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TRU earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2021.

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TransUnion (TRU 2.24%)
Q3 2021 Earnings Call
Oct 26, 2021, 9:30 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning, and welcome to the TransUnion Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to Aaron Hoffman, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

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Aaron Hoffman -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Good morning everyone and thank you for joining us today. Hope that all of you remain safe and healthy. On the call today, we have Chris Cartwright, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Todd Cello, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. We posted our earnings release and slides to accompany this call on the TransUnion Investor Relations website. Our earnings release and the accompanying slides include various schedules, which contain more detailed information about revenue, operating expenses and other items as well as certain non-GAAP disclosures and financial measures along with their corresponding reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures. Today's call will be recorded and a replay will be available on our website. We will also be making statements during this call that are forward looking. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements because of factors discussed in today's earnings release, in the comments made during this conference call and in our most recent Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and other reports and filings with the SEC. We do not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statement.

With that, let me now turn the time over to Chris.

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Aaron. Let me add my welcome and my best wishes that you and your families are healthy. Now I'd like to lay out the agenda for this morning's call. First, I'll discuss the resilience of our markets along with some of the broad macro trends that we experienced in the third quarter. I'll also update you on our strong underlying business performance that reflects our ability to execute the growth playbook that I've outlined on previous calls.

Next, I will discuss our strategic ambitions and how our recently announced acquisitions and divestiture support them. We continue to build off a strong foundation in identity resolution that's applied broadly across our various solutions into all of our end-market. This capitalizes on our strengths as a credit bureau as we extend an scale our marketing risk authentication in fraud solutions to enable better consumer experiences in a digital environment.

As part of this discussion, I'll offer some additional comments about our recently announced acquisition of Neustar. I'll also provide color on today's announced acquisition of Sontiq, a highly complementary business that empowers consumers with identity protection solutions. I'll also touch on two attractive equity investments we made in financial technology firms in the U.K. and India.

Each furthers are consumer identity-focused strategy. And at the same time, our decision to invest to new Healthcare both helps to fund these attractive acquisitions and to sharpen our focus on our core markets and capabilities. Finally, I'll pass the baton to Todd to discuss our third quarter results in detail along with fourth quarter and full-year 2021 guidance.

Let me start with the third quarter. We posted very strong results as most of our markets continue to rebound and our growth outpaced underlying market recovery on the strength of our growth playbook, namely, new business wins, a steady stream of new product innovation and success in attractive adjacent markets. In the U.S., we've never seen a healthier consumer balance sheet, driving consumer spending above pre-COVID levels in spurring more aggressive marketing by our customers.

We expect this to drive further upside in most of our U.S. businesses, particularly consumer lending, credit card and employment screening. At the same time, we continue to see a phased recovery across our international markets. And notably do not seeing any meaningful COVID related setbacks in our major markets during the quarter. Despite another quarter of robust performance, we expect to see significant further recovery over the next several quarters in emerging markets such as India, the Philippines, South Africa and much of Latin America.

Importantly, beyond market-based recovery, we continue to deliver growth above our underlying markets, reflecting a combination of market recovery and organic growth.

Given our strong third quarter and increasingly positive macro environment, we've raised our full year 2021 guidance again. We remain confident in our long term growth algorithm of high single-digit revenue growth at an expanding attractive margin with double-digit EPS growth. We believe our strategic evolution to further support consumers and customers in an e-commerce environment provides the next chapter of our growth story.

To that point, today, I want to talk about our focus on improving identity verification and targeting precision to enable safe, tailored to consumer experiences as we fill attractive white spaces created by a more digitized economy in building off of our legacy capabilities as a credit bureau. For decades, The National Credit Bureaus have operated at the intersection of credit analysis, marketing and fraud mitigation.

We engaged with the risk management arm of a consumer lender to help them understand the broader credit market. We then help them develop the audience that they want to reach through our batch pre-screened services. Traditionally that offer would arrive via direct mail, relying on our header information, built on broad and authoritative terrestrial data. If the consumer response to the offer, they didn't contact the call center to activate it. And during that process, they're authenticated using knowledge-based questions likely derived from our credit information or public records data.

TransUnion at the center of all three dimensions of this activity credit analysis, target marketing and fraud mitigation. With the growth in e-commerce, we began to evolve our strategy to incorporate digital identity. How could we combine still valuable PII with new identifiers, such as email addresses, cell numbers, device IDs, advertising IDs, geo-location data, URLs and cookies.

The acquisitions of TLO and Iovation with its comprehensive digital device data laid a valuable foundation that we augmented with the later purchases of true signal, signal and Tru Optik to build out our marketing capabilities. Each of these investments furthered our ability to accurately link and match data to consumers, what we would now call our identity graph, both offline and online data, helping our clients enrich their customer intelligence with the digital information necessary to target consumers across media channels.

