Brokerages Anticipate TransUnion (TRU) to Announce $0.49 EPS

Equities analysts expect that TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) will post earnings per share (EPS) of $0.49 for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Seven analysts have made estimates for TransUnion’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $0.47 to $0.51. TransUnion posted earnings per share of $0.44 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 11.4%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next earnings results before the market opens on Tuesday, February 13th.

On average, analysts expect that TransUnion will report full-year earnings of $1.86 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.85 to $1.89. For the next year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of $2.15 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.05 to $2.33. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for TransUnion.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, October 27th. The business services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.43 by $0.06. TransUnion had a return on equity of 21.37% and a net margin of 13.17%. The business had revenue of $498.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $475.52 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.38 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 13.8% on a year-over-year basis.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on TRU shares. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price objective on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday, October 27th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price objective on TransUnion from $54.00 to $60.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Zacks Investment Research cut TransUnion from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 2nd. Barclays reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 target price on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday, December 15th. Finally, Atlantic Securities upgraded TransUnion from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $58.18.

In related news, insider James M. Peck sold 215,381 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.80, for a total value of $11,802,878.80. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 402,343 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $22,048,396.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO James M. Peck sold 200,000 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.74, for a total value of $10,948,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 402,343 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $22,024,255.82. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 4,630,224 shares of company stock worth $243,986,497 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in TRU. Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt purchased a new stake in TransUnion in the 4th quarter worth about $137,000. ETRADE Capital Management LLC purchased a new stake in TransUnion in the 3rd quarter worth about $204,000. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in TransUnion in the 2nd quarter worth about $212,000. Alpine Global Management LLC purchased a new stake in TransUnion in the 2nd quarter worth about $217,000. Finally, Wolverine Trading LLC purchased a new stake in TransUnion in the 2nd quarter worth about $232,000.

Shares of TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) traded up $1.49 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $59.35. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,358,169 shares, compared to its average volume of 865,880. The company has a current ratio of 1.84, a quick ratio of 1.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51. TransUnion has a fifty-two week low of $31.38 and a fifty-two week high of $59.53. The company has a market cap of $10,824.73, a PE ratio of 45.65, a PEG ratio of 3.05 and a beta of 0.64.

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TransUnion Company Profile

TransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive.

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