Cisco Shares Increases As Demand Networking Equipment Returns

Cisco Systems shares increased by almost 4% today after an optimistic fourth-quarter projection that indicated further stabilisation in the demand for networking equipment as well as advantages from the company’s $28 billion acquisition of cybersecurity firm Splunk.

TakeAway Points:

  • Cisco Systems shares rose about 4% after an upbeat fourth-quarter forecast signaled further stabilization in networking equipment demand and benefits from its $28 billion deal for cybersecurity firm Splunk.
  • Cisco’s market value was expected to increase by about $8 billion.

Cisco Shares Increase

The largest manufacturer of networking equipment in the world has battled persistent supply-chain issues and slow demand as consumers adjusted to piled-up inventory from frantic buying during the pandemic.

“After the past couple of quarters of meaningful inventory digestion headwinds, we viewed these order numbers as a positive,” Morgan Stanley analysts said in a note.

Based on LSEG data, Cisco predicted sales for the fourth quarter of 2013 between $13.4 billion and $13.6 billion on Wednesday, which is less than the $13.23 billion analysts had predicted.

“We currently expect customers to complete the installation of the majority of their inventory by the end of our fiscal year in July,” said CEO Charles Robbins on a post-earnings call.

Before accounting for the Splunk acquisition, product orders decreased by 12% in the preceding quarter, but they remained unchanged in the third quarter. If the premarket gains persisted, Cisco’s market value was expected to increase by about $8 billion on Thursday.

 Cisco’s Market Gain on Data Centres

As chatbots like ChatGPT require a lot of processing power, the startup stands to gain from the billions of dollars that American IT behemoths like Microsoft and Meta Platforms are spending on data centres.

In addition to reiterating its goal of ordering $1 billion worth of AI products in fiscal 2025, Cisco stated on Wednesday that three of the top four cloud computing businesses were implementing Ethernet. The business increased its revenue projection for 2024 from its initial range of $51.5 billion to $52.5 billion to a range of $53.6 billion to $53.8 billion.

Slump Boost

To lessen its reliance on its primary networking business, Cisco finalised the acquisition of Splunk in March. Revenue in Cisco’s security division increased by 36% in the third quarter, including Splunk. The gross margin for the third quarter as a whole was 65.1%, down from 63.4% in the same period last year.

According to Cisco, the purchase will quicken the growth of gross margin in the first fiscal year following the closing of the transaction.

About

Cisco Systems, Inc., a global American digital communications technology conglomerate corporation operating under the trademark Cisco, is based in San Jose, California. Among other high-tech services and goods, Cisco develops, produces, and markets networking gear, software, and telecommunications equipment. With products including Webex, OpenDNS, Jabber, Duo Security, Silicon One, and Jasper, Cisco is a market leader in specialised tech areas such as domain security, videoconferencing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and energy management.

Two computer scientists from Stanford University, Leonard Bosack and Sandy Lerner, who had played a key role in connecting computers at Stanford, created Cisco Systems in December 1984. They invented the idea of using a multiprotocol router system to connect distant computers over a local area network (LAN). The business went public in 1990, and by the time the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, it had surpassed Microsoft to become the most valuable firm in the world with a $500 billion market valuation.