Equifax (EFX) Receiving Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

News stories about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have been trending somewhat negative on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a media sentiment score of -0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 43.6064005570208 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

EFX has been the subject of several analyst reports. SunTrust Banks raised their price objective on shares of Equifax from $110.00 to $155.00 in a research note on Friday, September 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $141.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Evercore ISI reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $174.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Saturday, September 9th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $149.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, September 8th. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $128.93.

Shares of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) traded up $1.48 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $121.64. 1,237,277 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,468,433. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,610.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.52, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 0.67, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. Equifax has a 12 month low of $89.59 and a 12 month high of $147.02.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. Equifax had a net margin of 16.18% and a return on equity of 24.45%. The company had revenue of $834.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $847.28 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.44 earnings per share. Equifax’s revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Equifax will post 5.92 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 24th were issued a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.28%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 22nd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio is currently 35.29%.

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About Equifax

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.

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