Log in
Forgot password ?
Become a member for free
Sign up
Sign up
Dynamic quotes 

4-Traders Homepage  >  Equities  >  Nyse  >  Equifax    EFX

Mes dernières consult.
Most popular
Delayed Quote. Delayed  - 01/19 10:00:52 pm
124.53 USD   +1.38%
01/21 EQUIFAX : Filing season kicks up number of threats
01/21 EQUIFAX : You may recall that last year
01/21 EQUIFAX : What consumers can do after a data breach
News SummaryMost relevantAll newsSector newsTweets

Equifax : profit falls as hacking costs take toll

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
11/10/2017 | 08:45am CET
FILE PHOTO: Credit reporting company Equifax Inc. offices are pictured in Atlanta

Equifax Inc on Thursday reported lower quarterly profit, and quarterly revenue missed estimates, as the credit bureau warned that its massive data breach had prompted some customers to hold back business.

The breach, which compromised sensitive data of 145.5 million people, has harmed the company's reputation and prompted investigations in every U.S. state, a federal criminal probe and hundreds of lawsuits. Equifax said it was not possible to estimate how much it would cost the company to respond to the probes and litigation.

The Atlanta-based company said it recorded $87.5 million in expenses related to the hack during the quarter, including legal fees, investigation of the breach, and free credit monitoring for U.S. consumers whose data was exposed in the breach.

Equifax estimated a range of additional costs between $56 million and $110 million to continue providing the free services.

The company warned there could be further attacks. "We cannot assure that all potential causes of the incident have been identified and remediated and will not occur again," it said in a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Eric Johnson, dean of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, said that uncertainty could cost Equifax future business.

"They need to be able to nail those pieces and have a clear explanation of what happened and how they solved it," said Johnson. "I think they can get there, but they aren’t there now."

Johnson estimated the costs from the breach will total in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but that lost revenue could be even larger.

The company said the breach was already taking a toll on sales.

"We believe that certain of our customers have determined to defer new contracts or projects unless and until we can provide assurances regarding our ability to prevent unauthorized access to our systems and the data we maintain," it said in the SEC filing.

Equifax needs to do a better job of communicating whether it believes the hackers are still inside its network, said Mark Rasch, a former U.S. federal cyber-crimes prosecutor who advises businesses on responding to breaches.

"What I want to know is 'How did they get in?' and 'How are they preventing hackers from getting in the future?' They haven't answered those questions," said Rasch.

The SEC is one of more than a dozen regulatory bodies investigating Equifax over the hack. Additionally, several agencies, including the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, had probes into the trading activities of some Equifax employees before the breach was made public, the company said.

Equifax reported third-quarter revenue of $834.8 million, missing analysts' average estimate of $845.94 million, according to I/B/E/S Thomson Reuters.

Net income attributable to Equifax fell to $96.3 million, or 79 cents per diluted share, from $132.8 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, a year earlier.

Adjusted for one-time costs, such as hacking- and merger-related expenses, Equifax said it earned $1.53 per share, topping analysts' average estimates by 4 cents.

Shares of Equifax, which reported after the closing bell, were down a penny in aftermarket trading at $108.94. The stock is down around 24 percent since Sept. 7, when Equifax disclosed the breach.

(Reporting by John McCrank in New York; Editing by Jim Finkle and James Dalgleish)

By John McCrank

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
Latest news on EQUIFAX
01/21 EQUIFAX : Filing season kicks up number of threats
01/21 EQUIFAX : You may recall that last year
01/21 EQUIFAX : What consumers can do after a data breach
01/20 EQUIFAX : Senate Approves Ban on Credit Freeze Fees
01/19 EQUIFAX : Money worries stop people sleeping
01/19 EQUIFAX : Deadline for free credit monitoring from Equifax is Jan. 31
01/14 EQUIFAX : Blount County Fraud Reports for Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
01/14 EQUIFAX : Privacy rights are still just an illusion
01/13 ALTERYX : Reps. Lujan, Schakowsky Push Data Analytics Company for Answers Follow..
01/12 EQUIFAX : Senate Committee Passes Bill to Ban Credit Freeze Fees
More news
News from SeekingAlpha
01/16 DIVIDEND CHALLENGERS (AND NEAR-CHALL : 153 Increases Expected By The End Of Marc..
01/09 How I Beat The Market Again In 2017
2017 EQUIFAX : Crime Pays
2017 Tracking Ole Andreas Halvorsen's Viking Global Portfolio - Q3 2017 Update
2017 39 Dividend Growth Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Next Week
Financials ($)
Sales 2017 3 349 M
EBIT 2017 977 M
Net income 2017 520 M
Debt 2017 2 157 M
Yield 2017 1,21%
P/E ratio 2017 29,71
P/E ratio 2018 26,52
EV / Sales 2017 5,11x
EV / Sales 2018 4,79x
Capitalization 14 953 M
Duration : Period :
Equifax Technical Analysis Chart | EFX | US2944291051 | 4-Traders
Technical analysis trends EQUIFAX
Short TermMid-TermLong Term
Income Statement Evolution
Mean consensus OUTPERFORM
Number of Analysts 16
Average target price 124 $
Spread / Average Target -0,54%
EPS Revisions
Paulino do Rego Barros Chief Executive Officer
Mark L. Feidler Non-Executive Chairman
Andy S. Bodea Chief Global Operations Officer
John W. Gamble Chief Financial Officer & Vice President
Mark Rohrwasser Chief Information Officer
Sector and Competitors
1st jan.Capitalization (M$)
EQUIFAX4.49%14 953
RELX-5.69%47 173
RELX N.V.-4.88%47 154
S&P GLOBAL INC4.36%46 191