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F5 Networks, Inc (FFIV) is a leading software-infrastructure business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$193.93 after a previous close of US$194.29. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD190.42 to a high of USD194.06. The latest price was USD192.74 (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$188.76, 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 share price

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F5 Networks shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-11.
OpenUS$193.93
HighUS$194.06
LowUS$190.42
CloseUS$192.74
Previous closeUS$194.29
Change US$-1.55
Change % -0.7978%
Volume 438,694
Information last updated 2021-06-10.
52-week rangeUS$116.79 - US$216.15
50-day moving average US$187.3426
200-day moving average US$190.4954
Target priceUS$217.5
PE ratio 43.0234
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$4.49

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Is it a good time to buy F5 Networks stock?

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F5 Networks price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $192.74

1 month (2021-05-12) 10.16%
3 months (2021-03-12) -1.75%
6 months (2020-12-11) 11.80%
1 year (2020-06-12) 37.36%
2 years (2019-06-12) 35.03%
3 years (2018-06-12) 8.54%
5 years (2016-06-10) 61.41%

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 43x. In other words, F5 Networks shares trade at around 43x 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 0.9906. 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$516.6 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$2.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.52%
Gross profit TTM US$1.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.69%
Return on equity TTM 13.9%
Profit margin 11.28%
Book value 33.435
Market capitalisation US$11.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting F5 Networks shares

There are currently 2.9 million F5 Networks shares held short by investors – that's known as F5 Networks's "short interest". This figure is 11.2% up from 2.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting F5 Networks shares can be evaluated.

F5 Networks's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

F5 Networks's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of F5 Networks shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of F5 Networks shares traded daily (recently around 660176.37614679). F5 Networks's SIR currently stands at 4.36. In other words for every 100,000 F5 Networks shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4360 shares are currently held short.

However F5 Networks's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of F5 Networks shares, or, against the total number of tradable F5 Networks shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case F5 Networks's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 F5 Networks shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0548% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable F5 Networks shares, roughly 55 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against F5 Networks.

Find out more about how you can short F5 Networks stock.

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 12/31/2018) 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 20 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$116.79 up to US$216.15. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FFIV.US volatility(beta: 1.05)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 1.0516. 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 Networks, Inc. provides multi-cloud application services for the security, performance, and availability of network applications, servers, and storage systems. The company's multi-cloud application services enable its customers to develop, deploy, operate, secure, and govern applications in any architecture, from on-premises to the public cloud. It offers application delivery controller (ADC) 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 Networks, 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. F5 Networks, Inc. has partnerships with public cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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