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How to buy Equifax (EFX) stocks in Canada

Learn how to easily invest in Equifax stocks.

Equifax is a consulting services business based in the US. Equifax stocks (EFX.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $291.83 – a decrease of 6.71% over the previous week. Equifax employs 11,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $4.8 billion.

How to buy shares in Equifax

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – EFX – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
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Is it a good time to buy Equifax stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Equifax's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Equifax's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $249.5, which is 36.06% up on its pre-crash value of $159.53 and 142.21% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $103.01.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Equifax stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $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 $1,639.22.

Equifax stock price (NYSE:EFX)

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Equifax shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-15.
Latest market close$249.50
52-week range$161.15 - $300.11
50-day moving average $282.70
200-day moving average $255.17
Wall St. target price$300.53
PE ratio 44.1281
Dividend yield $1.56 (0.63%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $5.65

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Equifax price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $249.5 from 2022-01-14

1 week (2022-01-07) -6.71%
1 month (2021-12-16) -14.04%
3 months (2021-10-15) -5.47%
6 months (2021-07-16) -2.01%
1 year (2021-01-15) 40.96%
2 years (2020-01-16) 65.21%
3 years (2019-01-16) 153.53%
5 years (2017-01-13) 107.38%

Is Equifax under- or over-valued?

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 P/E ratio

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 44x. In other words, Equifax shares trade at around 44x 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 PEG ratio

Equifax's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.9174. 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

Equifax's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.5 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Equifax's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Equifax financials

Revenue TTM $4.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.37%
Gross profit TTM $2.4 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.59%
Return on equity TTM 21.56%
Profit margin 14.54%
Book value $29.01
Market capitalisation $30.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Equifax's environmental, social and governance track record

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.

Equifax's total ESG risk score

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 12/31/2018) 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.).

Equifax's environmental score

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.

Equifax's social score

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.

Equifax's governance score

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.

Equifax's controversy score

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.

Equifax share dividends

20%

Dividend payout ratio: 20% of net profits

Recently Equifax has paid out, on average, around 20% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.63% 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 0.63% 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 low, this can signify that Equifax is investing more in its future growth.

Equifax's most recent dividend payout was on 14 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Equifax's shares ever split?

Equifax's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 17 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.

Equifax share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Equifax's shares have ranged in value from as little as $161.1531 up to $300.11. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

EFX.US volatility(beta: 1.43)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 1.4303. This would suggest that Equifax's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Equifax overview

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.

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