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Cisco Systems

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Networking technology giant Cisco has seen a lot of change in the past year. Long-time CEO and Silicon Valley luminary John Chambers became Cisco’s executive chairman, while Chuck Robbins, a high-ranking Cisco sales executive who Chambers once called an “execution machine,” took over as CEO. Chamber now leads a company that faces a rapidly changing technology industry in which more businesses seem to be buying less data center hardware and more cloud computing services from companies like Amazon and Microsoft. The rise of the cloud has put pressure on Cisco to expand beyond its legacy networking gear business, which still brings in billions of dollars each quarter. Over the past year, Cisco has made a series of high-profile acquisitions, including a $1.4 billion dollar purchase of Internet-of-things specialist Jasper Technologies and a $635 million dollar buyout of cybersecurity startup OpenDNS. Indeed, Cisco wants to capitalize on the hot fields of cybersecurity and the Internet of things, in which devices like factory robots and elevators can be connected to the web. The technology titan has made it clear it will spend big bucks on companies to ensure it can lead in those areas. Time will tell if those mega investments will pay off.

CEO

Charles H. Robbins

Sector

Technology

Industry

Network and Other Communications Equipment

HQ Location

San Jose, CA

Years on Fortune 500 List

20

Employees

71,833

Figures are for fiscal year ended July 31, 2015.
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Key Financials (last fiscal year)
$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)$49,1614.3%
Profits ($M)$8,98114.4%
Assets ($M)$113,481
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$59,698
Market Value — as of March 31, 2016 ($M)$143,265
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues18.3%
Profits as % of Assets7.9%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity15.0%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)1.75
EPS % Change (from 2014)17.4%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)5.6%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)7.2%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2015)0.5%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)8.7%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)6.0%
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