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Cisco Systems

CISCO HAS LONG been one of the most admired tech companies. The San Jose (Calif.) outfit has posted solid, if not spectacular, sales growth in recent years as it maintained its dominance in corporate networking gear and moved into related emerging areas such as wireless home routers, Net-based phones, and security software. But Cisco really started getting love from investors after it broke its strategy mold by acquiring 55-year-old set-top box maker Scientific-Atlanta Inc. in November. The deal could crimp margins in the short term, but it may give Cisco a leading role in wiring the digital homes of the future.

Company Info

2005 Rank

46

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COMPANY INFO

CSCO

Market Value
$ Million

124,516.5

Total Return
$ Million
(1-yr.) 16.2
(3-yr.) 44.8
2005 Sales
$ Billion

25.9

Sales Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 10
(3-yr.) 11.4
Long-Term Growth Est. %

15.0

Net income
$ Million

5,581.0

Net Income Growth
$ Million
(1-yr.) 4
(3-yr.) 21.8
Net Margin %*

21.5

Return on Inv. Capital (%)*

24.3

Share Price
12-Mo. Hi/Lo

20/17

P/E Ratio

23

Industry Technology Hardware & Equipment
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*Trailing 12 months
Company data as of 2/28/06 provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat

John T. Chambers

John T. Chambers, 56

CEO since 1995


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