Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado Cuts Stock Holdings in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX)

Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado reduced its position in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 95.5% in the 2nd quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm owned 16,713 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 357,409 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado’s holdings in Equifax were worth $2,260,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Equifax in the second quarter valued at approximately $338,000. Janus Henderson Group PLC grew its position in shares of Equifax by 8.6% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 225,001 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $30,430,000 after purchasing an additional 17,786 shares during the last quarter. Signaturefd LLC grew its position in shares of Equifax by 12.2% in the second quarter. Signaturefd LLC now owns 4,649 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $629,000 after purchasing an additional 504 shares during the last quarter. Advisor Group Inc. grew its position in shares of Equifax by 7.0% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 3,393 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $459,000 after purchasing an additional 222 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Aperio Group LLC grew its position in shares of Equifax by 2.0% in the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 40,724 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $5,508,000 after purchasing an additional 802 shares during the last quarter. 94.17% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of EFX opened at $143.74 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a current ratio of 0.54. The company has a market capitalization of $17.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.83, a PEG ratio of 2.89 and a beta of 1.26. The company’s 50 day simple moving average is $138.82 and its 200 day simple moving average is $124.17. Equifax Inc. has a 1 year low of $88.68 and a 1 year high of $144.46.



Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 24th. The credit services provider reported $1.40 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $880.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $873.74 million. Equifax had a negative net margin of 12.52% and a positive return on equity of 22.63%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up .4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.56 earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that Equifax Inc. will post 5.6 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 13th. Investors of record on Friday, August 23rd will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 22nd. Equifax’s payout ratio is 26.94%.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. SunTrust Banks increased their price target on shares of Equifax to $155.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 26th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 28th. Royal Bank of Canada assumed coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Wednesday, July 3rd. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock. Stephens increased their price target on shares of Equifax from $130.00 to $131.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Friday, July 26th. Finally, Deutsche Bank increased their price target on shares of Equifax from $110.00 to $136.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $130.09.

Equifax Company 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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