Brown Advisory Inc. increased its position in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 0.5% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 20,583 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 103 shares during the period. Brown Advisory Inc.’s holdings in Equifax were worth $2,643,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other large investors also recently modified their holdings of EFX. Aviva PLC increased its position in Equifax by 17.9% in the second quarter. Aviva PLC now owns 70,390 shares of the company’s stock worth $9,037,000 after buying an additional 10,687 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in Equifax by 2.8% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 999,071 shares of the company’s stock worth $113,959,000 after buying an additional 27,652 shares during the last quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale increased its position in Equifax by 52.0% in the second quarter. DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale now owns 16,656 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,100,000 after buying an additional 5,700 shares during the last quarter. Springbok Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Equifax during the first quarter worth about $133,000. Finally, Samlyn Capital LLC acquired a new position in Equifax during the first quarter worth about $33,099,000. 88.64% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded up 0.44% during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $133.70. 64,874 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Equifax Inc. has a 12 month low of $91.72 and a 12 month high of $136.97. The company has a 50 day moving average of $132.15 and a 200 day moving average of $124.41. The company has a market cap of $15.96 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.81 and a beta of 0.87.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $811.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $802.85 million. Equifax had a return on equity of 24.51% and a net margin of 16.11%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 19.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.15 earnings per share. Analysts expect that Equifax Inc. will post ($0.47) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 19th were issued a dividend of $0.33 per share. This represents a $1.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.99%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 17th. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 34.38%.

A number of research firms have issued reports on EFX. Barclays PLC upped their target price on shares of Equifax from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Jefferies Group upped their target price on shares of Equifax from $128.00 to $131.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 4th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 4th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. upped their target price on shares of Equifax from $133.00 to $155.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG increased their price target on shares of Equifax from $125.00 to $145.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $140.22.

In related news, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 3,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $131.87, for a total value of $408,797.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 46,936 shares in the company, valued at $6,189,450.32. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider J Dann Adams sold 4,422 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $134.00, for a total value of $592,548.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 57,804 shares in the company, valued at $7,745,736. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 2.01% of the company’s stock.

About Equifax

Equifax Inc is a provider of 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 Personal Solutions. USIS provides consumer and commercial information solutions to businesses in the United States, including online information, decisioning technology solutions, fraud and identity management services, portfolio management services, mortgage reporting and financial marketing services.

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