$0.71 Earnings Per Share Expected for TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) This Quarter

Equities analysts predict that TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) will announce earnings per share (EPS) of $0.71 for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Six analysts have provided estimates for TransUnion’s earnings, with estimates ranging from $0.71 to $0.73. TransUnion reported earnings of $0.66 per share in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year-over-year growth rate of 7.6%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report before the market opens on Tuesday, February 18th.

On average, analysts expect that TransUnion will report full year earnings of $2.77 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.76 to $2.78. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the firm will report earnings of $3.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.07 to $3.18. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for TransUnion.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 22nd. The business services provider reported $0.76 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.71 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $689.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $676.37 million. TransUnion had a net margin of 14.17% and a return on equity of 23.59%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 14.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.65 earnings per share.

TRU has been the topic of several recent research reports. William Blair reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Wednesday, October 23rd. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on TransUnion from $81.00 to $84.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 23rd. Jefferies Financial Group assumed coverage on TransUnion in a research report on Wednesday, November 27th. They set a “hold” rating and a $86.00 price objective for the company. Deutsche Bank increased their price objective on TransUnion from $78.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 23rd. Finally, ValuEngine lowered TransUnion from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 2nd. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. TransUnion currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $81.10.

In other TransUnion news, CEO Christopher A. Cartwright sold 54,325 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.59, for a total value of $4,649,676.75. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 210,303 shares in the company, valued at $17,999,833.77. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Steven M. Chaouki sold 13,662 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, October 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.02, for a total value of $1,134,219.24. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 54,674 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,539,035.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 230,316 shares of company stock worth $19,385,842 over the last three months. Insiders own 0.92% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Lansing Management LP increased its holdings in TransUnion by 1.0% during the third quarter. Lansing Management LP now owns 209,028 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $16,954,000 after buying an additional 1,975 shares during the last quarter. Maverick Capital Ltd. bought a new stake in TransUnion during the third quarter worth $900,000. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co NY lifted its stake in TransUnion by 1.7% in the third quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co NY now owns 13,788 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,118,000 after acquiring an additional 225 shares during the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC lifted its stake in TransUnion by 762.6% in the third quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 420,677 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $34,121,000 after acquiring an additional 371,909 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Man Group plc lifted its stake in TransUnion by 48.2% in the third quarter. Man Group plc now owns 14,528 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $1,178,000 after acquiring an additional 4,727 shares during the last quarter. 98.16% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

NYSE TRU traded up $0.88 on Friday, reaching $85.40. The company had a trading volume of 1,211,496 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,207,256. The firm has a market capitalization of $15.92 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 36.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.33 and a beta of 0.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.71, a quick ratio of 1.42 and a current ratio of 1.42. TransUnion has a 1-year low of $52.15 and a 1-year high of $87.39. The company’s fifty day moving average is $84.09 and its 200-day moving average is $79.38.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 12th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 27th were given a dividend of $0.075 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, November 26th. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.35%. TransUnion’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 12.99%.

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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