About Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
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. It uses statistical techniques and software tools to analyze all available data, creating customized insights, decision-making solutions and processing services for its clients. It helps consumers understand, manage and protect their personal information and make more informed financial decisions. The Company also provides information, technology and services to support debt collections and recovery management.
Industry, Sector and Symbol:
- Sector: Business Services
- Industry: Professional Information Services
- Sub-Industry: Research & Consulting Services
- Symbol: NYSE:EFX
- CUSIP: 29442910
- Web: www.equifax.com
- Market Cap: $13.23731 billion
- Outstanding Shares: 120,372,000
- 50 Day Moving Avg: $110.96
- 200 Day Moving Avg: $132.14
- 52 Week Range: $89.59 - $147.02
Sales & Book Value:
- Trailing P/E Ratio: 23.29
- Foreward P/E Ratio: 17.77
- P/E Growth: 1.96
- Annual Revenue: $3.29 billion
- Price / Sales: 4.02
- Book Value: $25.09 per share
- Price / Book: 4.38
- Annual Dividend: $1.56
- Dividend Yield: 1.4%
- EBITDA: $1.22 billion
- Net Margins: 17.44%
- Return on Equity: 24.88%
- Return on Assets: 10.51%
- Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.66%
- Current Ratio: 0.74%
- Quick Ratio: 0.74%
- Average Volume: 3.67 million shs.
- Beta: 0.87
- Short Ratio: 3.57
Frequently Asked Questions for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
What is Equifax's stock symbol?
Equifax trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "EFX."
How often does Equifax pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Equifax?
Equifax declared a quarterly dividend on Friday, August 4th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 25th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share on Friday, September 15th. This represents a $1.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.42%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 23rd. View Equifax's Dividend History.
How were Equifax's earnings last quarter?
Equifax, Inc. (NYSE:EFX) announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July, 26th. The company reported $1.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $1.57 by $0.03. The firm earned $856.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $860.48 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.88% and a net margin of 17.44%. The company's revenue was up 5.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.43 earnings per share. View Equifax's Earnings History.
When will Equifax make its next earnings announcement?
What guidance has Equifax issued on next quarter's earnings?
Equifax updated its FY17 earnings guidance on Wednesday, July, 26th. The company provided earnings per share (EPS) guidance of $6.02-6.10 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus EPS estimate of $6.07. The company issued revenue guidance of $3.395-3.425 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $3.41 billion.Equifax also updated its Q3 guidance to $1.50-1.54 EPS.
Where is Equifax's stock going? Where will Equifax's stock price be in 2017?
15 equities research analysts have issued 1-year price targets for Equifax's stock. Their predictions range from $110.00 to $166.00. On average, they anticipate Equifax's stock price to reach $130.27 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Equifax.
What are analysts saying about Equifax stock?
Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Equifax stock:
- 1. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Equifax is a leading information services provider to consumers and businesses. Estimates have been stable lately ahead of the company’s Q2 earnings release. The company has positive record of earnings surprises in recent quarters. We believe that management’s efforts, such as strategic initiatives for product innovation, expansion of data assets through acquisitions and continuous share gains in North America, should act as tailwinds. Also, the company’s strong correlation with the consumer and financial markets, and exposure in the U.S. and Europe are likely to propel growth, moving ahead. However, we expect the company’s investments in new initiatives to weigh on its upcoming quarterly earnings. Additionally, uncertainty surrounding IT spending and strengthening U.S. dollar are some concerns. The stock has underperformed the broader market in the last one year." (7/17/2017)
- 2. Stifel Nicolaus analysts commented, "We came away from today's management meeting with the view that organic revenue growth in 2018 will be at the high end of the 6%-8% range due to very strong new product initiatives (NPI), all else being equal. It was clear to us that innovation around creating new data sets/analytics is a core growth driver for each of the business units and an activity the company spends considerable time and energy on ' we believe this is the right approach for creating a sustainable and healthy organic growth trajectory for years. The company's innovation focus is becoming more fruitful, and this focus, together with commentary that banks are starting to spend more on new products and tools, is likely to drive organic growth at the high end of the targeted organic growth range in 2018, after YOY mortgage headwinds abate. While trended data outside of mortgage is not likely to be adopted as quickly ' (other verticals like auto and credit card will be more ROI driven on a case by case basis), it represents a rich opportunity set. We are raising our 2018 organic revenue growth estimate from 7.3% to 7.9%, and tweaking our 2018 EPS estimate from $6.76 to $6.83. We are raising our target price from $144 to $149, which represents roughly 22x our 2018 EPS estimate and roughly 14x our 2018 EBITDA estimate (EV/EBITDA). We reiterate our Buy rating on the shares." (3/22/2017)
Are investors shorting Equifax?
