Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) Receives Consensus Rating of “Buy” from Analysts

Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFXGet Rating) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the seventeen ratings firms that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $260.54.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on EFX. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft decreased their price objective on Equifax from $265.00 to $225.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a report on Friday, April 22nd. Needham & Company LLC lowered their price target on Equifax from $335.00 to $275.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 22nd. Truist Financial raised Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $280.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, January 27th. Royal Bank of Canada lowered their target price on shares of Equifax from $300.00 to $244.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, April 21st. Finally, The Goldman Sachs Group cut their price target on shares of Equifax from $255.00 to $221.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 21st.

NYSE:EFX opened at $198.19 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $24.24 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.02, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 1.50. Equifax has a twelve month low of $188.90 and a twelve month high of $300.11. The business has a 50 day moving average price of $220.31 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $246.85. The company has a quick ratio of 0.54, a current ratio of 0.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.16.

Equifax (NYSE:EFXGet Rating) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 20th. The credit services provider reported $2.22 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $2.15 by $0.07. Equifax had a net margin of 15.06% and a return on equity of 26.93%. The business had revenue of $1.36 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.32 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.97 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 12.4% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, analysts anticipate that Equifax will post 8.15 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 25th will be paid a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 24th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.79%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 25.20%.

In related news, CEO Mark W. Begor sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, April 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $204.74, for a total transaction of $3,071,100.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 43,692 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,945,500.08. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Sid Singh sold 19,222 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction on Friday, February 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $215.93, for a total value of $4,150,606.46. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.57% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of EFX. Eaton Vance Management boosted its holdings in shares of Equifax by 11.6% in the 3rd quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 77,311 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $19,251,000 after purchasing an additional 8,044 shares in the last quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. grew its position in Equifax by 644.1% in the third quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. now owns 9,450 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $2,395,000 after acquiring an additional 8,180 shares during the last quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC raised its stake in Equifax by 46.9% during the third quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC now owns 19,202 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $4,866,000 after acquiring an additional 6,134 shares in the last quarter. Wealthfront Advisers LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Equifax by 18.1% in the fourth quarter. Wealthfront Advisers LLC now owns 3,687 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,080,000 after acquiring an additional 564 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.5% in the 4th quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 16,132 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $4,723,000 after purchasing an additional 85 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 90.92% of the company’s stock.

Equifax Company Profile (Get Rating)

Equifax Inc provides information solutions and human resources business process automation outsourcing services for businesses, governments, and consumers. The company operates through three segments: Workforce Solutions, U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), and International. The Workforce Solutions segment offers employment, income, criminal history, and social security number verification services, as well as payroll-based transaction, employment tax management, and identity theft protection products.

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