Equifax Earnings Preview: Can This Streak Continue?

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, April 24th. Equifax Inc. brings buyers and sellers together through its information management, transaction processing, direct marketing, and customer relationship management businesses. The company serves the financial services, retail, credit card, telecommunications/utilities, transportation, information technology and healthcare industries and government.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Equifax Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.86 per share on revenues of $568.11 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 26.47.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more negative outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has fallen from a profit of $0.9 to a profit $0.89. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $3.6, which is the same as the estimate ninety days ago.

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Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Equifax has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 1,814 1,716 1,860 1,960 2,160
Diluted EPS ($) 2.09 1.83 2.11 1.88 2.22

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 509.70 522.70 535.80 543.90 558.10
Diluted EPS ($) 0.60 0.58 0.62 0.64 0.38

Past Performance:
Equifax has beat analyst estimates 4 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)