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Equifax

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Equifax confirms 15.2M customers in Europe were hacked

Equifax's European unit confirmed today that a file containing 15.2M United Kingdom records dating from between 2011 and 2016 was 'illegally compromised." The company said in a blog post, "Regrettably this file contained data relating to actual consumers as well as sizeable test datasets, duplicates and spurious fields. Equifax has brought every analytical tool, technique and data asset it has available to bear in order to 'fill in the blanks' and establish actual consumer identities and attribute a current home address to them. This complete, we have been able to place consumers into specific risk categories and define the services to offer them in order to protect against those risks and send letters to offer them Equifax and third-party safeguards with instructions on how to get started. This work has enabled us to confirm that we will need to contact 693,665 consumers by post. Details are set out in the box below. The balance of the 14.5m records potentially compromised may contain the name and date of birth of certain UK consumers. Whilst this does not introduce any significant risk to these people Equifax is sorry that this data may have been accessed."

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EFX Equifax
$113.18

0.93 (0.83%)

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WBLR
09/29/17
NO CHANGE
WBLR
Outperform
William Blair, despite estimate cuts, positive on Equifax risk/reward
William Blair analyst Timothy McHugh lowered his estimates for Equifax to account for the data breach. The analyst cut his 2017 earnings per share estimate by 23c to $5.83, 2018 estimate by 83c to $5.91, and 2019 estimate by $1.05 to $6.35. Equifax will exclude some of the short-term items directly associated with the breach from its adjusted earnings, so the estimates do not include those items, McHugh tells investors in a research note. He now assumes organic growth for Equifax of 2% in 2018 and 6% in 2019. The analyst, while admitting the stock's multiple will not return to historical levels "anytime soon," views the company's risk/reward profile as "positive at current levels, particularly for patient investors." He keeps an Outperform rating on Equifax.
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Overweight
Political theatrics aside, JPMorgan expects reasonable credit bureau reform
Former Equifax CEO Rick Smith's testimony in front of Congress today will bring a fair amount of political theatrics, but ultimately, any regulatory changes for the credit bureau industry is likely to be "reasonable and manageable," JPMorgan analyst Andrew Steinerman tells investors in a research note. The analyst keeps an Overweight rating on shares of Equifax.
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Target $127
WELS
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Wells Fargo reiterates Outperform on Equifax after Congressional testimony
Wells Fargo analyst William Warmington reiterates an Outperform rating on Equifax with a $127 price target following three days of Congressional testimony by former CEO Rick Smith. The legislative proposals discussed were either high-probability/low-impact, like requiring companies meet minimum cybersecurity standards and have a reaction plan in event of a breach,or low-probability/high-impact, like allowing consumers to opt out of having Equifax track their data and mandatory per-account fines for data breaches, Warmington tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects investor focus to shift to Equifax's preliminary 2018 guidance on its upcoming Q3 earnings call. He thinks the company's long-term growth model remains intact and introduced above-consensus 2019 revenue and earnings per shares estimates of $3.77B and $6.80. Many investors expect 2018 to be a "transition year" with revenue and costs impacted by the breach, Warmington writes.
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COWN
10/09/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $31
COWN
Underperform
Symantec downgraded to Underperform at Cowen
As reported previously, Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz downgraded Symantec (SYMC) to Underperform from Market Perform as he believes the recent spike in its price following the disclosure of the Equifax (EFX) breach is overdone. He also said its organic growth has been sluggish, its valuation is no longer cheap, and next-gen vendors are gaining traction. Moskowitz maintained his $31 price target on Symantec shares.

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