Equifax saw a increase in short interest during the month of September. As of September 29th, there was short interest totalling 7,070,243 shares, an increase of 180.6% from the September 15th total of 2,519,654 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 7,623,221 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 0.9 days. Approximately 5.9% of the company's shares are sold short.
Who are some of Equifax's key competitors?
Some companies that are related to Equifax include Relx Plc (RELX), Relx N.V. (RENX), Broadridge Financial Solutions (BR), TransUnion (TRU), FactSet Research Systems (FDS), CoreLogic (CLGX), Morningstar (MORN), John Wiley & Sons (JW.A), Elevate Credit (ELVT), Ebiquity plc (EBQ), China Finance Online Co. Limited (JRJC), TheStreet (TST), Everyday Health (EVDY), IHS (IHS) and S&P Global (MHP).
Who are Equifax's key executives?
Equifax's management team includes the folowing people:
- Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., Interim Chief Executive Officer, President - U.S. Information Solutions
- John W. Gamble Jr., Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Vice President
- J. Dann Adams, President - Global Consumer Solutions
- John T. Hartman, President - International
- Rodolfo O. Ploder, President of Workforce Solutions
- Coretha M. Rushing, Chief Human Resources Officer, Corporate Vice President
- Nuala M. King, Senior Vice President, Controller
- Mark Rohrwasser, Chief Investment Officer
- Joseph M. Loughran III, Chief Marketing Officer
- Laura Louise Wilbanks, Chief Marketing Officer
Who owns Equifax stock?
Equifax's stock is owned by a number of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Assenagon Asset Management S.A. (0.71%), APG Asset Management N.V. (0.14%), Shell Asset Management Co. (0.03%), State Treasurer State of Michigan (0.03%), Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. (0.02%) and Pensionfund DSM Netherlands (0.02%). Company insiders that own Equifax stock include Coretha M Rushing, David Webb, G Thomas Hough, J Dann Adams, John J Kelley III, John W Gamble Jr, Joseph Michael Loughran III, Mark B Templeton, Paulino R Barros, Richard F Smith and Rodolfo O Ploder. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Equifax.
Who sold Equifax stock? Who is selling Equifax stock?
Equifax's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including State Treasurer State of Michigan, Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V., Foster & Motley Inc., Mutual of America Capital Management LLC and Winslow Evans & Crocker Inc.. Company insiders that have sold Equifax stock in the last year include J Dann Adams, John W Gamble Jr, Joseph Michael Loughran III and Rodolfo O Ploder. View Insider Buying and Selling for Equifax.
Who bought Equifax stock? Who is buying Equifax stock?
Equifax's stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Assenagon Asset Management S.A., Shell Asset Management Co., Pensionfund DSM Netherlands, Pensionfund Sabic, APG Asset Management N.V., Oakbrook Investments LLC and Meeder Asset Management Inc.. Company insiders that have bought Equifax stock in the last two years include G Thomas Hough and Mark B Templeton. View Insider Buying and Selling for Equifax.
How do I buy Equifax stock?
Shares of Equifax can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.
What is Equifax's stock price today?
MarketBeat Community Rating for Equifax (NYSE EFX)MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Equifax and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
One share of Equifax stock can currently be purchased for approximately $109.97.
Consensus Ratings for Equifax (NYSE:EFX) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
MarketBeat calculates consensus ratings using the most recent rating from each brokerage that has rated a stock within the last twelve months. Since brokers often use different ratings systems, each rating is normalized to a standardized rating score of 1 (sell), 2 (hold), 3 (buy) or 4 (strong buy). Consensus ratings scores are calculated using the mean average of the number of normalized sell, hold, buy and strong buy ratings. Each stock's consensus rating is derived from its calculated consensus ratings score (0-1.5 = Sell, 1.5-2.5 = Hold, 2.5-3.5 = Buy, >3.5 = Strong Buy). MarketBeat's consensus price targets are a mean average of the most recent available price targets set by each analyst that has set a price target for the stock in the last twelve months.
