Oakworth Capital Inc. Raises Holdings in Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX)

Oakworth Capital Inc. grew its position in shares of Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 12,660.0% during the third quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 6,380 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 6,330 shares during the quarter. Oakworth Capital Inc.’s holdings in Equifax were worth $909,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 22.1% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 72,450 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $9,956,000 after purchasing an additional 13,108 shares during the period. LS Investment Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 3.4% during the 2nd quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 4,705 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $647,000 after purchasing an additional 156 shares during the period. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 1.4% during the 2nd quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 7,500 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,031,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 7.3% during the 2nd quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 33,780 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $4,642,000 after purchasing an additional 2,308 shares during the period. Finally, Huntington National Bank raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.4% during the 2nd quarter. Huntington National Bank now owns 4,135 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $568,000 after purchasing an additional 17 shares during the period. 95.45% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) opened at $116.83 on Friday. Equifax, Inc. has a twelve month low of $89.59 and a twelve month high of $147.02. The company has a current ratio of 0.67, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. The company has a market capitalization of $13,735.88, a PE ratio of 19.10, a PEG ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.94.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.45% and a net margin of 16.18%. The company had revenue of $834.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $847.28 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.44 earnings per share. Equifax’s revenue was up 3.8% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts forecast that Equifax, Inc. will post 5.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 24th will be issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.34%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 22nd. Equifax’s payout ratio is 35.29%.

EFX has been the topic of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Equifax from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Royal Bank Of Canada boosted their price objective on Equifax from $113.00 to $114.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Stifel Nicolaus cut Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from $149.00 to $115.00 in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $116.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Eight equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $128.07.

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About Equifax

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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