Annual Report 2001


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This report contains projections and other forward-looking statements regarding future events and the future financial performance of Cisco that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Cisco with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, each as it may be amended from time to time, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including risks associated with business and economic conditions and growth in the networking industry in various geographic regions; global economic conditions; overall information technology spending, especially service provider capital spending in the data or IP segments; variations in customer demand for products and services; the ability to successfully restructure existing businesses; the timing of orders and manufacturing lead times; changes in customer order patterns; insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; variations in sales channels, product costs, or mix of products sold; the ability to successfully reduce overhead and manage expenses; the ability to successfully integrate and operate acquired businesses and technologies; increased competition in the networking industry; dependence on the introduction and market acceptance of new product offerings and standards; rapid technological and market change; the trend towards sales of integrated network solutions; manufacturing and sourcing risks; Internet infrastructure and regulation; international operations, the timing and amount of employer payroll tax to be paid on employees' gains on stock options exercised; litigation involving patents, intellectual property, antitrust and other matters; stock price volatility; financial risk management; and potential volatility in operating results, among others.