For marketers, for instance, this solves a fundamental problem that outside of the walled gardens less than half of the time businesses don't know exactly who they're interacting with on the so-called open web. With our digital identifiers and modern technology stack, we can help answer the question who am I dealing with in a digital environment. And with that knowledge, our customers can ensure that the right customers are receiving the right offers with minimal friction or in the case of bad actors putting up the necessary barriers to prevent fraud.

Now with that as a backdrop, the pending acquisition of Neustar significantly enhances our identity resolution capabilities for a variety of online applications. As a reminder, we expect this transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, depending customary closing conditions and regulatory approval. Neustar provides real-time identity resolution through its OneID platform, powering solutions that serve three attractive markets marketing, online fraud mitigation and communications.

Now, we've talked about the power of bringing these capabilities together with TransUnion bolstering our already strong identity resolution capabilities and accurate authoritative PII, generating incremental scale and scope in the three complementary markets that Neustar serves.

As we extend in these high growth non-credit markets, we further diversify of our portfolio, which contributes to our ability to consistently outperform our underlying markets. Additionally, the complementary capabilities and data-enabled innovation and cross-selling that further fuels our ability to deliver above-market growth. Finally, we're particularly excited about the influx of strong and relevant talent, including in high impact areas like data science, engineering and sales. With considerable strength in developing solutions, we see a great fit with our highly evolved vertical market strategy. And as a result of these substantial benefits, we expect our long-term growth rate will accelerate over time.

Now let's step back for a moment and talk about the journey that Neustar has been on in recent years. They have evolved into a very different company today than the one that many people knew before they were taken private in 2017. And frankly, as we look at Neustar today, we believe that they've gone through a similar transformation as TransUnion and today are at both a growth and financial inflection point.

Neustar's new leadership and PE owners made broad, meaningful improvements in the business. They implemented organizational leadership, cultural, strategic and operational changes to position the company for long-term growth. These include new leadership in key functions, investment in sales, account management and product development along with data science and marketing talent and processes. Implementation of a cloud-based and scalable product and technology stack and fully realizing the vision of the OneID identity resolution platform.

Now, let me spend a minute on the power of OneID, which is a modern, cloud native, AI-enabled connected platform that solves the complex problem of resolving multiple identity signals into single individuals or households. OneID today uses proprietary data and analytic capabilities to deliver market-leading identity resolution and accuracy across disparate, online and offline signals, with signal strength generating inside from a high volume of observable events in the breadth and depth of scale the market requirements requires rather.

As part of its OneID centric strategy, Neustar made new product investments leveraging OneID in proprietary decision analytics to drive differentiated value propositions in Marketing, Fraud and Communications. And the organic growth initiatives have been complemented by tuck-in acquisitions to broaden and strengthen their solutions. As Neustar sits of the inflection point between significant investment and growth acceleration, we see a long half of opportunities to drive incremental revenues. We think about this in three waves initially cross selling, then innovating from the combined data and technology assets and longer term taking the OneID platform and related marketing, fraud and data management solutions across our global markets.

In the first phase, as an example, Neustar had success with very large financial services customers, but less so with market lenders, where TransUnion has considerable sales coverage and strength. Our teams will begin to sell a number of Neustar solutions to the mid-market accounts quickly after we close the transaction. And it's a similar story in the insurance and other verticals.

On the other hand, Neustar has a well established foothold in markets such as technology, retail, eCommerce and telecommunications, where we've been growing and building a presence, but like the kind of scale and strong relationships with C-suite decision makers the Neustar has. This opens the door to cross sell TransUnion solutions to these customers. In the second wave, we envision developing new solutions built on our combined data assets that leverage the strength of OneID to enhance our industry-leading innovation.

That might include leveraging data and analytics from Neustar to better develop a household view for our insurance customers or to develop a closed loop marketing solution. And in the third wave, we will extend OneID to our international markets. The OneID platform has cleared global applications that were part of Neustar's long-term strategy.

By combining their best-in-class technology with our data assets and customer relationships around the globe, we will position ourselves to deliver superior identity, resolution in our local markets, allowing us to drive incremental growth.

I'd also like to spend a moment discussing marketing solutions. You have heard us talk a lot about our opportunity in fraud space in the past, but not as much about what we can do in marketing by leveraging the same identity resolution capabilities that we do in fraud. Neustar provides identity-based solutions that enable marketers to better understand their consumers, message to them effectively and orchestrate personalized experiences across channels and optimize the effectiveness of their marketing investments.

We have no interest in becoming an ad-tech company or a measurement currency, rather, we aspire to deliver best-in-class data in analytics to help our customers make better decisions, just as we do in other parts of our business. Combining TransUnion and Neustar capabilities creates an identity, precision targeting and marketing performance optimization suite required to operate in a world without cookies or device IDs.

