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Barclays: Cisco Has No Plans To 'Crank Up The M&A Machine', Says Stock Could Be A 'Supertanker'

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Barclays: Cisco Has No Plans To 'Crank Up The M&A Machine', Says Stock Could Be A 'Supertanker'

Barclays said Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) is focusing more on internal growth, which could assuage investor concerns that "Cisco might crank up the M&A machine following the recent departures of executives responsible for technology spin-ins."

The brokerage said its meeting with CEO Chuck Robbins supports its view that the stock can be a supertanker for long-term investors — "i.e., measured strategic investments supporting industrials-type growth and shareholder returns."

Diversification And Cash Flow

Meanwhile, Cisco is also intensifying its focus on open stack, as reflected by recent contributions to Open Compute Project (OCP).

"Revenue growth bogey could have upside potential. Security, analytics, and IoT were initiatives mentioned for elevating revenue growth," analyst Mark Moskowitz wrote in a note.

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Cisco expects to make more announcements on these fronts in the coming year, and, down the road, these initiatives could add modest upside to the long-term revenue growth target of 3 percent.

The analyst noted that Cisco's margin and cash flow should benefit from its diversification efforts.

"In our view, Cisco's margin and cash flow trends could become even sturdier over time, due to the prospects of greater contribution from margin-rich software and subscription elements," Moskowitz highlighted.

'Cloud Gold Rush'

Further, Cisco could benefit from cloud disruption as Moskowitz "continues to view networking vendors as the 'picks-and-shovels' of the cloud gold rush."

Moskowitz said Cisco noted both its security business and broader role in evaluating work load management are helping its model and account control benefit from cloud adoption.

Moskowitz has an Overweight rating and $31 price target on the stock.

According to TipRanks, Moskowitz has a success rate of 60 percent with an average return per recommendation of +14.2 percent. The analyst is ranked 132 out of 3,977 analysts.

At the time of writing, shares of Cisco were up 0.21 percent to $28.86.

Latest Ratings for CSCO

DateFirmActionFromTo
Sep 2019Initiates Coverage OnOutperform
Aug 2019MaintainsEqual-Weight
Aug 2019MaintainsNeutral

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