TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) recently received a number of ratings updates from brokerages and research firms:

  • 9/26/2017 – TransUnion was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets, especially the burgeoning Big Data and analytics market, with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and high consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling the demand for its consumer solutions. TransUnion has also outperformed the industry year to date. Management further increased its guidance on healthy growth dynamics and sustained investments. However, the company is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends and stiff competitive pressures, which limit its profitability to some extent. The continuing strength of the U.S. dollar against major currencies has further eroded margins. Seasonality issues remains another significant challenge for the company.”
  • 9/18/2017 – TransUnion was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $48.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets, especially the burgeoning Big Data and analytics market, with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and high consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling the demand for its consumer solutions. In addition, the significance of its solutions in customers’ decision-making process endows it with high customer retention and revenue visibility. TransUnion has also outperformed the industry year to date. Management further increased its guidance on healthy growth dynamics and sustained investments. However, the company is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends and stiff competitive pressures, which limit its profitability to some extent.”
  • 9/14/2017 – TransUnion had its “overweight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Barclays PLC. They now have a $50.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $48.00.
  • 9/13/2017 – TransUnion was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets, especially the burgeoning Big Data and analytics market, with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and higher consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling the demand for its consumer solutions. TransUnion has outperformed the industry year to date and has increased its guidance on healthy growth dynamics and sustained investments to retain competitive edge. However, the company is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends and stiff competitive pressures, which limit its profitability to some extent. The continuing strength of the U.S. dollar against major currencies and seasonality issues also remain potential headwinds.”
  • 9/8/2017 – TransUnion had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Deutsche Bank AG.
  • 9/7/2017 – TransUnion had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Cowen and Company. They now have a $48.00 price target on the stock.
  • 9/7/2017 – TransUnion was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $54.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets, especially the burgeoning Big Data and analytics market, with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and higher consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling the demand for its consumer solutions. As emerging market economies continue to develop and mature, TransUnion is well-positioned to gain from the associated favorable socio-economic trends. The company has further increased its guidance on healthy growth dynamics. TransUnion has also outperformed the industry year to date. However, the company is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends and adverse foreign currency translation effects, which limit its profitability to some extent.”
  • 9/6/2017 – TransUnion was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets, especially the burgeoning Big Data and analytics market, with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and higher consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling the demand for its consumer solutions. The company has further increased its guidance on favorable growth dynamics. TransUnion has also outperformed the industry year to date. However, the company is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends and adverse foreign currency translation effects, which limit its profitability to some extent. The high degree of competition also restricts its pricing power and puts a strain on the bottom line. In addition, TransUnion’s performance is affected by various seasonality issues.”
  • 9/5/2017 – TransUnion is now covered by analysts at SunTrust Banks, Inc.. They set a “buy” rating and a $54.00 price target on the stock.
  • 8/29/2017 – TransUnion was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $53.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets, especially the burgeoning Big Data and analytics market, with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and higher consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling the demand for its consumer solutions. The company is continuing with its strategic investments to modernize its infrastructure and facilitate the seamless transition to the latest Big Data and analytics technologies. TransUnion has outperformed the industry year to date. However, the company is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends, seasonality issues, adverse foreign currency translation effects and developments in the credit market, which limit its profitability to some extent.”
  • 8/28/2017 – TransUnion was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets, especially the burgeoning Big Data and analytics market, with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. The company has over 30 petabytes of data, growing at an average of over 25% annually since 2010. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and higher consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling the demand for its consumer solutions. TransUnion has also outperformed the industry year-to-date. However, it is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends, seasonality issues, adverse foreign currency translation effects and developments in the credit market, which limit its profitability to some extent. TransUnion caters to a highly competitive market, such degree of competition restricts its pricing power.”
  • 8/23/2017 – TransUnion was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $52.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and higher consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling demand for its consumer solutions. The company continues to make significant investments to modernize its infrastructure and facilitate the seamless transition to the latest Big Data and analytics technologies. With solid quarterly results and favorable growth dynamics, the company raised its guidance for 2017. TransUnion has also outperformed the industry year to date. However, it is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends, seasonality issues, adverse foreign currency translation effects and developments in the credit market, which limit its profitability to some extent.”
  • 8/22/2017 – TransUnion was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “TransUnion is poised for impressive growth in several of its end markets with an attractive business model, significant operating leverage, low capital requirements and strong and stable cash flows. Increased risk of identity theft due to data breaches and higher consumer awareness about the usage of credit information are propelling the demand for its consumer solutions. With solid quarterly results and favourable growth dynamics, the company raised its guidance for 2017. TransUnion has also outperformed the industry year to date. However, it is vulnerable to the overall macroeconomic conditions, industry trends, seasonality issues, adverse foreign currency translation effects and developments in the credit market, which limit its profitability to some extent. The high degree of competition restricts its pricing power to some extent and puts a strain on the bottom line.”
  • 8/14/2017 – TransUnion was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating.

TransUnion (NYSE TRU) traded up 0.29% on Wednesday, reaching $47.79. 235,096 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $8.69 billion, a PE ratio of 41.13 and a beta of 0.58. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $45.37 and its 200 day moving average is $45.37. TransUnion has a 52-week low of $28.92 and a 52-week high of $48.65.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The business services provider reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $474.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $464.77 million. TransUnion had a return on equity of 20.32% and a net margin of 12.08%. TransUnion’s quarterly revenue was up 11.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.37 EPS. Analysts forecast that TransUnion will post $1.83 EPS for the current year.

In other TransUnion news, EVP Samuel A. Hamood sold 21,341 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction on Thursday, September 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.95, for a total transaction of $916,595.95. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 20,243 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $869,436.85. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Christopher Egan sold 201,753 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction on Friday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.60, for a total value of $9,199,936.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 14,108,060 shares of company stock worth $643,354,118. 2.10% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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