Is TransUnion (TRU) A Good Investment Choice?

Artisan Partners, a high value-added investment management firm, published its ‘Artisan Mid Cap Fund’ first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of -2.36% was recorded by its Investor Class: ARTMX, -2.32% by its Advisor Class: APDMX, and -2.30% by its Institutional Class: APHMX, in the fourth quarter of 2020, all below the Russell Midcap® Growth Index that delivered a -0.57% return and the Russell Midcap® Index that was up by 8.14% for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Artisan Mid Cap Fund, in its Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned TransUnion (NYSE: TRU), and shared their insights on the company. TransUnion is a Chicago, Illinois-based consumer credit reporting agency that currently has a $20.1 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, TRU delivered a 5.90% return, extending its 12-month gains to 33.37%. As of May 06, 2021, the stock closed at $105.07 per share.

Here is what Artisan Mid Cap Fund has to say about TransUnion in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

“We started new investment campaigns in TransUnion. TransUnion is one of the three leading credit bureaus, providing consumer credit data to support mortgage underwriting, credit card issuance, auto loans and fraud detection. The pandemic weighed on the company’s results in 2020, but we think a consumer-led recovery could drive sharp acceleration in banks’ lending and, therefore, demand for TransUnion’s data. The company is also investing in promising secular growth initiatives such as online fraud detection, digital marketing data and income verification, which we believe could be additional profit-cycle drivers.”

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Our calculations show that TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, TransUnion was in 41 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 47 funds in the third quarter. TRU delivered a 12.81% return in the past 3 months.

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