MarketBeat will no longer include ratings and price target data in its consensus calculation if a broker drops coverage and MarketBeat has received a report that coverage was dropped. Ratings from certain research firms that issue ratings using purely quantitative methods (such as Zacks, Vetr and ValuEngine) are not included in consensus calculations. MarketBeat's consensus ratings and consensus price targets may differ from those calculated by other firms due to differences in methodology and available data.
|Ratings Breakdown: ||1 Sell Rating, 3 Hold Ratings, 11 Buy Ratings|
|Consensus Rating:||Buy (Score: 2.67)|
|Consensus Price Target: ||$130.27 (18.46% upside)|Consensus Price Target History for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
Analysts' Ratings History for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
(Data available from 10/23/2015 forward)
|Date||Firm||Action||Rating||Price Target||Impact on Share Price||Details|
|10/13/2017||SunTrust Banks, Inc.||Reiterated Rating||Buy||N/A|
|10/6/2017||Wells Fargo & Company||Set Price Target||Buy||$127.00||N/A|
|10/4/2017||Stephens||Reiterated Rating||Equal Weight||$110.00||N/A|
|10/3/2017||J P Morgan Chase & Co||Reiterated Rating||Buy||Low|
|9/26/2017||Evercore ISI||Reiterated Rating||Outperform||$110.00||Low|
|9/26/2017||Stifel Nicolaus||Reiterated Rating||Buy||$149.00||Low|
|9/19/2017||Deutsche Bank AG||Reiterated Rating||Buy||$115.00||Low|
|9/19/2017||Royal Bank Of Canada||Lower Price Target||Outperform -> Outperform||$154.00 -> $113.00||Medium|
|9/15/2017||Argus||Downgrade||Buy -> Hold||Medium|
|9/14/2017||Morgan Stanley||Boost Price Target||Equal Weight||$127.00 -> $140.00||High|
|9/14/2017||Barclays PLC||Reiterated Rating||Overweight||$150.00 -> $115.00||Medium|
|9/12/2017||Robert W. Baird||Reiterated Rating||Buy||$141.00||Low|
|7/28/2017||Cowen and Company||Reiterated Rating||Buy||$151.00||Medium|
|3/23/2017||Atlantic Securities||Initiated Coverage||Overweight -> Overweight||$156.00||Low|
|1/20/2017||Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)||Downgrade||Neutral -> Sell||$100.00 -> $116.00||N/A|
|8/4/2016||Jefferies Group LLC||Boost Price Target||Hold||$128.00 -> $131.00||N/A|
|4/8/2016||William Blair||Initiated Coverage||Outperform||N/A|
Earnings History for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)Earnings History by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE EFX)
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)
|Date||Quarter||Consensus Estimate||Actual EPS||Revenue Estimate||Actual Revenue||Release Link||Conference Call||Details|
|7/26/2017||Q2 2017||$1.57||$1.60||$860.48 million||$856.70 million||View||N/A|
|4/26/2017||Q1 2017||$1.41||$1.44||$825.14 million||$832.20 million||View||N/A|
|2/8/2017||Q416||$1.38||$1.42||$799.53 million||$801.10 million||View||Listen|
|10/26/2016||Q316||$1.36||$1.44||$208.05 million||$804.10 million||View||N/A|
|7/27/2016||Q216||$1.36||$1.43||$802.85 million||$811.30 million||View||N/A|
|4/27/2016||Q116||$1.15||$1.23||$699.06 million||$728.30 million||View||N/A|
|2/10/2016||Q415||$1.11||$1.14||$663.00 million||$666.30 million||View||Listen|
|10/21/2015||Q315||$1.10||$1.14||$663.78 million||$667.40 million||View||Listen|
|7/22/2015||Q215||$1.10||$1.15||$662.52 million||$678.10 million||View||Listen|
|4/22/2015||Q115||$1.02||$1.07||$635.43 million||$651.80 million||View||Listen|
|2/11/2015||Q414||$1.02||$1.02||$618.13 million||$624.60 million||View||Listen|
|10/22/2014||Q314||$0.99||$1.01||$622.20 million||$613.40 million||View||Listen|
|7/23/2014||Q214||$0.94||$0.96||$616.03 million||$613.90 million||View||N/A|
