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Cisco

August 12, 2015 16:05 ET

Cisco Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Earnings

Record Revenues and Non-GAAP EPS Reflect Strong Execution and Momentum

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 12, 2015) - Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

  • Q4 Revenue: $12.8 billion (increase of 4% year over year)

  • Q4 Earnings per Share: $0.45 GAAP; $0.59 non-GAAP

  • FY 2015 Revenue: $49.2 billion (increase of 4% year over year)

  • FY 2015 Earnings per Share: $1.75 GAAP; $2.21 non-GAAP

  • Q1 FY 2016 Revenue Guidance: 2% - 4% growth year over year

  • Q1 FY 2016 non-GAAP Earnings per Share Guidance: $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."

 
Q4 GAAP Results
               
    Q4 2015   Q4 2014   Vs. Q4 2014  
Revenue   $ 12.8 billion   $ 12.4 billion   3.9 %
Net Income   $ 2.3 billion   $ 2.2 billion   3.2 %
Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS)   $ 0.45   $ 0.43   4.7 %
                   
 
Q4 Non-GAAP Results
               
    Q4 2015   Q4 2014   Vs. Q4 2014  
Net Income   $ 3.0 billion   $ 2.8 billion   6.2 %
EPS   $ 0.59   $ 0.55   7.3 %
                   
 
Fiscal Year GAAP Results
 
    FY 2015   FY 2014   Vs. FY 2014  
Revenue   $ 49.2 billion   $ 47.1 billion   4.3 %
Net Income   $ 9.0 billion   $ 7.9 billion   14.4 %
EPS   $ 1.75   $ 1.49   17.4 %
 
Fiscal Year Non-GAAP Results
 
    FY 2015   FY 2014   Vs. FY 2014  
Net Income   $ 11.4 billion   $ 10.9 billion   4.5 %
EPS   $ 2.21   $ 2.06   7.3 %
                   

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.

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

Q4 2015 Highlights

Revenue -- 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.

Gross Margin -- 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.

Operating Expenses -- 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%.

Operating Income -- 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%.

Provision for Income Taxes -- 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%.

Net Income and EPS -- 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.

Cash Flow from Operating Activities -- 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.

Fiscal 2015 Highlights

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

Net Income and EPS -- 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.

Cash Flow from Operating Activities -- was $12.6 billion for fiscal 2015, compared with $12.3 billion for fiscal 2014.

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments -- 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.

Deferred Revenue -- 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.

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

Days Sales Outstanding in Accounts Receivable (DSO) -- was 38 days at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 consistent with the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

Capital Allocation

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."

Acquisitions and Divestitures

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.

Business Outlook for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016

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

     
Q1 2016    
Revenue     2% - 4% growth Y/Y
Non-GAAP gross margin rate     61% - 62%
Non-GAAP operating margin rate     28% - 29%
Non-GAAP tax provision rate     23%
Non-GAAP EPS   $ 0.55 - $0.57
       

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:

     
Q1 2016    
Share-based compensation expense   $ 0.05 - $0.06
Amortization of purchased intangible assets and other acquisition-related/divestiture costs     0.04 - 0.06
  Subtotal     0.09 - 0.12
Restructuring and other charges     0.02 - 0.03
  Total   $ 0.11 - $0.15
         

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.

Editor's Notes:

  • 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 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, 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 http://investor.cisco.com.

 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In millions, except per-share amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended     Fiscal Year Ended  
    July 25,
 2015
    July 26,
 2014
    July 25,
 2015
    July 26,
 2014
 
REVENUE:                                
  Product   $ 9,911     $ 9,532     $ 37,750     $ 36,172  
  Service     2,932       2,825       11,411       10,970  
    Total revenue     12,843       12,357       49,161       47,142  
COST OF SALES:                                
  Product     4,068       3,976       15,377       15,641  
  Service     1,042       976       4,103       3,732  
    Total cost of sales     5,110       4,952       19,480       19,373  
GROSS MARGIN     7,733       7,405       29,681       27,769  
OPERATING EXPENSES:                                
  Research and development     1,548       1,593       6,207       6,294  
  Sales and marketing     2,549       2,473       9,821       9,503  
  General and administrative     536       508       2,040       1,934  
  Amortization of purchased intangible assets     146       68       359       275  
  Restructuring and other charges     73       82       484       418  
    Total operating expenses     4,852       4,724       18,911       18,424  
OPERATING INCOME     2,881       2,681       10,770       9,345  
  Interest income     211       183       769       691  
  Interest expense     (149 )     (142 )     (566 )     (564 )
  Other income (loss), net     (10 )     56       228       243  
    Interest and other income (loss), net     52       97       431       370  
INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES     2,933       2,778       11,201       9,715  
Provision for income taxes     614       531       2,220       1,862  
NET INCOME   $ 2,319     $ 2,247     $ 8,981     $ 7,853  
                                 
