Equifax (NYSE: EFX) and Corelogic (NYSE:CLGX) are both mid-cap industrials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and risk.
This table compares Equifax and Corelogic’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Risk and Volatility
Equifax has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Corelogic has a beta of 0.84, suggesting that its stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Equifax and Corelogic’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Equifax||$3.14 billion||4.69||$488.80 million||$4.42||27.79|
|Corelogic||$1.95 billion||1.97||$106.55 million||$1.06||44.16|
Equifax has higher revenue and earnings than Corelogic. Equifax is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Corelogic, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
95.2% of Equifax shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.8% of Corelogic shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Equifax shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of Corelogic shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Equifax pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Corelogic does not pay a dividend. Equifax pays out 35.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Corelogic has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Equifax and Corelogic, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Equifax presently has a consensus price target of $128.67, suggesting a potential upside of 4.73%. Corelogic has a consensus price target of $49.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.68%. Given Equifax’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Equifax is more favorable than Corelogic.
Equifax beats Corelogic on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
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.
Corelogic Company Profile
CoreLogic, Inc. is a provider of property information, analytics and data-enabled services. The Company provides detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, property risk and replacement cost, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. Its segments include Property Intelligence (PI), Risk Management and Work Flow (RMW), and Corporate. The Property Intelligence segment owns or licenses real property, mortgage and consumer information, which includes loan information, property sales and characteristic information, property risk and replacement cost, natural hazard data, geospatial data, parcel maps and mortgage-backed securities information. The RMW segment owns or licenses real property information, mortgage information and consumer information, which includes loan information, property sales and characteristic information, natural hazard data, parcel maps, employment verification, criminal records and eviction records.
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