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Equifax Inc is a consulting services business based in the US. Equifax shares (EFX) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Equifax employs 11,200 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.7 billion.
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Equifax's share price has had significant negative movement.
Its last market close was USD$158.58, which is 0.60% down on its pre-crash value of USD$159.53 and 53.95% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$103.01.
If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of Equifax shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$687.35 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$1,041.87.
|Latest market close||USD$158.58|
|52-week range||USD$103.01 - USD$180.07|
|50-day moving average||USD$161.2446|
|200-day moving average||USD$157.1964|
|Wall St. target price||USD$190.72|
|Dividend yield||USD$1.56 (0.98%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$2.453|
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|1 week (2020-11-25)||-4.47%|
|1 month (2020-11-02)||11.79%|
|3 months (2020-09-02)||-8.93%|
|6 months (2020-06-02)||-5.11%|
|1 year (2019-12-02)||14.72%|
|2 years (2018-11-30)||54.46%|
|3 years (2017-12-01)||40.42%|
|5 years (2015-12-02)||41.64%|
Valuing Equifax stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Equifax's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Equifax's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 67x. In other words, Equifax shares trade at around 67x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
Equifax's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.921. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Equifax's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Equifax's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$940.4 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Equifax's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$3.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||15.42%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$2 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||4.4%|
|Return on equity TTM||11.42%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$19.5 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 2.2 million Equifax shares held short by investors – that's known as Equifax's "short interest". This figure is 0.8% down from 2.2 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Equifax shares can be evaluated.
Equifax's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Equifax shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Equifax shares traded daily (recently around 729845.72368421). Equifax's SIR currently stands at 3.04. In other words for every 100,000 Equifax shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3040 shares are currently held short.
However Equifax's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Equifax shares, or, against the total number of tradable Equifax shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Equifax's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Equifax shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0206% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Equifax shares, roughly 21 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Equifax.
Find out more about how you can short Equifax stock.
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Equifax.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Total ESG risk: 29.57
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Equifax's overall score of 29.57 (as at 10/01/2020) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 49th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Equifax is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Environmental score: 4.14/100
Equifax's environmental score of 4.14 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Equifax is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Social score: 23.35/100
Equifax's social score of 23.35 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Equifax is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Governance score: 9.08/100
Equifax's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Equifax is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Controversy score: 5/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Equifax scored a 5 out of 5 for controversy – the lowest score possible, reflecting that Equifax's public profile has been damaged by multiple incidents.
|Total ESG score||29.57|
|Total ESG percentile||49.24|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||5|
Dividend payout ratio: 25.96% of net profits
Recently Equifax has paid out, on average, around 25.96% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.98% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Equifax shareholders could enjoy a 0.98% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Equifax's case, that would currently equate to about $1.56 per share.
While Equifax's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Equifax may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.
Equifax's most recent dividend payout was on 15 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Equifax's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 18 December 1995. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Equifax shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Equifax shares which in turn could have impacted Equifax's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Equifax's shares have ranged in value from as little as $103.01 up to $180.07. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Equifax's is 1.166. This would suggest that Equifax's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Equifax Inc. provides information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), Workforce Solutions, International, and Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage services; financial marketing; and identity management services. The Workforce Solutions segment provides employment, income, and social security number verification services, as well as payroll-based transaction and employment tax management services. The International segment provides information service products, which include consumer and commercial services, such as credit and financial information, and credit scoring and modeling; and credit and other marketing products and services, as well as offers information, technology, and other services to support debt collections and recovery management. The Global Consumer Solutions segment offers credit information, credit monitoring, and identity theft protection products directly to consumers through Internet. The company serves customers in financial service, mortgage, employers, consumer, commercial, telecommunication, retail, automotive, utility, brokerage, healthcare, and insurance industries, as well as state and federal governments. It operates in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, the Republic of Ireland, Russia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates. Equifax Inc. was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
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