Kalmar Investments Inc. DE reduced its stake in shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) by 26.6% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 226,530 shares of the company’s stock after selling 82,220 shares during the period. Equifax makes up 1.3% of Kalmar Investments Inc. DE’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 24th largest position. Kalmar Investments Inc. DE’s holdings in Equifax were worth $29,086,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in EFX. Riverhead Capital Management LLC raised its position in Equifax by 28.0% in the first quarter. Riverhead Capital Management LLC now owns 47,854 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,469,000 after buying an additional 10,478 shares during the period. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 4.2% in the first quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 295,872 shares of the company’s stock worth $33,817,000 after buying an additional 11,816 shares during the last quarter. Scotia Capital Inc. raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 11.0% in the first quarter. Scotia Capital Inc. now owns 9,038 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,034,000 after buying an additional 897 shares during the last quarter. Rafferty Asset Management LLC raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 49.5% in the first quarter. Rafferty Asset Management LLC now owns 15,709 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,795,000 after buying an additional 5,198 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of Equifax by 1.0% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 4,723,812 shares of the company’s stock worth $539,881,000 after buying an additional 46,146 shares during the last quarter. 88.62% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
Shares of Equifax Inc. (NYSE:EFX) traded up 0.58% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $130.28. The stock had a trading volume of 382,625 shares. The stock has a market cap of $15.55 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.92 and a beta of 0.87. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $132.32 and its 200 day moving average price is $127.18. Equifax Inc. has a one year low of $91.72 and a one year high of $136.97.
Equifax (NYSE:EFX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $1.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.36 by $0.07. Equifax had a net margin of 16.11% and a return on equity of 24.51%. The company earned $811.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $802.85 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.15 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 19.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts forecast that Equifax Inc. will post $5.38 EPS for the current year.
EFX has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Barclays PLC lifted their target price on Equifax from $140.00 to $150.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 21st. Zacks Investment Research raised Equifax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $148.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, August 1st. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $128.00 price objective on shares of Equifax in a report on Thursday, July 28th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their price objective on Equifax from $133.00 to $155.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus boosted their price objective on Equifax from $131.00 to $143.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, July 29th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Equifax currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $140.11.
In other Equifax news, insider Paulino R. Barros sold 5,205 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $132.00, for a total transaction of $687,060.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 10,786 shares in the company, valued at $1,423,752. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Rodolfo O. Ploder sold 3,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $131.87, for a total transaction of $408,797.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 46,936 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,189,450.32. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.01% of the company’s stock.
Equifax Company Profile
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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