Equifax (EFX) Earning Somewhat Critical News Coverage, Study Shows

Media stories about Equifax (NYSE:EFX) have trended somewhat negative this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Equifax earned a coverage optimism score of -0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 44.3457483748733 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on EFX. ValuEngine raised shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 8th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 27th. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on shares of Equifax from $120.00 to $117.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, July 26th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price objective on shares of Equifax from $135.00 to $150.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $123.54.

Equifax stock traded up $0.59 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $133.97. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 739,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,030,462. The company has a current ratio of 1.40, a quick ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80. Equifax has a 12 month low of $89.59 and a 12 month high of $143.37. The stock has a market cap of $15.97 billion, a PE ratio of 22.35, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.02 and a beta of 0.88.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 25th. The credit services provider reported $1.56 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.02. Equifax had a net margin of 14.76% and a return on equity of 22.03%. The firm had revenue of $876.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $886.00 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.60 earnings per share. Equifax’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Equifax will post 5.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 14th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 24th will be given a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.16%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.13%.

Equifax Company Profile

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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