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Cisco Systems (Cisco Systems) Free Cash Flow : $12,411 Mil (TTM As of Apr. 2024)


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What is Cisco Systems Free Cash Flow?

Cisco Systems's total free cash flow for the months ended in Apr. 2024 was $3,803 Mil. Its total free cash flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Apr. 2024 was $12,411 Mil.

Cisco Systems's Free Cash Flow per Share for the months ended in Apr. 2024 was $0.94. Its free cash flow per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Apr. 2024 was $3.04.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Cisco Systems was -25.50% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 10.40% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 7.60% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 7.20% per year. Please click Growth Rate Calculation Example (GuruFocus) to see how GuruFocus calculates Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)'s revenue growth rate. You can apply the same method to get the Free Cash Flow Growth Rate using Free Cash Flow per Share data.

During the past 13 years, Cisco Systems's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 290.00% per year. The lowest was -27.90% per year. And the median was 10.40% per year.


Cisco Systems Free Cash Flow Historical Data

The historical data trend for Cisco Systems's Free Cash Flow can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Cisco Systems Free Cash Flow Chart

Cisco Systems Annual Data
Trend Jul14 Jul15 Jul16 Jul17 Jul18 Jul19 Jul20 Jul21 Jul22 Jul23
Free Cash Flow
Get a 7-Day Free Trial Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 14,922.00 14,656.00 14,762.00 12,749.00 19,037.00

Cisco Systems Quarterly Data
Jul19 Oct19 Jan20 Apr20 Jul20 Oct20 Jan21 Apr21 Jul21 Oct21 Jan22 Apr22 Jul22 Oct22 Jan23 Apr23 Jul23 Oct23 Jan24 Apr24
Free Cash Flow Get a 7-Day Free Trial Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 4,949.00 5,733.00 2,237.00 638.00 3,803.00

Cisco Systems Free Cash Flow Calculation

Free Cash Flow is considered one of the most important parameters to measure a company's earnings power by value investors because it is not subject to estimates of Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (DDA). However, when we look at the Free Cash Flow, we should look from a long term perspective, because any year's Free Cash Flow can be drastically affected by the spending on Property, Plant, & Equipment (PPE) of the business in that year. Over the long term, Free Cash Flow should give pretty good picture on the real earnings power of the company.

Cisco Systems's Free Cash Flow for the fiscal year that ended in Jul. 2023 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (A: Jul. 2023 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=19886+-849
=19,037

Cisco Systems's Free Cash Flow for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2024 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (Q: Apr. 2024 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=3971+-168
=3,803

Free Cash Flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Apr. 2024 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $12,411 Mil.

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Cisco Systems  (NAS:CSCO) Free Cash Flow Explanation

Free Cash Flow is very close to Warren Buffett's definition of Owner's Earnings, except that in Warren Buffett's Owner's Earnings, the spending for Property, Plant, and Equipment is only for maintenance (replacement), while in the Free Cash Flow calculation, the cost of new Property, Plant, and Equipment due to business expansion is also deducted. There, Free Cash Flow is more conservative than Owner's Earnings.

In Don Yacktman's calculation of forward rate of return, he uses Free Cash Flow for the calculation. Yacktman explained the forward rate of return concept in detail in his interview with GuruFocus. Yacktman defines forward rate of return as the normalized free cash flow yield plus real growth plus inflation.

This is what Yacktman said in his March 2012 interview - when the S&P 500 was at 1400:

If the business is stable, this calculation is fairly straightforward. For instance, on the S&P 500 we would normalize earnings. We would then calculate what percentage of those earnings are not reinvested in the underlying businesses and are therefore free. Historically, for the S&P 500, this has been just under 50% of earnings. Currently, we expect the S&P to earn about 70 on a normalized basis, a number which is far below reported earnings due to our adjusting for record high profit margins. $70 X ½ / 1400 gives you a normalized free cash flow yield of approximately 2.5%.

The historical real growth rate of the S&P 500 (companies) is about 1.5%. Assuming an inflation rate of 2.5%, the forward rate of return on an investment in the S&P 500 is about 6.5% today (2.5% free cash flow yield plus 1.5% real growth plus 2.5% inflation).

For the growth part of the Forward Rate of Return calculation, GuruFocus uses the 5-year average growth rate of EBITDA per share as the growth rate, and the growth rate is always capped at 20%. For the Free Cash Flow we use per share data averaged over seven years. The reason we use seven years is because research shows that seven years is the length of the typical business cycle.

Therefore, as of Apr24, Cisco Systems's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Apr24)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=3.43790476/46.98+0.027
=10.02 %

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Be Aware

Free Cash Flow within a report period can be affected by management's decisions of capital spending. Therefore, it is important to look at long term when it comes to Free Cash Flow.


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Cisco Systems (Cisco Systems) Business Description

Address
170 West Tasman Drive, San Jose, CA, USA, 95134-1706
Cisco Systems is the largest provider of networking equipment in the world and one of the largest software companies in the world. Its largest businesses are selling networking hardware and software (where it has leading market shares) and cybersecurity software like firewalls. It also has collaboration products, like its Webex suite, and observability tools. It primarily outsources its manufacturing to third parties and has a large sales and marketing staff—25,000 strong across 90 countries. Overall, Cisco employees 80,000 employees and sells its products globally.
Executives
Richard Scott Herren officer: EVP and CFO 851 WEST CYPRESS CREEK ROAD, FORT LAUDERDALE FL 33309
Maria Victoria Wong officer: SVP & Chief Acctg Officer C/O CISCO SYSTEMS, INC., 170 WEST TASMAN DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95134
Deborah L Stahlkopf officer: EVP and Chief Legal Officer C/O CISCO SYSTEMS, INC., 170 WEST TASMAN DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95134
Jeffery S. Sharritts officer: EVP & Chief Cust & Prtnr Offcr 1200 ABERNATHY RD., NE, STE 1200, ATLANTA GA 30328
Mark Garrett director 106 EAST BABCOCK STREET SUITE 3A, BOZEMAN MT 59715
Maria Martinez officer: EVP, Chief Customer Exp Offcr THE LANDMARK @ 1 MARKET STREET, SUITE 300, SAN FRANCISCO CA 94105
Charles Robbins officer: SVP, Worldwide Sales 170 WEST TASMAN DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95134
Daniel H Schulman director C/O PAYPAL HOLDINGS, INC., 2211 NORTH FIRST STREET, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Roderick C Mcgeary director 1421 MCCRTHY BLVD, MILPITAS CA 95035
Prat Bhatt officer: VP, Corporate Controller & PAO 170 WEST TASMAN DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95134
Kristina M Johnson director 19 HEATH PL, DURHAM NC 27705
Sarah Rae Murphy director C/O CISCO SYSTEMS, INC., 170 WEST TASMAN DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95134
Geraldine Elliott officer: EVP, Chief Sales & Mktg Offcr 1194 N. MATHILDA AVE., SUNNYVALE CA 94089
M Michele Burns director C/O MARSH &MCLENNAN COMPANIES, INC., 1166 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK NY 10036-2774
Mark D Chandler officer: SVP, LglSrvs, GenCnsl & Secty 170 W TASMAN DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95134