FactSet Research Systems (NYSE: FDS) and TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, valuation and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.0% of FactSet Research Systems shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.7% of FactSet Research Systems shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.1% of TransUnion shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

FactSet Research Systems pays an annual dividend of $2.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. TransUnion does not pay a dividend. FactSet Research Systems pays out 26.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. TransUnion has raised its dividend for 11 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for FactSet Research Systems and TransUnion, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FactSet Research Systems 3 6 1 0 1.80
TransUnion 0 1 6 0 2.86

FactSet Research Systems presently has a consensus price target of $163.13, suggesting a potential upside of 2.42%. TransUnion has a consensus price target of $46.14, suggesting a potential downside of 2.16%. Given FactSet Research Systems’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe FactSet Research Systems is more favorable than TransUnion.

Risk and Volatility

FactSet Research Systems has a beta of 0.95, meaning that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TransUnion has a beta of 0.61, meaning that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FactSet Research Systems and TransUnion’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FactSet Research Systems $1.18 billion 5.29 $414.14 million $8.55 18.63
TransUnion $1.80 billion 4.77 $636.70 million $1.16 40.66

TransUnion has higher revenue and earnings than FactSet Research Systems. FactSet Research Systems is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TransUnion, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares FactSet Research Systems and TransUnion’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FactSet Research Systems 29.02% 55.72% 25.28%
TransUnion 12.08% 20.32% 6.22%

Summary

FactSet Research Systems beats TransUnion on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FactSet Research Systems

Factset Research Systems Inc. is engaged in providing integrated financial information and big data analytical applications for the global investment community. The Company’s segments include the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. The U.S. segment services finance professionals, including financial institutions throughout the Americas. The European segment maintains offices in France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and Dubai. The Asia Pacific segment maintains office locations in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai, India. The Company delivers insight and information to investment professionals through its analytics, service, content, and technology. Its offerings include a complete services solution focused on verifying, cleaning and loading portfolio data across asset classes, and an execution management system. The Company offers third-party content through desktop, wireless and off-platform solutions.

About TransUnion

TransUnion is a risk and information solutions provider to businesses and consumers. The Company provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decision capabilities to businesses. The Company operates through three segments: U.S. Information Services (USIS), International and Consumer Interactive. The USIS segment provides consumer reports, risk scores, analytical services and decisioning capabilities to businesses. The International segment provides services similar to its USIS segment to businesses in select regions outside the United States. The Consumer Interactive segment offers solutions that help consumers manage their personal finances and take precautions against identity theft. Businesses uses its solutions for their process workflows to assess consumer ability to pay for services, measure and manage debt portfolio risk, collect debt, verify consumer identities and investigate potential fraud.

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