Cisco Q3 results disappoint the market

Rob Powell / Telecom Ramblings
18 May 2018

With its size and influence in the sector, Cisco's financial results would be a key milestone even if their corporate calendar weren't off-rhythm by a month. Since they are though, we get a look at results that include an extra month of economic activity. Cisco's numbers were pretty much where they were expected to be, and guidance for fiscal Q4 was too.

Revenues of $12.46 billion were up from $11.94 billion last year and checked in slightly above the consensus estimate of $12.43 billion. Adjusted earnings per share came in at $0.66, which was $0.01 higher than expected. Estimates for Fiscal Q4 were $12.62-12.86 billion and $0.68-0.70, which largely bracket expectations depending on which bucket of analysts you average for your consensus.

But the company's stock is off nearly 4% after hours in response to a 'tepid' forecast. In other words, in line with actual expectations isn't actually what the market thought it deserved, especially since the company's stock price started surging over the winter from the mid 30s to the mid 40s where it now stands.

In particular, the company's services business didn't grow at the rate some might have preferred, nor did revenues from the security side of things. Yet, in neither case was there anything particularly dramatic to see in the numbers or any change in trajectory. In other words, things look fine for Cisco but the hype got out ahead of things as it so often does. C'est la vie.

This article was authored by Rob Powell and was originally posted on

Rob Powell is founder & editor of Telecom Ramblings, which was set up in 2008. The website is dedicated to discussing trends and developments in the telecom industry.

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