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TransUnion (TRU) Q4 Earnings Beat, Revenues Miss Estimates

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TransUnionTRU delivered mixed fourth-quarter 2018 results, with earnings surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate and revenues missing the same.

Adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 66 cents outpaced the consensus mark by 3 cents and improved 32% year over year. Lower tax rate, resulting from Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, significantly contributed to the company's earnings in the reported quarter.

Total revenues came in at $613 million, which missed the consensus mark by $11 million. The figure rallied 21% on a reported basis, 22% in terms of constant currency (cc) and 11% at organic cc. This uptick was driven by strong performance across all of the company's operating segments - U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive - along with contributions from incremental credit monitoring revenues due to a breach at a competitor.

Adjusted revenues (excluding the impact of deferred revenue purchase, accounting reductions and other adjustments to revenues for the company's recently acquired entities) came in at $624 million, up 23% year over year on a reported basis, 26% at cc and 11% at organic cc. Acquisitions of FactorTrust, iovation, HPS, Rubixis and Callcredit drove adjusted revenues.

In a year's time, shares of TransUnion have gained 8.9%, significantly outperforming the industry 's 7.4% rally.

Let's delve deeper in to the numbers

Operating Segments' Revenues

The U.S. Information Services (USIS) revenues of $369 million increased 18% year over year on a reported basis and 12% on an organic basis. USIS adjusted revenues amounted to $370 million.

Within the segment, Financial Services revenues of $190 million increased 19% and 15%, respectively, on a reported and organic basis. Emerging Verticals including Healthcare, Insurance and all other verticals, revenues were $179 million, up 18% year over year on a reported basis and 9% on an organic basis. Adjusted revenue was $180 million.

International revenues surged 47% year over year on a reported and 57% on a constant-currency basis to $141 million. Canada, Latin America, Africa and India revenue increased while Asia Pacific revenues decreased year over year.

Revenues at the Consumer Interactive segment improved 6% from the prior-year quarter number to $121 million. This included roughly $5 million of incremental credit monitoring revenues due to a breach at a competitor.

TransUnion Revenue (TTM)

TransUnion Revenue (TTM) | TransUnion Quote

Margins

Adjusted EBITDA was $249 million, up 27% year over year on a reported and 29% at cc. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 39.9% expanded 110 basis points (bps) year over year.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

TransUnion had $187.4 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the fourth quarter compared with $226.6 million at the end of the prior quarter. Long-term debt was $4 billion compared with 4.1 billion in the prior quarter. The company generated $146.3 million in cash from operating activities and spent $61.8 million on capex.

Q1 Outlook

For the first quarter of 2019, TransUnion expects adjusted revenues between $614 million and $619 million, reflecting an improvement of 14-15% year over year.

Adjusted EBITDA is envisioned in the range of $233-$236 million, mirroring an increase of 15-17%. Adjusted EPS is expected between 58 cents and 59 cents, indicating a rise of 2-4% year over year. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter earnings is pegged at 64 cents.

2018 View

TransUnion expects adjusted revenues between $2.59 billion and $2.61 billion, reflecting year-over-year increase of 10.5-11.5%.

Adjusted EBITDA is anticipated in the range of $1.017-$1.032 million, mirroring year-over-year increase of 11-13%. Adjusted EPS is anticipated in the band of $2.57-$2.63, indicating improvement of 3-5%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for adjusted earnings is pegged at $2.80.

Zacks Rank & Upcoming Releases

TransUnion has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

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