The above graph represents the Cisco operating expenses by quarter, starting from fiscal Q1 1995 to the recently completed quarter. During fiscal Q3 2020, the company spent about $4,357 million on operating activities such as research and development, sales and marketing, general and administrative, etc. Cisco sales and marketing expenses amounted to $2,192 million in FY Q3 2020, representing 18.3% of its total quarterly revenue.
Cisco Quarterly Operating Expenses by Type
|Source||Cisco Systems, Inc. SEC Filings|
|Note||Cisco fiscal year starts from August|
It was fiscal Q4 2015 when the quarterly sales and marketing expenses of Cisco Systems reached an all-time high of $2,549 million, globally.
Cisco R&D expenses declined a notable 6.8% YoY in FY Q3 2020, to $1,546 million. The R&D expenses accounted for 12.9% of Cisco’s total quarterly revenue. During fiscal Q4 2019, the company’s research and development expenses surged 7.8% YoY to $1,753 million – the highest-ever till date.
Cisco general and administrative expenses also declined to $457 million in FY Q3 2020, from $541 million in FY Q3 2019. That’s representing a notable 15.5% YoY decline.
Cisco incurred restructuring and other charges of $128 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2020, increased from just $18 million compared to a year-ago period. These charges were primarily cash-based and consisted of employee severance and other one-time termination benefits, and other costs.
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