Cisco Reports First Quarter Earnings

SAN JOSE, Calif. - November 5, 2008 - Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, today reported its first quarter results for the period ended October 25, 2008. Cisco reported first quarter net sales of $10.3 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.2 billion or $0.37 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $2.5 billion or $0.42 per share.

"Cisco delivered solid revenue and earnings growth in what is clearly a very challenging global economy," said John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco. "Our strategy and focus for managing the business through this market transition is clear - we will manage and prioritize our resources, invest in innovation, and build even stronger relationships with our customers to help enable their success." Chambers continued, "The essential role that the network plays in driving business productivity and competitive advantage is more relevant than ever in this current macro-economic environment. Just as we helped our customers tap the productivity and competitive advantages afforded by the first wave of the Internet, once again we are leading the transition in this second wave to create new business models built for speed, scale, flexibility and productivity, enabled by the network."

GAAP Results
Q1 2009 Q1 2008 Vs. Q1 2008
Net Sales $10.3 billion $9.6 billion +8.1%
Net Income $2.2 billion $2.2 billion -0.2%
Earnings per Share $0.37 $0.35 +5.7%

Non-GAAP Results
Q1 2009 Q1 2008 Vs. Q1 2008
Net Income $2.5 billion $2.5 billion -0.2%
Earnings per Share $0.42 $0.40 +5.0%

As previously disclosed, a tax benefit of $162 million or approximately $0.03 per share relating to a settlement of certain U.S. income tax matters was included in both the GAAP and non-GAAP results for the first quarter of the prior fiscal year. A reconciliation between net income on a GAAP basis and non-GAAP net income is provided in the table on page 6.

Cisco will discuss first quarter results and business outlook on a conference call and webcast at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time today. Call information and related charts are available at

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"Cisco's solid financial performance this quarter reflected our ability to maintain profitability during a period of uncertainty," said Frank Calderoni, chief financial officer, Cisco. "With a focus on making calculated investments in strategic areas, continued prudent expense management, and a historical strength of effectively managing our financial position, we believe Cisco is well positioned to manage our business model going forward."

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This release includes non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share data, shares used in non-GAAP net income per share calculation and non-GAAP inventory turns.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. Cisco believes that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with Cisco's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate Cisco's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

Cisco believes that the presentation of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP net income per share data and shares used in non-GAAP net income per share calculation, when shown in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures, provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. In addition, Cisco believes that the presentation of non-GAAP inventory turns provides useful information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to inventory management based on the operating activities of the period presented.

For its internal budgeting process, Cisco's management uses financial statements that do not include employee share-based compensation expense, impact to cost of sales from purchase accounting adjustments to inventory, payroll tax on stock option exercises, compensation expense related to acquisitions and investments, in-process research and development, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, significant gains and losses on publicly traded equity securities, the income tax effects of the foregoing, tax effects of post-acquisition integration of intangible assets from significant acquisitions, and significant effects of retroactive tax legislation. Cisco's management also uses the foregoing non-GAAP measures, in addition to the corresponding GAAP measures, in reviewing the financial results of Cisco.

For additional information on the items excluded by Cisco from one or more of its non-GAAP financial measures, refer to the Form 8-K regarding this release furnished today to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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