Equifax Inc.Find Ratings Reports
EQUIFAX INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2017 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased. 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 increased by 12.90% 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 FY17||Q3 FY16|
|Net Sales ($mil)||834.8||804.2|
|Net Income ($mil)||96.3||132.8|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY17||Q3 FY16|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||315.4||135.3|
|Total Assets ($mil)||7115.7||6806.6|
|Total Debt ($mil)||2706.5||2843.0|
|Profitability||Q3 FY17||Q3 FY16|
|Gross Profit Margin||64.39||64.19|
|Return on Assets||7.56||7.01|
|Return on Equity||17.35||17.39|
|Debt||Q3 FY17||Q3 FY16|
|Share Data||Q3 FY17||Q3 FY16|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||120.0||119.6|
|Div / share||0.39||0.33|
|Book value / share||25.84||22.96|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||1166208.0||4039424.0|
BUY. EQUIFAX INC's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 30.62 for the Professional Services industry and a value on par with the S&P 500 average of 25.51. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 4.54 indicates a premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.26 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 8.12. 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 26.51||Peers 30.62||EFX 16.00||Peers 17.48|
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 19.59||Peers 19.72||EFX 0.57||Peers 0.98|
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 4.54||Peers 8.12||EFX 11.89||Peers 48.17|
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 significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|EFX 4.23||Peers 3.90||EFX 10.45||Peers 11.27|
Average. 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 valuation on par with its industry on this measurement.
Average. Comparing a company's sales growth to its industry helps to determine if the company is adding or losing market share.
EFX is keeping pace with its peers on the basis of sales growth.