Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the sixteen analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have given a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $121.27.
A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on EFX shares. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $125.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, February 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $119.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Deutsche Bank downgraded Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their price objective for the company from $128.00 to $110.00 in a report on Tuesday, February 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research raised Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $125.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Monday, May 6th.
Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Cresset Asset Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Equifax in the first quarter valued at approximately $34,000. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. bought a new position in Equifax in the 1st quarter worth approximately $41,000. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in Equifax in the 4th quarter worth approximately $34,000. Parallel Advisors LLC raised its position in Equifax by 139.0% in the 1st quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 380 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $45,000 after purchasing an additional 221 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Fifth Third Bancorp raised its position in Equifax by 73.0% in the 1st quarter. Fifth Third Bancorp now owns 422 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $50,000 after purchasing an additional 178 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 92.96% of the company’s stock.
NYSE EFX traded down $0.43 during trading on Friday, reaching $121.12. 556,155 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,006,020. The company has a current ratio of 0.57, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02. The company has a market capitalization of $14.34 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.92, a PEG ratio of 2.46 and a beta of 1.25. 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 Friday, May 10th. The credit services provider reported $1.20 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.19 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $846.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $850.07 million. Equifax had a positive return on equity of 21.95% and a negative net margin of 10.23%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.43 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Equifax will post 5.64 earnings per share 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 paid a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 26.94%.
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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