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

4-Traders Homepage  >  Equities  >  Nyse  >  Equifax Inc.    EFX

News SummaryMost relevantAll newsSector newsTweets

Hack Puts Equifax at Risk of Pullback by Lenders -- Update

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
09/13/2017 | 02:31am CEST
By AnnaMaria Andriotis and Emily Glazer 

Banks and other financial companies are considering the possibility of moving some business away from Equifax Inc. in the wake of its data breach and to some of the firm's credit-reporting rivals, according to people familiar with the firms.

Lenders are unlikely to take any immediate action and are seeking more information from Equifax about the hack that exposed sensitive personal financial information about potentially 143 million Americans. Still, large banks, in particular, have expressed dismay privately that their customers' information was compromised, that they received no advance warning of the breach announcement, and that they still have little insight into what went wrong, these people said.

An Equifax spokesman said the company's primary focus is to support consumers. He added that it is also "engaged in ongoing discussions" with its lending customers. He said Equifax's relationships with clients have "always been based on candor" and that the company "welcome[s] the opportunity to address their questions."

Equifax has already faced widespread criticism from consumers. In the aftermath of the breach disclosure many consumers said they struggled with the firm's website and policies.

Equifax is also facing political ire: Two congressional committees are planning hearings into the hack, and the Senate Finance Committee on Monday sent the company a list of requests for information about the attack, the company's response to it, and who knew what and when about the problem.

Executives at financial firms in recent days have publicly expressed concern about the breach. James Dimon, chief executive officer of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, spoke about Equifax twice at conferences on Tuesday.

Mr. Dimon said he is interested in understanding more about whether the hack is the sort of attack that could have happened to any company or if there was something specific that Equifax didn't do correctly. "All that will matter, it's obviously important," he said.

He also said, "It depends what happened and how it happened, whether they could've or should've." Mr. Dimon said that the bank was in contact with Equifax.

Speaking at a conference the day before, Capital One Financial Corp. CEO Richard Fairbank said the cost of the attack would be borne by both consumers and financial companies. "A bunch of our customers are affected," he said. "It's going to be costly to them and to us."

It is unlikely that financial firms would cease doing business with Equifax altogether. But, as contracts with the company come up for renewal, they might look to shift some of their business to rivals such as TransUnion or Experian PLC, the people familiar with the matter said.

For most loans, excluding mortgages, lenders often don't check credit reports from all three big credit-reporting firms. Moving away from Equifax would likely result in more market share to TransUnion and Experian.

The possibility of losing market share could add to the pressure on Equifax, which is already facing lawsuits and investigations related to the breach. The company's stock has fallen nearly 20% since just before the hack was announced last week.

Write to AnnaMaria Andriotis at [email protected] and Emily Glazer at [email protected]

share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook
share via e-mail
Latest news on EQUIFAX INC.
10:03a EQUIFAX : NH residents file class-action suit against Equifax
09:42a EQUIFAX : After Equifax, public shaming but GOP wary of new rules
09:26a THE EQUIFAX DATA BREACH COULD END UP : Equifax data breach could have a silver l..
08:35a EQUIFAX : apologizes for sending people to fake website
08:30a EQUIFAX : Readers have questions after Equifax data breach
05:38a EQUIFAX : Banking secretary urges caution after Equifax breach
09/21 EQUIFAX : What you should know about the Equifax Data Breach
09/21 TOP DEMOCRATS ASK EQUIFAX, TRANSUNIO : Will you restore consumers' rights in the..
09/21 EQUIFAX : Protecting Ohioans harmed by Equifax
09/21 EQUIFAX : Major data breach impacting millions
More news
News from SeekingAlpha
09/21 WALL STREET BREAKFAST : Fed Sets Stage For Next Rate Hike
09/21 Hackers had their way with Equifax data for months - WSJ
09/20 M&A Deals Make The Market Interesting - Cramer's Mad Money (9/19/17)
09/19 Seeking Alpha's Weekly Media, Tech, And Finance News Round Up
09/19 Equifax's Risks Are Legal Not Regulatory Or Commercial
Financials ($)
Sales 2017 3 384 M
EBIT 2017 980 M
Net income 2017 594 M
Debt 2017 2 102 M
Yield 2017 1,53%
P/E ratio 2017 19,69
P/E ratio 2018 18,57
EV / Sales 2017 4,12x
EV / Sales 2018 3,79x
Capitalization 11 827 M
Duration : Period :
Equifax Inc. Technical Analysis Chart | EFX | US2944291051 | 4-Traders
Technical analysis trends EQUIFAX INC.
Short TermMid-TermLong Term
Income Statement Evolution
Mean consensus OUTPERFORM
Number of Analysts 15
Average target price 125 $
Spread / Average Target 27%
EPS Revisions
Richard F. Smith Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Andy S. Bodea Chief Global Operations Officer
John W. Gamble Chief Financial Officer & Vice President
David C. Webb Chief Information Officer
L. Phillip Humann Independent Director
Sector and Competitors
1st jan.Capitalization (M$)
EQUIFAX INC.-18.80%11 827
RELX11.46%45 079
RELX N.V.11.41%45 021
S&P GLOBAL INC44.90%40 048