 FY2016
Revenue   $ 11.9   billion   $ 12.0   billion   (1 )%
Net Income   $ 2.5   billion   $ 2.3   billion   7 %
Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS)   $ 0.50       $ 0.46       9 %
 
Non-GAAP Results
 
    Q3 FY2017   Q3 FY2016   Vs. Q3 FY2016
Net Income   $ 3.0   billion   $ 2.9   billion   5 %
EPS   $ 0.60       $ 0.57       5 %
                           

The third quarter of fiscal 2017 had 13 weeks compared with 14 weeks in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Reconciliations between net income, EPS and other measures on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis are provided in the tables located in the section entitled "Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures."

"We executed well in Q3, delivering $11.9 billion in total revenue, while driving solid profitability and cash generation as we deliver on our strategic priorities," said Kelly Kramer, CFO, Cisco. "We will continue to invest in growth areas as we move the business toward more software and recurring revenue and return value to shareholders."

Financial Summary

All comparative percentages are on a year-over-year basis unless otherwise noted.

Q3 FY 2017 Highlights

Revenue -- Total revenue was $11.9 billion, down 1%, with product revenue flat and service revenue down 2%. 31% of total revenue was from recurring offers, up from 29% for the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas flat, EMEA flat, and APJC down 2%. Product revenue performance was led by Wireless and Security, which increased by 13% and 9%, respectively. Switching revenue increased by 2%. NGN Routing, Collaboration, Data Center, and Service Provider Video revenue decreased by 2%, 4%, 5%, and 30%, respectively.

Gross Margin -- On a GAAP basis, total gross margin and product gross margin were 63.0% and 61.7%, respectively. The decrease in the product gross margin compared with 63.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was primarily due to pricing, a supplier component remediation adjustment in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, and product mix, partially offset by continued productivity improvements.

Non-GAAP total gross margin and product gross margin were 64.4% and 63.2%, respectively. The decrease in non-GAAP product gross margin compared with 64.5% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was primarily due to pricing and product mix, partially offset by continued productivity improvements.

GAAP service gross margin was 66.7% and non-GAAP service gross margin was 67.8%.

Total gross margins by geographic segment were: 64.6% for the Americas, 65.5% for EMEA and 61.8% for APJC.

Operating Expenses -- On a GAAP basis, operating expenses were $4.3 billion, down 8%. Non-GAAP operating expenses were $3.8 billion, down 9%, and were 32.1% of revenue.

Operating Income -- GAAP operating income was $3.2 billion, up 6%, with GAAP operating margin of 26.5%. Non-GAAP operating income was $3.9 billion, up 7%, with non-GAAP operating margin at 32.3%.

Provision for Income Taxes -- The GAAP tax provision rate was 21.2%. The non-GAAP tax provision rate was 22.0%.

Net Income and EPS -- On a GAAP basis, net income was $2.5 billion and EPS was $0.50. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $3.0 billion, an increase of 5%, and EPS was $0.60, an increase of 5%.

Cash Flow from Operating Activities -- was $3.4 billion, an increase of 10% compared with $3.1 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Balance Sheet and Other Financial Highlights

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments -- were $68.0 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2017, compared with $71.8 billion at the end of the second 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 third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $2.9 billion.

Deferred Revenue -- was $17.3 billion, up 13% in total, with deferred product revenue up 26%, driven largely by subscription-based and software offerings. Deferred service revenue was up 7%. The portion of product deferred revenue related to recurring software and subscription businesses grew 57% which includes the acquisition during the third quarter of fiscal 2017 of AppDynamics. Excluding AppDynamics, the increase was 51%.

Capital Allocation -- In the third quarter of fiscal 2017, Cisco declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.29 per common share, or $1.5 billion. For the third quarter of fiscal 2017, Cisco repurchased approximately 15 million shares of common stock under its stock repurchase program at an average price of $33.71 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $0.5 billion.

As of April 29, 2017, Cisco had repurchased and retired 4.7 billion shares of Cisco common stock at an average price of $21.21 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $99.1 billion since the inception of the stock repurchase program. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under this program is approximately $12.9 billion with no termination date.

Acquisitions

In the third quarter of fiscal 2017, Cisco completed its acquisition of AppDynamics, Inc. The AppDynamics acquisition provides cloud application and business monitoring platforms that are designed to enable companies to improve application and business performance.

On May 1, 2017, Cisco announced its intent to acquire Viptela, Inc., a privately held software-defined wide area network company. The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of calendar 2017.