With Neustar, we have the opportunity to become the leading marketing centered identity solutions provider that enables personalized marketing and to measure its effectiveness. As with the entirety of our business, this is a data-centric solution, where we have broad authoritative data now combined with best-in-class technology in analytics to make that data actionable. We have a great conviction that our proposed investment in Neustar will significantly advance our ambitions in this large and quickly evolving space.

Let me move to another transformational growth opportunity. Today, we also announced our intent to acquire Sontiq for $638 million and we expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Leveraging a cloud-based technology infrastructure, Sontiq provide solutions to help consumers and businesses protects against identity theft and cyber crime, including identity monitoring, restoration and breach response products and services.

The current owners executed a smart roll-up strategy beginning in 2017 to bring together complementary assets to provide identity protection solutions. Today, we serve a broad range of customers primarily in employee benefits, insurance, financial services and the public sector.

The acquisition is attractive for three primary reasons. First ID protection is an attractive fast growing market driven by the rapid evolution of online commerce that I've already discussed. In this environment, consumers have a heightened awareness of and a concern about the risks of identity theft. However, many of them are reluctant to enroll in its service that's not supported by trusted brands like TransUnion. We've seen the impact of this market demand in our consumer and active business over the past several years. And Sontiq allows us to access a considerably larger part of this market, fueling stronger growth long-term.

Second, the acquisition fits nicely with our ongoing evolution to provide data-driven identity solutions for consumers and customers as they more frequently interact and transact online. For our Consumer Interactive business that entails empowering consumers by helping them understand their credit profile, improve their access to goods and services, advance their financial standing and protect the financial profile that they've build.

Sontiq helps us transition from a credit data provider to a full solutions provider, combining core credit monitoring with sophisticated identity protection, augmenting both our direct and indirect businesses. It provides us access to new attractive end markets like employee benefits and expanding our position in current market such as insurance. And Sontiq provides incremental capabilities such as dark web monitoring, transaction in child monitoring and proprietary capabilities for breach risk assessment. Finally, in addition to being a strong strategic fit that will enable growth, the business already has an attractive financial profile, with $85 million of estimated revenue in 2021 at a roughly 40% margin. We expect the transaction to be neutral to adjusted EPS in 2022 and accretive after that. We expect the business to grow in the low double-digits in the future on the strength of the underlying digital identity protection market and the benefits of combining with TransUnion.

So like Neustar, we expect Sontiq to accelerate our long-term revenue growth. Now, let me wrap up with a brief discussion of some attractive equity investments that we made recently. The first Monevo extends further our presence in the fast growing online lending market and again advances our ability to support customers and consumers in the rapid transition to e-commerce that I described earlier.

Monevo delivers pre-qualification services to lenders and price compares to websites, mainly in the U.K. and U.S. to support consumer access to finance. This enables consumers to easily shop for credit products by obtaining multiple pre-qualified credit quotes that don't adversely affect their credit score. We also made an investment and established a commercial relationship with IDfy, an Indian provider of video based ID verification, authentication and on-boarding solutions. This partnership will enable TransUnion to offer expanded digital on-boarding and verification technologies to its global customer base, including enriched video-based Know Your Customer identification.

This investment also supports our agenda to capitalize on key e-commerce trends globally. And as we announced this morning, we've agreed to sell TU Healthcare to -- backed by clearly Capital Group for $1.735 billion, which we believe will result in about $1.4 billion in after-tax proceeds at the current tax rates. These proceeds will help fund a significant portion of the cost to acquire Neustar and Sontiq. This portfolio transformation reflects our clear focus on the best long-term growth opportunities for TransUnion that I've just highlighted.

And for TU Healthcare, this outstanding business will benefit from being part of a pure play healthcare data and analytics business. We're targeting a fourth quarter close pending regulatory reviews. And for the TU Healthcare employees, I want to extend our gratitude for all of your contributions to TransUnion over the years as you built your fine business. We believe that you too will benefit from this combination.

Now, let me turn the time over to Todd to walk you through our third quarter financial results and our fourth quarter and full-year 2021 guidance. Over to you, Todd.

Todd M. Cello -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Chris. Let me take you through our performance starting with our consolidated results. And for the sake of simplicity, all of the comparisons I discuss today will be against the third quarter of 2020 unless noted otherwise. Third quarter consolidated revenue increased 14% on a reported basis and 13% in constant currency. The Signal and Tru Optik acquisitions had just under one point of impact resulting in organic constant currency growth of 12%, excluding mortgage, which represented about 12% of total revenue over the past 12 months. From both, the third quarter of 2020 and 2021, our business grew 17% on an organic constant currency basis. Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% on a reported and 20% on a constant currency basis. Our adjusted EBITDA margin was 41.3%, up 250 basis points compared with the year ago quarter, driven primarily by the strong revenue performance.

