BRYN MAWR TRUST Co decreased its holdings in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 4.3% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 3,550 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 160 shares during the period. BRYN MAWR TRUST Co’s holdings in Equifax were worth $331,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
A number of other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in EFX. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in Equifax in the fourth quarter worth approximately $34,000. Exane Asset Management acquired a new position in Equifax during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $41,000. Doyle Wealth Management acquired a new position in Equifax during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $53,000. Rational Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Equifax by 1,172.7% during the fourth quarter. Rational Advisors LLC now owns 700 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $65,000 after purchasing an additional 645 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Equifax in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $70,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 94.13% of the company’s stock.
Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on EFX shares. Robert W. Baird reduced their price objective on Equifax from $115.00 to $109.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, December 19th. TD Securities reissued an “average” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Monday, January 7th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price objective on Equifax from $115.00 to $104.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, January 8th. Deutsche Bank reduced their price objective on Equifax from $128.00 to $110.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Monday, January 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 7th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. Equifax presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $119.45.
EFX stock traded up $1.11 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $126.17. The stock had a trading volume of 499,826 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,030,482. The stock has a market cap of $15.09 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.79, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.57 and a beta of 1.24. Equifax Inc. has a 52 week low of $88.68 and a 52 week high of $138.69. 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 (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 20th. The credit services provider reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ 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 return on equity of 21.58% and a net margin of 8.78%. The business’s revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.39 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that Equifax Inc. will post 5.67 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, March 12th were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, March 11th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.24%. Equifax’s payout ratio is presently 26.94%.
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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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