Cisco Halts Revenue Decline – Barely
Cisco reversed a three-quarter revenue slump in the fourth quarter, delivering $12.4 billion revenue, same as the year-ago quarter. Revenue for 2014 was $47.1 billion, down 3%.
Net GAAP income for the fourth quarter was $2.2 billion, or $0.43 per share. Non-GAAP net income was $2.8 billion, or $0.55 per share.
"We are executing well in a tough environment and delivered our best non-GAAP earnings per share quarter in our history. I'm pleased with how we are transforming our company over the past several years and that journey continues," John Chambers, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
He added: "We are focused on growth, innovation and talent, especially in the areas of security, data center, software, cloud and Internet of everything. Our strategy is sound, our financials are strong, and our market leadership is secure. We have the team in place to deliver and are uniquely positioned to help our customers solve their biggest business problems."
Financial analysts expected Cisco's revenues would decline again, projecting revenues of $12.14 billion, down 2.2% from last year's $12.42 billion. (See Cisco Earnings: What to Watch For.)
We'll have more after Cisco's earnings call, which has just begun.