F5 Networks Earnings: What Investors Should Watch

F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, July 24th. F5 Networks, Inc. provides integrated Internet traffic management solutions designed to improve the availability and performance of mission-critical Internet-based servers and applications. The Company’s software-based solutions manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. F5′s solutions automatically deliver Internet content for service providers and e-businesses.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to F5 Networks Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.08 per share on revenues of $361.51 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 23.52.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $1.22 to a profit $1.17. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $4.45, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how F5 Networks has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 650 653 882 1,152 1,377
Diluted EPS ($) 0.89 1.14 1.86 2.96 3.45

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012 Mar. 31, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 352.63 362.56 365.45 350.23
Diluted EPS ($) 0.91 0.85 0.88 0.80

Past Performance:
F5 Networks has beat analyst estimates 1 time in the past four quarters. This is not consistent enough to get bullish yet.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)