EQUIFAX INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2015 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have grown, and although the growth in revenues has outpaced the average competitor within the industry, the net income 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 increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.
During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 9.80% 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 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Net Sales ($mil)||678.1||613.9|
|Net Income ($mil)||111.0||92.8|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||84.2||91.7|
|Total Assets ($mil)||4585.5||4766.3|
|Total Debt ($mil)||1480.9||1555.4|
|Profitability||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Gross Profit Margin||67.44||65.42|
|Return on Assets||8.5||7.06|
|Return on Equity||17.99||14.04|
|Debt||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Share Data||Q2 FY15||Q2 FY14|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||118.2||121.8|
|Div / share||0.29||0.25|
|Book value / share||18.34||19.73|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||633713.0||539662.0|
BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a premium compared to an average of 29.27 for the Professional Services industry and a significant premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 20.03. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.39 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.67 and a premium versus the industry average of 4.87. 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 premium to investment alternatives within the industry.
|EFX 30.89||Peers 29.27||EFX 16.98||Peers 17.48|
Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.
EFX is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.
Average. 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 valuation on par to its peers.
|EFX 20.17||Peers 20.26||EFX 0.64||Peers 0.69|
Premium. A higher price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a more expensive stock or higher future growth expectations.
EFX is trading at a premium to its peers.
Average. 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 valuation on par to its peers.
|EFX 5.39||Peers 4.87||EFX 18.08||Peers 37.53|
Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
EFX is trading at a premium to its peers.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, EFX is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|EFX 4.55||Peers 3.11||EFX 9.32||Peers 11.07|
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 trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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