Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) have received a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eleven analysts that are currently covering the firm. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $140.11.
Several analysts recently commented on EFX shares. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $136.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, June 15th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Thursday, June 16th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $128.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Thursday, July 28th. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on shares of Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price objective on shares of Equifax from $133.00 to $155.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th.
In other news, insider Paulino R. Barros sold 5,205 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $132.00, for a total transaction of $687,060.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 10,786 shares in the company, valued at $1,423,752. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $134.00, for a total transaction of $592,548.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 57,804 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,745,736. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 2.01% of the company’s stock.
A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC increased its stake in Equifax by 14.1% in the second quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC now owns 956 shares of the company’s stock worth $123,000 after buying an additional 118 shares during the last quarter. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. bought a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter worth about $123,000. Global X Management Co. LLC increased its stake in Equifax by 56.2% in the second quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC now owns 981 shares of the company’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 353 shares during the last quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp bought a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter worth about $132,000. Finally, Financial Architects Inc increased its stake in Equifax by 1,379.5% in the second quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,154 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,000 after buying an additional 1,076 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.64% of the company’s stock.
Shares of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) opened at 130.14 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $15.53 billion, a PE ratio of 33.88 and a beta of 0.87. Equifax has a 1-year low of $91.72 and a 1-year high of $136.97. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $132.55 and a 200 day moving average of $126.34.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.07. Equifax had a net margin of 16.11% and a return on equity of 24.51%. The firm earned $811.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $802.85 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.15 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Equifax will post ($0.47) EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 19th were issued a dividend of $0.33 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 17th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.01%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 34.38%.
Equifax Company Profile
Equifax Inc is a provider of 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 Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services.
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