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Cisco to Get Boost From Network Security Business

Trefis members see a modest gain in the stock from high-than-expected revenues in its network security business.
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Higher-than-expected revenues for Cisco's network security business will have a modest upside for



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stock, since network security and other products account for only around 10% of Cisco's stock price.

Cisco competes with


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, and

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in communications and networking equipment market.

We currently have a Trefis price estimate of $25 for Cisco's stock, about 17% above the current market price of $21.

Cisco provides network security products such as virtual private networks (VPNs) and firewalls. Despite competition, Cisco has been able to retain a market share of around 40% to 45% (by revenues) in the network security market.

Cisco's margins in the market are estimated to be around 60%, much in line with its high margin businesses like routing and switching. In the past, Network Security has increased from $800 million in 2003 to around $1.9 billion in 2009.

The average of Trefis member forecasts for network security indicate an increase from $2.3 billion in 2010 to $3.7 billion by 2016, compared to the baseline Trefis estimate of an increase from around $2.1 billion in 2010 to $3.1 billion by the end of the Trefis forecast period. The member estimates imply an upside of 1% to the Trefis price estimate for Cisco's stock.

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