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Cisco Reports First Quarter Earnings

November 17, 2021

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- 

News Summary:

  • Overall performance: $12.9 billion in revenue, up 8% year over year, with broad-based strength across the business; GAAP EPS $0.70, up 37% year over year, and Non-GAAP EPS $0.82, up 8% year over year
  • Strong demand across the business with 33% year-over-year total product order growth
  • Solid progress on business model transformation: Total Annualized Recurring Revenue was $21.6 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, up 10% year over year
     
  • Q1 Results:
    • Revenue: $12.9 billion
      • Increase of 8% year over year
    • Earnings per Share: GAAP: $0.70; Non-GAAP: $0.82
      • GAAP EPS increased 37% year over year
      • Non-GAAP EPS increased 8% year over year
  • Q2 Guidance:   
    • Revenue: 4.5% to 6.5% growth year over year
    • Earnings per Share: GAAP: $0.64 to $0.68; Non-GAAP: $0.80 to $0.82
  • FY 2022 Guidance:
    • Revenue: 5% to 7% growth year over year
    • Earnings per Share: GAAP: $2.77 to $2.89; Non-GAAP: $3.38 to $3.45

Cisco today reported first quarter results for the period ended October 30, 2021. Cisco reported first quarter revenue of $12.9 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $3.0 billion or $0.70 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.5 billion or $0.82 per share.

"In Q1, we had robust growth and continued strong demand despite the very dynamic supply environment," said Chuck Robbins, Chair and CEO of Cisco. "Cisco's technology sits at the heart of the accelerated digital transformation happening today. Our breakthrough innovation, strong demand, and the success of our business transformation position us well for another year of growth in fiscal 2022."

"Our teams executed well in a challenging environment, delivering balanced profitable growth with revenue and non-GAAP EPS both growing 8% year over year," said Scott Herren, CFO of Cisco. "We also continued to make significant progress in our business model transformation. Remaining performance obligations and annualized recurring revenue both grew 10% year over year with product ARR growth of 21% providing more predictability and visibility to our long-term growth."

GAAP Results




Q1 FY 2022


Q1 FY 2021


Vs. Q1 FY 2021

Revenue


$

12.9

 billion


$

11.9

 billion


8%

Net Income


$

3.0

 billion


$

2.2

 billion


37%

Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS)


$

0.70



$

0.51



37%



Non-GAAP Results




Q1 FY 2022


Q1 FY 2021


Vs. Q1 FY 2021

Net Income


$

3.5

  billion


$

3.2

  billion


8%

EPS


$

0.82



$

0.76



8%

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."

Financial Summary

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

Q1 FY 2022 Highlights

Revenue -- Total revenue was up 8% at $12.9 billion, with product revenue up 11% and service revenue up 1%. Revenue by geographic segment was: Americas up 5%, EMEA up 11%, and APJC up 15%. Product revenue performance was led by growth in Secure, Agile Networks up 10%, Internet for the Future up 46%, End-to-End Security up 4%, and Optimized Application Experiences up 18%. Hybrid Work was down 7%.

Gross Margin --  On a GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were 62.4%, 61.5%, and 65.2%, respectively, as compared with 63.6%, 62.7%, and 65.8%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

On a non-GAAP basis, total gross margin, product gross margin, and service gross margin were 64.5%, 63.8%, and 66.5%, respectively, as compared with 65.8%, 65.3%, and 67.1%, respectively, in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

Total gross margins by geographic segment were: 64.5% for the Americas, 64.4% for EMEA and 64.7% for APJC.

Operating Expenses --  On a GAAP basis, operating expenses were $4.6 billion, down 8%, and were 35.8% of revenue. Non-GAAP operating expenses were $4.0 billion, up 2%, and were 31.2% of revenue.

Operating Income -- GAAP operating income was $3.4 billion, up 34%, with GAAP operating margin of 26.7%. Non-GAAP operating income was $4.3 billion, up 10%, with non-GAAP operating margin at 33.3%.