On May 4, 2017, Cisco announced its intent to acquire the Advanced Analytics team and associated advanced analytics intellectual property developed by Saggezza, a privately held technology services company. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

On May 11, 2017, Cisco announced its intent to acquire MindMeld, Inc., a privately held artificial intelligence (AI) company. The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Business Outlook for Q4 FY 2017

Cisco expects to achieve the following results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017:

     
Q4 FY 2017    
Revenue   (6)% to (4)% decline Y/Y
Non-GAAP gross margin rate   63% - 64%
Non-GAAP operating margin rate   29.5% - 30.5%
Non-GAAP tax provision rate   22%
Non-GAAP EPS   $0.60 - $0.62
     

Cisco estimates that GAAP EPS will be $0.46 to $0.51 which is lower than non-GAAP EPS by $0.11 to $0.14 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

A reconciliation between the Business Outlook for Q4 FY 2017 on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis is provided in the table entitled "GAAP to non-GAAP Business Outlook for Q4 FY 2017" located in the section entitled "Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures."

Editor's Notes:

  • Q3 fiscal year 2017 conference call to discuss Cisco's results along with its business outlook will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 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, May 17, 2017 to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, May 24, 2017 at 1-866-443-8010 (United States) or 1-203-369-1121 (international). The replay will also be available via webcast 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, May 17, 2017. 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 the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation information, will be available on the Cisco Investor Relations website at http://investor.cisco.com.
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In millions, except per-share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    April 29, 2017   April 30, 2016   April 29, 2017   April 30, 2016
REVENUE:                        
    Product   $ 8,885     $ 8,875     $ 26,678     $ 27,702  
    Service     3,055       3,125       9,194       8,907  
      Total revenue     11,940       12,000       35,872       36,609  
COST OF SALES:                        
    Product     3,405       3,214       10,113       10,547  
    Service     1,017       1,065       3,081       3,077  
      Total cost of sales     4,422       4,279       13,194       13,624  
GROSS MARGIN     7,518       7,721       22,678       22,985  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                        
    Research and development     1,507       1,626       4,560       4,695  
    Sales and marketing     2,226       2,447       6,866       7,176  
    General and administrative     487       566       1,498       1,281  
    Amortization of purchased intangible assets     59       81       201       221  
    Restructuring and other charges     70       17       614       255  
      Total operating expenses     4,349       4,737       13,739       13,628  
OPERATING INCOME     3,169       2,984       8,939       9,357  
    Interest income     354       270       978       732  
    Interest expense     (219 )     (175 )     (639 )     (496 )
    Other income (loss), net     (113 )     4       (171 )     (67 )
      Interest and other income (loss), net     22       99       168       169  
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES     3,191       3,083       9,107       9,526  
Provision for income taxes     676       734       1,922       1,600  
    NET INCOME   $ 2,515     $ 2,349     $ 7,185     $ 7,926  
                         
Net income per share:                        
  Basic   $ 0.50     $ 0.47     $ 1.43     $ 1.57  
  Diluted   $ 0.50     $ 0.46     $ 1.42     $ 1.56  
Shares used in per-share calculation:                        
  Basic     5,005       5,032       5,015       5,060  
  Diluted     5,045       5,065       5,056       5,095  
                         
Cash dividends declared per common share   $ 0.29     $ 0.26     $ 0.81     $ 0.68  
                                 
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
REVENUE BY SEGMENT
(In millions, except percentages)
 
    April 29, 2017
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
                Excluding SP Video CPE Business   Including SP Video CPE Business
    Amount   Y/Y %   Amount   Y/Y %   Y/Y %
Revenue:                        
  Americas   $ 7,046   --%   $ 21,149   (1)%   (3)%
  EMEA     2,999   --%     9,077   --%   (1)%
  APJC     1,895   (2)%     5,646   --%   --%
    Total   $ 11,940   (1)%   $ 35,872   (1)%   (2)%
                         

During the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on November 20, 2015, Cisco completed its divestiture of the SP Video CPE Business. SP Video CPE Business revenue for the nine months ended April 30, 2016 was $504 million.

 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGE BY SEGMENT
(In percentages)
 
    April 29, 2017
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
Gross Margin Percentage:        
  Americas   64.6%   64.6%
  EMEA   65.5%   66.0%
  APJC   61.8%   61.9%
         
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
REVENUE FOR GROUPS OF SIMILAR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
(In millions, except percentages)
 
    April 29, 2017
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    Amount   Y/Y %   Amount   Y/Y %(1)
Revenue:                    
  Switching   $ 3,489   2%   $ 10,510   (4)%
  NGN Routing     2,032   (2)%     5,938   (2)%
  Collaboration     1,022   (4)%     3,165   (1)%
  Data Center     767   (5)%     2,391   (4)%
  Wireless     703   13%     1,967   5%
  Security     527   9%     1,595   12%
  Service Provider Video     207   (30)%     719   (26)%
  Other     138   57%     393   65%
    Product     8,885   --%     26,678   (2)%
    Service     3,055   (2)%     9,194   3%
      Total   $ 11,940   (1)%   $ 35,872   (1)%
                     

(1) During the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on November 20, 2015, Cisco completed its divestiture of the SP Video CPE Business. SP Video CPE Business revenue for the nine months ended April 30, 2016 was $504 million.

