Analysts predict that TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) will announce $0.59 earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Six analysts have made estimates for TransUnion’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $0.58 and the highest is $0.60. TransUnion posted earnings of $0.57 per share during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 3.5%. The firm is expected to report its next earnings results before the market opens on Tuesday, April 23rd.

On average, analysts expect that TransUnion will report full-year earnings of $2.63 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.59 to $2.67. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the business will report earnings of $3.01 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $2.93 to $3.12. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover TransUnion.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, April 23rd. The business services provider reported $0.60 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.07. TransUnion had a return on equity of 22.59% and a net margin of 11.93%. The company had revenue of $623.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $618.38 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.57 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 16.0% on a year-over-year basis.

Several research analysts have weighed in on TRU shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, December 31st. Morgan Stanley set a $66.00 target price on TransUnion and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 8th. Deutsche Bank reduced their price target on TransUnion from $87.00 to $55.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Monday, January 14th. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 price target on shares of TransUnion in a report on Thursday, January 10th. Finally, BNP Paribas assumed coverage on TransUnion in a report on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $66.00 price target for the company. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. TransUnion currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $75.25.

In related news, insider James M. Peck sold 2,327 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 26th. The stock was 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 $21,502,486.02. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CAO Timothy Elberfeld sold 1,789 shares of TransUnion stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.00, for a total value of $116,285.00. Following the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 14,062 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $914,030. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 214,041 shares of company stock valued at $13,847,553. 0.92% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Chicago Capital LLC purchased a new stake in TransUnion during the first quarter valued at about $18,666,000. Strs Ohio boosted its position in shares of TransUnion by 23.9% in the first quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 2,343 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $156,000 after buying an additional 452 shares during the period. Bfsg LLC purchased a new stake in shares of TransUnion in the first quarter worth about $501,000. IFM Investors Pty Ltd boosted its position in shares of TransUnion by 15.3% in the first quarter. IFM Investors Pty Ltd now owns 12,888 shares of the business services provider’s stock worth $861,000 after buying an additional 1,706 shares during the period. Finally, Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of TransUnion in the first quarter worth about $80,000.

Shares of TRU stock traded down $1.96 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $68.74. The company had a trading volume of 4,100,348 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,549,370. TransUnion has a 52-week low of $52.15 and a 52-week high of $79.48. The company has a market capitalization of $13.30 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 4.36 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 1.53, a quick ratio of 1.53 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.01.

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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