Cisco reports disappointing revenue and issues forecast that misses estimates

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  • Cisco fell short of analysts' estimates on revenue in the quarter.
  • The company also issued guidance that missed analyst' predictions.

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Cisco shares tumbled 8% in extended trading on Wednesday after the computer networking company reported quarterly revenue that fell short of analysts' expectations and issued weaker-than-expected guidance.

Here's how the company did in its fiscal first quarter:

  • Earnings: 82 cents per share, adjusted, vs. 80 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $12.90 billion, vs. $12.98 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.

Cisco said per-share earnings in the fiscal second quarter will be between 80 cents and 82 cents, excluding some items, on 4.5% to 6.5% annualized revenue growth. Analysts polled by Refinitiv had expected 82 cents per share in adjusted earnings on $12.85 billion in revenue, which implies 7.4% growth.

For the full fiscal year, Cisco's forecast was $3.38 to $3.45 in adjusted earnings per share and 5% to 7% revenue growth. Analysts polled by Refinitiv were looking for earnings of $3.42 per share and $52.87 billion in revenue, which would equal 6.1% growth.

Revenue rose 8% in the first quarter from a year earlier, the company said in a statement. The company faced supply constraints, CEO Chuck Robbins said on a conference call with analysts.

Cisco announced new product categories for reporting revenue during the period and is now highlighting some smaller parts of the business, such as Optimized Application Experiences. The largest category under the new structure, Secure, Agile Networks, which includes data center networking switches, produced $5.97 billion in revenue, up 10%.

The Internet for the Future category, comprising routed optical networking, public 5G, silicon and optics products, generated $1.37 billion in revenue, up 46%. And revenue in the Hybrid Work category, including Webex collaboration products, fell 7% to $1.11 billion.

During the quarter Cisco showed a preview of Webex Hologram, a new way to hold meetings in augmented reality with holograms of meeting participants.

Excluding the after-hours move, Cisco shares are up about 28% this year, while the S&P 500 index is up 25% over the same period.

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