TransUnion (TRU) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.51 Per Share

Equities analysts expect TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) to report $0.51 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Seven analysts have made estimates for TransUnion’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.52 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.50. TransUnion posted earnings per share of $0.42 during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 21.4%. The business is expected to announce its next earnings results before the market opens on Friday, April 20th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that TransUnion will report full year earnings of $2.30 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.27 to $2.34. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the business will post earnings of $2.58 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.50 to $2.72. Zacks’ EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that cover TransUnion.

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TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last issued its earnings results on Friday, April 20th. The business services provider reported $0.57 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.46 by $0.11. TransUnion had a return on equity of 20.73% and a net margin of 22.81%. The company had revenue of $537.40 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $507.68 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.42 earnings per share. TransUnion’s quarterly revenue was up 18.1% compared to the same quarter last year.

TRU has been the subject of a number of research reports. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 target price on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $62.00 target price for the company in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Bank of America upgraded TransUnion from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. ValuEngine upgraded TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 target price (up from $59.00) on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $60.30.

In other news, EVP John T. Danaher sold 85,630 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.34, for a total transaction of $4,995,654.20. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 61,794 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,605,061.96. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CAO Timothy Elberfeld sold 1,450 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.92, for a total value of $82,534.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 174,345 shares of company stock worth $10,156,056. Corporate insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in TRU. BlackRock Inc. raised its holdings in TransUnion by 26.9% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,414,930 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $407,523,000 after purchasing an additional 1,574,041 shares in the last quarter. Farallon Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in TransUnion by 61.7% during the fourth quarter. Farallon Capital Management LLC now owns 3,754,262 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $206,334,000 after purchasing an additional 1,432,104 shares in the last quarter. Carillon Tower Advisers Inc. bought a new stake in TransUnion during the fourth quarter worth approximately $48,286,000. Two Sigma Investments LP raised its holdings in TransUnion by 3,010.8% during the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 805,438 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $44,267,000 after purchasing an additional 779,546 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Advisers LP raised its holdings in TransUnion by 1,163.3% during the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP now owns 506,492 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $27,837,000 after purchasing an additional 466,398 shares in the last quarter.

TRU stock traded up $6.29 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $66.84. The company had a trading volume of 3,771,657 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,362,601. The company has a quick ratio of 1.28, a current ratio of 1.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.29. TransUnion has a fifty-two week low of $38.63 and a fifty-two week high of $67.32. The company has a market cap of $11,107.80, a P/E ratio of 39.09, a PEG ratio of 2.88 and a beta of 0.74.

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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.

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