Net income per share:                                
  Basic   $ 0.46     $ 0.44     $ 1.76     $ 1.50  
  Diluted   $ 0.45     $ 0.43     $ 1.75     $ 1.49  
Shares used in per-share calculation:                                
  Basic     5,086       5,121       5,104       5,234  
  Diluted     5,131       5,172       5,146       5,281  
                                 
Cash dividends declared per common share   $ 0.21     $ 0.19     $ 0.80     $ 0.72  
                                 
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME
(In millions, except per-share amounts)
 
    Three Months Ended     Fiscal Year Ended  
    July 25,
 2015
    July 26,
 2014
    July 25,
 2015
    July 26,
 2014
 
GAAP net income   $ 2,319     $ 2,247     $ 8,981     $ 7,853  
  Adjustments to cost of sales:                                
    Share-based compensation expense     58       49       207       195  
    Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets     179       180       765       710  
    Supplier component remediation charge (adjustment)     --       --       (164 )     655  
    Rockstar patent portfolio charge     --       --       188       --  
    Acquisition-related/divestiture costs     --       1       --       2  
    Significant asset impairments and restructurings     5       --       5       --  
  Total adjustments to GAAP cost of sales     242       230       1,001       1,562  
  Adjustments to operating expenses:                                
    Share-based compensation expense     338       291       1,235       1,158  
    Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets     146       68       359       275  
    Acquisition-related/divestiture costs     79       102       351       585  
    Significant asset impairments and restructurings     73       82       484       418  
  Total adjustments to GAAP operating expenses     636       543       2,429       2,436  
Adjustments to other income (loss), net:                                
  Gain on VCE reorganization     --       --       (126 )     --  
Total adjustments to GAAP income before provision for income taxes     878       773       3,304       3,998  
Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments     (185 )     (185 )     (731 )     (834 )
Significant tax matters     --       --       (200 )     (154 )
Total adjustments to GAAP provision for income taxes     (185 )     (185 )     (931 )     (988 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 3,012     $ 2,835     $ 11,354     $ 10,863  
                                 
Diluted net income per share:                                
GAAP   $ 0.45     $ 0.43     $ 1.75     $ 1.49  
Non-GAAP   $ 0.59     $ 0.55     $ 2.21     $ 2.06  
                                 
                                 
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
REVENUE BY SEGMENT
(In millions, except percentages)
 
    July 25, 2015  
    Three Months Ended     Fiscal Year Ended  
             
Revenue   Amount   Y/Y %     Amount   Y/Y %  
  Americas   $ 7,801   7 %   $ 29,655   7 %
  EMEA     3,110   -- %     12,322   3 %
  APJC     1,932   -- %     7,184   (2 )%
    Total   $ 12,843   4 %   $ 49,161   4 %
                           
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGE BY SEGMENT
(In percentages)
 
    July 25, 2015  
    Three Months Ended     Fiscal Year Ended  
             
Gross Margin Percentage            
  Americas   62.7 %   63.0 %
  EMEA   62.1 %   62.5 %
  APJC   59.5 %   60.0 %
             
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
REVENUE FOR GROUPS OF SIMILAR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
(In millions, except percentages)
 
    July 25, 2015  
    Three Months Ended     Fiscal Year Ended  
             
Revenue:   Amount   Y/Y %     Amount   Y/Y %  
Switching   $ 3,719   2 %   $ 14,741   5 %
NGN Routing     1,992   3 %     7,704   1 %
Collaboration     1,088   14 %     4,000   5 %
Service Provider Video     994   (7 )%     3,555   (10 )%
Data Center     880   14 %     3,220   22 %
Wireless     715   7 %     2,542   11 %
Security     464   4 %     1,747   12 %
Other     59   (3 )%     241   (14 )%
  Product     9,911   4 %     37,750   4 %
  Service     2,932   4 %     11,411   4 %
    Total   $ 12,843   4 %   $ 49,161   4 %
                           
