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F5 Networks Announces Results for Third Quarter of Fiscal 2012

For the third quarter of fiscal 2012, F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced revenue of $352.6 million, up 3.8 percent from $339.6 million in the prior quarter and 21.3 percent from $290.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

GAAP net income was $72.3 million ($0.91 per diluted share), compared to $68.6 million ($0.86 per diluted share) in the prior quarter and $62.5 million ($0.77 per diluted share) in the third quarter a year ago.

Excluding the impact of stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges and related tax effects, non-GAAP net income for the third quarter was $90.6 million ($1.14 per diluted share), compared to $87.1 million ($1.09 per diluted share) in the prior quarter and $79.4 million ($0.97 per diluted share) in the third quarter of last year.

A reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income is included on the attached Consolidated Statements of Operations.

"During the third quarter, F5's revenue and earnings continued to grow sequentially and year over year despite a more cautious spending environment," said John McAdam, F5 president and chief executive officer. "Overall, revenue growth slowed in Q3, but revenue by region was generally consistent with historical patterns; 57 percent for the Americas (primarily the United States) and 43 percent for EMEA and APJ, with EMEA contributing 21 percent of the total.

"As in the prior quarter, our security offerings were a key driver of product sales and accounted for a growing percentage of total revenue. In addition, we saw continued strong uptake of VIPRION 2400 along with increasing adoption of TMOS version 11.

"During the next six to nine months we are on track to deliver several new products, including a refresh of our BIG-IP appliance family, new policy enforcement capability for service providers and an eight-blade VIPRION chassis.

"Meanwhile, we are continuing to strengthen our organization and our financial position. In the third quarter, we added 100 employees, increased deferred revenue to $434 million and generated $113 million in cash from operations. After repurchasing 425,088 shares of our outstanding common stock we ended the quarter with $1.1 billion in cash and investments."

In light of the cautious spending environment in the current global economy, McAdam said management has set a revenue goal of $360 million to $370 million with a GAAP earnings target of $0.90 to $0.93 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, ending September 30. Excluding the impact of stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges and related tax effects, the company's non-GAAP earnings target is $1.16 to $1.19 per diluted share.

A reconciliation of the company's expected GAAP and non-GAAP earnings is provided in the following table:

Three months ended September 30, 2012
Reconciliation of Expected Non-GAAP Fourth Quarter Earnings Low High
 
Net income $72.1 $74.5
Stock-based compensation expense $27.0 $27.0
Amortization of purchased intangible assets $1.7 $1.7
Acquisition-related charges $ - $ -
Tax effects related to above items ($8.1) ($8.1)
Non-GAAP net income excluding stock-based compensation expense and amortization of purchased intangible assets $92.7 $95.1
 
Net income per share - diluted $0.90 $0.93
Non-GAAP net income per share - diluted $1.16 $1.19

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), helps the world's largest enterprises and service providers realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT. F5® solutions help integrate disparate technologies to provide greater control of the infrastructure, improve application delivery and data management, and give users seamless, secure, and accelerated access to applications from their corporate desktops and smart devices. An open architectural framework enables F5 customers to apply business policies at "strategic points of control" across the IT infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give customers the agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions, deploy scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and drive business forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technology. For a complete listing of F5 community sites, please visit www.f5.com/news-press-events/web-media/community.html.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release concerning the continuing strength of F5's business, sequential growth, the target revenue and earnings range, share amount and share price assumptions, demand for application delivery networking and storage virtualization products and other statements that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions and other factors that, if they do not fully materialize or prove correct, could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: customer acceptance of our new traffic management, security, application delivery, WAN optimization and storage virtualization offerings; the timely development, introduction and acceptance of additional new products and features by F5 or its competitors; competitive pricing pressures; increased sales discounts; uncertain global economic conditions which may result in reduced customer demand for our products and services and changes in customer payment patterns; F5's ability to sustain, develop and effectively utilize distribution relationships; F5's ability to attract, train and retain qualified product development, marketing, sales, professional services and customer support personnel; F5's ability to expand in international markets; the unpredictability of F5's sales cycle; the share repurchase program; future prices of F5's common stock; and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available as of the date hereof and qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. F5 assumes no obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements.

Use of non-GAAP Financial Information

F5's management evaluates and makes operating decisions using various operating measures. These measures are generally based on the revenues of its products, services operations and certain costs of those operations, such as cost of revenues, research and development, sales and marketing and general and administrative expenses. One such measure is net income excluding stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges, net of taxes, which is a non-GAAP financial measure under Section 101 of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. This measure consists of GAAP net income excluding, as applicable, stock-based compensation, amortization of purchased intangible assets and acquisition-related charges. This measure of non-GAAP net income is adjusted by the amount of additional taxes or tax benefit that the company would accrue if it used non-GAAP results instead of GAAP results to calculate the company's tax liability. Stock-based compensation is a non-cash expense that F5 has accounted for since July 1, 2005 in accordance with the fair value recognition provisions of Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 718 Compensation—Stock Compensation ("FASB ASC Topic 718"). Amortization of intangible assets is a non-cash expense. Investors should note that the use of intangible assets contribute to revenues earned during the periods presented and will contribute to revenues in future periods. Acquisition-related expenses consist of professional services fees incurred in connection with acquisitions.

Management believes that non-GAAP net income per share provides useful supplemental information to management and investors regarding the performance of the company's core business operations and facilitates comparisons to the company's historical operating results. Although F5's management finds this non-GAAP measure to be useful in evaluating the performance of the core business, management's reliance on this measure is limited because items excluded from such measures could have a material effect on F5's earnings and earnings per share calculated in accordance with GAAP. Therefore, F5's management will use its non-GAAP earnings and earnings per share measures, in conjunction with GAAP earnings and earnings per share measures, to address these limitations when evaluating the performance of the company's core business. Investors should consider these non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, financial performance measures in accordance with GAAP.

F5 believes that presenting its non-GAAP measure of earnings and earnings per share provides investors with an additional tool for evaluating the performance of the company's core business and which management uses in its own evaluation of the company's performance. Investors are encouraged to look at GAAP results as the best measure of financial performance. However, while the GAAP results are more complete, the company provides investors this supplemental measure since, with reconciliation to GAAP, it may provide additional insight into the company's operational performance and financial results. For reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, please see the section in our Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations entitled "GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation."

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to .

You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

F5, BIG-IP, Access Policy Manager, Global Traffic Manager, and Software Defined Application Services are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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