Equifax Inc. (EFX) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

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Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the sixteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $119.45.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on EFX. TD Securities reaffirmed an “average” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Monday, January 7th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 22nd. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued 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 issued an “underperform” rating and a $106.00 price target for the company. Finally, Exane BNP Paribas began coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $106.00 price target for the company.

Equifax stock traded up $0.24 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $125.70. The company had a trading volume of 562,038 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,010,645. The stock has a market cap of $15.17 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.71, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.61 and a beta of 1.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 1.09 and a quick ratio of 1.09. Equifax has a 1 year low of $88.68 and a 1 year high of $138.69.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 20th. The credit services provider reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $835.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $841.49 million. Equifax had a net margin of 8.78% and a return on equity of 21.58%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.39 EPS. Research analysts expect that Equifax will post 5.67 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, March 12th were given a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, March 11th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.24%. Equifax’s payout ratio is presently 26.94%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Sanders Morris Harris LLC bought a new position in shares of Equifax during the 1st quarter worth approximately $249,000. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 13.0% during the 1st quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd now owns 30,369 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $3,598,000 after acquiring an additional 3,500 shares in the last quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 19.3% during the 1st quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd now owns 8,237 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $976,000 after acquiring an additional 1,330 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 1.6% during the 1st quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 6,400 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $758,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Truvestments Capital LLC bought a new position in shares of Equifax during the 1st quarter worth approximately $76,000. 92.90% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Equifax

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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