A better buy-in window may exist right now for TransUnion (TRU)

TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) stock fell -1.00% on Thursday to $70.94 against a previous-day closing price of $71.66. With 1.4 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 1.65 million shares. The 52-week range on TRU shows that it touched its highest point at $90.08 and its lowest point at $50.32 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $79.35. With its current market cap of 13.74 billion, TRU has annualized dividend of $0.42 while the current yield stands at 0.59%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.36.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of TRU was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 0.16%, but this was up by 10.84% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 8.75% while six-month performance rose 18.08%. The stock lost -13.34% in the past year, while it has gained 25.00% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for TRU yields 1.32 with Next year EPS estimates of 4.21. For the next quarter, that number is 0.82. This implies an EPS growth rate of -29.10% for this year and 18.58% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 10.33% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of -1.40%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 193.00 million TRU shares are outstanding with a float of 192.10 million shares on hand for trading. On May 14, 2023, short shares totaled 5.96 million, which was 3.09% higher than short shares on Apr 13, 2023. In addition to Mr. Christopher A. Cartwright as the firm’s Pres, CEO & Director, Mr. Todd M. Cello CPA serves as its Exec. VP & CFO.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 99.66% of TRU’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 58.53% of TRU, in contrast to 40.61% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 35.52%. As the largest shareholder in TRU with 12.44% of the stake, T. Rowe Price Investment Manageme holds 24,023,699 shares worth 24,023,699. A second-largest stockholder of TRU, The Vanguard Group, Inc., holds 17,404,132 shares, controlling over 9.01% of the firm’s shares. T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in TRU, holding 11,741,779 shares or 6.08% stake. With a 5.25% stake in TRU, the T Rowe Price Capital Appreciation is the largest stakeholder. A total of 10,150,553 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, which owns about 3.11% of TRU stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 6,002,750 shares valued at 413.05 million. Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP holds 2.95% of the stake in TRU, owning 5,706,139 shares worth 392.64 million.

An Overview of Recent Financials:

Understanding a company as a customer does not mean you will understand it as an investor. The wise investor uses quantitative research to analyze metrics such as revenue, net income, and earnings. In its fiscal quarter reported on Mar 30, 2023, TRU reported revenue of $948.30M and operating income of $182.50M. The EBITDA in the recently reported quarter was $320.00M and diluted EPS was $0.49.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for TRU since 0 analysts follow the stock currently. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With TRU analysts setting a high price target of $90.00 and a low target of $67.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $79.74. Based on these targets, TRU could surge 26.87% to reach the target high and fall by -5.55% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 12.4% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded TRU stock several times over the past three months with 14 Buys and 3 Sells. In these transactions, 238,678 shares were bought while 41,235 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 31 while that of sell transactions has risen to 22 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 340,186 while 73,181 shares were sold.

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