News Release

Cisco Reports First Quarter Earnings

Cisco Press Release
  • Q1 Results: 1
    • Revenue: $13.2 billion
      • Growth of 2% year over year
    • Earnings per Share: GAAP: $0.68; Non-GAAP: $0.84
      • Non-GAAP EPS increased 12% year over year
  • Q2 Guidance:
    • Revenue: (3)% to (5)% decline year over year
    • Earnings per Share: GAAP: $0.61 to $0.67; Non-GAAP: $0.75 to $0.77

1 Normalized to exclude the divested SPVSS business

Q1FY20 Earnings Infographics

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 13, 2019 -- Cisco today reported first quarter results for the period ended October 26, 2019. Cisco reported first quarter revenue of $13.2 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.9 billion or $0.68 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.6 billion or $0.84 per share.

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 and non-GAAP financial information have been normalized to exclude the SPVSS business from prior periods for comparative purposes.

"We delivered a solid quarter against a challenging macro environment," said Chuck Robbins, chairman and CEO of Cisco. "We're focused on continuing to drive innovation, transform our business and exceed our customers' expectations."

GAAP Results

 
   

Q1 FY 2020

 

Q1 FY 2019

 

Vs. Q1 FY 2019

Revenue (including SPVSS business for all periods)

 

$

13.2 billion

 

$

13.1 billion

 

1%

Revenue (excluding SPVSS business for all periods)

 

$

13.2 billion

 

$

12.9 billion

 

2%

Net Income

 

$

2.9 billion

 

$

3.5 billion

 

(18)%

Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS)

 

$

0.68

   

$

0.77

   

(12)%

 

Non-GAAP Results

 
   

Q1 FY 2020

 

Q1 FY 2019

 

Vs. Q1 FY 2019

Net Income (excluding SPVSS business for all periods)

 

$

3.6 billion

 

$

3.5 billion

 

5%

EPS (excluding SPVSS business for all periods)

 

$

0.84

   

$

0.75

   

12%

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 performed well in Q1, growing revenue and delivering strong margins and EPS," said Kelly Kramer, CFO of Cisco. "With software subscriptions now at 71% of our software revenue, we are making good progress in transforming our business model.  We continue to invest in our innovation pipeline to generate long-term profitable growth and deliver value for shareholders."

Financial Summary

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

All revenue, non-GAAP, and geographic financial information in the "Q1 FY 2020 Highlights" section are presented excluding the SPVSS business for all periods as it was divested during the second quarter of fiscal 2019 on October 28, 2018.

Q1 FY 2020 Highlights

Revenue -- Total revenue was $13.2 billion, up 2%, with product revenue up 1% and service revenue up 4%. Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 4%, EMEA up 4%, and APJC down 8%. Product revenue was led by growth in Security, up 22% and Applications, up 6%. Infrastructure Platforms was down 1%.

Gross Margin --  On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were each 64.3%, as compared with 62.3%, 61.6%, and 64.6%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

On a non-GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were 65.9%, 66.1%, and 65.4%, respectively, as compared with 64.2%, 63.6%, and 65.8%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

Total gross margins by geographic segment were: 66.6% for the Americas, 66.0% for EMEA and 62.9% for APJC.

Operating Expenses -- On a GAAP basis, operating expenses were $4.9 billion, up 13%. Non-GAAP operating expenses were $4.3 billion, up 4%, and were 32.4% of revenue.

Operating Income -- GAAP operating income was $3.6 billion, down 6%, with GAAP operating margin of 27.2%. Non-GAAP operating income was $4.4 billion, up 6%, with non-GAAP operating margin at 33.6%.

Provision for Income Taxes -- The GAAP tax provision rate was 20.6%. The non-GAAP tax provision rate was 20.0%.

Net Income and EPS -- On a GAAP basis, net income was $2.9 billion and EPS was $0.68. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $3.6 billion, an increase of 5%, and EPS was $0.84, an increase of 12%.

Cash Flow from Operating Activities -- $3.6 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2020, a decrease of 5% compared with $3.8 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Operating cash flow for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 included the receipt of $0.4 billion in relation to the litigation settlement with Arista Networks. Operating cash flow increased 7%, normalized for this receipt.

Balance Sheet and Other Financial Highlights

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments -- $28.0 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020, compared with $33.4 billion at the end of fiscal 2019.

Deferred Revenue -- $18.6 billion, up 11% in total, with deferred product revenue up 24%. Deferred service revenue was up 4%.

