Equifax Inc. (EFX) Director Acquires $420,376.00 in Stock
Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) Director Mark B. Templeton bought 3,400 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 4th. The shares were bought at an average price of $123.64 per share, with a total value of $420,376.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 34,759 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,297,602.76. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.
Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) opened at 116.23 on Friday. Equifax Inc. has a 52-week low of $91.72 and a 52-week high of $136.97. The firm has a market capitalization of $13.92 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.43 and a beta of 0.85. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $128.78 and a 200 day moving average price of $128.33.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $1.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.08. Equifax had a net margin of 15.87% and a return on equity of 24.73%. The company had revenue of $804.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $208.05 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.14 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 20.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that Equifax Inc. will post $5.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 23rd will be issued a $0.33 dividend. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.14%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 21st. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.42%.
A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Deutsche Bank AG set a $145.00 price target on Equifax and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 18th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 4th. RBC Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $146.00 price target (up from $142.00) on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, October 28th. Jefferies Group upped their price target on Equifax from $128.00 to $131.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 4th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $140.70.
Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Trust Co. of Vermont increased its position in shares of Equifax by 370.0% in the third quarter. Trust Co. of Vermont now owns 940 shares of the company’s stock valued at $127,000 after buying an additional 740 shares during the last quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC increased its position in shares of Equifax by 14.1% in the second quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC now owns 956 shares of the company’s stock valued at $123,000 after buying an additional 118 shares during the last quarter. Daiwa SB Investments Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the second quarter valued at about $123,000. Global X Management Co. LLC increased its position in shares of Equifax by 56.2% in the second quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC now owns 981 shares of the company’s stock valued at $126,000 after buying an additional 353 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Van ECK Associates Corp purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the second quarter valued at about $132,000. 89.03% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
Equifax Company Profile
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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