TransUnion (TRU) Insider Activity Report: Who’s Selling?

TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) saw an upside of 1.52% to close Friday at $114.02 after adding $1.71 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 805,060 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $116.35 in the past week and touched a new high 1 time within the past 5 days. An average of 909,290 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 832,764.

TRU’s 1-month performance is -7.01% or -$8.60 on its low of $111.94 reached on 10/01/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $78.02 and high of $125.35, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 09/09/21. YTD, TRU has achieved 14.92% or $14.80 and has reached a new high 21 times. However, the current price is down -9.04%% from the 52-week high price.


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Insider Transactions

On Aug 16, 47 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for TransUnion (TRU). MAULDIN RICHARD DANE (EVP – Operations) most recently sold 1,250 shares at $119.25 per share on Aug 16. This transaction cost the insider $149,062. President, International, Neenan David M, sold 24,199 shares at a price of $120.33 on Jul 30. Then, on Jun 15, EVP – Operations MAULDIN RICHARD DANE sold 1,250 shares at a price of $106.83 per share. This transaction amounted to $133,538.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 70.75 and a low of 23.48. TRU stock has a beta of 1.33. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 7.53 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 7.78, with the price to cash flow ratio at 43.62.

TransUnion pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share. Its dividend yield is 0.33% and the payout ratio is 13.30%. TRU’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 9, when it paid $0.0950 a share compared with prior rate of $0.0950, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 3 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.02 reported on Wednesday May 12 2021.

It is projected that TransUnion’s next ex-dividend date will be on 26-Nov. TRU is expected to distribute $0.095 as its next dividend.

TransUnion’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 2.10, with the current ratio over the same period at 2.10 meaning that TRU stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 1.17, while the total debt to equity was 1.19. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 66.70%The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 35.91% while for the period ending June 29; TransUnion’s operating margin was 23.90%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $1.8 billion against revenue of $2.72 billion.

The effectiveness of a company’s management is also important for investors when it comes to determining the potential profitability of the investment. TransUnion’s return on assets over the past 12 months stands at 6.30%. Return on investment over the past year is 7.60%, while its return on equity (ROE) trailing 12 months is 17.80%. In comparison, the average ROE for the broader industry over the past year is 7.00.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected TRU to announce $0.91 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.96, representing a 5.50% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $315.9 million. TRU stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 4.49 billion, with total debt at $3.47 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $191.5 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at TransUnion (TRU) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 01 October was 39.37% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 19.24%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $113.51, reflecting a -1.94% or -$2.25 change from its current price. TRU is currently trading -8.24% above its 20-day SMA, +8.77% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -0.27% and +14.70% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 11.81% and 9.01% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 2.20. The RSI (14) points at 40.15%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 21.20% with the period’s ATR at 2.11. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -1.30 and -2.25 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for TransUnion (NYSE: TRU), RBC Capital Mkts launched coverage with an Outperform rating. Analysts offering their rating for TRU stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Buy. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate TRU as a “sell,”, while 4 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 14 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is TRU’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $125.00 and a high of $140.00, with their median price target at $132.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for TransUnion (TRU) stock is $133.00.

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