|4/23/2014||Q114||$0.87||$0.89||$586.65 million||$584.50 million||View||N/A|
|2/11/2014||Q413||$0.91||$0.91||$579.76 million||$578.50 million||View||N/A|
|10/24/2013||Q313||$0.89||$0.90||$576.00 million||$572.00 million||View||Listen|
|7/24/2013||Q2 2013||$0.90||$0.92||$576.85 million||$586.90 million||View||N/A|
|4/24/2013||Q1 2013||$0.87||$0.87||$568.11 million||$566.50 million||View||Listen|
|2/6/2013||Q4 2012||$0.74||$0.78||$556.89 million||$558.10 million||View||Listen|
Earnings Estimates for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $5.86
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $5.92
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)
|Quarter||Number of Estimates||Low Estimate||High Estimate||Average Estimate|
Current Dividend Information for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
|Most Recent Dividend:||9/15/2017|
|Dividend Growth:||14.50% (3 Year Average)|
|Payout Ratio:||33.05% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings) |
26.13% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
25.20% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
|Track Record:||5 Years of Consecutive Dividend Growth|
Dividend History by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE EFX)
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Announced||Period||Amount||Yield||Ex-Dividend Date||Record Date||Payable Date|
Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 1.29%Insider Trades by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 89.96%
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)
|Transaction Date||Insider Name||Title||Buy/Sell||Number of Shares||Average Share Price||Total Transaction||Details|
|8/2/2017||Rodolfo O Ploder||Insider||Sell||1,719||$145.70||$250,458.30|| |
|8/1/2017||John W Gamble Jr||CFO||Sell||6,500||$145.60||$946,400.00|| |
|8/1/2017||Joseph Michael Loughran III||Insider||Sell||4,000||$146.02||$584,080.00|| |
|5/23/2017||John W Gamble Jr||CFO||Sell||14,000||$136.44||$1,910,160.00|| |
|11/29/2016||Rodolfo O Ploder||Insider||Sell||3,341||$119.74||$400,051.34|| |
|11/14/2016||G. Thomas Hough||Director||Buy||1,000||$113.91||$113,910.00|| |
|11/10/2016||G. Thomas Hough||Director||Buy||1,000||$122.25||$122,250.00|| |
|11/7/2016||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||434||$125.00||$54,250.00|| |
|11/4/2016||Mark B Templeton||Director||Buy||3,400||$123.64||$420,376.00|| |
|10/28/2016||G. Thomas Hough||Director||Buy||2,000||$123.85||$247,700.00|| |
|8/31/2016||Paulino R Barros||Insider||Sell||5,205||$132.00||$687,060.00|| |
|8/29/2016||Rodolfo O Ploder||Insider||Sell||3,100||$131.87||$408,797.00|| |
|8/17/2016||Richard F Smith||Chairman||Sell||48,432||$130.51||$6,320,860.32|| |
|8/16/2016||Richard F Smith||Chairman||Sell||71,568||$130.79||$9,360,378.72|| |
|8/12/2016||Richard F Smith||Chairman||Sell||120,000||$132.63||$15,915,600.00|| |
|7/29/2016||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||4,422||$134.00||$592,548.00|| |
|5/31/2016||Paulino R Barros||Insider||Sell||5,050||$125.55||$634,027.50|| |
|5/24/2016||Paulino R Barros||Insider||Sell||7,000||$124.00||$868,000.00|| |
|5/11/2016||Richard F Smith||CEO||Sell||190,000||$122.63||$23,299,700.00|| |
|5/6/2016||Mark B Templeton||Director||Buy||2,000||$119.67||$239,340.00|| |
|5/4/2016||Coretha M Rushing||Insider||Sell||11,344||$119.61||$1,356,855.84|| |
|5/2/2016||Coretha M Rushing||Insider||Sell||5,672||$120.22||$681,887.84|| |
|2/29/2016||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||2,500||$105.89||$264,725.00|| |
|2/29/2016||Joseph Michael Loughran III||CMO||Sell||6,216||$106.23||$660,325.68|| |