 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
 
    April 29, 2017   July 30, 2016
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
    Cash and cash equivalents   $ 8,116   $ 7,631
    Investments     59,858     58,125
    Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $213 at April 29, 2017 and $249 at July 30, 2016     4,635     5,847
    Inventories     1,366     1,217
    Financing receivables, net     4,639     4,272
    Other current assets     1,348     1,627
      Total current assets     79,962     78,719
Property and equipment, net     3,395     3,506
Financing receivables, net     4,568     4,158
Goodwill     29,516     26,625
Purchased intangible assets, net     2,704     2,501
Deferred tax assets     4,351     4,299
Other assets     1,454     1,844
      TOTAL ASSETS   $ 125,950   $ 121,652
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY            
Current liabilities:            
    Short-term debt   $ 4,248   $ 4,160
    Accounts payable     1,219     1,056
    Income taxes payable     20     517
    Accrued compensation     2,825     2,951
    Deferred revenue     10,344     10,155
    Other current liabilities     4,062     6,072
      Total current liabilities     22,718     24,911
Long-term debt     28,222     24,483
Income taxes payable     1,168     925
Deferred revenue     6,978     6,317
Other long-term liabilities     1,482     1,431
      Total liabilities     60,568     58,067
Total equity     65,382     63,585
    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 125,950   $ 121,652
                 
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
 
    Nine Months Ended
    April 29,
 2017
  April 30,
 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:            
  Net income   $ 7,185     $ 7,926  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:            
    Depreciation, amortization, and other     1,708       1,546  
    Share-based compensation expense     1,124       1,101  
    Provision for receivables     20       (27 )
    Deferred income taxes     (125 )     229  
    Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation     (125 )     (103 )
    (Gains) losses on divestitures, investments and other, net     156       (279 )
    Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures:            
      Accounts receivable     1,253       1,412  
      Inventories     (149 )     189  
      Financing receivables     (773 )     (296 )
      Other assets     140       (94 )
      Accounts payable     149       (114 )
      Income taxes, net     (112 )     (723 )
      Accrued compensation     (154 )     (318 )
      Deferred revenue     592       7  
      Other liabilities     (1,014 )     (704 )
        Net cash provided by operating activities     9,875       9,752  
Cash flows from investing activities:            
  Purchases of investments     (35,562 )     (36,366 )
  Proceeds from sales of investments     24,414       23,806  
  Proceeds from maturities of investments     8,390       11,790  
  Acquisition of businesses, net of cash and cash equivalents acquired     (3,211 )     (3,161 )
  Proceeds from business divestiture     --       372  
  Purchases of investments in privately held companies     (172 )     (202 )
  Return of investments in privately held companies     168       74  
  Acquisition of property and equipment     (756 )     (880 )
  Proceeds from sales of property and equipment     6       11  
  Other     35       (195 )
        Net cash used in investing activities     (6,688 )     (4,751 )
Cash flows from financing activities:            
  Issuances of common stock     418       771  
  Repurchases of common stock - repurchase program     (2,516 )     (3,154 )
  Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on vesting of restricted stock units     (497 )     (469 )
  Short-term borrowings, original maturities less than 90 days, net     2,000       (4 )
  Issuances of debt     6,232       6,978  
  Repayments of debt     (4,151 )     (3,863 )
  Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation     125       103  
  Dividends paid     (4,063 )     (3,441 )
  Other     (250 )     96  
        Net cash used in financing activities     (2,702 )     (2,983 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     485       2,018  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     7,631       6,877  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 8,116     $ 8,895  
Supplemental cash flow information:            
Cash paid for interest   $ 727     $ 691  
Cash paid for income taxes, net   $ 2,159     $ 2,093  
                 
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
DEFERRED REVENUE
(In millions)
 