Remaining Performance Obligations -- $24.9 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020, up 11%.

Capital Allocation -- In the first quarter of fiscal 2020, we returned $2.3 billion to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends. We declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.35 per common share, or $1.5 billion, and repurchased approximately 16 million shares of common stock under our stock repurchase program at an average price of $48.91 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $768 million. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under the program is $12.7 billion with no termination date.

Acquisitions

We completed several acquisitions in the first quarter of fiscal 2020. In addition, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, we announced our intent to acquire Acacia Communications, Inc., a publicly-traded fabless semiconductor company that develops, manufactures and sells high-speed coherent optical interconnect products that are designed to transform communications networks through improvements in performance, capacity and cost. The acquisition is expected to close during the second half of fiscal 2020, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Guidance for Q2 FY 2020

Cisco expects to achieve the following results for the second quarter of fiscal 2020:

Q2 FY 2020

   

Revenue

 

(3)% - (5)% decline Y/Y

Non-GAAP gross margin rate

 

64.5% - 65.5%

Non-GAAP operating margin rate

 

32.5% - 33.5%

Non-GAAP tax provision rate

 

20%

Non-GAAP EPS

 

$0.75 - $0.77

Cisco estimates that GAAP EPS will be $0.61 to $0.67 in the second quarter of fiscal 2020.

A reconciliation between the Guidance for Q2 FY 2020 on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis is provided in the table entitled "GAAP to non-GAAP Guidance for Q2 FY 2020" located in the section entitled "Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP Measures."

Editor's Notes:

  • Q1 fiscal year 2020 conference call to discuss Cisco's results along with its guidance will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 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, November 13, 2019 to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, November 20, 2019 at 1-800-835-4610 (United States) or 1-203-369-3352 (international). The replay will also be available via webcast on the Cisco Investor Relations website at https://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, November 13, 2019. 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 https://investor.cisco.com.

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In millions, except per-share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

October 26,
2019

 

October 27,
2018

REVENUE:

     

Product

$

9,878

   

$

9,890

 

Service

3,281

   

3,182

 

Total revenue

13,159

   

13,072

 

COST OF SALES:

     

Product

3,524

   

3,799

 

Service

1,171

   

1,127

 

Total cost of sales

4,695

   

4,926

 

GROSS MARGIN

8,464

   

8,146

 

OPERATING EXPENSES:

     

Research and development

1,666

   

1,608

 

Sales and marketing

2,480

   

2,410

 

General and administrative

519

   

211

 

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

36

   

34

 

Restructuring and other charges

184

   

78

 

Total operating expenses

4,885

   

4,341

 

OPERATING INCOME

3,579

   

3,805

 

Interest income

273

   

344

 

Interest expense

(178)

   

(221)

 

Other income (loss), net

12

   

(19)

 

Interest and other income (loss), net

107

   

104

 

INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

3,686

   

3,909

 

Provision for income taxes

760

   

360

 

NET INCOME

$

2,926

   

$

3,549

 
       

Net income per share:

     

   Basic

$

0.69

   

$

0.78

 

   Diluted

$

0.68

   

$

0.77

 

Shares used in per-share calculation:

     

   Basic

4,246

   

4,565

 

   Diluted

4,273

   

4,614

 

The Consolidated Statements of Operations include the results of the SPVSS business prior to its divestiture during the second quarter of fiscal 2019 on October 28, 2018. Accordingly, the three months ended October 27, 2018 includes three months of financial results for this business.

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

REVENUE BY SEGMENT

(In millions, except percentages)

 
   

Three Months Ended

   

October 26, 2019

   

Amount

 

Y/Y %

Revenue:

       

Including SPVSS business for all periods:

       

Americas

 

$

7,977

   

3%

EMEA

 

3,283

   

2%

APJC

 

1,899

   

(9)%

Total

 

$

13,159

   

1%

Excluding SPVSS business for all periods:

       

Americas

 

$

7,977

   

4%

EMEA

 

3,283

   

4%

APJC

 

1,899

   

(8)%

Total

 

$

13,159

   

2%

Amounts may not sum and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2019 on October 28, 2018, we completed the divestiture of the SPVSS business. SPVSS business revenue for the three months ended October 27, 2018 was $168 million.

