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Equifax Inc (NYSE:EFX)
Shares Outstanding
124 Mil (As of Sep. 2014)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Equifax Inc's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 124 Mil.

Equifax Inc's quarterly shares outstanding declined from Jun. 2014 (124 Mil) to Sep. 2014 (124 Mil). It means Equifax Inc bought back shares from Jun. 2014 to Sep. 2014 .

Equifax Inc's annual shares outstanding increased from Dec. 2012 (123 Mil) to Dec. 2013 (124 Mil). It means Equifax Inc issued new shares from Dec. 2012 to Dec. 2013 .


Definition

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. They have voting rights and represent ownership in the corporation by the person that holds the shares. They should be distinguished from treasury shares, which are shares held by the corporation itself, having no exercisable rights.

Shares outstanding can be calculated as either basic or fully diluted. The fully diluted shares outstanding count includes diluting securities, such as options, warrants or convertibles.


Explanation

A company may buy back shares or issue shares in any fiscal period. If a company buys back shares, we should observe that the total number of shares decline. If the company issues new shares, the number of shares outstanding increases.

If a company buys back shares, we should also observe negative number for Net Issuance of Stock in its cash flow statement. If a company issues shares, we will observe positive number of Net Issuance of Stock.


Be Aware

Usually the presence of treasury shares and a history of buyback are good indicators that company has competitive advantage. But studies have shown that companies usually buy back at wrong time. Buying back shares below its intrinsic value increases value for remaining shareholders. Buying back overvalued shares destroys value for existing shareholders.


Related Terms

Net Issuance of Stock, Buy Back Rate


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Equifax Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Shares Outstanding 134132129135130128127124123124

Equifax Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Shares Outstanding 123122123123124124124124124124
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