Wipfli Financial Advisors LLC Makes New Investment in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX)

Wipfli Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFXGet Rating) during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 1,261 shares of the credit services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $216,000.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in Equifax by 29.5% in the 1st quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 3,516 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $834,000 after acquiring an additional 801 shares during the last quarter. American Century Companies Inc. grew its stake in shares of Equifax by 9.9% in the first quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 4,944 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,172,000 after purchasing an additional 444 shares during the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC increased its holdings in Equifax by 14.1% during the 1st quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 1,830 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $434,000 after purchasing an additional 226 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Equifax by 2.0% during the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 439,028 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $104,100,000 after purchasing an additional 8,662 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Sei Investments Co. lifted its holdings in Equifax by 0.8% in the 1st quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 17,409 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $4,141,000 after buying an additional 134 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 93.84% of the company’s stock.

Insider Buying and Selling

In other news, Director Melissa D. Smith bought 672 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, October 21st. The shares were bought at an average price of $148.69 per share, with a total value of $99,919.68. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 3,474 shares in the company, valued at $516,549.06. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. In related news, CEO Mark W. Begor sold 11,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $165.51, for a total transaction of $1,820,610.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 92,918 shares in the company, valued at $15,378,858.18. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Melissa D. Smith bought 672 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction on Friday, October 21st. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $148.69 per share, with a total value of $99,919.68. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 3,474 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $516,549.06. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders sold 31,100 shares of company stock valued at $5,146,968 over the last 90 days. Company insiders own 1.57% of the company’s stock.

Wall Street Analysts Forecast Growth

A number of equities analysts recently commented on the company. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $250.00 to $161.00 in a report on Wednesday, October 19th. Royal Bank of Canada cut shares of Equifax from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $195.00 to $158.00 in a research report on Thursday, October 20th. Wells Fargo & Company lowered their price objective on shares of Equifax from $200.00 to $165.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, October 21st. Robert W. Baird increased their price objective on Equifax from $199.00 to $223.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, November 25th. Finally, Atlantic Securities upgraded shares of Equifax from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $230.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, November 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. According to data from MarketBeat, the stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $201.47.

Equifax Trading Up 3.3 %

Equifax stock opened at $204.62 on Friday. Equifax Inc. has a one year low of $145.98 and a one year high of $281.02. The business’s fifty day moving average is $191.88 and its 200 day moving average is $189.47. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28, a current ratio of 0.64 and a quick ratio of 0.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $25.05 billion, a PE ratio of 35.52 and a beta of 1.42.

Equifax (NYSE:EFXGet Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 19th. The credit services provider reported $1.73 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.64 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $1.24 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.21 billion. Equifax had a net margin of 13.72% and a return on equity of 25.88%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.85 earnings per share. On average, sell-side analysts predict that Equifax Inc. will post 7.53 EPS for the current year.

Equifax Announces Dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 23rd were paid a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 22nd. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.76%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 27.08%.

Equifax Company Profile

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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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