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Cisco Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Earnings




SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwired) — 08/12/15 — Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

$12.8 billion (increase of 4% year over year)

$0.45 GAAP; $0.59 non-GAAP

$49.2 billion (increase of 4% year over year)

$1.75 GAAP; $2.21 non-GAAP

2% – 4% growth year over year

$0.55 – $0.57

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, today reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year results for the period ended July 25, 2015. Cisco reported fourth quarter revenue of $12.8 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.3 billion or $0.45 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.0 billion or $0.59 per share.

“I–m stepping into the CEO role at an incredibly exciting time for Cisco. We closed out our fiscal year with record revenues and record non-GAAP EPS, for both Q4 and FY15. I–m particularly pleased with the strong growth of deferred revenue which shows we are very effectively driving our business to a more predictable software-based business model, at the same time as growing revenues and earnings,” said Chuck Robbins, Cisco chief executive officer.

“These strong results show what we are capable of when we–re focused, and you can expect us to continue to drive the evolution of our portfolio to maximize the value we bring to customers in today–s rapidly changing market. The network–s strategic role at the center of everything becoming digital — today and in the future — is why I strongly believe Cisco–s best years are ahead of us.”

A reconciliation between net income and EPS on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis is provided in the table following the Consolidated Statements of Operations. Supplementary information related to other GAAP and non-GAAP measures is also provided in the tables below.

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

Total revenue was $12.8 billion, up 4%. Product revenue and service revenue each increased 4%. In terms of total revenue by geographic segment, Americas was up 7%, while both EMEA and APJC were flat. Product revenue growth was led by Collaboration and Data Center at 14% each. Switching and NGN Routing grew by 2% and 3%, respectively.

On a non-GAAP basis, total gross margin and product gross margin were 62.1% and 61.0% respectively. The decrease in non-GAAP product gross margin as compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2015 was driven by pricing and product mix partially offset by productivity. Non-GAAP service gross margin was 65.9%. Total gross margins by geographic segment were: 62.7% for the Americas, 62.1% for EMEA, and 59.5% for APJC. On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were at 60.2%, 59.0% and 64.5%, respectively.

Non-GAAP operating expenses were $4.2 billion, up 1%. Headcount increased from the third quarter of fiscal 2015 by approximately 900 to 71,833 reflecting investments in key growth areas such as security, cloud and software. On a GAAP basis, operating expenses were $4.9 billion, up 3%.

Non-GAAP operating income was $3.8 billion, up 9%, with non-GAAP operating margin at 29.3%. GAAP operating income was $2.9 billion, up 7%, with GAAP operating margin of 22.4%.

The non-GAAP tax provision rate was 21.0% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 reflecting fiscal year end true-ups. The GAAP tax provision rate was 20.9%.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $3.0 billion, an increase of 6%, and EPS was $0.59, an increase of 7%. On a GAAP basis, net income was $2.3 billion and EPS was $0.45.

was $4.1 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $3.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2015, and compared with $3.6 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

Total revenue was $49.2 billion, an increase of 4%.

On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $11.4 billion, an increase of 5%, and EPS was $2.21, an increase of 7%. On a GAAP basis, net income was $9.0 billion and EPS was $1.75.

was $12.6 billion for fiscal 2015, compared with $12.3 billion for fiscal 2014.

were $60.4 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $54.4 billion at the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015, and compared with $52.1 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. $7.0 billion of cash and cash equivalents and investments was available in the United States at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

was $15.2 billion, up 7% in total. Product deferred revenue grew in double-digits again in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 at 21%, driven largely by subscription based and software offerings, while services deferred revenue grew 1%. Cisco continued to build a greater mix of recurring revenue as reflected in deferred revenue.

was approximately $5.1 billion at the end of fiscal 2015 as compared to approximately $5.4 billion at the end of fiscal 2014.

