TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare TransUnion to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

58.6% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of TransUnion shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

TransUnion has a beta of 0.58, meaning that its share price is 42% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransUnion’s peers have a beta of 0.99, meaning that their average share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for TransUnion and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TransUnion 0 1 7 0 2.88
TransUnion Competitors 72 506 687 6 2.49

TransUnion currently has a consensus target price of $47.63, suggesting a potential downside of 6.12%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 2.81%. Given TransUnion’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TransUnion has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares TransUnion and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TransUnion 12.08% 20.32% 6.22%
TransUnion Competitors 6.91% 27.09% 4.86%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TransUnion and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
TransUnion $1.80 billion $636.70 million 43.73
TransUnion Competitors $3.22 billion $939.14 million 17.09

TransUnion’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than TransUnion. TransUnion is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

TransUnion peers beat TransUnion on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

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. The USIS segment provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decisioning capabilities to businesses. The International segment provides services similar to its USIS segment to businesses in select regions outside the United States. The Consumer Interactive segment offers solutions that help consumers manage their personal finances and take precautions against identity theft. Businesses uses its solutions for their process workflows to assess consumer ability to pay for services, measure and manage debt portfolio risk, collect debt, verify consumer identities and investigate potential fraud.

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