EQUIFAX INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2014 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown its sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago, and although its growth in net income has outpaced the industry average, its revenue growth has not. EQUIFAX INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.58 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 14.64% 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||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||613.9||586.9|
|Net Income ($mil)||92.8||90.5|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||91.7||104.9|
|Total Assets ($mil)||4766.3||4373.6|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1555.4||1505.6|
|Profitability||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||65.42||66.23|
|Return on Assets||7.06||7.22|
|Return on Equity||14.04||14.02|
|Debt||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Share Data||Q2 FY14||Q2 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||121.8||121.3|
|Div / share||0.25||0.22|
|Book value / share||19.73||17.28|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||433272.0||571785.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 41.38 for the Professional Services industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 19.81. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 3.97 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.74 and a discount versus the industry average of 5.23. The current price-to-sales ratio is well above the S&P 500 average and above 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 28.94||Peers 41.38||EFX 16.58||Peers 19.69|
Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.
EFX is trading at a significant 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 discount to its peers.
|EFX 18.17||Peers 22.18||EFX 0.66||Peers 1.06|
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 significant discount to its peers.
|EFX 3.97||Peers 5.23||EFX 13.38||Peers 6.31|
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.
Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
EFX is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.
|EFX 4.07||Peers 3.59||EFX 6.41||Peers 10.39|
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 premium to its industry on this measurement.
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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