F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), which is in the communications business, and is based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGS. As a mid-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s take a look at F5 Networks’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.
What's the opportunity in F5 Networks?
The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 18% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy F5 Networks today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $203.52, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. What's more, F5 Networks’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.
Can we expect growth from F5 Networks?
Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company's future expectations. Though in the case of F5 Networks, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 4.2%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in FFIV’s future outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on FFIV, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook means it’s worth further examining other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.
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