Provision for Income Taxes -- The GAAP tax provision rate was 18.5%. The non-GAAP tax provision rate was 19.0%.

Net Income and EPS -- On a GAAP basis, net income was $3.0 billion, an increase of 37%, and EPS was $0.70, an increase of 37%. On a non-GAAP basis, net income was $3.5 billion, an increase of 8%, and EPS was $0.82, an increase of 8%.

Cash Flow from Operating Activities -- $3.4 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, a decrease of 16% compared with $4.1 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.

Balance Sheet and Other Financial Highlights

Cash and Cash Equivalents and Investments -- $23.3 billion at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2022, compared with $24.5 billion at the end of fiscal 2021.

Remaining Performance Obligations (RPO) -- $30.1 billion, up 10% in total, with 53% of this amount to be recognized as revenue over the next 12 months. Product RPO were up 18% and service RPO were up 4%.

Deferred Revenue -- $22.1 billion, up 8% in total, with deferred product revenue up 19%. Deferred service revenue was flat.

Capital Allocation -- In the first quarter of fiscal 2022, we returned $1.8 billion to stockholders through share buybacks and dividends. We declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.37 per common share, or $1.6 billion, and repurchased approximately 5 million shares of common stock under our stock repurchase program at an average price of $56.49 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $256 million. The remaining authorized amount for stock repurchases under the program is $7.7 billion with no termination date.

Acquisitions

In the first quarter of fiscal 2022, we closed the acquisition of Epsagon Ltd., a privately held modern observability company with expertise in distributed tracing solutions for modern applications and technologies, including containers and serverless environments.

In addition, we announced our intent to acquire replex GmbH, a privately held enterprise software company based in Germany.

Guidance

Cisco expects to achieve the following results for the second quarter of fiscal 2022:

Q2 FY 2022



Revenue


4.5% - 6.5% growth Y/Y

Non-GAAP gross margin rate


63.5% - 64.5%

Non-GAAP operating margin rate


32.5% - 33.5%

Non-GAAP EPS


$0.80 - $0.82

Cisco estimates that GAAP EPS will be $0.64 to $0.68 for the second quarter of fiscal 2022.

Cisco expects to achieve the following results for fiscal 2022 (no change from our previous guidance):

FY 2022



Revenue


5% - 7% growth Y/Y

Non-GAAP EPS


$3.38 - $3.45

Cisco estimates that GAAP EPS will be $2.77 to $2.89 for fiscal 2022.

Our Q2 FY 2022 and FY 2022 guidance assumes an effective tax provision rate of 18% for GAAP and 19% for non-GAAP results.

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

Editor's Notes:

  • Q1 fiscal year 2022 conference call to discuss Cisco's results along with its guidance will be held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 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 17, 2021 to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time, November 24, 2021 at 1-866-360-3304 (United States) or 1-203-369-0159 (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 17, 2021. 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 30,

2021


October 24,

2020

REVENUE:




Product

$

9,529



$

8,587


Service

3,371



3,342


Total revenue

12,900



11,929


COST OF SALES:




Product

3,673



3,206


Service

1,174



1,142


Total cost of sales

4,847



4,348


GROSS MARGIN

8,053



7,581


OPERATING EXPENSES:




Research and development

1,714



1,612


Sales and marketing

2,261



2,217


General and administrative

551



544


Amortization of purchased intangible assets

84



36


Restructuring and other charges

5



602


Total operating expenses

4,615



5,011


OPERATING INCOME

3,438



2,570


Interest income

121



174


Interest expense

(89)



(112)


Other income (loss), net

187



49


Interest and other income (loss), net

219



111


INCOME BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES

3,657



2,681


Provision for income taxes

677



507


NET INCOME

$

2,980



$

2,174






Net income per share:




Basic

$

0.71



$

0.51


Diluted

$

0.70



$

0.51


Shares used in per-share calculation:




Basic

4,218



4,230


Diluted

4,243



4,244


 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

REVENUE BY SEGMENT

(In millions, except percentages)




