Equifax Q4 Earnings Climb 14%

Equifax Inc., Atlanta, reported fourth-quarter 2005 revenue of $361.3 million last week, up 10 percent over the same quarter in 2004.

Earnings from continuing operations rose 14 percent to $63 million in the quarter over the previous year.

Revenue increased 13 percent for the full year 2005 to $1.4 billion. For the entire year of 2005 compared with 2004:

· Cash flow from operations rose 9 percent to $338 million.

· Free cash flow increased 12 percent to $292 million.

· Consolidated operating margin was 29 percent, down from 30 percent.

· The North America segment reported revenue up 13 percent to $1.2 billion.

· North America Information Services revenue climbed 14 percent to $806 million.

· Marketing Services revenue was up 7 percent to $254 million.

· Personal Solutions revenue grew 19 percent to $115 million.

· Europe revenue was flat at $142 million.

· Latin America revenue was up 38 percent to $127 million.

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