Third quarter adjusted diluted EPS increased 24%. This was largely driven by strong adjusted EBITDA growth and the benefit from reduced interest expense related to our debt refinancings, prepayments and lower LIBOR. Now looking at segment financial performance. U.S. markets revenue was up 14% compared to the year ago quarter. The two media acquisitions had about one point of impact on revenue. Excluding mortgage, organic revenue grew 21%. Adjusted EBITDA for U.S. Markets increased 19% on an as reported and on an organic basis.

Adjusted EBITDA margin improved by 175 basis points, largely as a result of the strong revenue growth, partially offset by our continued strategic and operational investments and the cost to integrate and scale our recent media acquisitions. Diving into the results by vertical. Financial Services revenue grew 11% and was up 31% excluding mortgage. Looking at the individual end markets. Consumer lending continued its strong rebound throughout the third quarter as lenders across the space have aggressively stepped up their customer acquisition activity to capture share of wallet for the historically strong consumer that Chris described.

At the same time, investor funding is readily available and continues to be a strong driver of growth in this business. We also had a very strong quarter in our credit card business, reflecting similar dynamics to consumer lending as issuers proactively pursue incremental share of wallet. Much of this activity has been driven by the largest issuers. And we continue to see regional players ramp-up their activity levels, which should further propel this market in the quarters to come.

Our Auto business delivered solid growth in the quarter as new business wins helped offset a challenging environment for new and to a certain extent used cars. While new vehicle inventory issues are well chronicled, they have a tag on effect with used cars as dealers see less trading activity and shrinking supply that further exasperates the situation.

With that said, consumer demand remains high, giving us confidence that as inventory issues are resolved, volumes will return. And for mortgage, for the full year, we now expect the market to be down slightly, but still near historically high levels. We had previously expected a flattish market. As we wrap up the year, rates remain lower than many anticipated, providing lift to the refi market and strength in the purchase market despite continued inventory issues and correspondingly higher prices.

Let me turn to our emerging verticals, which grew 17% on a reported basis and 14% excluding the revenue associated with the two media vertical acquisitions. We saw a strong double-digit growth in almost all our major verticals. Public sector delivered another very strong quarter driven by ongoing new business wins and opportunities created by changing policies and new programs from the Biden Administration.

Tenant and employment screening remains strong, though it has stabilized at a very high level. In tenant screening, we won meaningful new business and our SmartMove platform continues to deliver strong growth. We expect employment screening to remain robust as the U.S. continues to move toward fuller employment levels. And our media vertical continues to deliver strong double-digit organic growth as we signed new accounts and see expanded usage with existing customers.

Insurance also delivered another very good quarter on the strength of new business wins in 2020 and 2021 along with significant growth in our new products. Additionally, we are seeing the return of segments of consumer shopping activity that slowed considerably during the pandemic. Finally, our healthcare vertical revenue returned to solid growth due to our successful sell efforts augmented by improving front-end volumes across all care settings. Volumes have slowly approached more normal levels and are starting to flow through to the back end of the business. With the market recovering, our new bookings converting to revenue and back-end volumes picking up, the vertical is well positioned for a strong 2022. Consumer Interactive revenue increased 3%, as we grew in both the direct and indirect channels. Adjusted EBITDA was up 4%. Our direct business continues to see a solid increase in our subscriber base with improving retention rates, as consumers value our credit health and identity protection services. Growth moderated from recent quarters, as we are now lapping very strong 2020 results.

Our indirect channel grew again, as we continue to see strength with partners who provide identity protection for consumers. The acquisition of Sontiq will better position us in this fast growing part of the market as Chris discussed. For my comments about international, all comparisons will be in constant currency.

For the total segment, revenue grew 18% as we saw trends improved in most of our regions. Adjusted EBITDA for international increased 31% as a result of the strong revenue growth and particularly easy comparisons to the year ago quarter.

Let me dig into the specifics for each region. In the U.K., revenue increased 16% as lending markets largely returned to normal levels and we experienced continued strength in other markets like fraud and online gaming and gambling. Last quarter, we mentioned a meaningful government contract that will be one-time and extend over a number of quarters.

Excluding that revenue, our U.K. business still would have grown about 9% in the quarter. Our Canadian business grew 4% in the third quarter, as we saw growth across our portfolio moderated by a comparison to significant breach remediation business in the year ago quarter. Overall, lending markets softened in the quarter due to a slowing pace of mortgage origination and new vehicle supply challenges.

Excluding the non-reoccurring breach business, revenue would have grown about 6%. As we've noted on previous calls, our Canadian business has done an outstanding job, securing a sizable amount of this type of business in recent years. However as it is entirely unpredictable and can be very lumpy, we can create year-over-year variances. Given the flow of breach wins in 2019 and 2020, I expect that we'll see more of this negative comparison in the next two quarters, barring new significant breach-related business.