Three Months Ended



October 30, 2021



Amount


Y/Y %

Revenue:





Americas


$

7,561



5%

EMEA


3,303



11%

APJC


2,036



15%

Total


$

12,900



8%


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

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

GROSS MARGIN PERCENTAGE BY SEGMENT

(In percentages)




Three Months Ended



October 30, 2021

Gross Margin Percentage:



Americas


64.5%

EMEA


64.4%

APJC


64.7%

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

REVENUE FOR GROUPS OF SIMILAR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

(In millions, except percentages)




Three Months Ended



October 30, 2021



Amount


Y/Y %

Revenue:





Secure, Agile Networks


$

5,967



10%

Hybrid Work


1,109



(7)%

End-to-End Security


895



4%

Internet for the Future


1,374



46%

Optimized Application Experiences


181



18%

Other Products


3



9%

Total Product


9,529



11%

Services


3,371



1%

Total


$

12,900



8%


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

Effective for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, we began reporting our revenue in the following categories: Secure, Agile Networks; Hybrid Work; End-to-End Security; Internet for the Future; Optimized Application Experiences; Other Products and Services. This change better aligns our product categories with our strategic priorities. The reclassified product category revenue by quarter for fiscal 2019 through fiscal 2021 as well as other information is available on Cisco's Investor Relations website at https://investor.cisco.com/investor-relations/financial-information/Financial-Results/default.aspx.

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)



October 30, 2021


July 31, 2021

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

7,619



$

9,175


Investments

15,727



15,343


Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $114 at October 30, 2021 and $109 at July 31, 2021

5,306



5,766


Inventories

1,832



1,559


Financing receivables, net

4,070



4,380


Other current assets

3,034



2,889


Total current assets

37,588



39,112


Property and equipment, net

2,238



2,338


Financing receivables, net

4,546



4,884


Goodwill

38,802



38,168


Purchased intangible assets, net

3,350



3,619


Deferred tax assets

4,198



4,360


Other assets

5,259



5,016


TOTAL ASSETS

$

95,981



$

97,497


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Short-term debt

$

506



$

2,508


Accounts payable

2,261



2,362


Income taxes payable

816



801


Accrued compensation

3,231



3,818


Deferred revenue

12,017



12,148


Other current liabilities

4,407



4,620


Total current liabilities

23,238



26,257


Long-term debt

8,996



9,018


Income taxes payable

8,553



8,538


Deferred revenue

10,055



10,016


Other long-term liabilities

2,438



2,393


Total liabilities

53,280



56,222


Total equity

42,701



41,275


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

95,981



$

97,497


 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended


October 30,

2021


October 24,

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

2,980



$

2,174


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




Depreciation, amortization, and other

533



451


Share-based compensation expense

453



438


Provision (benefit) for receivables

1



13


Deferred income taxes

(98)



(120)


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

(211)



(59)


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




Accounts receivable

427



1,526


Inventories

(275)



(21)


Financing receivables

672



167


Other assets

(170)



(259)


Accounts payable

(93)



73


Income taxes, net

17



(84)


Accrued compensation

(585)



(165)


Deferred revenue

(95)



(45)


Other liabilities

(129)



7


Net cash provided by operating activities

3,427



4,096


Cash flows from investing activities:




Purchases of investments

(2,951)



(3,756)


Proceeds from sales of investments

580



657


Proceeds from maturities of investments

1,856



1,425


Acquisitions, net of cash and cash equivalents acquired and divestitures

(336)



(830)


Purchases of investments in privately held companies

(101)



(68)


Return of investments in privately held companies

53



29


Acquisition of property and equipment

(122)



(171)


Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

1



4


Net cash used in investing activities

(1,020)



(2,710)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Issuances of common stock



1


Repurchases of common stock - repurchase program

(273)



(800)


Shares repurchased for tax withholdings on vesting of restricted stock units

(133)



(89)


Repayments of debt

(2,000)