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGE BY SEGMENT

(In percentages)

 
   

Three Months Ended

   

October 26, 2019

Gross Margin Percentage:

   

Americas

 

66.6%

EMEA

 

66.0%

APJC

 

62.9%

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

REVENUE FOR GROUPS OF SIMILAR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

(In millions, except percentages)

 
   

Three Months Ended

   

October 26, 2019

   

Amount

 

Y/Y %

Revenue:

       

Including SPVSS business for all periods:

       

Infrastructure Platforms

 

$

7,538

   

(1)%

Applications

 

1,499

   

6%

Security

 

815

   

22%

Other Products

 

26

   

(85)%

Total Product

 

9,878

   

—%

Services

 

3,281

   

3%

Total

 

$

13,159

   

1%

Excluding SPVSS business for all periods:

       

Infrastructure Platforms

 

$

7,538

   

(1)%

Applications

 

1,499

   

6%

Security

 

815

   

22%

Other Products

 

26

   

(20)%

Total Product

 

9,878

   

1%

Services

 

3,281

   

4%

Total

 

$

13,159

   

2%

Amounts may not sum and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2019 on October 28, 2018, we completed the divestiture of the SPVSS business. SPVSS business revenue for the three months ended October 27, 2018 was $168 million.

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

 
 

October 26, 2019

 

July 27, 2019

ASSETS

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,587

   

$

11,750

 

Investments

19,448

   

21,663

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $136 as of each October 26, 2019 and July 27, 2019

4,878

   

5,491

 

Inventories

1,344

   

1,383

 

Financing receivables, net

5,026

   

5,095

 

Other current assets

2,433

   

2,373

 

Total current assets

41,716

   

47,755

 

Property and equipment, net

2,669

   

2,789

 

Financing receivables, net

4,831

   

4,958

 

Goodwill

33,578

   

33,529

 

Purchased intangible assets, net

2,107

   

2,201

 

Deferred tax assets

3,963

   

4,065

 

Other assets

3,628

   

2,496

 

TOTAL ASSETS

$

92,492

   

$

97,793

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

     

Current liabilities:

     

Short-term debt

$

4,000

   

$

10,191

 

Accounts payable

2,016

   

2,059

 

Income taxes payable

794

   

1,149

 

Accrued compensation

2,735

   

3,221

 

Deferred revenue

10,646

   

10,668

 

Other current liabilities

4,406

   

4,424

 

Total current liabilities

24,597

   

31,712

 

Long-term debt

14,497

   

14,475

 

Income taxes payable

8,919

   

8,927

 

Deferred revenue

7,956

   

7,799

 

Other long-term liabilities

2,100

   

1,309

 

Total liabilities

58,069

   

64,222

 

Total equity

34,423

   

33,571

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

92,492

   

$

97,793

 

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

October 26,

 2019

 

October 27,

 2018

Cash flows from operating activities:

     

Net income

$

2,926

   

$

3,549

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

     

Depreciation, amortization, and other

461

   

465

 

Share-based compensation expense

395

   

403

 

Provision (benefit) for receivables

50

   

8

 

Deferred income taxes

81

   

(72)

 

(Gains) losses on divestitures, investments and other, net

(8)

   

7

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures:

     

Accounts receivable

515

   

892

 

Inventories

34

   

(34)

 

Financing receivables

146

   

273

 

Other assets

59

   

(295)

 

Accounts payable

(45)

   

(153)

 

Income taxes, net

(330)

   

(437)

 

Accrued compensation

(473)

   

(348)

 

Deferred revenue

158

   

(309)

 

Other liabilities

(382)

   

(186)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

3,587

   

3,763

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

     

Purchases of investments

(2,028)

   

(484)

 

Proceeds from sales of investments

2,342

   

2,805

 

Proceeds from maturities of investments

1,966

   

2,541

 

Acquisitions and divestitures

(163)

   

(1,964)

 

Purchases of investments in privately held companies

(54)

   

(29)

 

Return of investments in privately held companies

57

   

16

 

Acquisition of property and equipment

(202)

   

(212)

 

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

4

   

2

 

Net cash provided by investing activities

1,922

   

2,675

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

     

Issuances of common stock

2

   

8

 

Repurchases of common stock - repurchase program

(784)

   

(5,076)

 

Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on vesting of restricted stock units

(194)

   

(318)

 

Short-term borrowings, original maturities of 90 days or less, net

(3,470)

   

 

Repayments of debt

(2,720)

   

 

Dividends paid

(1,486)

   

(1,500)

 

Other

(16)

   

(59)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(8,668)

   

(6,945)

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(3,159)

   

(507)

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period

11,772

   

8,993

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

8,613

   

$

8,486

 

Supplemental cash flow information:

     

Cash paid for interest

$

204

   

$

271

 

