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TransUnion is a consulting services business based in the US. TransUnion shares (TRU) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. TransUnion employs 8,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.7 billion.
|52-week range||USD$52.3667 - USD$102.8|
|50-day moving average||USD$91.9532|
|200-day moving average||USD$89.9691|
|Wall St. target price||USD$105.56|
|Dividend yield||USD$0.3 (0.35%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$1.79|
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Valuing TransUnion stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of TransUnion's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
TransUnion's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 49x. In other words, TransUnion shares trade at around 49x recent earnings.
That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.
TransUnion's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.1957. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into TransUnion's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
TransUnion's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$968 million.
The EBITDA is a measure of a TransUnion's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$2.7 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||22.09%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$1.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||5.2%|
|Return on equity TTM||14.29%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$16.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 1.9 million TransUnion shares held short by investors – that's known as TransUnion's "short interest". This figure is 16.4% up from 1.6 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting TransUnion shares can be evaluated.
TransUnion's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of TransUnion shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of TransUnion shares traded daily (recently around 1.2 million). TransUnion's SIR currently stands at 1.59. In other words for every 100,000 TransUnion shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1590 shares are currently held short.
However TransUnion's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of TransUnion shares, or, against the total number of tradable TransUnion shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case TransUnion's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 TransUnion shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0118% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable TransUnion shares, roughly 12 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against TransUnion.
Find out more about how you can short TransUnion stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 10% of net profits
Recently TransUnion has paid out, on average, around 10% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.35% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), TransUnion shareholders could enjoy a 0.35% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In TransUnion's case, that would currently equate to about $0.3 per share.
While TransUnion's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that TransUnion is investing more in its future growth.
TransUnion's most recent dividend payout was on 10 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 24 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Over the last 12 months, TransUnion's shares have ranged in value from as little as $52.3667 up to $102.8. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while TransUnion's is 1.2561. This would suggest that TransUnion's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
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, such as credit and other scores, as well as 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. This segment serves various verticals, including financial services, insurance, healthcare, collections, tenant and employment, public sector, media, and other markets. The International segment offers credit reports, analytics, decision services, and other value-added risk management services; and consumer services, which enable consumers to manage their personal finances. This segment serves customers in financial services, retail credit, insurance, automotive, collections, public sector, and communications industries through direct and indirect channels. The Consumer Interactive segment provides credit reports and scores, credit monitoring, fraud protection and resolution, and financial management solutions that enable consumers to manage their personal finances and take precautions against identity theft. This segment offers its products through online and mobile interfaces, as well as through direct and indirect channels. The company serves customers in approximately 30 countries and territories, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and India. The company was formerly known as TransUnion Holding Company, Inc. and changed its name to TransUnion in March 2015. TransUnion was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
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