Dividends paid

(1,561)



(1,520)


Other

(3)



35


Net cash used in financing activities

(3,970)



(2,373)


Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(1,563)



(987)


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

9,942



11,812


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

$

8,379



$

10,825


Supplemental cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$

124



$

160


Cash paid for income taxes, net

$

758



$

710


 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

REMAINING PERFORMANCE OBLIGATIONS

(In millions, except percentages)



October 30, 2021


July 31, 2021


October 24, 2020


Amount


Y/Y%


Amount


Y/Y%


Amount


Y/Y%

Product

$

13,384



18

%


$

13,270



18

%


$

11,340



15

%

Service

16,751



4

%


17,623



3

%


16,129



8

%

Total

$

30,135



10

%


$

30,893



9

%


$

27,469



10

%

We expect 53% of total RPO at October 30, 2021 will be recognized as revenue over the next 12 months.

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

DEFERRED REVENUE

(In millions)



October 30,

2021


July 31,

2021


October 24,

2020

Deferred revenue:






Product

$

9,681



$

9,416



$

8,139


Service

12,391



12,748



12,334


           Total

$

22,072



$

22,164



$

20,473


Reported as:






Current

$

12,017



$

12,148



$

11,271


Noncurrent

10,055



10,016



9,202


           Total

$

22,072



$

22,164



$

20,473


 

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 2022













October 30, 2021


$

0.37



$

1,561



5



$

56.49



$

256



$

1,817


Fiscal 2021













July 31, 2021


$

0.37



$

1,562



15



$

53.30



$

791



$

2,353


May 1, 2021


$

0.37



$

1,560



10



$

48.71



$

510



$

2,070


January 23, 2021


$

0.36



$

1,521



19



$

42.82



$

801



$

2,322


October 24, 2020


$

0.36



$

1,520



20



$

40.44



$

800



$

2,320


 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

GAAP TO NON-GAAP NET INCOME

(In millions)



Three Months Ended


October 30,

2021


October 24,

2020

GAAP net income

$

2,980



$

2,174


Adjustments to cost of sales:




Share-based compensation expense

69



65


Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

198



163


Acquisition-related/divestiture costs

1



1


Legal and indemnification settlements/charges



43


Total adjustments to GAAP cost of sales

268



272


Adjustments to operating expenses:




Share-based compensation expense

383



362


Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

84



36


Acquisition-related/divestiture costs

112



59


Significant asset impairments and restructurings

5



602


Total adjustments to GAAP operating expenses

584



1,059


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




(Gains) and losses on equity investments

(219)



(48)


Total adjustments to GAAP interest and other income (loss), net

(219)



(48)


Total adjustments to GAAP income before provision for income taxes

633



1,283


Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

(138)



(246)


Total adjustments to GAAP provision for income taxes

(138)



(246)


Non-GAAP net income

$

3,475



$

3,211


 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

GAAP TO NON-GAAP EPS



Three Months Ended


October 30,

2021


October 24,

2020

GAAP EPS

$

0.70



$

0.51


Adjustments to GAAP:




Share-based compensation expense

0.11



0.10


Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

0.07



0.05


Acquisition-related/divestiture costs

0.03



0.01


Legal and indemnification settlements/charges



0.01


Significant asset impairments and restructurings



0.14


(Gains) and losses on equity investments

(0.05)



(0.01)


Income tax effect of non-GAAP adjustments

(0.03)



(0.06)


Non-GAAP EPS

$

0.82



$

0.76



Amounts may not sum due to rounding.

