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Equifax Inc. Message Board

  • jpalczyn jpalczyn Feb 22, 2012 11:02 AM Flag

    EFX Zacks No.2 BUY.

    >Yes I am a stockholder long term,
    Any comments anyone????????
    Dr.John

    > Growth & Income
    > Equifax Inc.
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    > By: Todd Bunton
    > February 22, 2012 |Comments: 0
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    > EFX
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    > Estimates have been surging for Equifax Inc. (EFX) after the company delivered strong fourth quarter results on February 8.
    >
    > It is a Zacks #2 Rank (Buy) stock.
    >
    > Based on current consensus estimates, analysts project 12% EPS growth this year and 11% growth next year. This is in-line with management's target EPS growth rate between 10-13% over the next three years.
    >
    > On top of this, the company pays a dividend that yields a solid 1.5%.
    >
    > Company Description
    >
    > Equifax is one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies in the United States. It was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It has a market cap of $5 billion.
    >
    > Fourth Quarter Results
    >
    > Equifax reported better than expected results for the fourth quarter on February 8. Earnings per share came in at 68 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. It was a 10% increase over the same quarter in 2010.
    >
    > Revenue rose 10% to $509.7 million, ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $502.0 million. This was driven in large part by a 13% increase in Total U.S. Consumer Information Solutions.
    >
    > Meanwhile, the operating margin expanded from 22.8% of revenue to 24.7% in the quarter.
    >
    > Outlook
    >
    > Following strong Q4 results, analysts raised their estimates significantly higher for both 2012 and 2013, sending the stock to a Zacks #2 Rank (Buy).
    >
    > The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 is now $2.82, representing 12% growth over 2011 EPS. The 2013 consensus estimate is currently $3.13, corresponding with 11% growth.
    >
    > This is in-line with the company's 3-year target of 10-13% EPS growth on revenue growth of 7-10% with steady margin expansion and financial leverage.
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    > Dividend
    >
    > Equifax also offers a dividend that yields a solid 1.5%.
    >
    > After holding its quarterly dividend steady at 4 cents per share for several years, Equifax boosted it to 16 cents in late 2010.
    >
    > Valuation
    >
    > Although shares are up 7% since the company reported its fourth quarter results, the valuation picture still looks reasonable. Shares trade at 14.9x 12-month forward earnings, in-line with its historical median.
    >
    > And its price to book ratio of 3.0 is well below its 10-year median of 5.1.
    >
    > The Bottom Line
    >
    > With strong EPS growth forecasts, rising estimates, a solid dividend and reasonable valuation, Equifax offers attractive total return potential.
    >
    > Todd Bunton is the Growth & Income Stock Strategist for Zacks Investment Research and Co-Editor of the Reitmeister Value Investor.
    >

 
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