First Financial Corp IN Takes $56,000 Position in Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX)

First Financial Corp IN bought a new stake in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFXFree Report) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm bought 209 shares of the credit services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $56,000.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of EFX. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Equifax by 1.5% in the 4th quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 13,895,487 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $3,436,215,000 after buying an additional 204,481 shares during the last quarter. Capital International Investors lifted its stake in Equifax by 0.3% in the 4th quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 13,703,228 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $3,388,695,000 after purchasing an additional 40,642 shares in the last quarter. Generation Investment Management LLP lifted its stake in Equifax by 8.4% in the 4th quarter. Generation Investment Management LLP now owns 3,856,248 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $953,612,000 after purchasing an additional 298,846 shares in the last quarter. Parnassus Investments LLC lifted its stake in Equifax by 1,740.8% in the 4th quarter. Parnassus Investments LLC now owns 2,085,879 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $515,817,000 after purchasing an additional 1,972,564 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Van ECK Associates Corp lifted its stake in Equifax by 15.1% in the 4th quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 1,572,846 shares of the credit services provider’s stock worth $388,949,000 after purchasing an additional 206,037 shares in the last quarter. 96.20% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Analyst Ratings Changes

EFX has been the topic of several analyst reports. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $305.00 price target on shares of Equifax in a research report on Thursday, April 18th. Oppenheimer reduced their price target on shares of Equifax from $291.00 to $272.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 19th. The Goldman Sachs Group cut their target price on Equifax from $276.00 to $241.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 19th. Robert W. Baird cut their target price on Equifax from $275.00 to $260.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 19th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut their target price on Equifax from $290.00 to $273.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, April 19th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. According to data from MarketBeat, the stock currently has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus price target of $270.19.

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Insiders Place Their Bets

In other Equifax news, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 3,650 shares of Equifax stock in a transaction on Thursday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $229.24, for a total value of $836,726.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 62,219 shares in the company, valued at approximately $14,263,083.56. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. In other news, CFO John W. Gamble, Jr. sold 3,650 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $229.24, for a total value of $836,726.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 62,219 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,263,083.56. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 14,097 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, April 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $225.45, for a total transaction of $3,178,168.65. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 75,964 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $17,126,083.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 83,635 shares of company stock valued at $18,969,282. Company insiders own 1.66% of the company’s stock.

Equifax Stock Performance

NYSE:EFX traded down $2.85 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $237.48. The stock had a trading volume of 556,349 shares, compared to its average volume of 836,773. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 0.73 and a current ratio of 0.73. The firm has a market capitalization of $29.35 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 53.53, a PEG ratio of 1.67 and a beta of 1.57. Equifax Inc. has a twelve month low of $159.95 and a twelve month high of $275.10. The business has a 50 day simple moving average of $235.30 and a 200 day simple moving average of $246.36.

Equifax (NYSE:EFXGet Free Report) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 18th. The credit services provider reported $1.50 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.44 by $0.06. Equifax had a net margin of 10.42% and a return on equity of 19.08%. The business had revenue of $1.39 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.40 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.43 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 6.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that Equifax Inc. will post 7.37 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Equifax Announces Dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 19th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 24th were paid a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 23rd. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.66%. Equifax’s payout ratio is currently 34.74%.

Equifax 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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