Cisco Restructures Consumer Business

Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:32am EDT

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  SAN JOSE, CA, Apr 12 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
As part of the company's comprehensive plan to align its operations,
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced that it will exit aspects of its
consumer businesses and realign the remaining consumer business to
support four of its five key company priorities -- core routing,
switching and services; collaboration; architectures; and video. As part
of its plan, Cisco will:

--  Close down its Flip business and support current FlipShare customers
    and partners with a transition plan.
--  Refocus Cisco's Home Networking business for greater profitability and
    connection to the company's core networking infrastructure as the
    network expands into a video platform in the home. These
    industry-leading products will continue to be available through retail
--  Integrate Cisco umi into the company's Business TelePresence product
    line and operate through an enterprise and service provider
    go-to-market model, consistent with existing business TelePresence
--  Assess core video technology integration of Cisco's Eos media
    solutions business or other market opportunities for this business.


"We are making key, targeted moves as we align operations in support
of our network-centric platform strategy," said John Chambers, Cisco
chairman and CEO. "As we move forward, our consumer efforts will focus on
how we help our enterprise and service provider customers optimize and
expand their offerings for consumers, and help ensure the network's
ability to deliver on those offerings." 

    In connection with the changes to the consumer business, it is
anticipated that Cisco will recognize restructuring charges to its GAAP
financial results, with an aggregate pre-tax impact not expected to
exceed $300 million during the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2011.
The charges will be disclosed in upcoming earnings conference calls and
quarterly Form 10-Q filings. Additionally, the company expects this will
result in a reduction of approximately 550 employees in the fourth
quarter of fiscal 2011. 

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