F5 Networks, Inc. Fourth Quarter Earnings on Deck

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) will unveil its latest earnings on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. F5 Networks provides technology that optimizes the security and performance of servers, data storage devices and other network resources.

F5 Networks, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of 77 cents per share, a rise of 28.3% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from 78 cents. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at 77 cents during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $2.90 per share, a rise of 55.1% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 6 cents, reporting net income of 77 cents per share against a mean estimate of profit of 71 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 21.4% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $308.6 million.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 16 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and nine rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 54.5% to $62.5 million (77 cents a share) from $40.5 million (50 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 26.1% to $290.7 million from $230.5 million.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 36.7%, with the biggest boost coming in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year when revenue rose 45.2% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 67.7% in the second quarter and 90.1% in the first quarter.

Competitors to Watch: Blue Coat Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCSI), Radware Ltd. (NASDAQ:RDWR), Riverbed Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:RVBD), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Procera Networks, Inc. (AMEX:PKT), Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR), Dialogic Inc (NASDAQ:DLGC), NetScout Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTCT), Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRCD), and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).

Stock Price Performance: During August 23, 2011 to October 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $12.52 (16.9%) from $73.94 to $86.46. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 31, 2011 and February 7, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 14.6% (+$15.85) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between February 14, 2011 and February 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 12.8% (-$16.43) over that span. Shares are down $43.70 (-33.6%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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