Schroder Investment Management Group reduced its stake in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 0.3% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 196,923 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 500 shares during the period. Schroder Investment Management Group owned 0.16% of Equifax worth $25,712,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Columbus Circle Investors lifted its holdings in shares of Equifax by 100.2% during the 3rd quarter. Columbus Circle Investors now owns 300,136 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $39,189,000 after acquiring an additional 150,204 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can raised its holdings in Equifax by 42.9% in the third quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 70,595 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $9,217,000 after buying an additional 21,186 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC purchased a new position in Equifax in the second quarter valued at approximately $1,477,000. Senator Investment Group LP purchased a new position in Equifax in the second quarter valued at approximately $125,110,000. Finally, BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp raised its holdings in Equifax by 9.6% in the second quarter. BRITISH COLUMBIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT Corp now owns 268,624 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $33,608,000 after buying an additional 23,492 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 92.27% of the company’s stock.
NYSE EFX opened at $102.67 on Friday. Equifax Inc. has a one year low of $90.54 and a one year high of $138.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81, a quick ratio of 1.19 and a current ratio of 1.19. The company has a market capitalization of $12.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.49 and a beta of 1.12.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 14th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 23rd will be given a $0.39 dividend. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.52%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 21st. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.13%.
Several research firms recently commented on EFX. Bank of America began coverage on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, October 23rd. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $123.00 price target on the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 26th. TheStreet lowered shares of Equifax from a “b” rating to a “c” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 24th. Morgan Stanley set a $126.00 price target on shares of Equifax and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 15th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a report on Tuesday, November 13th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $128.44.
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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