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F5 Networks Inc  (NAS:FFIV) Piotroski F-Score: 8 (As of Today)

Good Sign:

Piotroski F-Score of 8 is 8, indicating very healthy situation.

The zones of discrimination were as such:

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

F5 Networks Inc has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

NAS:FFIV' s Piotroski F-Score Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3   Max: 9
Current: 8

3
9

During the past 13 years, the highest Piotroski F-Score of F5 Networks Inc was 9. The lowest was 3. And the median was 7.


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

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F5 Networks Inc Annual Data

Sep09 Sep10 Sep11 Sep12 Sep13 Sep14 Sep15 Sep16 Sep17 Sep18
Piotroski F-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 7.00 9.00 6.00 7.00 7.00

F5 Networks Inc Quarterly Data

Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19
Piotroski F-Score Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 6.00 6.00 7.00 9.00 8.00

Competitive Comparison
* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap.


F5 Networks Inc Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where F5 Networks Inc's Piotroski F-Score falls into.


How is the Piotroski F-Score calculated?

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

This Year (Mar19) TTM:Last Year (Mar18) TTM:
Net Income was 122.743 + 132.881 + 130.905 + 116.087 = USD 503 Mil.
Cash Flow from Operations was 182.051 + 204.305 + 197.858 + 193.552 = USD 778 Mil.
Revenue was 542.203 + 562.709 + 543.77 + 544.895 = USD 2,194 Mil.
Gross Profit was 451.194 + 469.269 + 457.056 + 456.717 = USD 1,834 Mil.
Average Total Assets from the begining of this year (Mar18)
to the end of this year (Mar19) was
(2517.146 + 2561.066 + 2605.476 + 2891.896 + 2990.236) / 5 = USD 2713.164 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of this year (Mar18) was USD 2,517 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was USD 0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was USD 1,807 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was USD 1,075 Mil.
Net Income was 97.662 + 135.743 + 88.429 + 109.636 = USD 431 Mil.

Revenue was 517.837 + 537.998 + 523.191 + 533.304 = USD 2,112 Mil.
Gross Profit was 428.067 + 447.457 + 435.804 + 443.659 = USD 1,755 Mil.
Average Net Income from the begining of last year (Mar17)
to the end of last year (Mar18) was
(2387.917 + 2418.572 + 2476.489 + 2493.739 + 2517.146) / 5 = USD 2458.7726 Mil.
Total Assets at the begining of last year (Mar17) was USD 2,388 Mil.
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was USD 0 Mil.
Total Current Assets was USD 1,407 Mil.
Total Current Liabilities was USD 962 Mil.

Profitability

Question 1. Return on Assets (ROA)

Net income before extraordinary items for the year divided by Total Assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

F5 Networks Inc's current Net Income (TTM) was 503. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 2. Cash Flow Return on Assets (CFROA)

Net cash flow from operating activities (operating cash flow) divided by Total Assets at the beginning of the year.

Score 1 if positive, 0 if negative.

F5 Networks Inc's current Cash Flow from Operations (TTM) was 778. ==> Positive ==> Score 1.

Question 3. Change in Return on Assets

Compare this year's return on assets (1) to last year's return on assets.

Score 1 if it's higher, 0 if it's lower.

ROA (This Year)=Net Income/Total Assets(Mar18)
=502.616/2517.146
=0.19967694

ROA (Last Year)=Net Income/Total Assets(Mar17)
=431.47/2387.917
=0.18068886

F5 Networks Inc's return on assets of this year was 0.19967694. F5 Networks Inc's return on assets of last year was 0.18068886. ==> This year is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 4. Quality of Earnings (Accrual)

Compare Cash flow return on assets (2) to return on assets (1)

Score 1 if CFROA > ROA, 0 if CFROA <= ROA.

F5 Networks Inc's current Net Income (TTM) was 503. F5 Networks Inc's current Cash Flow from Operations (TTM) was 778. ==> 778 > 503 ==> CFROA > ROA ==> Score 1.