In India, we grew 44%, reflecting a sharp improvement in consumer and lender activity, as COVID cases have plummeted and vaccination rates have increased significantly. This led to increasingly strong performance during the quarter, culminating with all-time high levels of inquiries, batch activity and commercial revenue.

We also saw a significant growth in fraud, direct to consumer and marketing solutions, reflecting broad strength across our diversified portfolio. Given the strength of the consumer and significant pent-up demand for consumption, we expect these trends to persist.

In Latin America, revenue was up 22%, as we grew in every market we serve and importantly realized double-digit growth in our largest markets Colombia and Brazil. This strong growth reflects broad-based market recovery and the benefits of a steady stream of new customer wins.

In Asia Pacific, we grew 11% driven by positive momentum with our relaunched direct to consumer offering in Hong Kong and business wins with lending customers there. This strength was offset by ongoing significant market challenges in the Philippines as the country has struggled to recover from the COVID-related shutdowns.

Finally, Africa increased 8% and our largest market South Africa, despite the challenges of the third COVID wave and some civil unrest in July. The economy has begun to stabilize. And we continue to generate growth from CreditVision, Commercial Solutions and seamless on-boarding for digital commerce.

With the pending acquisitions of Neustar and Sontiq, along with the proceeds generated by selling our healthcare business, we intend to reenter the debt markets to fund the purchases. Based on our past experiences, we expect a robust market for our paper. The acquisitions of Neustar and Sontiq are approximately $3.7 billion in total.

We intend to fund both acquisitions with incremental debt. With the net proceeds from the healthcare business, our net debt to adjusted EBITDA leverage ratio will be about 3.8 times on the December 31, 2021 pro forma basis. And the $709 million of cash we've built up on our balance sheet gives us additional opportunity for future capital deployment, including additional M&A and or debt prepayment.

As this chart shows, we have a highly credible track record of rapidly delevering, driven by our strong cash flows and our ability to significantly improve the adjusted EBITDA of the assets we acquire. Given our cost savings and revenue growth expectations for Neustar and Sontiq, along with the healthcare proceeds, we have confidence that we can reduce our leverage ratio to about 3.3 times by the end of 2022.

That brings us to our outlook for the fourth quarter and the full year. Other than the equity investments, none of the transactions we've discussed today have closed. So our guidance reflects the ongoing TransUnion without acquisitions or the divestiture of the Healthcare business. Starting with fourth quarter revenue, we expect minimal impact from foreign exchange and no impact from M&A.

Revenue is expected to come in between $764 million and $774 million or a 9% to 11% increase on an as reported and organic constant currency basis. Embedded in our revenue guidance is an approximate four point headwind for mortgage. Meaning that the business would grow 13% to 14% excluding mortgage on an organic constant currency basis.

Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $293 million and $301 million, an increase of 9% to 12%. Adjusted diluted EPS is expected to be between $0.88 and $0.91, an increase of 10% to 14%. And for the full year, we expect one point of tailwind to both revenue and adjusted EBITDA from foreign exchange.

And we expect about one point of benefit from M&A. Revenue is expected to be between $3.075 billion to $3.085 billion, up 13% to 14%. Our guidance includes two points of headwind from mortgage for the full year. So full year revenue excluding mortgage on an organic constant currency basis is expected to increase 13% to 14%. For our business segments, we expect U.S. markets, financial services and emerging verticals to each be up low double-digits.

Excluding the impact of mortgage, U.S. markets would be up high teens and financial services would be up more than 20%. We anticipate that international will grow approximately 20% on an as reported basis. And we expect consumer interactive to be up mid single-digits, benefiting from some one-time breach-related business in the fourth quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $1.239 billion and $1.247 billion, up 19%. We expect our adjusted EBITDA margin to expand 180 to 190 basis points this year even as we continue to aggressively invest in the business.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the year is expected to be between $3.76 and $3.79, up 25% to 26%. At this time, we have no material updates to our other guidance items like tax rate, D&A, interest expense and capital expenditures. They remain the same as what we provided on our year-end earnings call in February.

I'll now turn the call back to Chris for some final comments.

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Todd. To conclude, this morning, we took you through a strong third quarter that highlights the resilience of our markets and our ability to effectively execute our growth playbook. And as our outlook for the year has further improved, we raised our outlook for the full year for the third consecutive quarter. We also highlighted our ongoing strategic pivot, delivered solutions for consumers and our customers in a rapidly evolving online environment. The Neustar and Sontiq acquisitions will play a critical role in advancing the strategy and will deliver compelling financial performance. I'll end by reiterating my hope that all of you and your families remain safe and healthy.

And with that, I will turn the time back to Aaron.

Aaron Hoffman -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Great. Thanks, Chris. That concludes our prepared remarks. For the Q&A, as always we ask that you each ask only one question, so that we can include more participants. And now, we'll be glad to take those questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And the first question comes from Andrew Steinerman of JP Morgan. Please go ahead.

