Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS Has $836,000 Stake in Equifax Inc. (EFX)

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS lifted its holdings in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 7.3% during the 1st quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 7,056 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 478 shares during the period. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS’s holdings in Equifax were worth $836,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of the company. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter worth $34,000. Ellis Investment Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Equifax during the first quarter worth $36,000. Exane Asset Management acquired a new stake in shares of Equifax during the fourth quarter worth $41,000. Parallel Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Equifax by 139.0% during the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 380 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $45,000 after purchasing an additional 221 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Doyle Wealth Management acquired a new position in Equifax in the fourth quarter valued at $53,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 95.98% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Equifax stock opened at $121.06 on Friday. Equifax Inc. has a twelve month low of $88.68 and a twelve month high of $138.69. The firm has a market capitalization of $14.96 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.91, a PEG ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a current ratio of 0.57.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its earnings results on Friday, May 10th. The credit services provider reported $1.20 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.19 by $0.01. Equifax had a positive return on equity of 21.95% and a negative net margin of 10.23%. The firm had revenue of $846.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $850.07 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.43 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities research analysts predict that Equifax Inc. will post 5.63 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 14th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 24th will be given a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.29%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 23rd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.94%.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on EFX shares. Deutsche Bank cut Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their target price for the company from $128.00 to $110.00 in a report on Tuesday, February 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Morgan Stanley set a $103.00 target price on Equifax and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Credit Suisse Group lifted their target price on Equifax from $125.00 to $130.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. SunTrust Banks reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $125.00 target price on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, February 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, BNP Paribas started coverage on Equifax in a report on Friday, March 15th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $106.00 target price on the stock. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. Equifax has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $121.27.

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About Equifax

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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