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Equifax Inc (EFX) is a leading consulting services business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$233.32 after a previous close of US$234.25. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD231.55 to a high of USD233.9682. The latest price was USD232.8 (25 minute delay). Equifax is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Equifax
- Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Equifax. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: EFX. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Equifax reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$233.4, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Equifax, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Equifax. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Equifax key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Equifax stock a buy or sell?
- Equifax performance over time
- Can I short Equifax shares?
- Is Equifax suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Equifax shares over-valued?
- Equifax's financials
- How volatile are Equifax shares?
- Does Equifax pay a dividend?
- Have Equifax shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Equifax share priceUse our graph to track the performance of EFX stocks over time.
Equifax shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$135.1504 - US$241.7317|
|50-day moving average||US$233.6032|
|200-day moving average||US$195.0936|
|Dividend yield||US$1.56 (0.68%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$4.9507|
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Equifax price performance over time
|1 week (2021-06-14)||1.73%|
|1 month (2021-05-21)||-1.83%|
|3 months (2021-03-19)||33.65%|
|6 months (2020-12-18)||19.28%|
|1 year (2020-06-19)||38.65%|
|2 years (2019-06-20)||72.47%|
|3 years (2018-06-20)||81.83%|
|5 years (2016-06-20)||87.45%|
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 52x. In other words, Equifax shares trade at around 52x 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 2.4437. 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 US$1.3 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Equifax's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||US$4.4 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||19.7%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$2.4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.24%|
|Return on equity TTM||2135.51%|
|Market capitalisation||US$28.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Equifax shares
There are currently 2.1 million Equifax shares held short by investors – that's known as Equifax's "short interest". This figure is 4.9% 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)
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 740929.37062937). Equifax's SIR currently stands at 2.86. In other words for every 100,000 Equifax shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2860 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 0.0175% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Equifax shares, roughly 18 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.
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.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|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|
Equifax share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 20.97% of net profits
Recently Equifax has paid out, on average, around 20.97% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.68% 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 0.68% 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 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 May 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 US$135.1504 up to US$241.7317. 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 1.4147. 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 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, federal, and local 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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