Cisco (CSCO) Q2 earnings


Cisco reported fiscal second-quarter results that beat analysts’ estimates on Wednesday, but investors were not impressed with the company’s continuing revenue declines, and the stock is now trading down around 4% after hours.

Here are the key numbers:

  • Earnings: 77 cents per share, excluding certain items, vs. 76 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $12.01 billion, vs. $11.98 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv. That’s down 4% from last year.

Cisco remains the dominant player in the data center switch market, but the company has for years been mired in slow growth because the bulk of new spending in IT is going to the large cloud vendors rather than the legacy hardware manufacturers.

The company said it expects 79 cents to 81 cents in earnings per share, excluding certain items, and an annualized revenue decline of 1.5% to 3.5% in the fiscal third quarter. The EPS estimates were ahead of expectations, but the company noted on its call that the forecast…

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