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How to buy Cisco Systems stock

Learn how to easily invest in Cisco Systems stock.

Cisco Systems is a communication equipment business based in the US. Cisco Systems shares (CSCO) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Cisco Systems employs 83,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $52.3 billion.

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Cisco Systems stock price (NASDAQ: CSCO)

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Cisco Systems shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-02-01.
Latest market close$48.63
52-week range$38.30 - $55.82
50-day moving average $48.08
200-day moving average $45.76
Wall St. target price$54.79
PE ratio 17.5704
Dividend yield $1.51 (3.13%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.77

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Cisco Systems price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $48.63 from 2023-02-03

1 week (2023-01-27) 0.25%
1 month (2023-01-03) 1.44%
3 months (2022-11-04) 9.23%
6 months (2022-08-01) 7.40%
1 year (2022-02-04) -11.82%
2 years (2021-02-04) 2.92%
3 years (2020-02-04) 2.12%
5 years (2018-02-02) 18.81%

Is Cisco Systems stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Cisco Systems stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Cisco Systems's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Cisco Systems's P/E ratio

Cisco Systems's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Cisco Systems shares trade at around 18x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Cisco Systems's PEG ratio

Cisco Systems's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.3498. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Cisco Systems's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Cisco Systems's EBITDA

Cisco Systems's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $15.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Cisco Systems's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Cisco Systems financials

Revenue TTM $52.3 billion
Operating margin TTM 26.97%
Gross profit TTM $32.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 9.33%
Return on equity TTM 27.73%
Profit margin 22%
Book value $9.82
Market capitalisation $199.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Cisco Systems's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Cisco Systems.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Cisco Systems's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 12.85

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Cisco Systems's overall score of 12.85 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Cisco Systems is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Cisco Systems's environmental score

Environmental score: 1.54/100

Cisco Systems's environmental score of 1.54 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cisco Systems is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Cisco Systems's social score

Social score: 6.94/100

Cisco Systems's social score of 6.94 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Cisco Systems is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Cisco Systems's governance score

Governance score: 5.37/100

Cisco Systems's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Cisco Systems is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Cisco Systems's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Cisco Systems scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Cisco Systems has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Cisco Systems Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 12.85
Total ESG percentile 3.94
Environmental score 1.54
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 6.94
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 5.37
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 2

Cisco Systems share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 44.71% of net profits

Recently Cisco Systems has paid out, on average, around 44.71% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.13% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Cisco Systems shareholders could enjoy a 3.13% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cisco Systems's case, that would currently equate to about $1.51 per share.

While Cisco Systems's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Cisco Systems may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Cisco Systems's most recent dividend payout was on 24 January 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 January 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Cisco Systems's shares ever split?

Cisco Systems's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 22 March 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Cisco Systems shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Cisco Systems shares which in turn could have impacted Cisco Systems's share price.

Cisco Systems share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Cisco Systems's shares have ranged in value from as little as $38.299 up to $55.8179. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CSCO.US volatility(beta: 0.97)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Cisco Systems's is 0.9658. This would suggest that Cisco Systems's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Cisco Systems overview

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, Japan, and China. The company also offers switching portfolio encompasses campus switching as well as data center switching; enterprise routing portfolio interconnects public and private wireline and mobile networks, delivering highly secure, and reliable connectivity to campus, data center and branch networks; wireless products include wireless access points that are standalone, controller appliance-based, switch-converged, and Meraki cloud-managed offerings; and compute portfolio including the cisco unified computing system, hyperflex, and software management capabilities, which combine computing, networking, and storage infrastructure management and virtualization. In addition, it provides Internet for the future product consists of routed optical networking, 5G, silicon, and optics solutions; collaboration products, such as meetings, collaboration devices, calling, contact center, and communication platform as a service; end-to-end security product consists of network security, cloud security, security endpoints, unified threat management, and zero trust; and optimized application experiences products including full stack observability and cloud-native platform. Further, the company offers a range of service and support options for its customers, including technical support and advanced services and advisory services. It serves businesses of various sizes, public institutions, governments, and service providers. The company sells its products and services directly, as well as through systems integrators, service providers, other resellers, and distributors.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Cisco Systems is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.083% of Cisco Systems shares are held by insiders and 76.196% by institutions.
How many people work for Cisco Systems?
Latest data suggests 83,300 work at Cisco Systems.
When does the fiscal year end for Cisco Systems?
Cisco Systems's fiscal year ends in July.
Where is Cisco Systems based?
Cisco Systems's address is: 170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA, United States, 95134-1706
What is Cisco Systems's ISIN number?
Cisco Systems's international securities identification number is: US17275R1023
What is Cisco Systems's CUSIP number?
Cisco Systems's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 17275R102

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