Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. Buys 35,980 Shares of Equifax Inc. (EFX)

Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. grew its stake in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 49.8% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 108,294 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 35,980 shares during the period. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc.’s holdings in Equifax were worth $12,833,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Butensky & Cohen Financial Security Inc. grew its holdings in Equifax by 12.6% during the fourth quarter. Butensky & Cohen Financial Security Inc. now owns 12,935 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,205,000 after acquiring an additional 1,445 shares during the period. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA grew its holdings in Equifax by 49.4% during the fourth quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 5,910,763 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $550,470,000 after acquiring an additional 1,954,808 shares during the period. Morningstar Investment Services LLC grew its holdings in Equifax by 55.2% during the fourth quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC now owns 4,421 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $412,000 after acquiring an additional 1,572 shares during the period. Cantillon Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in Equifax by 0.7% during the fourth quarter. Cantillon Capital Management LLC now owns 2,421,681 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $225,531,000 after acquiring an additional 15,943 shares during the period. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc grew its holdings in Equifax by 0.5% during the third quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 12,212,967 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,594,647,000 after acquiring an additional 65,505 shares during the period. 92.90% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Equifax stock opened at $125.26 on Monday. The company has a current ratio of 1.09, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83. The firm has a market capitalization of $15.12 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.63, a PEG ratio of 2.59 and a beta of 1.24. Equifax Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $88.68 and a fifty-two week high of $138.69.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, February 20th. The credit services provider reported $1.38 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.06. Equifax had a return on equity of 21.58% and a net margin of 8.78%. The company had revenue of $835.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $841.49 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.39 earnings per share. Equifax’s revenue was down .4% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Equifax Inc. will post 5.66 EPS for the current year.

Several analysts have weighed in on the company. BNP Paribas assumed coverage on Equifax in a report on Friday, March 15th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $106.00 target price on the stock. Exane BNP Paribas assumed coverage on Equifax in a report on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $106.00 target price on the stock. Morgan Stanley set a $103.00 target price on Equifax and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. SunTrust Banks reissued 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, Zacks Investment Research raised Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $119.45.

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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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