Analysts Anticipate TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) to Announce $0.71 Earnings Per Share

Wall Street brokerages expect TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) to announce earnings of $0.71 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Six analysts have made estimates for TransUnion’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.71 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.73. TransUnion posted earnings of $0.66 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 7.6%. The business is scheduled to issue its next earnings report before the market opens on Tuesday, February 18th.

According to Zacks, 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 year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of $3.12 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.07 to $3.19. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that that provide coverage for TransUnion.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on TRU. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $110.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Monday, January 6th. Morgan Stanley upgraded shares of TransUnion from an “equal weight” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $84.00 to $100.00 in a report on Tuesday, January 7th. Jefferies Financial Group began coverage on shares of TransUnion in a report on Wednesday, November 27th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $86.00 price objective for the company. William Blair restated an “outperform” rating on shares of TransUnion in a report on Wednesday, October 23rd. Finally, Deutsche Bank boosted their price objective on shares of TransUnion from $78.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 23rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. TransUnion currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $86.11.

In other news, EVP Steven M. Chaouki sold 13,662 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $84.24, for a total transaction of $1,150,886.88. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 54,674 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,605,737.76. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, EVP Steven M. Chaouki sold 13,661 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, December 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.54, for a total transaction of $1,168,561.94. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 54,673 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,676,728.42. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 0.92% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA boosted its holdings in TransUnion by 9.6% in the fourth quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 4,785,711 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $409,704,000 after purchasing an additional 418,899 shares during the period. Americana Partners LLC acquired a new position in shares of TransUnion during the fourth quarter valued at $34,000. Dai Ichi Life Insurance Company Ltd acquired a new position in shares of TransUnion during the fourth quarter valued at $235,000. Oxford Asset Management LLP boosted its holdings in shares of TransUnion by 567.6% during the fourth quarter. Oxford Asset Management LLP now owns 87,946 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $7,529,000 after acquiring an additional 74,773 shares during the period. Finally, Westfield Capital Management Co. LP boosted its holdings in shares of TransUnion by 5.6% during the fourth quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP now owns 1,346,729 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $115,293,000 after acquiring an additional 71,856 shares during the period. 98.33% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of TRU opened at $97.10 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.42, a current ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.71. The business’s 50 day moving average price is $91.42 and its 200-day moving average price is $84.96. TransUnion has a 52 week low of $58.25 and a 52 week high of $97.80. The stock has a market cap of $18.01 billion, a P/E ratio of 50.84, a P/E/G ratio of 2.37 and a beta of 0.96.

TransUnion Company Profile

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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