Meeting expectations wasn’t good enough for Cisco Systems Inc., as the business continued to reference a “pause” in client spending due to macroeconomic uncertainties.
Chief Executive Chuck Robbins informed financiers on Cisco’s.
revenues call late Wednesday that customers were “still fully intending on moving forward” however likewise that they were “simply a little careful and attempting to see what’s going on.” The business still handled to somewhat beat analysts’ forecasts for its December quarter.
Shares were off 6%in morning trading Thursday, a day after closing at a five-month high, though Cisco found some defenders in the analyst community.
” In our view, there’s nothing wrong here,” wrote Jefferies expert George Notter. Cisco’s business is getting caught up with “negative macro affects,” he believes the company will begin facing easier comparisons in the coming quarters, helping drive a return to “GDP-plus normalized growth.”
Notter argued that Cisco is “turning the corner” with a few of these headwinds, indicating commentary from management around how current political advancements might “ideally” make consumers pick up their costs once again.
He ranks the stock a buy while raising his cost target to $54 from $52
RBC Capital Markets expert Robert Muller likewise stated that macro unpredictability could “quickly” go away, though the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that is believed to have actually originated in China late in 2015 represents a new unknown.
” We continue to view the partial trade resolution from Stage 1 along with completion of Brexit as being substantial eliminations of macro uncertainty,” Mahaney said. “Cisco’s consumers are still showing extended decision-making cycles, however, management expects spending to recover as/when uncertainty fades.”
That said, Muller also flagged that the previous quarter was a hard one for Cisco’s school and data-center switching companies, with the data-center weakness “seeming to go against the grain of recent favorable cloud outcomes.” He argued that this might be an unfavorable signal heading into Arista Networks Inc.’s own earnings report after Thursday’s closing bell.
Muller rates Cisco shares at outperform with a $55 target rate.
Needham analyst Alex Henderson is “breathing a sigh of relief” after the report, writing that Cisco’s outlook “might have been much even worse.” He argued that Cisco could have cited the coronavirus break out as factor for a “far more” conservative projection but flagged that management rather talked up better acquiring sentiment toward the end of the quarter, a trend that the business expects will improve as the year advances.
Henderson has a hold rating on Cisco’s shares.
William Blair’s Jason Ader took a more downbeat view, however, asking whether the macro issues were the only thing slowing Cisco down. He also has some doubt about management’s optimism that big-picture innovation transitions, consisting of Wi-Fi 6 and the shift to cloud security, will be catalysts down the roadway even if they are triggering some disruption in the near term.
” While Cisco management thinks that the business is well placed to profit from these shifts, our issue is that they could unlock to brand-new competition and/or pressure Cisco’s tradition companies in each classification, causing market share disintegration with time,” wrote Ader, who has a market perform score on the shares.
At least five analysts raised their rate targets on Cisco’s stock after the report, while a minimum of two reduced theirs, according to a FactSet count. Of the 26 experts tracked by the service who cover Cisco’s stock, 14 have buy scores and 12 have hold scores. The average price target noted for the stock is $5286
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