Funding

Question 5. Change in Gearing or Leverage

Compare this year's gearing (long-term debt divided by average total assets) to last year's gearing.

Score 0 if this year's gearing is higher, 1 otherwise.

F5 Networks Inc's gearing of this year was 0. F5 Networks Inc's gearing of last year was 0. ==> This year is lower or equal to last year. ==> Score 1.

Question 6. Change in Working Capital (Liquidity)

Compare this year's current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) to last year's current ratio.

Score 1 if this year's current ratio is higher, 0 if it's lower

Current Ratio (This Year: Mar19)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1807.46/1074.787
=1.68169135

Current Ratio (Last Year: Mar18)=Total Current Assets/Total Current Liabilities
=1407.229/962.171
=1.46255603

F5 Networks Inc's current ratio of this year was 1.68169135. F5 Networks Inc's current ratio of last year was 1.46255603. ==> This year's current ratio is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 7. Change in Shares in Issue

Compare the number of shares in issue this year, to the number in issue last year.

Score 0 if there is larger number of shares in issue this year, 1 otherwise.

F5 Networks Inc's number of shares in issue this year was 60. F5 Networks Inc's number of shares in issue last year was 62.1. ==> There is smaller number of shares in issue this year, or the same. ==> Score 1.

Efficiency

Question 8. Change in Gross Margin

Compare this year's gross margin (Gross Profit divided by sales) to last year's.

Score 1 if this year's gross margin is higher, 0 if it's lower.

Gross Margin (This Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1834.236/2193.577
=0.83618492

Gross Margin (Last Year: TTM)=Gross Profit/Revenue
=1754.987/2112.33
=0.83082994

F5 Networks Inc's gross margin of this year was 0.83618492. F5 Networks Inc's gross margin of last year was 0.83082994. ==> This year's gross margin is higher. ==> Score 1.

Question 9. Change in asset turnover

Compare this year's asset turnover (total sales for the year divided by total assets at the beginning of the year) to last year's asset turnover ratio.

Score 1 if this year's asset turnover ratio is higher, 0 if it's lower

Asset Turnover (This Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the Beginning of This Year (Mar18)
=2193.577/2517.146
=0.87145402

Asset Turnover (Last Year)=Revenue/Total Assets at the Beginning of Last Year (Mar17)
=2112.33/2387.917
=0.88459105

F5 Networks Inc's asset turnover of this year was 0.87145402. F5 Networks Inc's asset turnover of last year was 0.88459105. ==> Last year's asset turnover is higher ==> Score 0.

Evaluation

Piotroski F-Score= Que. 1+ Que. 2+ Que. 3+Que. 4+Que. 5+Que. 6+Que. 7+Que. 8+Que. 9
=1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+0
=8

Good or high score = 7, 8, 9
Bad or low score = 0, 1, 2, 3

F5 Networks Inc has an F-score of 8. It is a good or high score, which usually indicates a very healthy situation.

Explanation

The developer of the system is Joseph D. Piotroski is relatively unknown accounting professor who shuns publicity and rarely gives interviews.

He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in accounting in 1989, received an M.B.A. from Indiana University in 1994. Five years later, in 1999, after earning a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Michigan, he became an associate professor of accounting at the University of Chicago.

In 2000, he wrote a research paper called "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers" (pdf).

He wanted to see if he can develop a system (using a simple nine-point scoring system) that can increase the returns of a strategy of investing in low price to book (referred to in the paper as high book to market) value companies.

What he found was something that exceeded his most optimistic expectations.

Buying only those companies that scored highest (8 or 9) on his nine-point scale, or F-Score as he called it, over the 20 year period from 1976 to 1996 led to an average out-performance over the market of 13.4%.

Even more impressive were the results of a strategy of investing in the highest F-Score companies (8 or 9) and shorting companies with the lowest F-Score (0 or 1).

Over the same period from 1976 to 1996 (20 years) this strategy led to an average yearly return of 23%, substantially outperforming the average S&P 500 index return of 15.83% over the same period.


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