How to buy F5 Networks (FFIV) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in F5 Networks shares.

F5 Networks Inc
- $0.40 ( - 0.72%)

F5 Networks Inc (FFIV) is a leading software-infrastructure business based in the US. It opened the day at $204.88 after a previous close of $204.33. During the day the price has varied from a low of $204.04 to a high of $206.46. The latest price was $205.57 (25 minute delay). F5 Networks is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 6,129 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in F5 Networks

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: FFIV in this case.
  5. Research F5 Networks shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your F5 Networks shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted F5 Networks's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, F5 Networks's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $204.33, which is 34.73% up on its pre-crash value of $133.36 and 156.12% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $79.78.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of F5 Networks shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $809.92 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,677.55.

F5 Networks share price (NASDAQ:FFIV)

Use our graph to track the performance of FFIV stocks over time.

F5 Networks shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-08-27.
Previous close$204.33
Change %0.6069%
Information last updated 2021-10-15.
52-week range$122.25 - $216.15
50-day moving average$202.1788
200-day moving average$196.6301
Wall St. target price$232.75
PE ratio42.5688
Dividend yieldN/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$4.8
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Is it a good time to buy F5 Networks stock?

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F5 Networks price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $205.57

1 week (2021-10-06) 4.03%
1 month (2021-09-17) 0.48%
3 months (2021-07-16) 10.74%
6 months (2021-04-16) -2.00%
1 year (2020-10-16) 54.91%
2 years (2019-10-17) 49.87%
3 years (2018-10-17) 20.54%
5 years (2016-10-17) 76.61%

Is F5 Networks under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

F5 Networks's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 43x. In other words, F5 Networks shares trade at around 43x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

PEG ratio

F5 Networks's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.0201. A PEG ratio close to 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares offer reasonable value for the current rate of growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into F5 Networks's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.


F5 Networks's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $528 million (£0.0 million).

The EBITDA is a measure of a F5 Networks's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.


Revenue TTM $2.5 billion
Operating margin TTM 16.42%
Gross profit TTM $1.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 5.56%
Return on equity TTM 13.72%
Profit margin 11.76%
Book value $36.355
Market capitalisation $12.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell F5 Networks shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "FFIV.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 3.2 million F5 Networks shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 1.8% down from 3.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting F5 Networks shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

F5 Networks's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of F5 Networks shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of F5 Networks shares traded daily (recently around 419473.71879106). F5 Networks's SIR currently stands at 7.61. In other words for every 100,000 F5 Networks shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7610 shares are currently held short.

However F5 Networks's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of F5 Networks shares, or, against the total number of tradable F5 Networks shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case F5 Networks's short interest could be expressed as 0.05% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 F5 Networks shares in existence, roughly 50 shares are currently held short) or 0.0562% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable F5 Networks shares, roughly 56 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against F5 Networks.

Find out more about how you can short F5 Networks stock.

Environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like F5 Networks.

Total ESG risk score

F5 Networks's total ESG risk: 13.39

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and F5 Networks's overall score of 13.39 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 12nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like F5 Networks is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Environmental score

F5 Networks's environmental score: 2.33/100

Social score

F5 Networks's social score: 8.46/100

Governance score

F5 Networks's governance score: 2.26/100

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

F5 Networks Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 13.39
Total ESG percentile 12.32
Environmental score 2.33
Social score 8.46
Governance score 2.26

F5 Networks share dividends

We're not expecting F5 Networks to pay a dividend over the next 12 months. However, you can browse other dividend-paying shares in our guide.

Have F5 Networks's shares ever split?

F5 Networks's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 August 2007. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your F5 Networks shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for F5 Networks shares which in turn could have impacted F5 Networks's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, F5 Networks's shares have ranged in value from as little as $122.25 up to $216.15. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FFIV.US volatility(beta: 1.03)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while F5 Networks's is 1.0323. This would suggest that F5 Networks's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

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