was 38 days at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 consistent with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Cisco declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.21 per common share, or $1.1 billion. For the full fiscal year, Cisco declared and paid cash dividends of $0.80 per common share, or $4.1 billion.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Cisco repurchased approximately 35 million shares of common stock under its stock repurchase program at an average price of $28.62 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $1.0 billion. For the full fiscal year, Cisco repurchased approximately 155 million shares of common stock under its stock repurchase program at an average price of $27.22 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $4.2 billion. As of July 25, 2015, Cisco had repurchased and retired 4.4 billion shares of Cisco common stock at an average price of $20.86 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $92.7 billion since the inception of the stock repurchase program. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under this program is approximately $4.3 billion with no termination date.

For the full fiscal year, Cisco returned $8.3 billion to shareholders through share buybacks and dividends, which represented 73% of free cash flow.

“We ended this year with another strong quarter. We saw good top line growth in Q4 with record revenue of $12.8 billion, a 4% increase for the quarter bringing our full year 2015 revenue to $49.2 billion — also growth of 4%,” said Kelly Kramer, Cisco executive vice president and chief financial officer. “I am pleased with our execution on our financial strategy of delivering profitable growth, managing our portfolio and strategic investments, and delivering shareholder value.”

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, we announced an agreement to sell the client premises equipment portion of our Service Provider Video connected devices unit to French-based Technicolor for approximately $600 million in cash and stock, subject to certain adjustments. We will continue to refocus our investments in service provider video towards cloud and software-based services. We expect the transaction to close at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2016 subject to regulatory approvals.

During the quarter, Cisco also announced its intent to acquire the cloud-based security company OpenDNS to enhance the security portfolio and, along with this, Cisco announced one additional acquisition and closed two acquisitions to further complement the software, collaboration and cloud offerings.

Cisco expects to achieve the following results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016:

Cisco estimates that GAAP EPS will be lower than non-GAAP EPS by $0.11 to $0.15 cents per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2016 as follows:

Share-based compensation expense is expected to impact Cisco–s results of operations in similar proportions as the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Amortization of purchased intangible assets, and other acquisition-related/divestiture costs will be reported as GAAP operating expenses, cost of sales, or other income/(loss) as applicable.

The range for restructuring and other charges includes a pretax charge of up to $200 million as a result of the restructuring that Cisco announced in August 2014. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Cisco recognized pretax restructuring charges of $78 million to the GAAP financial statements related to these actions and expects that the total charges related to these actions will be approximately $700 million for the total restructuring plan.

This guidance does not include the effects of any future acquisitions/divestitures, asset impairments, restructurings, and tax or other events, which may or may not be significant.

The Q4 and fiscal year 2015 conference call to discuss Cisco–s results along with its business outlook will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 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, August 12, 2015 to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, on August 19, 2015 at 1-866-465-1308 (United States) or 1-203-369-1425 (international). The replay will also be available via webcast from August 12, 2015 through October 16, 2015 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, August 12, 2015. 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 .

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior year amounts to conform to the current year–s presentation.

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior year amounts to conform to the current year–s presentation.

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 digitization strategy and execution, financial strength and financial guidance, our strategy to transition our business to a more software-based business model and recurring revenue streams, and our ability to deliver profitable growth, manage our portfolio and strategic investments, and return shareholder value) and the future financial performance of Cisco 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, including our foundational priorities, and in certain geographical locations; 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; 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; 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 May 20, 2015 and September 9, 2014, 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 months and the year ended July 25, 2015 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 net income per share data, non-GAAP inventory turns and free cash flow 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. 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 periods presented. Cisco believes that the presentation of free cash flow, which it defines as the net cash provided by operating activities less cash used to acquire property and equipment, to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors because of its intent to return a stated percentage of free cash flow to shareholders in the form of dividends and stock repurchases. Cisco further regards free cash flow as a useful measure because it reflects cash that can be used to, among other things, invest in its business, make strategic acquisitions, repurchase common stock, and pay dividends on its common stock, after deducting capital investments.

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

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