Equifax IncFind Ratings Reports
EQUIFAX INC's gross profit margin for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017 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 0.64 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 increased by 18.86% 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 FY17||Q2 FY16|
|Net Sales ($mil)||856.8||811.3|
|Net Income ($mil)||165.4||130.9|
|Balance Sheet||Q2 FY17||Q2 FY16|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||403.9||117.3|
|Total Assets ($mil)||7058.3||6640.8|
|Total Debt ($mil)||2832.3||2946.2|
|Profitability||Q2 FY17||Q2 FY16|
|Gross Profit Margin||65.71||64.77|
|Return on Assets||8.13||6.96|
|Return on Equity||19.01||18.2|
|Debt||Q2 FY17||Q2 FY16|
|Share Data||Q2 FY17||Q2 FY16|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||120.4||119.3|
|Div / share||0.39||0.33|
|Book value / share||25.09||21.3|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||524018.0||665318.0|
BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 36.51 for the Professional Services industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.31. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.66 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.03 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 8.13. 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 30.10||Peers 36.51||EFX 20.21||Peers 19.55|
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.
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 21.05||Peers 20.68||EFX 0.60||Peers 0.70|
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.
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 5.66||Peers 8.13||EFX 22.91||Peers 26.95|
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 significant discount 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 trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|EFX 5.19||Peers 3.97||EFX 14.65||Peers 11.23|
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.
Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.
EFX has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.