    April 29, 2017   January 28, 2017   April 30, 2016
Deferred revenue:                  
  Service   $ 10,532   $ 10,525   $ 9,866
  Product:                  
    Deferred revenue related to recurring software and subscription businesses     4,352     3,997     2,771
    Deferred revenue related to two-tier distributors     311     401     419
    Other product deferred revenue     2,127     2,163     2,216
    Total product deferred revenue     6,790     6,561     5,406
      Total   $ 17,322   $ 17,086   $ 15,272
Reported as:                  
  Current   $ 10,344   $ 10,243   $ 9,662
  Noncurrent     6,978     6,843     5,610
      Total   $ 17,322   $ 17,086   $ 15,272
                   
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
DIVIDENDS PAID AND REPURCHASES OF COMMON STOCK
(In millions, except per-share amounts)
 
    DIVIDENDS   STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAM   TOTAL
Quarter Ended   Per Share   Amount   Shares   Weighted-Average Price per Share   Amount   Amount
Fiscal 2017                                  
  April 29, 2017   $ 0.29   $ 1,451   15   $ 33.71   $ 503   $ 1,954
  January 28, 2017     0.26     1,304   33     30.33     1,001     2,305
  October 29, 2016     0.26     1,308   32     31.12     1,001     2,309
    Total   $ 0.81   $ 4,063   80   $ 31.27   $ 2,505   $ 6,568
                                   
Fiscal 2016                                  
  July 30, 2016   $ 0.26   $ 1,309   28   $ 28.70   $ 800   $ 2,109
  April 30, 2016     0.26     1,308   27     24.08     649     1,957
  January 23, 2016     0.21     1,065   48     26.12     1,262     2,327
  October 24, 2015     0.21     1,068   45     26.83     1,207     2,275
    Total   $ 0.94   $ 4,750   148   $ 26.45   $ 3,918   $ 8,668
                                   
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
 
GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME
(In millions, except per-share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    April 29,
 2017
  April 30,
 2016
  April 29,
 2017
  April 30,
 2016
GAAP net income   $ 2,515     $ 2,349     $ 7,185     $ 7,926  
  Adjustments to cost of sales:                        
    Share-based compensation expense     56       58       163       160  
    Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets     124       115       343       366  
    Supplier component remediation charge (adjustment), net     (13 )     (74 )     (29 )     (74 )
    Acquisition-related/divestiture costs     --       --       1       1  
    Significant asset impairments and restructurings     --       --       --       (2 )
  Total adjustments to GAAP cost of sales     167       99       478       451  
  Adjustments to operating expenses:                        
    Share-based compensation expense     349       337       963       927  
    Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets     59       81       201       221  
    Acquisition-related/divestiture costs (1)     43       76       157       (55 )
    Significant asset impairments and restructurings     70       17       614       255  
  Total adjustments to GAAP operating expenses     521       511       1,935       1,348  
  Total adjustments to GAAP income before provision for income taxes     688       610       2,413       1,799  
  Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments     (177 )     (133 )     (612 )     (427 )
  Significant tax matters (2)     --       54       --       (465 )
  Total adjustments to GAAP provision for income taxes     (177 )     (79 )     (612 )     (892 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 3,026     $ 2,880     $ 8,986     $ 8,833  
Diluted net income per share:                        
GAAP   $ 0.50     $ 0.46     $ 1.42     $ 1.56  
Non-GAAP   $ 0.60     $ 0.57     $ 1.78     $ 1.73  
                                 

(1) During the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on November 20, 2015, Cisco completed its divestiture of the SP Video CPE Business. This sale resulted in a pre-tax gain of $285 million, net of certain transaction costs incurred. The gain on this transaction was excluded from non-GAAP net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

(2) Cisco recorded certain net tax benefits totaling $465 million related to prior-year periods that were excluded from non-GAAP net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES
 
EFFECTIVE TAX RATE
(In percentages)
 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    April 29, 2017   April 30, 2016   April 29, 2017   April 30, 2016
GAAP effective tax rate   21.2 %   23.8 %   21.1 %   16.8 %
  Total adjustments to GAAP provision for income taxes   0.8 %   (1.8 )%   0.9 %   5.2 %
Non-GAAP effective tax rate   22.0 %   22.0 %   22.0 %   22.0 %
                         
 
GAAP TO NON-GAAP BUSINESS OUTLOOK FOR Q4 FY 2017
 
Q4 FY 2017   Gross Margin Rate   Operating Margin Rate   Tax Provision Rate   Earnings per Share (2)
GAAP   61.5% - 62.5%   22.5% - 23.5%   21%   $0.46 to $0.51
Estimated adjustments for:                
Share-based compensation expense   0.5%   3.5%   --   $0.05 - $0.06
Amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition-related/divestiture costs   1.0%   2.0%   --   $0.03 - $0.04
Restructuring and other charges (1)   --   1.5%   --   $0.03 - $0.04
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments   --   --   1%    
Non-GAAP   63% - 64%   29.5% - 30.5%   22%   $0.60 - $0.62
                 

