Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $113.64.
Several equities research analysts have weighed in on EFX shares. ValuEngine raised Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $127.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. Wells Fargo & Co increased their target price on Equifax from $140.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 1st. Bank of America started coverage on Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, October 23rd. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $123.00 target price on the stock. Finally, TheStreet lowered Equifax from a “b” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 24th.
Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 0.5% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 12,212,967 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,594,647,000 after purchasing an additional 65,505 shares during the period. Capital International Investors boosted its stake in Equifax by 2.3% during the third quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 6,475,374 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $845,490,000 after buying an additional 148,440 shares in the last quarter. Cantillon Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in Equifax by 29.5% during the third quarter. Cantillon Capital Management LLC now owns 2,405,738 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $314,117,000 after buying an additional 547,986 shares in the last quarter. Senator Investment Group LP boosted its stake in Equifax by 115.0% during the third quarter. Senator Investment Group LP now owns 2,150,000 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $280,726,000 after buying an additional 1,150,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Mackenzie Financial Corp boosted its stake in Equifax by 1.2% during the third quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 1,913,405 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $249,833,000 after buying an additional 22,228 shares in the last quarter. 90.50% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
Shares of NYSE EFX opened at $93.68 on Friday. Equifax has a 1-year low of $88.68 and a 1-year high of $138.69. The company has a current ratio of 1.19, a quick ratio of 1.19 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.36 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.69, a P/E/G ratio of 2.24 and a beta of 1.10.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 24th. The credit services provider reported $1.41 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.42 by ($0.01). Equifax had a return on equity of 21.48% and a net margin of 13.07%. The company had revenue of $834.20 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $857.51 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.53 earnings per share. Sell-side analysts anticipate that Equifax will post 5.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 23rd were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.67%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 21st. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.13%.
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), International, Workforce Solutions, 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 loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.
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