EQUIFAX INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2014 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company managed to grow both sales and net income at a faster pace than the average competitor in its industry this quarter as compared to the same quarter a year ago. EQUIFAX INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.57 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 7.35% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.
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|Income Statement||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||613.4||572.0|
|Net Income ($mil)||92.7||83.5|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||115.0||131.9|
|Total Assets ($mil)||4707.1||4390.4|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1554.6||1444.2|
|Profitability||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||65.6||65.59|
|Return on Assets||7.35||7.32|
|Return on Equity||14.82||13.85|
|Debt||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Share Data||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||120.4||121.5|
|Div / share||0.25||0.22|
|Book value / share||19.39||17.89|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||527879.0||482797.0|
BUY. EQUIFAX INC's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 37.36 for the Professional Services industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 18.81. For additional comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.27 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.65 and a discount versus the industry average of 5.30. The price-to-sales ratio is well above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium. Upon assessment of these and other key valuation criteria, EQUIFAX INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.
|EFX 29.64||Peers 37.36||EFX 16.55||Peers 25.90|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
EFX is trading at a discount to its peers.
Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
EFX is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|EFX 19.32||Peers 21.92||EFX 0.67||Peers 0.89|
Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.
EFX is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.
EFX trades at a discount to its peers.
|EFX 4.27||Peers 5.30||EFX 14.81||Peers 15.69|
Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
EFX is trading at a discount to its peers.
Average. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
EFX is expected to keep pace with its peers on the basis of earnings growth.
|EFX 4.17||Peers 3.21||EFX 5.80||Peers 10.77|
Premium. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.
EFX is trading at a significant premium to its industry.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
EFX significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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