Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has completed its acquisition of Jasper, a privately held company based in Santa Clara, Calif. Jasper’s industry-leading cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) service platform enables companies of all sizes to rapidly and cost-effectively launch, manage and monetize IoT services on a global scale.
Our Vision Together
With the acquisition, Jasper forms the new IoT Cloud Business Unit within Cisco. Together, Cisco and Jasper will bring to market a comprehensive IoT service platform to enable service providers, enterprises and ecosystem partners to rapidly build IoT service businesses such as usage-based insurance for connected cars, predictive maintenance for industrial manufacturing, and asset tracking for commercial fleet management.
Cisco and Jasper will continue to deliver on Jasper’s product roadmap and support Jasper’s existing ecosystem partners. Cisco will also build upon Jasper’s IoT service platform and add new services including advanced IoT security, support for additional connectivity options like enterprise Wi-Fi and low-power wide-area network (LPWAN), and analytics solutions.
Enterprise IoT Transformation
With the Jasper IoT service platform, Cisco can enable companies to automate the management of IoT services across connected devices. Now, enterprises will be able to transform their products into connected services, creating new business models and generating new sources of ongoing revenue.
Service Provider Acceleration
Today, service providers are vying for a slice of the forecasted $4.3 trillion IoT opportunity1 to increase their top-line growth. The breadth and depth of relationships that Cisco and Jasper have with service providers puts the combined company in a unique position to help service providers meet the ever-changing IoT needs of their customers.
Part of the charter of the new IoT Cloud Business Unit is to use Cisco and Jasper’s combined talent and capabilities to address the toughest challenges facing the industry today. Together, Cisco and Jasper will make it easier for companies to enter the IoT market, accelerate growth, and enable service providers to help their enterprise customers transform to IoT businesses in the next decade.
“IoT is a key piece of enabling Digital Transformation for today’s enterprises. Cisco already has the network equipment, cloud, analytics and security layers, and the addition of Jasper brings critical IoT service platform layer needed to provide enterprises with a complete digitization strategy,” said Carrie MacGillvray, Vice President, Mobile and Internet of Things at IDC. “This acquisition provides value for both Cisco and Jasper’s enterprise customers, their service provider partners and broader IoT ecosystem partners.” (Original Source)
Shares of Cisco closed yesterday at $28.19, down $0.14 or -0.49%. CSCO has a 1-year high of $29.90 and a 1-year low of $22.46. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $25.99 and its 200-day moving average is $26.33.
On the ratings front, Cisco has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on March 17, Deutsche Bank analyst Vijay Bhagavath maintained a Buy rating on CSCO, with a price target of $33, which represents a potential upside of 17.1% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on March 15, RBC’s Mitch Steves initiated coverage with a Buy rating on the stock and has a price target of $31.
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, Vijay Bhagavath and Mitch Steves have a total average return of -6.0% and -15.3% respectively. Bhagavath has a success rate of 38.6% and is ranked #3352 out of 3757 analysts, while Steves has a success rate of 66.7% and is ranked #3204.
Overall, 2 research analysts have rated the stock with a Sell rating, 3 research analysts have assigned a Hold rating and 18 research analysts have given a Buy rating to the stock. When considering if perhaps the stock is under or overvalued, the average price target is $28.89 which is 2.5% above where the stock closed yesterday.