Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) – Equities research analysts at SunTrust Banks dropped their FY2019 earnings per share estimates for shares of Equifax in a research note issued on Thursday, October 24th. SunTrust Banks analyst A. Jeffrey now anticipates that the credit services provider will post earnings of $5.58 per share for the year, down from their prior forecast of $5.59. SunTrust Banks has a “Buy” rating and a $155.00 price target on the stock. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Equifax’s Q4 2019 earnings at $1.49 EPS, Q1 2020 earnings at $1.34 EPS, Q2 2020 earnings at $1.52 EPS, Q3 2020 earnings at $1.52 EPS, Q4 2020 earnings at $1.61 EPS and FY2021 earnings at $6.76 EPS.
Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on EFX. Deutsche Bank raised their price target on shares of Equifax from $110.00 to $136.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 2nd. ValuEngine cut shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada assumed coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, July 3rd. They issued an “outperform” rating for the company. Stephens raised their target price on shares of Equifax from $130.00 to $131.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 26th. Finally, TD Securities raised shares of Equifax to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 4th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $133.00.
Shares of EFX opened at $136.69 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.64 billion, a P/E ratio of 23.61, a P/E/G ratio of 2.86 and a beta of 1.22. Equifax has a twelve month low of $88.68 and a twelve month high of $148.59. The company has a 50 day moving average of $141.04 and a 200-day moving average of $134.85. The company has a quick ratio of 0.54, a current ratio of 0.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The credit services provider reported $1.48 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.04. The company had revenue of $875.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $870.17 million. Equifax had a negative net margin of 11.13% and a positive return on equity of 24.39%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.41 EPS.
Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund boosted its position in Equifax by 0.6% during the second quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 12,593 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,703,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the period. Pacer Advisors Inc. boosted its position in Equifax by 0.7% during the second quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 11,385 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,540,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the period. Commonwealth Bank of Australia boosted its position in Equifax by 36.3% during the second quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 304 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $38,000 after purchasing an additional 81 shares during the period. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC boosted its position in Equifax by 0.3% during the second quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 29,161 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $3,944,000 after purchasing an additional 95 shares during the period. Finally, Hartford Investment Management Co. boosted its position in Equifax by 0.7% during the second quarter. Hartford Investment Management Co. now owns 13,194 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,784,000 after purchasing an additional 97 shares during the period. 95.61% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Equifax Inc provides 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 Global Consumer Solutions. The USIS segment offers consumer and commercial information services, such as credit information and credit scoring, credit modeling and portfolio analytics, locate, fraud detection and prevention, identity verification, and other consulting; mortgage loan origination information; financial marketing; and identity management services.
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