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How to buy Cisco Systems stock | $56.69

Learn how to easily invest in Cisco Systems stock.

Cisco Systems Inc 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 79,500 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Cisco Systems stock price (NASDAQ: CSCO)

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Cisco Systems shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-09-17.
Latest market close$56.69
52-week range$34.51 - $60.27
50-day moving average $57.38
200-day moving average $53.36
Wall St. target price$59.81
PE ratio 22.768
Dividend yield $1.46 (2.55%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.50

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Cisco Systems price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $56.69 from 2021-09-23

1 week (2021-09-17) -0.28%
1 month (2021-08-24) -4.43%
3 months (2021-06-24) 7.41%
6 months (2021-03-24) 14.18%
1 year (2020-09-24) 49.78%
2 years (2019-09-24) 15.41%
3 years (2018-09-24) 17.03%
5 years (2016-09-23) 80.89%

Is Cisco Systems under- or over-valued?

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 23x. In other words, Cisco Systems shares trade at around 23x 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 3.4928. 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 $15.5 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 $49.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 27.63%
Gross profit TTM $31.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 8.94%
Return on equity TTM 26.75%
Profit margin 21.26%
Book value $9.79
Market capitalisation $240.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Cisco Systems shares

There are currently 41.8 million Cisco Systems shares held short by investors – that's known as Cisco Systems's "short interest". This figure is 14.1% up from 36.7 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Cisco Systems shares can be evaluated.

Cisco Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Cisco Systems's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Cisco Systems shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Cisco Systems shares traded daily (recently around 15.6 million). Cisco Systems's SIR currently stands at 2.69. In other words for every 100,000 Cisco Systems shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2690 shares are currently held short.

However Cisco Systems's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Cisco Systems shares, or, against the total number of tradable Cisco Systems shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Cisco Systems's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Cisco Systems shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0099% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Cisco Systems shares, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Cisco Systems.

Find out more about how you can short Cisco Systems stock.

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: 45.34% of net profits

Recently Cisco Systems has paid out, on average, around 45.34% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.58% 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 2.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Cisco Systems's case, that would currently equate to about $1.46 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 27 July 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 1 July 2021 (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 $34.5086 up to $60.27. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CSCO.US volatility(beta: 0.9)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 0.9007. 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. It provides infrastructure platforms, including networking technologies of switching, routing, wireless, and data center products that are designed to work together to deliver networking capabilities, and transport and/or store data. The company also offers collaboration products comprising unified communications, Cisco TelePresence, and conferencing, as well as the Internet of Things and analytics software. In addition, it provides security products, such as network security, cloud and email security, identity and access management, advanced threat protection, and unified threat management products. Further, the company offers a range of service and support options for its customers, including technical support and advanced services. It serves businesses of various sizes, public institutions, governments, and service providers.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Cisco Systems is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.055% of Cisco Systems shares are held by insiders and 74.986% by institutions.
How many people work for Cisco Systems?
Latest data suggests 79,500 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
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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