Brokerages Expect TransUnion (TRU) to Announce $0.51 EPS

Wall Street analysts predict that TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) will post $0.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Seven analysts have made estimates for TransUnion’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.50 and the highest is $0.52. TransUnion posted earnings per share of $0.42 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 21.4%. The business is scheduled to issue its next earnings results before the market opens on Friday, April 20th.

On average, analysts expect that TransUnion will report full-year earnings of $2.30 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.27 to $2.34. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of $2.58 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.50 to $2.72. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for TransUnion.

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TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The business services provider reported $0.50 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $506.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $487.83 million. TransUnion had a net margin of 22.81% and a return on equity of 20.73%. The company’s revenue was up 16.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.44 EPS.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Royal Bank of Canada boosted their price target on shares of TransUnion to $60.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price target (up previously from $59.00) on shares of TransUnion in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 price target on shares of TransUnion in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their target price on shares of TransUnion from $54.00 to $58.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 31st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. TransUnion has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $60.30.

Shares of TRU stock opened at $58.88 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.29, a quick ratio of 1.28 and a current ratio of 1.28. The stock has a market cap of $10,645.13, a PE ratio of 34.43, a PEG ratio of 2.76 and a beta of 0.74. TransUnion has a twelve month low of $38.02 and a twelve month high of $61.42.

In other TransUnion news, EVP John T. Danaher sold 85,630 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.34, for a total transaction of $4,995,654.20. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 61,794 shares in the company, valued at $3,605,061.96. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP David M. Neenan sold 50,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.42, for a total transaction of $2,921,000.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 99,583 shares in the company, valued at $5,817,638.86. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 174,345 shares of company stock worth $10,156,056 in the last ninety days. 2.10% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of TRU. Strs Ohio purchased a new stake in TransUnion during the fourth quarter worth about $107,000. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in TransUnion during the fourth quarter worth about $113,000. LS Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in TransUnion during the fourth quarter worth about $131,000. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. purchased a new stake in TransUnion during the fourth quarter worth about $136,000. Finally, Livforsakringsbolaget Skandia Omsesidigt purchased a new stake in TransUnion during the fourth quarter worth about $137,000.

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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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