 

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 30, 2021


Product

Gross

Margin


Service

Gross

Margin


Total

Gross

Margin


Operating

Expenses


Y/Y


Operating

Income


Y/Y


Interest

and other

income

(loss),

net


Net

Income


Y/Y

GAAP amount

$

5,856



$

2,197



$

8,053



$

4,615



(8)%


$

3,438



34%


$

219



$

2,980



37%

% of revenue

61.5

%


65.2

%


62.4

%


35.8

%




26.7

%




1.7

%


23.1

%



Adjustments to GAAP amounts:

















Share-based compensation expense

25



44



69



383





452







452




Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

198





198



84





282







282




Acquisition/divestiture-related costs

1





1



112





113







113




Significant asset impairments and restructurings







5





5







5




(Gains) and losses on equity investments















(219)



(219)




Income tax effect/significant tax matters

















(138)




Non-GAAP amount

$

6,080



$

2,241



$

8,321



$

4,031



2%


$

4,290



10%


$



$

3,475



8%

% of revenue

63.8

%


66.5

%


64.5

%


31.2

%




33.3

%




%


26.9

%








Three Months Ended


October 24, 2020


Product

Gross

Margin


Service

Gross

Margin


Total Gross

Margin


Operating

Expenses


Operating

Income


Interest and

other

income

(loss), net


Net

Income

GAAP amount

$

5,381



$

2,200



$

7,581



$

5,011



$

2,570



$

111



$

2,174


% of revenue

62.7

%


65.8

%


63.6

%


42.0

%


21.5

%


0.9

%


18.2

%

Adjustments to GAAP amounts:














Share-based compensation expense

24



41



65



362



427





427


Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets

163





163



36



199





199


Acquisition/divestiture-related costs



1



1



59



60





60


Legal and indemnification settlements/charges

43





43





43





43


Significant asset impairments and restructurings







602



602





602


(Gains) and losses on equity investments











(48)



(48)


Income tax effect/significant tax matters













(246)


Non-GAAP amount

$

5,611



$

2,242



$

7,853



$

3,952



$

3,901



$

63



$

3,211


% of revenue

65.3

%


67.1

%


65.8

%


33.1

%


32.7

%


0.5

%


26.9

%


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

 

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

RECONCILIATIONS OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES

EFFECTIVE TAX RATE

(In percentages)



Three Months Ended


October 30,

2021


October 24,

2020

GAAP effective tax rate

18.5

%


18.9

%

Total adjustments to GAAP provision for income taxes

0.5

%


0.1

%

Non-GAAP effective tax rate

19.0

%


19.0

%

 

GAAP TO NON-GAAP GUIDANCE


Q2 FY 2022


Gross Margin

Rate


Operating Margin

Rate


Earnings per

Share (1)

GAAP


61.5% - 62.5%


26% - 27%


$0.64 - $0.68

Estimated adjustments for:







Share-based compensation expense


0.5%


4.0%


$0.08 - $0.09

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


1.5%


2.5%


$0.06 - $0.07

Non-GAAP


63.5% - 64.5%


32.5% - 33.5%


$0.80 - $0.82



FY 2022


Earnings per

Share (1)

GAAP


$2.77 - $2.89

Estimated adjustments for:



Share-based compensation expense


$0.34 - $0.36

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


$0.26 - $0.28

Significant asset impairments and restructurings


$0.00 - $0.01

(Gains) and losses on equity investments


($0.04)

Non-GAAP


$3.38 - $3.45


(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, (gains) and losses on equity investments 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 innovate, the demand for our technology, the continued success of our business transformation, the growth of our business, and the continued progress in our business model transformation to more recurring revenue) and the future financial performance of Cisco (including the guidance for Q2 FY 2022 and full year FY 2022) 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: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures; 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 Secure, Agile Networks 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, other intellectual property, antitrust, stockholder and other matters, and governmental investigations; our ability to achieve the benefits of restructurings and possible changes in the size and timing of related charges; cyber-attacks, data breaches or malware; vulnerabilities and critical security defects; terrorism; natural catastrophic events (including as a result of global climate change); any other 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 9, 2021. 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 30, 2021 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.

Annualized Recurring Revenue represents the annualized revenue run-rate of active subscriptions, term licenses, and maintenance contracts at the end of a reporting period, net of rebates to customers and partners as well as certain other revenue adjustments. Includes both revenue recognized ratably as well as upfront on an annualized basis.

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