Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio Has $5.78 Million Holdings in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX)

Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio grew its stake in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 0.4% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 41,070 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 157 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio’s holdings in Equifax were worth $5,777,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Rational Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Equifax by 933.3% in the second quarter. Rational Advisors LLC now owns 186 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $25,000 after acquiring an additional 168 shares during the last quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. increased its stake in Equifax by 1,047.1% during the 3rd quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 195 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $27,000 after purchasing an additional 178 shares in the last quarter. Usca Ria LLC bought a new stake in Equifax during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $28,000. Commonwealth Bank of Australia raised its holdings in Equifax by 36.3% during the 2nd quarter. Commonwealth Bank of Australia now owns 304 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $38,000 after buying an additional 81 shares during the period. Finally, Cornerstone Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in Equifax by 188.4% during the 3rd quarter. Cornerstone Advisors Inc. now owns 274 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $39,000 after buying an additional 179 shares during the period. 93.71% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

EFX opened at $136.16 on Wednesday. Equifax Inc. has a 1-year low of $88.68 and a 1-year high of $148.59. The stock’s fifty day simple moving average is $138.82 and its 200 day simple moving average is $137.30. The company has a current ratio of 0.57, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11. The stock has a market cap of $16.91 billion, a PE ratio of 23.52, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.89 and a beta of 1.20.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 23rd. The credit services provider reported $1.48 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.44 by $0.04. The firm 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 company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.41 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that Equifax Inc. will post 5.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 13th. Investors of record on Friday, November 22nd will be issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.15%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 21st. Equifax’s payout ratio is 26.94%.

In related news, insider Prasanna Dhore sold 6,192 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $140.00, for a total transaction of $866,880.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider J Dann Adams sold 9,392 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.72, for a total value of $1,265,290.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.86% of the company’s stock.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Jefferies Financial Group initiated coverage on shares of Equifax in a research note on Wednesday, November 27th. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, October 25th. TD Securities upgraded shares of Equifax to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 4th. Raymond James restated an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, November 8th. Finally, Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on shares of Equifax from $129.00 to $131.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $133.00.

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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