Capital Guardian Trust Co. Invests $33.76 Million in Equifax, Inc. (EFX)

Capital Guardian Trust Co. acquired a new stake in Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm acquired 318,524 shares of the credit services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $33,760,000. Capital Guardian Trust Co. owned approximately 0.27% of Equifax at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of EFX. Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its holdings in shares of Equifax by 11,042.5% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,729,992 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $237,735,000 after acquiring an additional 1,714,466 shares in the last quarter. Assenagon Asset Management S.A. acquired a new stake in Equifax during the third quarter valued at approximately $90,020,000. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in Equifax by 7.0% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,933,776 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,365,099,000 after purchasing an additional 653,096 shares during the last quarter. Artemis Investment Management LLP lifted its stake in Equifax by 478.6% during the third quarter. Artemis Investment Management LLP now owns 703,006 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $74,505,000 after purchasing an additional 581,509 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Meritage Group LP acquired a new stake in Equifax during the third quarter valued at approximately $50,723,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.45% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Equifax, Inc. (EFX) traded up $0.57 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $117.40. 1,143,700 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,592,153. The company has a current ratio of 0.67, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. The stock has a market cap of $14,100.00, a P/E ratio of 19.60, a PEG ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.94. Equifax, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $89.59 and a fifty-two week high of $147.02.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $834.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $847.28 million. Equifax had a net margin of 16.18% and a return on equity of 24.45%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.44 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Equifax, Inc. will post 5.93 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, November 24th will be given a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 22nd. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.33%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.21%.

Several analysts recently commented on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $149.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Wells Fargo & Company raised shares of Equifax from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and cut their target price for the company from $135.00 to $127.00 in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. SunTrust Banks increased their target price on shares of Equifax from $110.00 to $155.00 in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Stephens reissued a “hold” rating and set a $110.00 target price (down from $145.00) on shares of Equifax in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group assumed coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $116.00 target price for the company. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $128.07.

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Equifax 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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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