Equifax Inc

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EFX : NYSE : Financial
$139.43 | %
Today's Range: 0.0 - 0.0
Avg. Daily Volume: 567000.0
06/26/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis

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 ($mil)832.2728.3
EBITDA ($mil)299.8247.7
EBIT ($mil)228.5192.0
Net Income ($mil)153.3102.1

Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)123.2126.1
Total Assets ($mil)6789.06732.9
Total Debt ($mil)2669.23069.2
Equity ($mil)2888.12487.3

Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin63.8565.22
EBITDA Margin36.0234.01
Operating Margin27.4626.36
Sales Turnover0.480.41
Return on Assets7.956.57
Return on Equity18.6917.8
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio0.590.36
Interest Expense24.219.4
Interest Coverage9.449.9

Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)120.2119.0
Div / share0.390.33
Book value / share24.0320.9
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume563239.0797521.0


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.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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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.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
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.

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  Earnings Growth
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lower   higher
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.

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  Sales Growth
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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.



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