TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Brokerages

Shares of TransUnion (NYSE:TRUGet Rating) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Buy” by the sixteen analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eight have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $115.69.

A number of research firms have commented on TRU. StockNews.com assumed coverage on shares of TransUnion in a research report on Thursday, March 31st. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered their price objective on shares of TransUnion from $140.00 to $124.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, February 23rd. Bank of America assumed coverage on shares of TransUnion in a research note on Friday, March 11th. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock. Cowen lowered their price objective on shares of TransUnion from $126.00 to $115.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 23rd. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on shares of TransUnion from $102.00 to $105.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 16th.

In other TransUnion news, Director Suzanne Patricia Clark bought 277 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction on Friday, February 25th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $90.35 per share, for a total transaction of $25,026.95. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Heather J. Russell sold 2,867 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $90.76, for a total transaction of $260,208.92. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 6,515 shares of company stock valued at $583,714 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 0.22% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. lifted its stake in shares of TransUnion by 33.3% in the fourth quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 314,760 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $37,323,000 after buying an additional 78,695 shares during the last quarter. Forsta AP Fonden lifted its stake in shares of TransUnion by 40.0% in the third quarter. Forsta AP Fonden now owns 57,100 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $6,413,000 after buying an additional 16,300 shares during the last quarter. Credit Suisse AG increased its position in TransUnion by 1.0% during the third quarter. Credit Suisse AG now owns 282,463 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $31,724,000 after acquiring an additional 2,771 shares during the period. Yousif Capital Management LLC bought a new position in TransUnion during the fourth quarter worth $318,000. Finally, AE Wealth Management LLC increased its position in TransUnion by 5.8% during the third quarter. AE Wealth Management LLC now owns 24,351 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $2,735,000 after acquiring an additional 1,333 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 97.07% of the company’s stock.

Shares of TRU stock traded up $1.43 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $91.43. 22,999 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,558,212. TransUnion has a 12 month low of $83.47 and a 12 month high of $125.35. The company has a market cap of $17.59 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.53, a PEG ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 1.37. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $96.97 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $106.53. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.56, a quick ratio of 1.94 and a current ratio of 1.94.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRUGet Rating) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 22nd. The business services provider reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.83 by ($0.10). TransUnion had a return on equity of 20.58% and a net margin of 44.73%. The company had revenue of $789.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $816.79 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.72 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 20.9% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that TransUnion will post 3.66 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 25th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 10th were paid a $0.095 dividend. This represents a $0.38 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.42%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 9th. TransUnion’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 5.29%.

About TransUnion (Get Rating)

TransUnion provides risk and information solutions. The company operates in three segments: U.S. Markets, International, and Consumer Interactive. The U.S. Markets segment provides consumer reports, actionable insights, and analytics to 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 mitigate fraud risk.

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