Reviewing F5 Networks (FFIV) and BIO-key International (BKYI)

F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) and BIO-key International (NASDAQ:BKYI) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares F5 Networks and BIO-key International’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
F5 Networks 20.99% 40.04% 19.69%
BIO-key International -88.74% -38.78% -34.29%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for F5 Networks and BIO-key International, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
F5 Networks 4 9 7 0 2.15
BIO-key International 0 0 1 0 3.00

F5 Networks presently has a consensus price target of $173.50, indicating a potential downside of 3.77%. BIO-key International has a consensus price target of $5.00, indicating a potential upside of 354.55%. Given BIO-key International’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe BIO-key International is more favorable than F5 Networks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.2% of F5 Networks shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.8% of BIO-key International shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of F5 Networks shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.4% of BIO-key International shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares F5 Networks and BIO-key International’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
F5 Networks $2.16 billion 5.07 $453.68 million $8.00 22.54
BIO-key International $6.30 million 2.44 -$4.27 million N/A N/A

F5 Networks has higher revenue and earnings than BIO-key International.

Volatility and Risk

F5 Networks has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BIO-key International has a beta of 0.2, indicating that its share price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

F5 Networks beats BIO-key International on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

F5 Networks Company Profile

F5 Networks, Inc. develops, markets, and sells application delivery networking products that optimize the security, performance, and availability of network applications, servers, and storage systems. The company's primary application delivery technology is Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS) that enable company's products to intercept, inspect, and act on the contents of traffic from virtually each type of Internet Protocol-enabled application. It offers Local Traffic Manager, which provides intelligent load-balancing, traffic management, and application health checking; BIG-IP DNS that automatically directs users to the closest or best-performing physical, virtual, or cloud environment; Advanced Firewall Manager, a network firewall; and Application Security Manager, an Web application firewall that provides comprehensive, proactive, and application-layer protection against generalized and targeted attacks. The company also provides Access Policy Manager, which provides secure, granular, and context-aware access to networks and applications; Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation, which offers a set of tools that enables service providers to migrate to IPv6 while continuing to support and interoperate with existing IPv4 devices and content; and Policy Enforcement Manager that offers traffic classification capabilities to identify the specific applications and services to service providers, as well as Link Controller. In addition, it offers cloud-based and other subscription services; BIG-IP appliances; VIPRION chassis-based systems; BIG-IP Virtual Edition software platform; and management and orchestration software platform. The company sells its products to enterprise customers and service providers through distributors, value-added resellers, and systems integrators in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan, and the Asia Pacific Region. F5 Networks, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

BIO-key International Company Profile

BIO-key International, Inc. develops and markets fingerprint biometric identification and identity verification technologies, authentication-transaction security technologies, and related identity management and credentialing biometric hardware and software solutions. Its solutions enable application developers, value added resellers, and channel partners to integrate fingerprint biometrics into their applications. The company's products include Vector Segment Technology SDK, a biometric software development kit that provides developers the ability to incorporate its biometric capabilities into their respective product offerings or infrastructure; Intelligent Image Indexing, a biometric identification solution that offers one-to-many and one-to-one user identification; and Biometric Service Provider, which provides support for the BioAPI for a compliant interface to applications using biometrics for verification and identification. Its products also comprise ID Director, a solution for single sign on integration with CA Technologies SiteMinder, Oracle's Fusion Middleware SSO, IBM Tivoli Access Manager, and other solutions; and WEB-key, an authentication-transaction security technology to conduct identification and identity verification transactions in insecure environments, such as the world wide Web or off-site cloud environments. The company also sells third-party hardware components. BIO-key International, Inc. markets its products through its direct sales force, as well as through distributors, resellers, integrators, and partner networks to government and corporate customers primarily in North America. It has strategic partnership with Quantum Business Advisory to bring its software and hardware solutions to enterprises in India. The company was formerly known as SAC Technologies and changed its name to BIO-key International, Inc. in 2002. BIO-key International, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Wall, New Jersey.

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