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(B)(N) CSCO Cisco Systems Incorporated

February 14, 2013

Drama. The flash news of the day is that the fabled Cisco Systems Incorporated beat the analysts’ best estimate by $40 million or nearly 0.4% on quarterly revenue of $12.1 billion (Reuters, February 13, 2013, Cisco revenue and earnings beat Wall Street estimates and Cisco results beat Street; CEO sees challenge in Europe). The good news added nearly $900 million to the market value of the $112 billion company today and reversed a $1.6 billion decline the day before.

Despite all of that, the company is still only “trading zone” (N) and a long way from inclusion in the Perpetual Bond™ (B). Our estimate of the downside due to the demonstrated stock price volatility is minus ($1.75) on the $21 stock and the current Risk Price (SF) is about the same at $21. We only buy or hold the stock if the ambient stock prices summarized by the Stock Price (SP) (please see Exhibit 1 below, Red Line which is a step-function of the stock prices at which we buy, hold or sell the stock) is plausibly above the Risk Price (SF) (Black Line which is also a step-function updated at most quarterly as new balance sheet information becomes generally available) and for no other reason. Cisco also pays a current dividend of $0.56 per share or $3 billion a year for a current yield of 2.65%. The May put at $21 costs $1.21 per share today and an offsetting sold or short call at $23 sells for $0.33 per share so that for a net cost of $21 for the stock and $0.88 for the “collar” ($1.21 less $0.33) we could buy it today, collect our dividends, trade or roll the options if helpful and patiently wait for the outcome of the “Europe situation” (ibid, Reuters) regardless of the flash news of the day. Best that we trust the company to run its own business and ourselves to mind ours, one would think.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) CSCO Cisco Systems Incorporated – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) CSCO Cisco Systems Incorporated

Cisco Systems Incorporated designs, manufactures and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry and provides services associated with these products and their use.

(Please Click on the Chart to make it larger if required.)


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