                           
 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
 
    July 25,
 2015
  July 26,
 2014
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 6,877   $ 6,726
  Investments     53,539     45,348
  Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $302 at July 25, 2015 and $265 at July 26, 2014     5,344     5,157
  Inventories     1,627     1,591
  Financing receivables, net     4,491     4,153
  Deferred tax assets     2,915     2,808
  Other current assets     1,490     1,331
    Total current assets     76,283     67,114
Property and equipment, net     3,332     3,252
Financing receivables, net     3,858     3,918
Goodwill     24,469     24,239
Purchased intangible assets, net     2,376     3,280
Other assets     3,163     3,267
    TOTAL ASSETS   $ 113,481   $ 105,070
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY            
Current liabilities:            
  Short-term debt   $ 3,897   $ 508
  Accounts payable     1,104     1,032
  Income taxes payable     62     159
  Accrued compensation     3,049     3,181
  Deferred revenue     9,824     9,478
  Other current liabilities     5,687     5,451
    Total current liabilities     23,623     19,809
Long-term debt     21,457     20,337
Income taxes payable     1,876     1,851
Deferred revenue     5,359     4,664
Other long-term liabilities     1,459     1,748
    Total liabilities     53,774     48,409
Total equity     59,707     56,661
    TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 113,481   $ 105,070
                 
                 

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

 
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In millions)
(Unaudited)
 
    Fiscal Year Ended  
    July 25,
 2015
    July 26,
 2014
 
Cash flows from operating activities:                
  Net income   $ 8,981     $ 7,853  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
    Depreciation, amortization, and other     2,442       2,439  
    Share-based compensation expense     1,440       1,348  
    Provision for receivables     134       79  
    Deferred income taxes     (23 )     (678 )
    Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation     (128 )     (118 )
    (Gains) losses on investments and other, net     (258 )     (299 )
    Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures:                
      Accounts receivable     (413 )     340  
      Inventories     (116 )     (109 )
      Financing receivables     (634 )     (119 )
      Other assets     (370 )     26  
      Accounts payable     87       (23 )
      Income taxes, net     53       191  
      Accrued compensation     7       (42 )
      Deferred revenue     1,275       659  
      Other liabilities     75       785  
        Net cash provided by operating activities     12,552       12,332  
Cash flows from investing activities:                
  Purchases of investments     (43,975 )     (36,317 )
  Proceeds from sales of investments     20,237       18,193  
  Proceeds from maturities of investments     15,293       15,660  
  Acquisition of businesses, net of cash and cash equivalents acquired     (326 )     (2,989 )
  Purchases of investments in privately held companies     (222 )     (384 )
  Return of investments in privately held companies     288       213  
  Acquisition of property and equipment     (1,227 )     (1,275 )
  Proceeds from sales of property and equipment     22       232  
  Other     (178 )     24  
        Net cash used in investing activities     (10,088 )     (6,643 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
  Issuances of common stock     2,016       1,907  
  Repurchases of common stock - repurchase program     (4,324 )     (9,413 )
  Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on vesting of restricted stock units     (502 )     (430 )
  Short-term borrowings, original maturities less than 90 days, net     (4 )     (2 )
  Issuances of debt     4,981       7,981  
  Repayments of debt     (508 )     (3,276 )
  Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation     128       118  
  Dividends paid     (4,086 )     (3,758 )
  Other     (14 )     (15 )
        Net cash used in financing activities     (2,313 )     (6,888 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     151       (1,199 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of fiscal year     6,726       7,925  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of fiscal year   $ 6,877     $ 6,726  
                 
Supplemental cash flow information:                
Cash paid for interest   $ 760     $ 682  
Cash paid for income taxes, net   $ 2,190     $ 2,349  
                 
                 

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

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.
DEFERRED REVENUE
(In millions)
 
    July 25,
 2015
  April 25,
 2015
  July 26,
 2014
Deferred revenue:                  
  Service   $ 9,757   $ 9,236   $ 9,640
  Product:                  
    Unrecognized revenue on product shipments and other deferred revenue     4,766     4,258     3,924
    Cash receipts related to unrecognized revenue from two-tier distributors     660     687     578
    Total product deferred revenue     5,426     4,945     4,502
      Total   $ 15,183   $ 14,181   $ 14,142
Reported as:                  
  Current   $ 9,824   $ 9,371   $ 9,478
  Noncurrent     5,359     4,810     4,664
      Total   $ 15,183   $ 14,181   $ 14,142
                         
                         
                         
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.  
INVENTORIES AND INVENTORY TURNS  
(In millions, except annualized inventory turns)  
   
