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Earnings Preview for TransUnion


TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) announces its next round of earnings this Tuesday, February 16. Here is Benzinga's everything-that-matters guide for this Tuesday's Q4 earnings announcement.

Net Income, Earnings, And Earnings Per Share

Earnings and especially earnings per share (EPS) are useful measures of a company's profitability. Total earnings, which is also referred to as net income, equals total revenue minus total expenses. EPS equals to net income divided by the number of shares outstanding.

Earnings And Revenue

Based on management's projections, TransUnion analysts model for earnings of $0.79 per share on sales of $696.33 million. TransUnion reported a per-share profit of $0.75 when it published results during the same quarter last year. Sales in that period totaled $685.60 million.

Why Analyst Estimates And Earnings Surprises Are Important

Analysts who cover this company will publish forward-looking estimates of its revenue and EPS each quarter. Averaging together every EPS and revenue prediction that each analyst makes about a company in a quarter yields the "consensus estimates." A company posting earnings or revenue above or below the consensus estimate is known as an "earnings surprise" and may move the stock by a considerable margin.

If the company were to match the consensus estimate, earnings would be up 5.33%. Sales would be up 1.57% from the year-ago period. Here is how the company's reported EPS has stacked up against analyst estimates in the past:

Quarter Q3 2020 Q2 2020 Q1 2020 Q4 2020
EPS Estimate 0.75 0.47 0.68 0.72
EPS Actual 0.81 0.66 0.73 0.75
Revenue Estimate 678.53 M 582.83 M 673.61 M 674.73 M
Revenue Actual 695.90 M 634.40 M 687.60 M 685.60 M

Stock Performance

Over the last 52-week period, shares are down 3.16%. Given that these returns are generally negative, long-term shareholders won't be happy going into this earnings release.

Do not be surprised to see the stock move on comments made during its conference call. TransUnion is scheduled to hold the call at 09:30:00 ET and can be accessed here.


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