Rational Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 1,172.7% during the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 700 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 645 shares during the quarter. Rational Advisors LLC’s holdings in Equifax were worth $65,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Renaissance Technologies LLC bought a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter worth $1,477,000. Bank of Montreal Can raised its position in Equifax by 42.9% during the third quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 70,595 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $9,217,000 after acquiring an additional 21,186 shares in the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC raised its position in Equifax by 5.4% during the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 45,764 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $5,975,000 after acquiring an additional 2,329 shares in the last quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 13.2% in the third quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd now owns 6,191 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $808,000 after purchasing an additional 721 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Three Peaks Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Equifax in the third quarter valued at $2,333,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.39% of the company’s stock.
Several equities analysts recently commented on EFX shares. TD Securities restated an “average” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Monday, January 7th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $119.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Exane BNP Paribas assumed coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday. They set a “neutral” rating and a $106.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, BNP Paribas started coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday. They set an “underperform” rating and a $106.00 price objective on the stock. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $119.45.
NYSE EFX traded up $0.70 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $111.02. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 884,799 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,130,247. Equifax Inc. has a twelve month low of $88.68 and a twelve month high of $138.69. The company has a current ratio of 1.09, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83. The company has a market cap of $13.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.17, a PEG ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 1.23.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 20th. The credit services provider reported $1.38 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.06. Equifax had a return on equity of 21.58% and a net margin of 8.78%. The business had revenue of $835.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $841.49 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.39 EPS. The business’s revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts predict that Equifax Inc. will post 5.67 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, March 12th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.41%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, March 11th. Equifax’s payout ratio is 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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