TransUnion (TRU) Given Consensus Rating of “Buy” by Analysts

Shares of TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the sixteen research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $75.64.

Several brokerages have weighed in on TRU. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of TransUnion from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. ValuEngine cut shares of TransUnion from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday. Barclays reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 target price on shares of TransUnion in a research report on Sunday, May 5th. Deutsche Bank raised their target price on shares of TransUnion from $69.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 17th. Finally, BNP Paribas started coverage on shares of TransUnion in a research report on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $66.00 target price for the company.

Shares of TRU opened at $64.22 on Thursday. The firm has a market cap of $11.93 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.80, a PEG ratio of 3.85 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.90, a current ratio of 1.64 and a quick ratio of 1.64. TransUnion has a twelve month low of $52.15 and a twelve month high of $79.48.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 23rd. The business services provider reported $0.60 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $623.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $618.38 million. TransUnion had a net margin of 11.43% and a return on equity of 22.63%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.57 EPS. As a group, equities research analysts forecast that TransUnion will post 2.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 7th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 23rd will be given a $0.075 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 22nd. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.47%. TransUnion’s dividend payout ratio is 12.99%.

In related news, insider James M. Peck sold 2,327 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.14, for a total transaction of $149,253.78. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 335,243 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $21,502,486.02. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP John T. Danaher sold 4,318 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.54, for a total transaction of $283,001.72. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 69,491 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,554,440.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 378,511 shares of company stock valued at $25,042,932. Corporate insiders own 0.92% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Karp Capital Management Corp bought a new stake in TransUnion during the 4th quarter valued at about $37,000. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. bought a new stake in TransUnion during the 1st quarter valued at about $80,000. Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new stake in TransUnion during the 4th quarter valued at about $83,000. Fifth Third Bancorp increased its stake in TransUnion by 116.0% during the 1st quarter. Fifth Third Bancorp now owns 1,516 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $101,000 after purchasing an additional 814 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC increased its stake in TransUnion by 21.6% during the 4th quarter. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC now owns 1,550 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $88,000 after purchasing an additional 275 shares in the last quarter.

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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