Equities research analysts predict that Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) will post $1.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seven analysts have issued estimates for Equifax’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.33 and the highest is $1.38. Equifax posted earnings per share of $1.42 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a negative year-over-year growth rate of 4.9%. The business is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Wednesday, February 14th.

On average, analysts expect that Equifax will report full year earnings of $5.92 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.90 to $5.95. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the company will report earnings of $5.85 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.33 to $6.15. Zacks’ EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that cover Equifax.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The credit services provider reported $1.53 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.49 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $834.80 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $847.28 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.45% and a net margin of 16.18%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.44 earnings per share.

EFX has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Royal Bank of Canada cut their price objective on Equifax from $154.00 to $113.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Deutsche Bank restated a “buy” rating and set a $115.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on Equifax in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $116.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co set a $127.00 price objective on Equifax and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $128.67.

Shares of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) traded up $0.18 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $122.34. The stock had a trading volume of 165,934 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,160,000. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,670.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 0.67, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64. Equifax has a 52-week low of $89.59 and a 52-week high of $147.02.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC lifted its stake in Equifax by 5.0% in the second quarter. YorkBridge Wealth Partners LLC now owns 781 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $108,000 after purchasing an additional 37 shares during the last quarter. National Asset Management Inc. lifted its stake in Equifax by 3.0% in the second quarter. National Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,930 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $267,000 after purchasing an additional 57 shares during the last quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC lifted its stake in Equifax by 1.4% in the second quarter. Sentry Investment Management LLC now owns 7,057 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $970,000 after purchasing an additional 96 shares during the last quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC lifted its stake in Equifax by 0.5% in the second quarter. HighTower Advisors LLC now owns 19,836 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $2,716,000 after purchasing an additional 97 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB lifted its stake in Equifax by 0.6% in the second quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 27,468 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $3,775,000 after purchasing an additional 177 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 95.12% of the company’s stock.

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Equifax Company Profile

Equifax Inc is a global provider of information solutions and human resources business process outsourcing services for businesses, governments and consumers. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), International, Workforce Solutions and Global Consumer Solutions. Its products and services are based on databases of consumer and business information derived from various sources, including credit, financial assets, telecommunications and utility payments, employment, income, demographic and marketing data.

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