F5 Networks (Nasdaq: FFIV ) is expected to report Q4 earnings on Oct. 24. Here's what Wall Street wants to see:
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Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict F5 Networks's revenues will expand 16.4% and EPS will grow 11.3%.
The average estimate for revenue is $366.1 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.18.
Last quarter, F5 Networks logged revenue of $352.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 21% higher than the prior-year quarter's $290.7 million.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $1.14. GAAP EPS of $0.91 for Q3 were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.77 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 82.9%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 31.2%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 20.5%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.38 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.44.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 704 members out of 767 rating the stock outperform, and 63 members rating it underperform. Among 210 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 191 give F5 Networks a green thumbs-up, and 19 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on F5 Networks is outperform, with an average price target of $138.49.
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