|2/24/2016||Richard F Smith||CEO||Sell||84,812||$103.43||$8,772,105.16|| |
|2/23/2016||David Webb||Insider||Sell||6,084||$103.38||$628,963.92|| |
|2/18/2016||John J. Kelley III||VP||Sell||8,946||$102.03||$912,760.38|| |
|2/17/2016||J Dann Adams||insider||Sell||3,349||$101.37||$339,488.13|| |
|2/12/2016||David Webb||Insider||Sell||3,983||$96.61||$384,797.63|| |
|2/12/2016||John J Kelley III||VP||Sell||17,827||$96.94||$1,728,149.38|| |
|10/30/2015||Coretha M Rushing||Insider||Sell||12,820||$106.96||$1,371,227.20|| |
|10/29/2015||Coretha M. Rushing||insider||Sell||25,000||$106.55||$2,663,750.00|| |
|10/28/2015||Joseph Michael Loughran III||CMO||Sell||12,000||$106.85||$1,282,200.00|| |
|7/24/2015||Richard F Smith||CEO||Sell||87,500||$99.57||$8,712,375.00|| |
|5/29/2015||Joseph Michael Loughran III||CMO||Sell||6,831||$99.99||$683,031.69|| |
|5/11/2015||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||1,148||$99.31||$114,007.88|| |
|5/5/2015||Coretha M Rushing||Insider||Sell||9,245||$99.22||$917,288.90|| |
|5/1/2015||Paulino R Barros||Insider||Sell||7,239||$98.17||$710,652.63|| |
|4/30/2015||Coretha M Rushing||Insider||Sell||25,000||$97.25||$2,431,250.00|| |
|2/27/2015||David Webb||Insider||Sell||5,521||$93.30||$515,109.30|| |
|2/26/2015||Richard F Smith||CEO||Sell||107,224||$93.14||$9,986,843.36|| |
|2/24/2015||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||1,000||$93.10||$93,100.00|| |
|2/20/2015||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||5,000||$93.72||$468,600.00|| |
|2/18/2015||Alejandro Gonzalez||Insider||Sell||3,832||$92.89||$355,954.48|| |
|2/17/2015||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||2,000||$92.71||$185,420.00|| |
|2/13/2015||Nuala M King||SVP||Sell||10,353||$91.52||$947,506.56|| |
|2/13/2015||Paulino R Barros||Insider||Sell||24,283||$91.90||$2,231,607.70|| |
|7/29/2014||Alejandro Gonzalez||Insider||Sell||23,500||$76.98||$1,809,030.00|| |
|5/30/2014||Rodolfo O Ploder||Insider||Sell||18,537||$70.48||$1,306,487.76|| |
|5/22/2014||Richard Smith||CEO||Sell||139,242||$69.59||$9,689,850.78|| |
|5/20/2014||Joseph Michael Loughran III||Insider||Sell||8,500||$69.87||$593,895.00|| |
|5/16/2014||Mark Templeton||Director||Buy||3,500||$70.33||$246,155.00|| |
|5/14/2014||David Webb||Insider||Sell||5,998||$70.80||$424,658.40|| |
|5/14/2014||Nuala King||SVP||Sell||28,000||$70.63||$1,977,640.00|| |
|2/28/2014||Paulino Barros||Insider||Sell||17,333||$70.05||$1,214,176.65|| |
|2/19/2014||Paulino Barros||Insider||Sell||36,000||$69.75||$2,511,000.00|| |
|2/18/2014||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||7,000||$68.75||$481,250.00|| |
|8/6/2013||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||10,000||$65.11||$651,100.00|| |
|8/1/2013||Alejandro Gonzalez||Insider||Sell||14,250||$64.83||$923,827.50|| |
|7/31/2013||Rodolfo O Ploder||Insider||Sell||125,000||$63.32||$7,915,000.00|| |
|7/30/2013||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||10,000||$63.83||$638,300.00|| |
|7/26/2013||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||10,000||$61.95||$619,500.00|| |
|7/26/2013||Lee Adrean||CFO||Sell||71,000||$61.79||$4,387,090.00|| |
|5/31/2013||Coretha M Rushing||Insider||Sell||18,000||$61.36||$1,104,480.00|| |
|5/30/2013||Rodolfo O Ploder||Insider||Sell||35,000||$61.76||$2,161,600.00|| |
|5/9/2013||J Dann Adams||Insider||Sell||6,667||$63.36||$422,421.12|| |
|5/7/2013||Coretha M Rushing||Insider||Sell||25,000||$63.02||$1,575,500.00|| |
|5/1/2013||Mark B Templeton||Director||Buy||3,300||$61.48||$202,884.00|| |
Headline Trends for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
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