Cash paid for income taxes, net

$

1,009

   

$

869

 

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

DEFERRED REVENUE

(In millions)

 
 

October 26,
2019

 

July 27,
2019

 

October 27,
2018

Deferred revenue:

         

Service

$

11,497

   

$

11,709

   

$

11,062

 

Product

7,105

   

6,758

   

5,752

 

     Total

$

18,602

   

$

18,467

   

$

16,814

 

Reported as:

         

Current

$

10,646

   

$

10,668

   

$

9,637

 

Noncurrent

7,956

   

7,799

   

7,177

 

     Total

$

18,602

   

$

18,467

   

$

16,814

 

 

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 2020

                       

October 26, 2019

 

$

0.35

   

$

1,486

   

16

 

$

48.91

   

$

768

   

$

2,254

 

Fiscal 2019

                       

July 27, 2019

 

$

0.35

   

$

1,490

   

82

 

$

54.99

   

$

4,515

   

$

6,005

 

April 27, 2019

 

$

0.35

   

$

1,519

   

116

 

$

52.14

   

$

6,020

   

$

7,539

 

January 26, 2019

 

$

0.33

   

$

1,470

   

111

 

$

45.09

   

$

5,016

   

$

6,486

 

October 27, 2018

 

$

0.33

   

$

1,500

   

109

 

$

46.01

   

$

5,026

   

$

6,526

 

 

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

 

October 26,

 2019

 

October 27,

 2018

GAAP net income

$

2,926

   

$

3,549

 

Adjustments to cost of sales:

     

Share-based compensation expense

57

   

56

 

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

150

   

136

 

Supplier component remediation charge (adjustment), net

   

(1)

 

Acquisition-related/divestiture costs

1

   

4

 

Legal and indemnification settlements

4

   

 

Total adjustments to GAAP cost of sales

212

   

195

 

Adjustments to operating expenses:

     

Share-based compensation expense

333

   

329

 

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

36

   

34

 

Acquisition-related/divestiture costs

72

   

121

 

Legal and indemnification settlements

   

(395)

 

Significant asset impairments and restructurings

184

   

78

 

Total adjustments to GAAP operating expenses

625

   

167

 

Adjustments to GAAP interest and other income (loss), net:

     

(Gains) and losses on equity investments

(13)

   

(9)

 

Total adjustments to GAAP income before provision for income taxes

824

   

353

 

Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

(209)

   

(185)

 

Significant tax matters

67

   

(265)

 

Total adjustments to GAAP provision for income taxes

(142)

   

(450)

 

Non-GAAP net income

$

3,608

   

$

3,452

 

Diluted net income per share:

     

GAAP

$

0.68

   

$

0.77

 

Non-GAAP

$

0.84

   

$

0.75

 

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

 

GROSS MARGINS, OPERATING EXPENSES, OPERATING MARGINS, INTEREST AND OTHER INCOME (LOSS), NET, AND NET INCOME

(In millions, except percentages)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

October 26, 2019

 

Product

Gross

Margin

 

Service

Gross
Margin

 

Total

Gross

Margin

 

Operating

Expenses

 

Y/Y

 

Operating

Income

 

Y/Y

 

Interest

and other

income

(loss),

net

 

Y/Y

 

Net

Income

 

Y/Y

GAAP amount

$

6,354

 

$

2,110

 

$

8,464

 

$

4,885

 

13%

 

$

3,579

 

(6)%

 

$

107

 

3%

 

$

2,926

 

(18)%

% of revenue

64.3%

 

64.3%

 

64.3%

 

37.1%

     

27.2%

     

0.8%

     

22.2%

   

Adjustments to GAAP amounts:

                                         

Share-based compensation expense

23

 

34

 

57

 

333

     

390

     

     

390

   

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

150

 

 

150

 

36

     

186

     

     

186

   

Legal and indemnification settlements

4

 

 

4

 

     

4

     

     

4

   

Acquisition/divestiture-related costs

 

1

 

1

 

72

     

73

     

     

73

   

Significant asset impairments and restructurings

 

 

 

184

     

184

     

     

184

   

(Gains) and losses on equity investments

 

 

 

     

     

(13)

     

(13)

   

Income tax effect/significant tax matters

 

 

 

     

     

     

(142)

   

Non-GAAP amount

$

6,531

 

$

2,145

 

$

8,676

 

$

4,260

 

4%

 

$

4,416

 

6%

 

$

94

 

(1)%

 

$

3,608

 

5%

% of revenue

66.1%

 

65.4%

 

65.9%

 

32.4%

     

33.6%

     

0.7%

     

27.4%

   

Amounts may not sum and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2019 on October 28, 2018, we completed the divestiture of the SPVSS business. Accordingly, the non-GAAP growth rates are normalized to exclude the SPVSS business for the first quarter of fiscal 2019.

