Network application delivery and security specialist F5 (NASDAQ:FFIV) will be reporting results tomorrow after market hours. Here's what you need to know.
Last quarter F5 Networks reported revenues of $687.1 million, up 10% year on year, beating analyst revenue expectations by 1.31%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter and a slow revenue growth.
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This quarter analysts are expecting F5 Networks's revenue to decline 1.71% year on year to $634.2 million, a deceleration on the 10.5% year-over-year increase in revenue the company had recorded in the same quarter last year. Adjusted earnings are expected to come in at $2.01 per share.
Majority of analysts covering the company have reconfirmed their estimates over the last thirty days, suggesting they are expecting the business to stay the course heading into the earnings. The company has a history of exceeding Wall St's expectations, beating revenue estimates every single time over the past two years on average by 1.63%.
With F5 Networks being the first among its peers to report earnings this season, we don't have anywhere else to look at to get a hint at how this quarter will unravel for software stocks, but the whole sector has been hit hard on fears of higher interest rates, with stocks down on average 11.9% over the last month. F5 Networks is down 5.51% during the same time, and is heading into the earnings with analyst price target of $240.9, compared to share price of $200.46.
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