(1) In August 2016, we announced a restructuring plan in order to reinvest in our key priority areas in which up to 5,500 employees would be impacted, with estimated pretax charges of approximately $700 million. In May 2017, we extended the restructuring plan to include an additional 1,100 employees with $150 million of estimated additional pretax charges. During the first nine months of fiscal 2017, we have recognized pretax charges of $614 million to our GAAP financial results in relation to this restructuring plan. We expect to recognize approximately $150 million to $200 million of pretax charges under this plan in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. We expect this plan to be substantially completed by the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

(2) Estimated adjustments to GAAP earnings per share are shown after income tax effects.

Except as noted above, this business outlook does not include the effects of any future acquisitions/divestitures, asset impairments, restructurings and significant tax matters or other events, which may or may not be significant unless specifically stated.

Forward Looking Statements, Non-GAAP Information and Additional Information

This release may be deemed to contain forward-looking statements, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding future events (such as our progress on the multi-year transformation of our business, our ability to deliver value to our customers through highly secure, software-defined, automated and intelligent infrastructure, our ability to deliver on our strategic priorities, our investment in growth areas, the transition of our business to software and recurring revenues, and our ability to continue to execute well and return value to our shareholders) and the future financial performance of Cisco (including the business outlook for Q4 FY 2017) that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results due to a variety of factors, including: business and economic conditions and growth trends in the networking industry, our customer markets and various geographic regions; global economic conditions and uncertainties in the geopolitical environment; overall information technology spending; the growth and evolution of the Internet and levels of capital spending on Internet-based systems; variations in customer demand for products and services, including sales to the service provider market and other customer markets; the return on our investments in certain priorities, key growth areas, and in certain geographical locations, as well as maintaining leadership in routing, switching and services; the timing of orders and manufacturing and customer lead times; changes in customer order patterns or customer mix; insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; variability of component costs; variations in sales channels, product costs or mix of products sold; our ability to successfully acquire businesses and technologies and to successfully integrate and operate these acquired businesses and technologies; our ability to achieve expected benefits of our partnerships; increased competition in our product and service markets, including the data center market; dependence on the introduction and market acceptance of new product offerings and standards; rapid technological and market change; manufacturing and sourcing risks; product defects and returns; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, antitrust, shareholder and other matters, and governmental investigations; our ability to achieve the benefits of the announced restructuring and possible changes in the size and timing of the related charges; man-made problems such as cyber-attacks, data protection breaches, computer viruses or terrorism; natural catastrophic events; a pandemic or epidemic; our ability to achieve the benefits anticipated from our investments in sales, engineering, service, marketing and manufacturing activities; our ability to recruit and retain key personnel; our ability to manage financial risk, and to manage expenses during economic downturns; risks related to the global nature of our operations, including our operations in emerging markets; currency fluctuations and other international factors; changes in provision for income taxes, including changes in tax laws and regulations or adverse outcomes resulting from examinations of our income tax returns; potential volatility in operating results; and other factors listed in Cisco's most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K filed on February 21, 2017 and September 8, 2016, respectively. The financial information contained in this release should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in Cisco's most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K as each may be amended from time to time. Cisco's results of operations for the three and nine months ended April 29, 2017 are not necessarily indicative of Cisco's operating results for any future periods. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to Cisco, which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, Cisco will not necessarily update the information, since Cisco will only provide guidance at certain points during the year. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

This release includes non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP gross margins, non-GAAP operating expenses, non-GAAP operating income and margin, non-GAAP effective tax rates, and non-GAAP net income per share data for the periods presented. It also includes future estimated ranges for gross margin, operating margin, tax provision rate and EPS on a non-GAAP basis.

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 measures 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 its historical and projected results of operations.

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, acquisition-related/divestiture costs, significant asset impairments and restructurings, significant litigation and other contingencies, significant gains and losses on investments, 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 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.

Cisco divested the Customer Premises Equipment portion of the Service Provider Video Connected Devices business ("SP Video CPE Business") during the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on November 20, 2015. This release includes, where indicated, financial measures that exclude the SP Video CPE Business. Cisco believes that the presentation of these measures provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and its historical and projected results of operations because the SP Video CPE Business is no longer part of Cisco and will not be part of Cisco on a go forward basis. Cisco's management also uses the financial measures excluding the SP Video CPE Business in reviewing the financial results of Cisco.

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