Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) : Earnings Whisper

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is set to report its fiscal fourth-quarter 2015 earnings Wednesday after the markets close. The producer of computer networking products and services is expected to report revenue of $12.66 billion. Similarly, the EPS is projected at $0.56. A year ago, Cisco earned $0.55 a share. The Street’s estimates for the quarter reflect a year-over-year EPS and revenue increase of 1.80% and 2%, respectively. Meanwhile, reports a 4Q’15 whisper number of $0.57 per share.

As a quick reminder, CSCO reported 3Q/15 EPS of $0.54, $0.01 better than the Street’s consensus estimate. Revs rose 5.21% year-over-year to $12.10 billion vs. the $12.07 billion consensus.

On valuation measures, Cisco Systems Inc. shares are priced at 16.35x this year’s forecasted earnings, compared to the industry’s 8.98x earnings multiple. The company’s current year and next year EPS growth estimates stand at 5.80% and 4.60% compared to the industry growth rates of 12.10% and 25.60%, respectively. CSCO has a t-12 price-to-sales ratio of 2.99. EPS for the same period registers at $1.72.

In terms of share statistics, Cisco Systems Inc. has a total of 5.09 billion shares outstanding with 0.07% held by insiders and 74.90% held by institutions. The stock’s short interest currently stands at 0.87%, bringing the total number of shares sold short to 43.87 million.

Offering a dividend yield of 2.99%, shares of the San Jose, California-based company have outperformed the S&P 500 with CSCO gaining nearly 18% YoY versus a 13.68% gain in the index.

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