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Is F5 Networks Irrelevant?

Is F5 Networks Irrelevant? - Amazon.com, Inc. NASDAQ:AMZN, Facebook, Inc. NASDAQ:FB

Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research said fundamental investors should avoid F5 Networks, Inc. FFIV 0.8% as it is "irrelevant in the era of superclouds," and cautioned investors "not fall into this trap of Pseudo Earnings beat."

The company reported third-quarter EPS of $1.81 per share, topping Street view of $1.79 per share.

"Fundamental investors should not fall into this trap of earnings beats and wrongly think all is fine with this company. FFIV is going to get their dose of reality within a couple of quarters," Chowdhry wrote in a note.

Related Link: F5 Networks' Fundamentals Are Broken; Chowdhry Says Sell Into Strength

"Intel Corporation INTC 3.71% results are showing this - their Data Center business is weak ...we don't see that recovering...and in SuperClouds, they give more than 55 percent discounts to Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN 0.14% AWS and Microsoft Corporation MSFT 0.25% Azure," Chowdhry added.

The Era Of Superclouds

Chowdhry's research on infrastructure architecture of Microsoft's Azure, Amazon's AWS and Facebook Inc FB 0.8% shows that none of these superclouds use F5 Networks.

"All these SuperClouds use bare metal and on top of that, they have their own software secret sauce. AMZN AWS has plenty of secret sauce in their Cloud Fabric, that they even don't want to file Patents, since then competition knows the inner working of its Cloud Fabric," Chowdhry highlighted.

Commenting on private equity firms buying F5 Networks, Chowdhry noted that the recent moves of various private equity companies suggests "that they are completely clueless and setting themselves for a major disappointment."

"Private Equity companies [sic] old recipe of milking the Past is going to fail in the Era of SuperClouds," Chowdhry added.

At time of writing, shares of F5 Networks rose 1.63 percent to $123.45. They have gained about 26 percent this year.

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DateFirmActionFromTo
Jul 2016Goldman SachsMaintainsBuy
Jun 2016Maxim GroupInitiates Coverage onBuy
Jun 2016KeyBancMaintainsOverweight

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