F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), which is in the communications business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to $176.54 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $150.17. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether F5 Networks’s current trading price of $163.29 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at F5 Networks’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
Is F5 Networks still cheap?Great news for investors – F5 Networks is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $215.94, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. F5 Networks’s share price also seems relatively stable compared to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. If you believe the share price should eventually reach its true value, a low beta could suggest it is unlikely to rapidly do so anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range.
Can we expect growth from F5 Networks?Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. Though in the case of F5 Networks, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 5.4%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since FFIV is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on FFIV for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy FFIV. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, in order to make a well-informed buy.
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