TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) has earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the sixteen research firms that are covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $75.64.

TRU has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of TransUnion from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, January 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of TransUnion from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 22nd. BNP Paribas initiated coverage on shares of TransUnion in a report on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $66.00 target price on the stock. Barclays reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $80.00 target price on shares of TransUnion in a report on Sunday, May 5th. Finally, Exane BNP Paribas initiated coverage on shares of TransUnion in a report on Friday, March 15th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $66.00 target price on the stock.

In related news, EVP Christopher A. Cartwright sold 36,082 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.86, for a total value of $2,376,360.52. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 209,625 shares in the company, valued at $13,805,902.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CAO Timothy Elberfeld sold 1,789 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.00, for a total transaction of $116,285.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 14,062 shares in the company, valued at approximately $914,030. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 378,511 shares of company stock worth $25,042,932 in the last 90 days. 0.92% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of TRU. Karp Capital Management Corp bought a new position in TransUnion during the fourth quarter valued at $37,000. Harel Insurance Investments & Financial Services Ltd. bought a new position in TransUnion during the first quarter valued at $80,000. Ropes Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new position in TransUnion during the fourth quarter valued at $83,000. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC increased its position in TransUnion by 21.6% during the fourth quarter. Massey Quick Simon & CO. LLC now owns 1,550 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $88,000 after acquiring an additional 275 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Fifth Third Bancorp increased its position in TransUnion by 116.0% during the first quarter. Fifth Third Bancorp now owns 1,516 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $101,000 after acquiring an additional 814 shares during the last quarter.

TRU stock opened at $64.22 on Thursday. TransUnion has a one year low of $52.15 and a one year high of $79.48. The company has a current ratio of 1.64, a quick ratio of 1.64 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.90. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.93 billion, a PE ratio of 27.80, a P/E/G ratio of 3.85 and a beta of 0.94.

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, April 23rd. The business services provider reported $0.60 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.53 by $0.07. TransUnion had a net margin of 11.43% and a return on equity of 22.63%. The firm had revenue of $623.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $618.38 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.57 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 16.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that TransUnion will post 2.39 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, May 23rd will be given a $0.075 dividend. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.47%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 22nd. TransUnion’s dividend payout ratio is presently 12.99%.

About TransUnion

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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