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-- Cisco Systems

(Nasdaq:

CSCO

) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B- . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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    Highlights from the ratings report include:

      • CSCO's revenue growth trails the industry average of 20.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
      • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.28 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
      • CISCO SYSTEMS INC has improved earnings per share by 21.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CISCO SYSTEMS INC reported lower earnings of $1.16 versus $1.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.84 versus $1.16).
      • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Communications Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 19.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,807.00 million to $2,165.00 million.

      Cisco Systems, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells Internet protocol (IP)-based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, equal to the average computer hardware industry P/E ratioand below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Cisco Systems has a market cap of $82.39 billion and is part of the

      technology

      sector and

      computer hardware

      industry. Shares are down 13.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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      --Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

      TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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