California State Teachers Retirement System Acquires 1,867 Shares of Equifax Inc. (EFX)

California State Teachers Retirement System lifted its holdings in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 0.9% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 205,076 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after buying an additional 1,867 shares during the period. California State Teachers Retirement System owned 0.17% of Equifax worth $19,099,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors have also made changes to their positions in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc grew its position in Equifax by 0.5% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 12,212,967 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $1,594,647,000 after purchasing an additional 65,505 shares during the last quarter. Capital International Investors grew its position in Equifax by 2.3% in the 3rd quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 6,475,374 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $845,490,000 after purchasing an additional 148,440 shares during the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA lifted its stake in shares of Equifax by 49.4% in the 4th 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. Mackenzie Financial Corp lifted its stake in shares of Equifax by 44.5% in the 4th quarter. Mackenzie Financial Corp now owns 2,764,891 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $257,494,000 after acquiring an additional 851,486 shares during the period. Finally, Cantillon Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Equifax by 0.7% in the 4th 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. 93.39% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $125.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $119.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Deutsche Bank reduced their price target on shares of Equifax from $128.00 to $110.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Monday, January 14th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $103.00 price target on shares of Equifax and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 22nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $119.45.

EFX stock opened at $111.02 on Friday. Equifax Inc. has a 12 month low of $88.68 and a 12 month high of $138.69. The company has a market cap of $13.40 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.17, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a quick ratio of 1.09, a current ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, February 20th. The credit services provider reported $1.38 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.06. Equifax had a net margin of 8.78% and a return on equity of 21.58%. The business had revenue of $835.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $841.49 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $1.39 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Equifax Inc. will post 5.67 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 29th. Investors of record on Tuesday, March 12th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.41%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, March 11th. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio is presently 26.94%.

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Equifax Profile

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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