Insider Buying: Equifax Inc. (EFX) Director Acquires 1,000 Shares of Stock
Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) Director G. Thomas Hough purchased 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 14th. The shares were bought at an average price of $113.91 per share, for a total transaction of $113,910.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 5,307 shares in the company, valued at approximately $604,520.37. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.
G. Thomas Hough also recently made the following trade(s):
- On Thursday, November 10th, G. Thomas Hough purchased 1,000 shares of Equifax stock. The shares were bought at an average price of $122.25 per share, for a total transaction of $122,250.00.
- On Friday, October 28th, G. Thomas Hough purchased 2,000 shares of Equifax stock. The shares were bought at an average price of $123.85 per share, for a total transaction of $247,700.00.
Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded up 1.14% during trading on Wednesday, hitting $119.50. The stock had a trading volume of 1,314,574 shares. The stock has a market capitalization of $14.31 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.25 and a beta of 0.85. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $127.40 and its 200 day moving average is $128.41. Equifax Inc. has a 52 week low of $91.72 and a 52 week high of $136.97.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $1.44 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.36 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $804.10 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $208.05 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.73% and a net margin of 15.87%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 20.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.14 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Equifax Inc. will post $5.46 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 23rd will be issued a dividend of $0.33 per share. This represents a $1.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.10%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 21st. Equifax’s payout ratio is 33.42%.
A number of analysts have recently weighed in on EFX shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, September 27th. Royal Bank Of Canada increased their price target on Equifax from $142.00 to $146.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 28th. Deutsche Bank AG increased their price target on Equifax from $125.00 to $145.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $128.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. Finally, Barclays PLC raised their target price on Equifax from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 21st. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $140.70.
A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Mission Wealth Management LLC increased its stake in Equifax by 0.3% in the second quarter. Mission Wealth Management LLC now owns 2,269 shares of the company’s stock worth $291,000 after buying an additional 7 shares during the last quarter. Conning Inc. increased its position in shares of Equifax by 0.3% in the second quarter. Conning Inc. now owns 2,873 shares of the company’s stock valued at $369,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the last quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan increased its position in shares of Equifax by 0.3% in the third quarter. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan now owns 3,760 shares of the company’s stock valued at $506,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the last quarter. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC increased its position in shares of Equifax by 0.3% in the third quarter. Gateway Investment Advisers LLC now owns 8,108 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,091,000 after buying an additional 26 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Appleton Partners Inc. MA increased its position in shares of Equifax by 0.7% in the third quarter. Appleton Partners Inc. MA now owns 5,288 shares of the company’s stock valued at $712,000 after buying an additional 38 shares during the last quarter. 87.80% 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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