TransUnion (TRU) Rating Increased to Buy at ValuEngine

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) was upgraded by investment analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

TRU has been the topic of several other research reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, December 31st. Morgan Stanley set a $66.00 price target on TransUnion and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 price target on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday, December 21st. Deutsche Bank cut their price target on TransUnion from $87.00 to $55.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday, January 14th. Finally, Barclays restated a “buy” rating and set a $72.00 price target on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Thursday, January 10th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. TransUnion presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $75.14.

Shares of TransUnion stock opened at $63.16 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $11.68 billion, a PE ratio of 27.34, a PEG ratio of 3.31 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.01, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a current ratio of 1.53. TransUnion has a 12 month low of $52.15 and a 12 month high of $79.48.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 14th. The business services provider reported $0.66 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $624.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $622.98 million. TransUnion had a return on equity of 22.59% and a net margin of 11.93%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.50 earnings per share. Sell-side analysts predict that TransUnion will post 2.42 earnings per share for the current year.

In other TransUnion news, EVP David M. Neenan sold 29,322 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.02, for a total value of $1,789,228.44. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 153,029 shares in the company, valued at $9,337,829.58. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP John T. Danaher sold 4,319 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.51, for a total value of $274,299.69. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 49,492 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,143,236.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 1.18% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Nordea Investment Management AB grew its stake in TransUnion by 30.6% in the fourth quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 88,354 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $5,018,000 after purchasing an additional 20,687 shares during the last quarter. Lunia Capital LP grew its stake in TransUnion by 27.4% in the fourth quarter. Lunia Capital LP now owns 294,171 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $16,709,000 after purchasing an additional 63,206 shares during the last quarter. National Pension Service grew its stake in TransUnion by 6.5% in the fourth quarter. National Pension Service now owns 236,800 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $15,070,000 after purchasing an additional 14,516 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc grew its stake in shares of TransUnion by 8.1% during the fourth quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 781,503 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $44,389,000 after acquiring an additional 58,571 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans grew its stake in shares of TransUnion by 12.1% during the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 179,456 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $10,193,000 after acquiring an additional 19,329 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 99.83% of the company’s stock.

About TransUnion

TransUnion provides risk and information solutions. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International, and Consumer Interactive. The USIS segment provides consumer reports, risk scores, and analytical and decisioning services for businesses. These businesses use its services to acquire new customers; assess consumer ability to pay for services; identify cross-selling opportunities; measure and manage debt portfolio risk; collect debt; verify consumer identities; and investigate potential fraud.

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