 

Three Months Ended

 

October 27, 2018

 

Product

Gross

Margin

 

Service

Gross

Margin

 

Total

Gross

Margin

 

Operating

Expenses

 

Operating

Income

 

Interest

and other

income

(loss), net

 

Net

Income

GAAP amount

$

6,091

 

$

2,055

 

$

8,146

 

$

4,341

 

$

3,805

 

$

104

 

$

3,549

% of revenue

61.6%

 

64.6%

 

62.3%

 

33.2%

 

29.1%

 

0.8%

 

27.1%

Adjustments to GAAP amounts:

                         

Share-based compensation expense

23

 

33

 

56

 

329

 

385

 

 

385

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

136

 

 

136

 

34

 

170

 

 

170

Supplier component remediation charge (adjustment), net

(1)

 

 

(1)

 

 

(1)

 

 

(1)

Legal and indemnification settlements

 

 

 

(395)

 

(395)

 

 

(395)

Acquisition/divestiture-related costs

2

 

2

 

4

 

121

 

125

 

 

125

Significant asset impairments and restructurings

 

 

 

78

 

78

 

 

78

(Gains) and losses on equity investments

 

 

 

 

 

(9)

 

(9)

Income tax effect/significant tax matters

 

 

 

 

 

 

(450)

Non-GAAP amount

$

6,251

 

$

2,090

 

$

8,341

 

$

4,174

 

$

4,167

 

$

95

 

$

3,452

Less: SPVSS business (1)

(51)

 

(9)

 

(61)

 

(59)

 

(1)

 

 

(1)

Non-GAAP amount (excluding SPVSS business)

$

6,200

 

$

2,081

 

$

8,281

 

$

4,115

 

$

4,166

 

$

95

 

$

3,451

% of revenue

63.6%

 

65.8%

 

64.2%

 

31.9%

 

32.3%

 

0.7%

 

26.7%

Amounts may not sum and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding.

(1) Reflects three months of operations for the SPVSS business.

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

 

EFFECTIVE TAX RATE

(In percentages)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

October 26,

2019

 

October 27,

2018

GAAP effective tax rate

20.6%

 

9.2%

Total adjustments to GAAP provision for income taxes

(0.6)%

 

9.8%

Non-GAAP effective tax rate

20.0%

 

19.0%

 

GAAP TO NON-GAAP GUIDANCE FOR Q2 FY 2020

 

Q2 FY 2020

 

Gross Margin

Rate

 

Operating Margin

Rate

 

Tax Provision

Rate

 

Earnings per

Share (1)

GAAP

 

63% - 64%

 

27%- 28%

 

19%

 

$0.61 - $0.67

Estimated adjustments for:

               

Share-based compensation expense

 

0.5%

 

3.0%

 

 

$0.06 - $0.07

Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and acquisition/divestiture-related costs

 

1.0%

 

2.0%

 

 

$0.04 - $0.06

Significant asset impairments and restructurings

 

 

 

0.5%

 

 

$0.00 - $0.01

Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

         

1%

   

Non-GAAP

 

64.5% - 65.5%

 

32.5% - 33.5%

 

20%

 

$0.75 - $0.77

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

Except as noted above, this guidance 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 ability to drive innovation, transform our business and exceed our customers' expectations, our continued progress in transforming our business model with software subscriptions, and our investment in our innovation pipeline to generate long-term profitable growth and deliver value for shareholders) and the future financial performance of Cisco (including the guidance for Q2 FY 2020) 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; cyber-attacks, data breaches or malware; vulnerabilities and critical security defects; 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 report on Form 10-K filed on September 5, 2019. 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 report on Form 10-K as it may be amended from time to time. Cisco's results of operations for the three months ended October 26, 2019 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, non-GAAP interest and other income (loss), net, 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 settlements and other contingencies, gains and losses on equity 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 its Service Provider Video Software Solutions business (SPVSS) during the second quarter of fiscal 2019 on October 28, 2018. This release includes, where indicated, financial measures that exclude the SPVSS 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 SPVSS business will not be part of Cisco on a go forward basis. Cisco's management also uses the financial measures excluding the SPVSS business in reviewing the financial results of Cisco.

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