F5 Networks (Nasdaq: FFIV ) is expected to report Q1 earnings on Jan. 23. 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 grow 13.7% and EPS will increase 11.7%.
The average estimate for revenue is $366.7 million. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.15.
Last quarter, F5 Networks tallied revenue of $362.6 million. GAAP reported sales were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $314.6 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 $1.12. GAAP EPS of $0.85 for Q4 were 2.4% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.83 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 82.7%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 30.8%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 18.7%, 280 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $1.57 billion. The average EPS estimate is $5.00.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 700 members out of 762 rating the stock outperform, and 62 members rating it underperform. Among 226 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 209 give F5 Networks a green thumbs-up, and 17 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 $120.91.
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