Wall Street analysts expect Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) to post earnings of $1.19 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Seven analysts have issued estimates for Equifax’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.18 and the highest is $1.23. Equifax posted earnings of $1.43 per share during the same quarter last year, which suggests a negative year over year growth rate of 16.8%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Wednesday, April 24th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Equifax will report full-year earnings of $5.68 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $5.63 to $5.84. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $6.28 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.12 to $6.71. Zacks’ earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow Equifax.

Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 20th. The credit services provider reported $1.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.32 by $0.06. Equifax had a net margin of 8.78% and a return on equity of 21.58%. The company had revenue of $835.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $841.49 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.39 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .4% on a year-over-year basis.

EFX has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Deutsche Bank downgraded shares of Equifax from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $128.00 to $110.00 in a research report on Tuesday, February 5th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Robert W. Baird reduced their price objective on shares of Equifax from $115.00 to $109.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, December 19th. SunTrust Banks reduced their price objective on shares of Equifax to $115.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, December 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Credit Suisse Group initiated coverage on shares of Equifax in a research report on Friday, December 7th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $125.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $103.00 price objective on shares of Equifax and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 22nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. Equifax has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $122.44.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in Equifax in the 4th quarter valued at $34,000. Exane Asset Management purchased a new stake in Equifax in the 4th quarter valued at $41,000. Doyle Wealth Management purchased a new stake in Equifax in the 4th quarter valued at $53,000. Rational Advisors LLC raised its position in Equifax by 1,172.7% in the 4th quarter. Rational Advisors LLC now owns 700 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $65,000 after purchasing an additional 645 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Equifax in the 4th quarter valued at $70,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.39% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE:EFX traded down $1.25 during trading on Thursday, hitting $110.32. 668,200 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,135,156. The company has a market capitalization of $13.47 billion, a PE ratio of 19.05, a P/E/G ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a current ratio of 1.09, a quick ratio of 1.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.83. Equifax has a 12-month low of $88.68 and a 12-month high of $138.69.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 29th. Investors of record on Tuesday, March 12th will be given a $0.39 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, March 11th. This represents a $1.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.41%. Equifax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.94%.

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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