Comparing F5 Networks (FFIV) and Professional Diversity Network (IPDN)

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) and Professional Diversity Network (NASDAQ:IPDN) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.


This table compares F5 Networks and Professional Diversity Network’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
F5 Networks 19.79% 35.98% 17.83%
Professional Diversity Network -86.95% -37.27% -25.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for F5 Networks and Professional Diversity Network, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
F5 Networks 1 16 6 0 2.22
Professional Diversity Network 0 0 0 0 N/A

F5 Networks currently has a consensus target price of $139.32, indicating a potential downside of 6.10%. Given F5 Networks’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe F5 Networks is more favorable than Professional Diversity Network.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares F5 Networks and Professional Diversity Network’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
F5 Networks $2.09 billion 4.39 $420.76 million $6.50 22.80
Professional Diversity Network $26.23 million 0.58 -$4.10 million ($4.54) -0.85

F5 Networks has higher revenue and earnings than Professional Diversity Network. Professional Diversity Network is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than F5 Networks, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility and Risk

F5 Networks has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Professional Diversity Network has a beta of 2.94, indicating that its share price is 194% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

94.3% of F5 Networks shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.0% of Professional Diversity Network shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of F5 Networks shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.2% of Professional Diversity Network shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


F5 Networks beats Professional Diversity Network on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

F5 Networks Company Profile

F5 Networks, Inc. is a developer and provider of software defined application services. The Company is engaged in the development, marketing and sale of application delivery networking products that optimize the security, performance and availability of network applications, servers and storage systems. The Company’s geographical segments include the Americas (primarily the United States); Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Japan, and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). The Company’s Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS) based offerings include software products for local and global traffic management, network and application security, access management, Web acceleration and various network and application services. These products are available as modules that can run individually or as part of an integrated solution on the Company’s purpose-built BIG-IP appliances and VIPRION chassis-based hardware, or as software-only Virtual Editions.

Professional Diversity Network Company Profile

Professional Diversity Network, Inc. is an operator of professional networks with a focus on diversity. The Company serves various communities, including Women, Hispanic-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Disabled, Military Professionals, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). The Company’s segments include Professional Diversity Network (PDN Network), which includes online professional networking communities with career resources for the needs of various diverse cultural groups; National Association of Professional Women (NAPW Network), a women-only professional networking organization, and Noble Voice operations (Noble Voice), a career consultation and lead generation service. The Noble Voice call centers qualify callers for real-time job placement. The PDN Network consists of various online professional networking communities dedicated to serving diverse professionals in the United States and employers seeking to hire diverse talent.

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