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F5 Networks Inc Valuation – July 2016 $FFIV

Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk.  This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Companies Benjamin Graham Would Invest In Today – July 2016.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how F5 Networks Inc (FFIV) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): F5 Networks, Inc. is the developer and provider of application delivery services. The Company’s core technology is a full-proxy, programmable, software platform called TMOS (Traffic Management Operating System). It helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software-defined networking deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It works with many technology companies to improve manageability, strengthen security, and ensure faster and more successful deployments. Its applications include availability and delivery. It can remove the roadblocks in one’s network to efficiently and securely deliver applications that are available to users when and where they need them. It can also accelerate one’s application response time, minimize latency and delays, and reduce the number of data round trips necessary to complete a web request.

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ModernGraham Valuation of FFIV – July 2016

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass 6 out of the following 7 tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $8,348,253,793 Pass
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 2 1.49 Fail
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Fail
5. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 415.02% Pass
6. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 25.43 Fail
7. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 7.08 Fail
Enterprising Investor; must pass 4 out of the following 5 tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Current Ratio > 1.5 1.49 Fail
2. Sufficiently Strong Financial Condition Debt to NCA < 1.1 0.00 Pass
3. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Pass
4. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Fail
5. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

FFIV value chart July 2016

EPSmg $4.85
MG Growth Estimate 13.81%
MG Value $175.08
Opinion Undervalued
MG Grade C-
MG Value based on 3% Growth $70.27
MG Value based on 0% Growth $41.19
Market Implied Growth Rate 8.47%
Current Price $123.24
% of Intrinsic Value 70.39%

F5 Networks, Inc. does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the low current ratio, poor dividend history, and the high PEmg and PB ratios. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the low current ratio, and the lack of dividends. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Undervalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $2.52 in 2012 to an estimated $4.85 for 2016. This level of demonstrated earnings growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate of 8.47% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value above the price.

F5 Networks, Inc. receives an average overall rating in the ModernGraham grading system, scoring a C-.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

FFIV charts July 2016

Net Current Asset Value (NCAV) $1.96
Graham Number $48.67
PEmg 25.43
Current Ratio 1.49
PB Ratio 7.08
Current Dividend $0.00
Dividend Yield 0.00%
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 0

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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 3/1/2016
Total Current Assets $1,193,981,000
Total Current Liabilities $800,435,000
Long-Term Debt $0
Total Assets $2,242,140,000
Intangible Assets $555,965,000
Total Liabilities $1,061,146,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 67,804,000

Earnings Per Share History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $5.97
Sep2015 $5.03
Sep2014 $4.09
Sep2013 $3.50
Sep2012 $3.45
Sep2011 $2.96
Sep2010 $1.86
Sep2009 $1.14
Sep2008 $0.89
Sep2007 $0.90
Sep2006 $0.80
Sep2005 $0.67
Sep2004 $0.46
Sep2003 $0.07
Sep2002 -$0.17
Sep2001 -$0.68
Sep2000 $0.30
Sep1999 -$0.21
Sep1998 -$0.30

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

Next Fiscal Year Estimate $4.85
Sep2015 $4.12
Sep2014 $3.51
Sep2013 $3.00
Sep2012 $2.52
Sep2011 $1.89
Sep2010 $1.28
Sep2009 $0.95
Sep2008 $0.82
Sep2007 $0.71
Sep2006 $0.53
Sep2005 $0.29
Sep2004 $0.07
Sep2003 -$0.13
Sep2002 -$0.23
Sep2001 -$0.23
Sep2000 -$0.02

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