Sound View Wealth Advisors LLC trimmed its position in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 10.8% in the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 5,227 shares of the credit services provider’s stock after selling 635 shares during the quarter. Sound View Wealth Advisors LLC’s holdings in Equifax were worth $619,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $34,000. Ellis Investment Partners LLC purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the 1st quarter valued at approximately $36,000. Exane Asset Management purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $41,000. Parallel Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Equifax by 139.0% during the 1st quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 380 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $45,000 after purchasing an additional 221 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Doyle Wealth Management purchased a new position in shares of Equifax during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $53,000. 95.98% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of NYSE EFX opened at $121.72 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $14.71 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.02, a P/E/G ratio of 2.55 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a quick ratio of 0.57, a current ratio of 0.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.02. Equifax Inc. has a one year low of $88.68 and a one year high of $138.69.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, May 10th. The credit services provider reported $1.20 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.19 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $846.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $850.07 million. Equifax had a negative net margin of 10.23% and a positive return on equity of 21.95%. The firm’s revenue was down 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.43 EPS. Equities research analysts expect that Equifax Inc. will post 5.63 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 14th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 24th will be paid a dividend of $0.39 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 23rd. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.28%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.94%.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on EFX shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Equifax from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 15th. Credit Suisse Group boosted their price target on shares of Equifax from $125.00 to $130.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. Barclays reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $125.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a report on Monday, May 6th. Deutsche Bank lowered shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and cut their price target for the stock from $128.00 to $110.00 in a report on Tuesday, February 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, BNP Paribas initiated coverage on shares of Equifax in a report on Friday, March 15th. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $106.00 price target for the company. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $121.27.

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About Equifax

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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