TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) is one of 27 public companies in the “Professional Information Services” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare TransUnion to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

TransUnion has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransUnion’s rivals have a beta of 0.99, indicating that their average share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for TransUnion and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TransUnion 0 1 7 0 2.88
TransUnion Competitors 142 635 729 13 2.40

TransUnion currently has a consensus target price of $47.38, indicating a potential upside of 0.24%. As a group, “Professional Information Services” companies have a potential downside of 0.07%. Given TransUnion’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe TransUnion is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TransUnion and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
TransUnion $1.80 billion $636.70 million 40.74
TransUnion Competitors $3.41 billion $997.58 million 17.42

TransUnion’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than TransUnion. TransUnion is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.7% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.1% of TransUnion shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.2% of shares of all “Professional Information Services” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares TransUnion and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TransUnion 12.08% 20.32% 6.22%
TransUnion Competitors 6.93% 27.29% 4.99%

Summary

TransUnion rivals beat TransUnion on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

About TransUnion

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. The USIS segment provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decisioning capabilities to businesses. The International segment provides services similar to its USIS segment to businesses in select regions outside the United States. The Consumer Interactive segment offers solutions that help consumers manage their personal finances and take precautions against identity theft. Businesses uses its solutions for their process workflows to assess consumer ability to pay for services, measure and manage debt portfolio risk, collect debt, verify consumer identities and investigate potential fraud.

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