Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has received an average rating of “Hold” from the sixteen research firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $121.27.
Several brokerages have commented on EFX. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Barclays reissued a “hold” rating and set a $125.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research report on Monday, May 6th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $119.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, February 22nd. BNP Paribas began coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, March 15th. They set an “underperform” rating and a $106.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Exane BNP Paribas began coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, March 15th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $106.00 price target on the stock.
NYSE EFX traded down $0.43 on Friday, reaching $121.12. The company had a trading volume of 556,155 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,006,020. The firm has a market cap of $14.34 billion, a PE ratio of 20.92, a PEG ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a current ratio of 0.57, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02. Equifax has a 1-year low of $88.68 and a 1-year high of $138.69.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its earnings results on Friday, May 10th. The credit services provider reported $1.20 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.19 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $846.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $850.07 million. Equifax had a negative net margin of 10.23% and a positive return on equity of 21.95%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.43 EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Equifax will post 5.64 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 14th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 24th will be issued a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 23rd. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.29%. Equifax’s payout ratio is 26.94%.
Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc raised its holdings in shares of Equifax by 0.5% in the 3rd 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. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA raised its holdings in shares of Equifax by 49.4% in the 4th quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 5,910,763 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $550,470,000 after purchasing an additional 1,954,808 shares during the period. Mackenzie Financial Corp raised its holdings in shares of Equifax by 44.5% in the 4th quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 2,764,891 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $257,494,000 after purchasing an additional 851,486 shares during the period. Cantillon Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Equifax by 0.7% in the 4th quarter. Cantillon Capital Management LLC now owns 2,421,681 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $225,531,000 after purchasing an additional 15,943 shares during the period. Finally, OppenheimerFunds Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Equifax by 0.9% in the 1st quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 1,737,528 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $205,897,000 after purchasing an additional 15,617 shares during the period. 92.96% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
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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