Alyeska Investment Group L.P. Buys Shares of 253,791 Equifax, Inc. (EFX)

Alyeska Investment Group L.P. bought a new stake in shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 253,791 shares of the credit services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $26,899,000. Alyeska Investment Group L.P. owned approximately 0.21% of Equifax at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors have also made changes to their positions in EFX. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 7.0% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,933,776 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,365,099,000 after purchasing an additional 653,096 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 18.5% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 480,790 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $66,070,000 after purchasing an additional 75,144 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 3.2% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 437,845 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $60,169,000 after purchasing an additional 13,500 shares during the period. Airain ltd increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 166.0% in the second quarter. Airain ltd now owns 12,161 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $1,671,000 after purchasing an additional 7,590 shares during the period. Finally, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 0.7% in the second quarter. Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. now owns 1,683,442 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $231,339,000 after purchasing an additional 11,216 shares during the period. 95.45% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on EFX. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $149.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $110.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Evercore ISI reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $110.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, Stephens reissued an “equal weight” rating and issued a $110.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $128.07.

Equifax, Inc. (NYSE EFX) traded up $0.57 during trading on Friday, reaching $117.40. The company had a trading volume of 1,140,646 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,107,023. The firm has a market capitalization of $14,097.28, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.60, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.94. Equifax, Inc. has a 12-month low of $89.59 and a 12-month high of $147.02. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a current ratio of 0.67.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $834.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $847.28 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.45% and a net margin of 16.18%. Equifax’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.44 earnings per share. sell-side analysts anticipate that Equifax, Inc. will post 5.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 24th will be given a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 22nd. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.33%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio is currently 35.29%.

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About Equifax

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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