North Star Asset Management Inc. Has $10,742,000 Position in Equifax Inc. (EFX)
North Star Asset Management Inc. maintained its stake in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 93,989 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Equifax accounts for approximately 1.3% of North Star Asset Management Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 19th largest position. North Star Asset Management Inc. owned 0.08% of Equifax worth $10,742,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Royce & Associates LP boosted its stake in Equifax by 0.4% in the first quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 23,712 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,710,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. Landscape Capital Management L.L.C. boosted its stake in Equifax by 292.5% in the first quarter. Landscape Capital Management L.L.C. now owns 21,037 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,404,000 after buying an additional 15,677 shares during the period. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. purchased a new stake in Equifax during the first quarter valued at approximately $8,447,000. Sentry Investment Management LLC boosted its stake in Equifax by 9.2% in the first quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 7,448 shares of the company’s stock valued at $851,000 after buying an additional 625 shares during the period. Finally, BlackRock Japan Co. Ltd boosted its stake in Equifax by 12.6% in the first quarter. BlackRock Japan Co. Ltd now owns 201,692 shares of the company’s stock valued at $23,051,000 after buying an additional 22,549 shares during the period. 88.64% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded down 1.57% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $130.14. The company had a trading volume of 664,403 shares. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $132.58 and a 200 day moving average price of $126.21. Equifax Inc. has a one year low of $91.72 and a one year high of $136.97. The company has a market capitalization of $15.53 billion, a P/E ratio of 33.88 and a beta of 0.87.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.07. The business earned $811.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $802.85 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.51% and a net margin of 16.11%. Equifax’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.15 EPS. On average, equities analysts expect that Equifax Inc. will post ($0.47) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 19th were issued a dividend of $0.33 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 17th. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.01%. Equifax’s payout ratio is currently 34.38%.
A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $128.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research note on Thursday, July 28th. Deutsche Bank AG boosted their target price on Equifax from $125.00 to $145.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Stifel Nicolaus boosted their target price on Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their target price on Equifax from $133.00 to $155.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $148.00 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, August 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $140.11.
In other Equifax news, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $134.00, for a total transaction of $592,548.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 57,804 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,745,736. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 3,100 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $131.87, for a total value of $408,797.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 46,936 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,189,450.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.01% of the company’s stock.
Equifax Inc is a provider of 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 Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services.
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