Equifax IncFind Ratings Reports
EQUIFAX INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 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 very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.49 which clearly 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 16.11% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.
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|Income Statement||Q1 FY17||Q1 FY16|
|Net Sales ($mil)||832.2||728.3|
|Net Income ($mil)||153.3||102.1|
|Balance Sheet||Q1 FY17||Q1 FY16|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||123.2||126.1|
|Total Assets ($mil)||6789.0||6732.9|
|Total Debt ($mil)||2669.2||3069.2|
|Profitability||Q1 FY17||Q1 FY16|
|Gross Profit Margin||63.85||65.22|
|Return on Assets||7.95||6.57|
|Return on Equity||18.69||17.8|
|Debt||Q1 FY17||Q1 FY16|
|Share Data||Q1 FY17||Q1 FY16|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||120.2||119.0|
|Div / share||0.39||0.33|
|Book value / share||24.03||20.9|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||563239.0||797521.0|
BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 39.77 for the Professional Services industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.75. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 5.78 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 3.09 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 8.17. 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 31.29||Peers 39.77||EFX 20.61||Peers 19.44|
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 20.60||Peers 20.71||EFX 0.63||Peers 0.95|
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 significant discount to its peers.
|EFX 5.78||Peers 8.17||EFX 20.65||Peers 25.52|
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 5.14||Peers 4.11||EFX 18.56||Peers 9.38|
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.
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.