Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) Will Announce Earnings of $1.50 Per Share

Brokerages forecast that Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) will announce $1.50 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Six analysts have issued estimates for Equifax’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $1.51 and the lowest is $1.48. Equifax reported earnings per share of $1.38 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 8.7%. The company is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Wednesday, February 19th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Equifax will report full year earnings of $5.58 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.57 to $5.59. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will report earnings of $5.83 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.61 to $6.00. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of analysts that follow Equifax.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 23rd. The credit services provider reported $1.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.44 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $875.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $870.17 million. Equifax had a positive return on equity of 24.39% and a negative net margin of 11.13%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.41 earnings per share.

Several research firms have commented on EFX. Bank of America lifted their price objective on shares of Equifax from $122.00 to $130.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. Credit Suisse Group upped their price objective on Equifax from $150.00 to $157.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, October 25th. William Blair reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, October 25th. Finally, TD Securities upgraded shares of Equifax to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 4th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $133.00.

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

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of EFX. Invesco Ltd. increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 330.9% in the 2nd quarter. Invesco Ltd. now owns 2,233,499 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $302,059,000 after acquiring an additional 1,715,222 shares during the period. Egerton Capital UK LLP purchased a new stake in shares of Equifax during the 2nd quarter worth $103,394,000. Generation Investment Management LLP boosted its position in Equifax by 26.6% during the second quarter. Generation Investment Management LLP now owns 3,240,423 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $438,235,000 after purchasing an additional 680,935 shares in the last quarter. Westwood Holdings Group Inc. bought a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter valued at about $66,020,000. Finally, Nuveen Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in Equifax during the second quarter valued at about $64,296,000. 93.71% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

NYSE:EFX opened at $138.50 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $16.77 billion, a PE ratio of 23.92, a PEG ratio of 2.87 and a beta of 1.20. The stock’s fifty day moving average is $138.42 and its 200 day moving average is $137.54. Equifax has a fifty-two week low of $88.68 and a fifty-two week high of $148.59. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.11, a quick ratio of 0.57 and a current ratio of 0.57.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.13%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 21st. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.94%.

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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