Andrew Steinerman -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Hi, everybody. I'd like to know on Sontiq, what's the mix of revenues between corporate or institutional revenues versus direct to competitors, direct to consumers? And I'd also want to know who the competitors of Sontiq are? And if it's OK, I know who is --. I'm going to ask the second question, what were mortgages as a percentage of revenues as of the third quarter?

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So good morning Andrew, this is Chris. And the audio faded a little bit, but I believe he has two questions. The first is, as the revenue mix across Sontiq, which we've to discuss. And then also the performance of mortgage and the total of mortgage in the third quarter, right?

Andrew Steinerman -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Yes.

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Let me jump into Sontiq. So the mix of revenues roughly maybe about 25% of their revenues are direct to consumer, a little bit more than that, close to 20% is direct sales to the insurance industry, where their solutions are bundled with personal and commercial policies, direct sellers to employee benefits, both to corporations directly and through brokers is another 20% and then about 34%-35% is in the financial services, right?

So it's a fairly broad mix. We like it because it gives us some additional channels for the combined suite of solutions with TU bringing credit and credit monitoring and education and like and Sontiq focused on the protection. And then, Todd, why don't you handle the mortgage question?

Todd M. Cello -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Sure, Chris. Thanks and good morning, Andrew. As far as mortgage is concerned, on a trailing-12 month basis, of about 12% of our revenues coming from mortgagee and that's down a little bit from where we were at at the end of the second quarter when we said it was about 13%.

Andrew Steinerman -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Okay. Thank you all.

Operator

The next question comes from Jeff Meuler of Baird. Please go ahead.

Jeff Meuler -- Baird -- Analyst

Yeah. Thank you. On Sontiq, I recognized it's a CI business and the immediate opportunities kind of cross selling I guess both ways between Sontiq and your CI capabilities and partners and direct to consumer onto your brand.

Can you help us with the long-term vision? I don't know if this is a coincidence in terms of the buzzword of identity. But as you think about bringing together Neustar capabilities TransUnion capabilities potentially into Sontiq, can you build some sort of super app or something that's really differentiated relative to what else is out there in the market? Thank you.

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, thanks for the question, Jeff. So I mean I think you've touched on a couple of important points. At the core, we are extending the value proposition of what we can do for consumers, whether we reach them directly through our own marketing efforts and our own website or through indirectly, through different platform providers. And look, we've had a relationship with other players, where we could provide us on a partnership basis.

We felt like we were missing an opportunity to develop this broader integrated suite and own in ourselves. And that's really where Sontiq comes in. Also Sontiq has multiple channels as I just answered, but also direct to consumer presence and we can augment that with the full complement of our credit information. And yeah, look, it's not a complete coincidence that we've acquired Neustar, which is the leading provider of -- I didn't have any information in resolution capabilities to help businesses target their consumers and also to protect transactions.

And then, now, we've got this broaden identity player with Sontiq. I think there is some opportunity for innovation between those two positions. We also are the only bureau that owns a complete public records archive and an investigative solutions in the U.S. And again that also gives us compelling content to engage consumers and help them understand other dimensions of their data identity if you will and the ability to review and to correct an action that.

So I feel like what this just adds not only audience, but a lot of capabilities for us to be creative.

Jeff Meuler -- Baird -- Analyst

Yeah. Thanks, Chris.

Operator

The next question comes from Gary Bisbee of Bank of America Securities. Please go ahead.

Gary Bisbee -- Bank of America Securities -- Analyst

Hey guys, good morning. I guess you talked about each of the transactions in the financial impact that they would have on '22 in the two acquisitions, each saying it'd be about neutral. I think that's obviously not assuming benefits from the proceeds of sell and yet there is also dilution from the sell.

So I guess can you just give us at a high level. How are you thinking about the impact of the three portfolio moves on 2022 in total?

Todd M. Cello -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yeah, sure. Hey Gary, this is Todd. Good morning, thanks for the questions. First is how we're thinking about implications of Neustar, Sontiq as well as Healthcare in 2022?

First, let me remind you what we spoke about with Neustar back in the middle of September. So first with Neustar, from a margin perspective, clearly a lower margin than TransUnion today. But we spoke about the expense synergies that are there, clearly not buying in the business for expense synergies. We're really excited about the top-line growth.

So if you take those two things kind of hand in hand the business that today has got a 20% EBITDA margin, we have aspirations that over the next four to five years, it's going to scale up to be something like TransUnion's margin today.

However, in '22, it's a year of heavy lifting for us. So it'd impact on our margin. From an earnings per share perspective, we did say that it would be slightly dilutive in 2022, but then accretive I mean as we go forward beyond. If you then turn to Sontiq, Sontiq as we've covered this morning, we're expecting -- if you look at the margin, that's kind of implied in the numbers that we've put out there.

