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Cisco’s quest for a successor has ended—in early May the company announced that Chuck Robbins, SVP of worldwide field operations, would take the reigns from long-time CEO John Chambers. Lucky for Robbins, things are looking up: After a lackluster fiscal 2014 (in which the company reported nearly a 20% decline in earnings per share, to $1.49, as well as a 3% dip in sales, to $47.1 billion), Cisco recently announced improved sales in its switch business. But the networking gear maker still faces massive headwinds—trends like the commoditization of hardware and the move to software-defined networking. Also lucky for Robbins, Cisco has already been through several boom-and-bust cycles.

Company Info

Charles H. Robbins
Network and Other Communications Equipment
HQ Location
San Jose, CA
Years on List19
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Key Financials (last fiscal year)

$ millions% change
Revenues ($M)47,142-3%
Profits ($M)7,853-21.3%
Total Stockholder Equity56,654-
Market Value (as of March 31, 2015)140,508-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues16.7%
Profits as % of Assets7.5%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity13.9%

Earnings Per Share (last fiscal year)

Earnings Per Share ($)1.49
EPS % Change (from 2013)-19.9%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)7.3%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)9.2%

Total Return

Total Return to Investors (2014)27.9%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)4.9%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)4.7%