How to buy F5 Networks (FFIV) shares in Australia

Learn how to easily invest in F5 Networks shares.

We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!

F5 Networks Inc (FFIV) is a leading software-infrastructure business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$230.92 after a previous close of US$227.58. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD223.71 to a high of USD232.9. The latest price was USD223.88 (25 minute delay). F5 Networks is listed on the NASDAQ. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in F5 Networks

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for F5 Networks. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: FFIV. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until F5 Networks reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$227.58, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of F5 Networks, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of F5 Networks. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

F5 Networks stock price (NASDAQ:FFIV)

Use our graph to track the performance of FFIV stocks over time.

F5 Networks shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-01.
OpenUS$230.92
HighUS$232.9
LowUS$223.71
CloseUS$223.88
Previous closeUS$227.58
Change US$-3.7
Change % -1.6258%
Volume 448,364
Information last updated 2021-11-27.
52-week rangeUS$160.8453 - US$239.12
50-day moving average US$212.5762
200-day moving average US$200.2608
Target priceUS$239.56
PE ratio 42.3689
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$5.34

Where to buy F5 Networks stock

Name Product Standard brokerage for US shares Currency conversion fee Markets
eToro (global stocks)
US$0
50 pips (US$0.50 for every AU$100 exchanged)
Global shares, US shares, ETFs
Zero brokerage share trading on US, Hong Kong and European stocks with trades as low as $50.
Note: This broker offers CFDs which are volatile investment products and most clients lose money trading CFDs with this provider.
Join the world’s biggest social trading network when you trade stocks, commodities and currencies from the one account.
IG Share Trading
US$0
0.70%
ASX shares, Global shares
$0 brokerage for US and global shares plus get an active trader discount of $5 commission on Australian shares.
Enjoy some of the lowest brokerage fees on the market when trading Australian shares, international shares, plus get access to 24-hour customer support.
Superhero share trading
US$0
50 pips (US$0.50 for every AU$100 exchanged)
ASX shares, US shares
Earn up to 15,000 Qantas frequent flyer points when you transfer an exisiting balance or trade. Offer valid for all new and existing Superhero members until 28 February.
Pay zero brokerage on US stocks and all ETFs and just $5 (flat fee) to trade Australian shares from your mobile or desktop.
Saxo Capital Markets (Classic account)
US$4
1%
ASX shares, Global shares, ETFs
Access 19,000+ stocks on 40+ exchanges worldwide
Low fees for Australian and global share trading, no inactivity fees, low currency conversion fee and optimised for mobile.
CommSec Share Trading Account
US$19.95
0.60%
ASX shares, Global shares, Options trading, ETFs
Trade with Australia's largest online stockbroking firm.
Enjoy fast, simple and affordable trades, with market leading research and broker recommendations all in one platform
loading

Compare up to 4 providers

The value of your investments can fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no indication of future results.

Is it a good time to buy F5 Networks stock?

The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.

F5 Networks share growth calculator

US$

Use the fields above to explore the returns from a historical investment. Please refer to the charts further up this page to see performance over 5 years, or other periods. Past performance doesn't indicate future results. Capital is at risk.

Considering buying F5 Networks shares?

Before you consider F5 Networks, you'll want to hear this.
Ticker Nerd uses advanced software to track hundreds of signals and data points to find stocks before they blow up. You can get the next two hot stocks they find sent to your inbox for free.

Show me how

F5 Networks price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $223.88

1 month (2021-11-02) 0.57%
3 months (2021-09-02) 10.09%
1 year (2020-12-02) 36.30%
2 years (2019-12-02) 54.94%
3 years (2018-11-30) 30.19%
5 years (2016-12-02) 61.08%

Is F5 Networks under- or over-valued?

Valuing F5 Networks stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of F5 Networks's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

F5 Networks's P/E ratio

F5 Networks's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 42x. In other words, F5 Networks shares trade at around 42x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

F5 Networks's PEG ratio

F5 Networks's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.2841. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into F5 Networks's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

F5 Networks's EBITDA

F5 Networks's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$559.6 million (£0.0 million).

The EBITDA is a measure of a F5 Networks's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

F5 Networks financials

Revenue TTM US$2.6 billion
Operating margin TTM 17.06%
Gross profit TTM US$2.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.74%
Return on equity TTM 14.43%
Profit margin 12.72%
Book value 38.914
Market capitalisation US$13.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

F5 Networks's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like F5 Networks.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

F5 Networks's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 13.39

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and F5 Networks's overall score of 13.39 (as at 01/01/2019) is excellent – landing it in it in the 12nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like F5 Networks is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

F5 Networks's environmental score

Environmental score: 2.33/100

F5 Networks's social score

Social score: 8.46/100

F5 Networks's governance score

Governance score: 2.26/100

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

F5 Networks Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 13.39
Total ESG percentile 12.32
Environmental score 2.33
Social score 8.46
Governance score 2.26

F5 Networks share dividends

We're not expecting F5 Networks to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have F5 Networks's shares ever split?

F5 Networks's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 21 August 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your F5 Networks shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for F5 Networks shares which in turn could have impacted F5 Networks's share price.

F5 Networks share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, F5 Networks's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$160.8453 up to US$239.12. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FFIV.US volatility(beta: 1.07)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while F5 Networks's is 1.0665. This would suggest that F5 Networks's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

F5 Networks overview

F5, Inc. provides multi-cloud application security and delivery solutions for the security, performance, and availability of network applications, servers, and storage systems. The company's multi-cloud application security and delivery solutions enable its customers to develop, deploy, operate, secure, and govern applications in any architecture, from on-premises to the public cloud. It offers application security and delivery products, including BIG-IP appliances and VIPRION chassis and related software modules and software-only Virtual Editions; Local Traffic Manager and DNS Services; Advanced Firewall Manager and Policy Enforcement Manager that leverage the unique performance characteristics of its hardware and software architecture; Application Security Manager and Access Policy Manager; NGINX Plus and NGINX Controller; Shape Defense and Enterprise Defense; Secure Web Gateway, and Silverline DDoS and Application security offerings; and online fraud and abuse prevention solutions. The company also provides a range of professional services, including consulting, training, installation, maintenance, and other technical support services. F5, Inc. sells its products to large enterprise businesses, public sector institutions, governments, and service providers through distributors, value-added resellers, managed service providers, and systems integrators in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific region. It has partnerships with public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. The company was formerly known as F5 Networks, Inc. and changed its name to F5, Inc. in November 2021. F5, Inc. was incorporated in 1996 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Frequently asked questions

More guides on Finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy and Privacy & Cookies Policy.
Go to site