It's already carrying a margin similar to TransUnion's margins. So that will not be dilutive to the overall margin profile. From an EPS perspective, we're expecting it to be roughly about neutral in 2022 and then with growth thereafter.

And then, finally, healthcare. As you can see the numbers that we put out this morning for the size of the business, revenues about $190 million and then mid 40% adjusted EBITDA margins. Clearly, that margin is higher than TransUnion's overall margin.

So if you think about '22, it definitely will have a dilutive impact on the margin as well as on earnings per share. So I would characterize '22 as a year where we're going to integrate these acquisitions. And I think the most important thing is, these are investments for the future of TransUnion to sustain the top-line growth that we've enjoyed since our IPO. And that's the spirit behind of everything that we're doing here to reposition the portfolio toward attractive cadence for growth. And we'll have an Investor Day more than likely in the first quarter of 2022. So we'll get into all the details at that event.

Operator

The next question comes from Andrew Nicholas of William Blair. Please go ahead.

Andrew Nicholas -- William Blair -- Analyst

Hi, good morning. Thanks for taking the question. I just wanted to ask about capital allocation from here. Obviously, it's been a pretty active last couple of months. So I'm just wondering, if there are any other portfolio moves to make, if you open M&A for the right opportunity right now, or are you planning on kind of taking a step back in the near term to obviously handle what is a few different balls that you're juggling right now? Thank you.

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, thanks for the question, Andrew. What a difference a quarter makes, right? Second quarter, we got a lot of questions about the degree to which we deleveraged and toward a debt ratio of 2 times EBITDA by the end of the year and even some questions about whether we were going to increase the dividend, all a great thing to do.

But as we said, then, we were active in M&A discussions that advanced our strategy and broadened our value proposition to the markets that we serve. We've now executed on a few of these, including the divestiture of our Healthcare business, which was designed in part to free capital to pay for these portfolio management moves that we've been making, but also to liberate the business and combine it with an asset that can help accelerate its growth. All right.

So I think it's exciting on a couple of levels. There is a lot going on in the M&A market. Obviously, we've made some big moves here. And these are moves designed to drive nation ultimately growth. And so, we've got to digest them and apply our talent in our innovation capacity to getting the most out of these acquisitions, because each one is very synergistic with a core position we have and it's really a bad debt.

These moves one plus one can be more than two, right? And we believe that is the case. That said, we don't like -- never say never. And we're open to other moves that would advance the strategy. But we have to be mindful of course of our balance sheet and not taking on too much debt and also our ability to digest all of this, so we execute effectively.

And I think, look, I'll pass it over to Todd now to talk a bit more about our thinking on debt.

Todd M. Cello -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Thanks, Chris. So as I showed in the slides, you can see the leverage ratio that we're anticipating. So just to kind of go back and reiterate on that. If you looked at all of 2021 and on a pro forma basis, you layer in Neustar, Sontiq and subtracts the healthcare business, leverage ratio would be at 3.8 times. And we've publicly said for a number of years that our target leverage ratio is about 3.5 times.

So we're just slightly ahead of that. But as we also showed in our prepared materials, we're expecting that for full year 2022, that leverage ratio will tick down to 3.3 times. So the characteristics of TransUnion's business model on full on display with these acquisitions as well, because of the margins and free cash flows. that the businesses generate ultimately increase the adjusted EBITDA as well too gives us the confidence that we'll be able to delever.

So with that being said, the ability to delever does create capacity for us on an M&A perspective. So as Chris said, we're going to continue to look. The market is attractive right now. And -- but there's clearly a lot ahead of us from an integration perspective that we want to make certain that we execute flawlessly on.

Andrew Nicholas -- William Blair -- Analyst

Great, thank you.

Operator

The next question comes from Manav Patnaik of Barclays. Please go ahead.

Manav Patnaik -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thank you. Just two quick ones. And that is, what is I guess the current normalized healthcare growth rate just to try and understand the impact to '22 numbers? And I apologize if I missed it. But for Sontiq like who is the competition there on the consumer side or just however you look at it?

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Well, let me start with the competitive landscape for Sontiq and then I'll hand it over to Todd for the financial question on healthcare. Look, as many of the players that you know already.

I mean, we consider certainly experience in Equifax have offerings in this marketplace and bring broad suite of solutions. One of the large insurers Allstate has Infoarmor.

There is also Identity Guard Norton LifeLock, which is a direct to consumer play that certainly has a comparable suite of functionality. But with amalgam, we're going to bring, I think we meet the mark of the market in terms of the breadth and dimension of the offering.

And then, we also have some kind of some unique benefits. So obviously credit scores and reports and a simulator and then one and multi-bureau monitoring as part of the core package as well as monitoring the dark web, looking at transaction monitoring to bank relationships, reputation and social monitoring, and in the event of a negative occurrence we can restore the consumers' identity as well as pursue reimbursement of stolen funds.