    July 25,     April 25,     July 26,  
    2015     2015     2014  
Inventories:                        
  Raw materials   $ 114     $ 264     $ 77  
  Work in process     2       2       5  
  Finished goods:                        
    Distributor inventory and deferred cost of sales     610       635       595  
    Manufactured finished goods     593       547       606  
      Total finished goods     1,203       1,182       1,201  
  Service-related spares     258       268       273  
  Demonstration systems     50       44       35  
      Total   $ 1,627     $ 1,760     $ 1,591  
                         
                         
Annualized inventory turns - GAAP     12.1       10.1       12.7  
Cost of sales adjustments     (0.6 )     (0.1 )     (0.6 )
Annualized inventory turns - non-GAAP     11.5       10.0       12.1  
                         
                         
                         
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 2015                                  
  July 25, 2015   $ 0.21   $ 1,069   35   $ 28.62   $ 1,005   $ 2,074
  April 25, 2015     0.21     1,070   35     28.39     1,008     2,078
  January 24, 2015     0.19     974   44     27.63     1,208     2,182
  October 25, 2014     0.19     973   41     24.58     1,013     1,986
    Total   $ 0.80   $ 4,086   155   $ 27.22   $ 4,234   $ 8,320
                                   
Fiscal 2014                                  
  July 26, 2014   $ 0.19   $ 974   61   $ 25.11   $ 1,514   $ 2,488
  April 26, 2014     0.19     974   90     22.24     2,005     2,979
  January 25, 2014     0.17     896   185     21.73     4,020     4,916
  October 26, 2013     0.17     914   84     23.65     2,000     2,914
    Total   $ 0.72   $ 3,758   420   $ 22.71   $ 9,539   $ 13,297
                                   
                                   
                                   
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.  
FREE CASH FLOW  
(In millions)  
   
    Three Months Ended       Fiscal Year Ended  
    July 25, 2015       July 26, 2014       July 25, 2015       July 26, 2014  
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 4,138     $ 3,612     $ 12,552     $ 12,332  
Acquisition of property and equipment   (320 )     (325 )     (1,227 )     (1,275 )
Free cash flow $ 3,818     $ 3,287     $ 11,325     $ 11,057  
                               
                               
                               
CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.  
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION - RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES  
   
GROSS MARGINS, OPERATING EXPENSES, AND OPERATING MARGINS  
(In millions, except percentages)  
   
   
  Three Months Ended  
  July 25, 2015  
  Product Gross Margin     Service Gross Margin     Total Gross Margin     Operating Expenses     Y/Y     Operating Income     Y/Y  
GAAP amount $ 5,843     $ 1,890     $ 7,733     $ 4,852     3 %   $ 2,881     7 %
GAAP (% of revenue)   59.0 %     64.5 %     60.2 %     37.8 %           22.4 %      
Adjustments to GAAP amounts:                                                  
  Share-based compensation expense   16       42       58       338             396        
  Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   179       --       179       146             325        
  Acquisition-related/
divestiture costs
  --       --       --       79             79        
  Significant asset impairments and restructurings   5       --       5       73             78        
Non-GAAP amount $ 6,043     $ 1,932     $ 7,975     $ 4,216     1 %   $ 3,759     9 %
Non-GAAP (% of revenue)   61.0 %     65.9 %     62.1 %     32.8 %           29.3 %      
                                                   
                                                   
                                                   
EFFECTIVE TAX RATE  
(In percentages)  
   
  Three Months Ended     Fiscal Year Ended  
  July 25, 2015     July 26, 2014     July 25, 2015     July 26, 2014  
GAAP effective tax rate 20.9 %   19.1 %   19.8 %   19.2 %
Tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments to net income 0.1 %   1.1 %   1.9 %   1.6 %
Non-GAAP effective tax rate 21.0 %   20.2 %   21.7 %   20.8 %
                       
                       
                       
COST OF SALES USED IN INVENTORY TURNS  
(In millions)  
   
  Three Months Ended  
  July 25, 2015     April 25, 2015     July 26, 2014  
GAAP cost of sales $ 5,110     $ 4,612     $ 4,952  
  Cost of sales adjustments:                      
      Share-based compensation expense   (58 )     (56 )     (49 )
      Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   (179 )     (172 )     (180 )
      Supplier component remediation adjustment   --       164       --  
      Acquisition-related/divestiture costs   --       --       (1 )
    Significant asset impairments and restructurings   (5 )     --       --  
Non-GAAP cost of sales $ 4,868     $ 4,548     $ 4,722  
                       
                       
                       

Forward Looking Statements and Non-GAAP 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 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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