Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) recorded a Q2 earnings beat giving a bullish forecast for the current quarter and boosting its share buyback program. The company forecasts sales to increase 3% to 5% in the period ending in April, compared with an average analyst projection of 4% revenue growth, or $13.3 billion. Excluding certain items, earnings will be 85 cents to 87 cents a share.
The majority of Cisco’s income comes from hardware and reliance on equipment sales that has made the company vulnerable to industry-wide shortages of electronic components, pushing up costs. Chief Financial Officer Scott Herren informed that the company now has a backlog of $14 billion, higher than it was a year ago, and orders increased by more than 30% for a third consecutive quarter.
Cisco announced a $15 billion increase to its share buyback program, which brings the total repurchase authorization to $18 billion. Sales in the Secure Networks unit, which includes networking hardware such as switches and routers, increased 7% to $5.9 billion in the quarter. Revenue from the Internet for the Future, which includes optical networking and 5G-related products, soared 42% to $1.32 billion, exceeding estimates. Hybrid Work, which includes Webex and other collaboration products, dropped 9% to $1.07 billion. Services revenue was $3.37 billion, a decrease of 1% from the period a year earlier and less than the average estimate of $3.45 billion.
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