Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) have received a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the seventeen brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation and eight have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $134.50.
Several equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Morgan Stanley increased their price objective on shares of Equifax from $129.00 to $131.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 10th. Credit Suisse Group boosted their target price on shares of Equifax from $150.00 to $157.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, October 25th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Barclays reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $140.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, December 18th. Finally, Raymond James reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, November 8th.
In related news, insider J Dann Adams sold 9,392 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $134.72, for a total transaction of $1,265,290.24. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Prasanna Dhore sold 6,192 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $140.00, for a total value of $866,880.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.86% of the company’s stock.
NYSE EFX traded up $0.71 during trading on Friday, hitting $140.21. 23,526 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 592,917. The company has a current ratio of 0.57, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11. The company has a market cap of $16.88 billion, a PE ratio of 24.21, a P/E/G ratio of 2.89 and a beta of 1.20. Equifax has a fifty-two week low of $88.68 and a fifty-two week high of $148.59. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $137.90 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $139.03.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The credit services provider reported $1.48 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.44 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $875.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $870.17 million. Equifax had a negative net margin of 11.13% and a positive return on equity of 24.39%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.41 EPS. Analysts forecast that Equifax will post 5.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 22nd were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 21st. Equifax’s payout ratio is 26.94%.
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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