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Cisco is a global supplier of data networking products and services. In F1Q18, Americas accounted for 61% of total revenue, EMEA 24%, and APJC 15%. Cisco's customers include enterprise, public institutions, telecoms, other service providers and individuals. The company's core business and the majority of its product revenues is from selling routers and switches. CSCO formerly changed how it reports its segments in F1Q18. Cisco's product segment provided 75% of total revenue in F1Q18 (Infrastructure 57%, Applications 10%, Security 5%, Other products 2%). Services provided 25% of total revenue in F1Q18. Cisco's longstanding CEO John Chambers announced in May 2015 that he would step down. Insider Chuck Robbins became CEO in July 2015. Cisco is headquartered in San Jose, California. As of April 2017 the company had approximately 73,000 employees. (29 Dec 2017)

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VEON: Using Wind Tre Proceeds for Tender Offer

HY Note: 15 Nov 2018, 12:00 PM ET - VEON is using ~$2 bn of proceeds from the sale of its 50% stake in Wind-Tre for a tender offer for four tranches of $ bonds. VEON is also soliciting consents to amend certain covenants.
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CSCO F1Q19: Beats on Accelerating Product Sales

Earnings Note: 15 Nov 2018, 5:10 AM ET - Cisco reported better than expected fiscal 1Q results. We maintain our Market perform recommendation.

US IG Telco/Cable: Post-3Q18 Rel Val Update

Sector Analysis: 30 Oct 2018, 5:05 AM ET - We take a closer look at relative value across the key IG Telecom and Cable credits. Comcast, Charter, and Verizon reported a solid 3Q18 whereas AT&T fell short. Within AT&T’s business segments, WarnerMedia was the outperformer.

US TMT: Digital Advertising-More Than FB and GOOG?

Sector Analysis: 23 Oct 2018, 5:05 AM ET - In this second part of a series on US advertising, we discuss the digital advertising market. 

US TMT: Smartphones – The World is Flat

Sector Analysis: 05 Sep 2018, 5:46 AM ET - We examine the current state of the smartphone market, discuss demand trends in the US and emerging regions, and implications for industry participants across the supply chain.
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CSCO F4Q18: Solid Q on Stronger Product Demand

Earnings Note: 16 Aug 2018, 5:53 AM ET - Cisco reported solid F4Q18 results and provided better than expected guidance. We maintain our Market perform recommendation.

Technology: Tariffs Recap

Sector Analysis: 06 Aug 2018, 11:26 PM ET - The tech sector has been largely unaffected by tariffs enacted to date, although could be caught in the crossfire as the US contemplates additional tariffs on imports from China. We include company commentaries from calendar 2Q18 calls. 

US IG TMT: A Look at Possible TrouBBBle Spots

Sector Analysis: 06 Aug 2018, 4:56 AM ET - We look at the change in the agency ratings make-up of IG TMT and potential BBB trouble spots, which have ramped-up leveraged late in the cycle.

US IG Telco/Cable: Post-Earnings Publishing Recap

Worth Watching: 30 Jul 2018, 12:22 PM ET - US IG Telco/Cable: The week of July 23 brought a heavy earnings schedule, including the three IG telco and cable mega-issuers, Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast. Please see the following earnings notes for a summary of each company's 2Q18 earnings: Veriz ..

US IG Telco/Cable: Relative Value Update

Sector Analysis: 27 Jul 2018, 1:18 PM ET - On the heels of early earnings reports, we provide a relative value update on AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and Charter IG.

Satellite C-Band: Let the Waiting Game Begin (2/2)

Sector Analysis: 15 Jul 2018, 9:23 PM ET - The FCC voted 4-0 to approve the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz NPRM and order. Now, we wait for the comments and replies, with a final order expected between 1Q and 2Q19. We assess the potential benefits and revisit relative value of INTEL, SES, ETL.

Tech Primer: Storage – HDDs vs SSDs

Technology Primer: 13 Jul 2018, 4:59 AM ET - In this tech primer, we do a deep dive on HDDs and SSDs and discuss investment implications for Seagate and Western Digital.

5G in Focus: Rome Was Not Wired in a Day

Sector Analysis: 27 Jun 2018, 11:57 PM ET - The noise around 5G builds daily. The next generation of network technology will open the door to new use cases, but the most transformative are still a long way off.

US, China & ZTE: Implications for TMT

Sector Analysis: 16 May 2018, 11:51 PM ET - Given recent tensions between the US and China, we discuss potential implications to sectors and companies within our TMT coverage universe. 
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Cisco F3Q18: Not Forgetting its Credit Investors

Earnings Note: 16 May 2018, 10:29 PM ET - Cisco had another solid quarter in F3Q18. It has ramped up share buybacks with its repatriated cash and it also paid down over $11 bn of debt in the quarter.

EUR IG TMT RV: Reverse Yankee Value

Euro TMT RV: 17 Apr 2018, 10:42 PM ET - An overview of the EUR IG TMT sector, comprising recommendation overview, performance update and relative value ideas. In this report, we cover the continued value we see in Reverse Yankee EUR telecom bonds.

USD Relative Value: Euro Telecoms

Sector Analysis: 15 Apr 2018, 11:05 PM ET - European telecom issuers have underperformed the USD telecoms index over the last 3 months. With better value on offer, we update our relative value views.

Semiconductors: M&A and the Regulatory Landscape

Sector Analysis: 20 Mar 2018, 10:32 PM ET - We take a look at the state of the semiconductor industry in terms of market concentration and potential impediments to further M&A from a regulatory perspective.

Tech: EU Plans Tax on Digital Company Revenues

Sector Analysis: 14 Mar 2018, 10:35 PM ET - The EU states are currently negotiating a 2-6% tax on the “aggregated gross revenues” of large digital companies.

IG TMT: Tax Reform Impact Recap

Sector Analysis: 14 Mar 2018, 5:44 AM ET - Having heard from almost all the TMT heavy weights, we look back at the impact of tax reform on an individual company basis and at the sector level.

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