Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Seeking Alpha: Absent Product Revenue Growth, What Drives F5 Networks?

Wanting to like a stock is always dangerous, and that's the position I find myself in with F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV). While I do believe that demand for application delivery controllers (or ADCs) is on the wane and likely to push market growth into the single digits, I also believe that the company has a significant opportunity in attaching security products and pursuing SDN/NFV and diameter signaling revenues.

The problem is identifying what's going to drive a meaningful improvement in the value proposition and/or investor sentiment. The shares look only slightly undervalued on the basis of 7% to 8% long-term growth and the company likely needs to generate double-digit product revenue growth again to get a real tailwind behind the shares. I continue to believe that F5 is a high-quality company that is not overvalued, but it's more difficult to argue that this is a must-own stock today.

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Absent Product Revenue Growth, What Drives F5 Networks?

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