Equifax (NYSE: EFX) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Equifax to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and earnings.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Equifax and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Equifax||$3.29 billion||$1.22 billion||23.05|
|Equifax Competitors||$3.22 billion||$939.90 million||16.88|
Equifax has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Equifax is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
90.0% of Equifax shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Equifax shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility & Risk
Equifax has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its stock price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Equifax’s competitors have a beta of 0.99, indicating that their average stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Equifax pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Equifax pays out 33.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 31.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Equifax has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Equifax lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Equifax and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Equifax presently has a consensus target price of $130.27, suggesting a potential upside of 19.72%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 3.81%. Given Equifax’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Equifax is more favorable than its competitors.
This table compares Equifax and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Equifax beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
Equifax Company Profile
Equifax Inc. is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data. It uses statistical techniques and software tools to analyze all available data, creating customized insights, decision-making solutions and processing services for its clients. It helps consumers understand, manage and protect their personal information and make more informed financial decisions. The Company also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management.
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