Deutsche Bank AG Grows Holdings in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX)

Deutsche Bank AG raised its position in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFXFree Report) by 5.9% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 190,544 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 10,561 shares during the period. Deutsche Bank AG owned about 0.15% of Equifax worth $34,904,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. KB Financial Partners LLC purchased a new position in Equifax in the 3rd quarter valued at about $25,000. Householder Group Estate & Retirement Specialist LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Equifax in the third quarter worth approximately $27,000. Eagle Bay Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Equifax in the second quarter worth approximately $29,000. Geneos Wealth Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Equifax by 70.8% in the third quarter. Geneos Wealth Management Inc. now owns 193 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $35,000 after acquiring an additional 80 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Smithfield Trust Co boosted its position in shares of Equifax by 55.5% in the third quarter. Smithfield Trust Co now owns 199 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $36,000 after acquiring an additional 71 shares during the last quarter. 98.37% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

Several research firms recently issued reports on EFX. Evercore ISI raised shares of Equifax from an “in-line” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their target price for the stock from $210.00 to $310.00 in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. The Goldman Sachs Group lifted their price target on shares of Equifax from $195.00 to $222.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, December 29th. Jefferies Financial Group raised shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $200.00 to $315.00 in a research report on Monday, December 18th. Oppenheimer started coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $273.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Redburn Atlantic cut shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $272.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. According to data from MarketBeat.com, the company presently has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus price target of $264.22.

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Equifax Stock Performance

Shares of EFX opened at $252.94 on Friday. Equifax Inc. has a 1 year low of $159.95 and a 1 year high of $275.10. The company has a market cap of $31.35 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 57.49, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.07 and a beta of 1.52. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 0.67 and a current ratio of 0.67. The firm has a fifty day moving average of $254.42 and a 200-day moving average of $221.13.

Equifax (NYSE:EFXGet Free Report) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The credit services provider reported $1.81 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.74 by $0.07. Equifax had a net margin of 10.36% and a return on equity of 19.40%. The company had revenue of $1.33 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.31 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.52 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.7% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that Equifax Inc. will post 7.49 earnings per share for the current year.

Equifax Announces Dividend

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 23rd were issued a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.62%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 22nd. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 35.45%.

Equifax Company Profile

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Equifax Inc operates as a data, analytics, and technology company. The company operates through three segments: Workforce Solutions, U.S. Information Solutions (USIS), and International. The Workforce Solutions segment offers services that enables customers to verify income, employment, educational history, criminal justice data, healthcare professional licensure, and sanctions of people in the United States; and employer customers with services that assist them in complying with and automating payroll-related and human resource management processes throughout the entire cycle of the employment relationship.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Equifax (NYSE:EFX)

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