BRYN MAWR TRUST Co reduced its stake in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 10.4% in the 4th quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 5,035 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 582 shares during the quarter. BRYN MAWR TRUST Co’s holdings in Equifax were worth $594,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently bought and sold shares of the business. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter valued at about $101,000. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Equifax during the third quarter valued at about $130,000. Truewealth LLC acquired a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter valued at about $164,000. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter valued at about $201,000. Finally, Deroy & Devereaux Private Investment Counsel Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter valued at about $203,000. 93.36% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on EFX. Barclays reduced their price objective on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $128.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Monday, March 5th. Wells Fargo reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $132.00 price objective (up from $127.00) on shares of Equifax in a report on Monday, March 5th. 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. Royal Bank of Canada reduced their price objective on shares of Equifax to $121.00 and set a “sector perform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, William Blair reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $130.07.
Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) opened at $117.63 on Friday. Equifax Inc. has a twelve month low of $89.59 and a twelve month high of $147.02. The firm has a market cap of $14,786.05, a PE ratio of 24.35, a P/E/G ratio of 2.08 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a current ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 0.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.54.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The credit services provider reported $1.39 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.35 by $0.04. Equifax had a net margin of 17.47% and a return on equity of 23.31%. The business had revenue of $838.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $825.70 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.42 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Equifax Inc. will post 5.92 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Monday, March 12th will be issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.33%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 9th. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 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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