Guggenheim Capital LLC lifted its stake in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 1.6% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 301,619 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,813 shares during the quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC owned approximately 0.25% of Equifax worth $35,567,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.
Several other large investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. increased its position in shares of Equifax by 7.1% during the fourth quarter. Nomura Asset Management Co. Ltd. now owns 16,961 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $2,000,000 after acquiring an additional 1,124 shares during the period. Farallon Capital Management LLC increased its position in shares of Equifax by 0.7% during the fourth quarter. Farallon Capital Management LLC now owns 1,299,175 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $153,199,000 after acquiring an additional 9,175 shares during the period. Profund Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Equifax by 25.6% during the fourth quarter. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 4,141 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $488,000 after acquiring an additional 844 shares during the period. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec increased its position in shares of Equifax by 3.8% during the fourth quarter. Caisse DE Depot ET Placement DU Quebec now owns 16,371 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,930,000 after acquiring an additional 600 shares during the period. Finally, Truewealth LLC purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter worth approximately $164,000. 93.36% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
A number of brokerages have recently commented on EFX. Royal Bank of Canada reduced their target price on shares of Equifax to $121.00 and set a “sector perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $137.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. SunTrust Banks lifted their price objective on shares of Equifax to $140.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. Barclays cut their price objective on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $128.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Nine research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $130.07.
Shares of Equifax Inc. (EFX) opened at $122.26 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $14,830.50, a P/E ratio of 20.72, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 0.99. Equifax Inc. has a one year low of $89.59 and a one year high of $147.02. The company has a quick ratio of 0.60, a current ratio of 0.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.39 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $838.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $825.70 million. Equifax had a net margin of 17.47% and a return on equity of 23.31%. Equifax’s revenue was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.42 earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Equifax Inc. will post 5.92 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Monday, March 12th will be paid a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, March 9th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.28%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 32.30%.
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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.
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