F5 Networks Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (FFIV)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- F5 Networks (Nasdaq: FFIV) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FFIV's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 16.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • FFIV has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, FFIV has a quick ratio of 1.60, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, F5 NETWORKS INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for F5 NETWORKS INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.70%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.50% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $113.40 million or 12.19% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -8.70%.

F5 Networks, Inc. provides application delivery networking technology that optimizes the delivery of network-based applications, and the security, performance, and availability of servers, data storage devices, and other network resources in the Americas, EMEA, Japan, and the Asia Pacific. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.8, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. F5 has a market cap of $7.53 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

You can view the full F5 Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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