So we really deepened our product offering here in the direct-to-consumer business and that's going to benefit us both in the direct market and the indirect space. Todd, on healthcare?

Todd M. Cello -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes. As far as healthcare's growth rate, I think what's important to point out here is that vertical returned to growth in the third quarter obviously impacted by the pandemic over the last several quarters. And that the growth rates that we experienced in the third quarter is mid single-digits.

Operator

The next question comes from Hamzah Mazari of Jefferies. Please go ahead.

Mario Cortellacci -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hi, this is Mario Cortellacci filling in for Hamzah. Just wondering if you could just touch on the rationale for selling healthcare?

Obviously you guys have made the point that it's much better off with the healthcare focused business and can benefit from that. But were there no synergies within TransUnion, or are there any dis-synergies from divesting?

And then, I know, you just touched on growth with Monevo. But just around the timing, and you said that volumes are approaching pre-COVID levels, you've returned to growth.

But could you just update us on where the revenue and the margins are today versus pre-COVID levels?

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Sure. Well we'll unpack the question, starting first with the strategic rationale for divesting healthcare. Look, our position has been for a long time that healthcare both accelerated our growth, but also provided some portfolio diversification. And so we like the business and we invested in internal innovation and acquisition to grow it.

However, as we've looked at the overall macro dynamics in the healthcare market over these past several years, there is a real push toward consolidation and building scale, both on the provider side, to actual healthcare providers themselves, the hospital systems, medical systems and like and also on the healthcare provider space, right.

And so, we felt like we needed to gain scale and breadth in our offering to the marketplace in order to fully compete. But then, we had a whole variety of other growth and innovation ideas and frankly not the balance sheet to fund it all, right nor the pure focus on the healthcare space, that a dedicated player like nThrive, backed by clearly can provide. When the nThrive business was marketed a couple of years ago, we looked at it hard. And ultimately, we decided that given other growth ideas that we had, we needed to pass on it. But at that point, we realized that it was time to liberate this healthcare asset that we bought and find a really good strategic partner to combine it with.

We think that the fit between IDfy and healthcare business is extremely complementary. It gives us a very nice and complete, but not overlapping positions in the front, in middle and back-end of revenue cycle management.

We're also excited that we're going to have a continuing business relationship with this new combined healthcare entity, where we can provide them with data and analytic services to help them completely serve their healthcare customers.

So that was, look, that was the rationale. It's bittersweet, because healthcare has been a terrific diversification investment for TransUnion. But we wanted to build scale and really focus our portfolio on a collection of assets that made a lot of sense together and we're very synergistic, but could also be taken across all of the markets in which we compete around the world.

Now, as for synergies, yes, absolutely. There are some synergies. We're going to have an ample transition services agreement as the new acquirer integrates our healthcare business onto their platform. And look, over time will unwind any dis-synergies, which we think are fairly minor.

Todd M. Cello -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

And I'll just add on to that from a financial point of view. Obviously, we've put the numbers out. And you see the revenue, we said 190 approximately in 2021 with a mid 40% adjusted EBITDA margin. I wouldn't say out-characterized the business, is one that persevered throughout the pandemic.

And it was more of an issue of -- an impact on patient volumes during that time. And what we found is that there was absolutely nothing structural that changed. So now what we're experiencing is volumes now returning back to more normal levels.

The business is now getting back to that mid single-digit growth that we were expecting and the case in point is the performance that we just saw in the third quarter. So and Chris articulated the strategic -- no rationale for it.

Mario Cortellacci -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Thank you very much. The next question comes from Andrew Jeffrey of Truist Securities. Please go ahead.

Andrew Jeffrey -- Truist -- Analyst

Hi, good morning, guys. Appreciate you taking the question. I -- sometimes I feel like I've been doing this too long. But I go back and I think about the Alliance Data Conversant acquisition in 2014 and some of the rationale -- they talked about seven years ago, it sounds like some of the rationale behind the Neustar deal. I understand there's more fraud in ID resolution and you have proprietary data that didn't exist in that deal.

But can you just talk a little bit about why from a media effectiveness standpoint, this is a different transaction, a better transaction and maybe how the market has changed to accommodate that?

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, sure. So listen, focused on what we're doing with Neustar today in the combination of our assets, I guess, at the most basic and strategic level, the deal with Neustar helps us fully translate our traditional business model into the digital world.

And I mean, if you look back at the time even before the Internet, the CRAs have always operated at the intersection of credit risk analysis, target marketing and fraud mitigation.

So we work with Chief Risk Officers in the lending division to understand the marketplace and then to figure out who they wanted to make offers to and the nature of those offers. We would then help them market the offers based on our authoritative terrestrial data and those offers would show up and again pre-Internet, they show up in the consumers' mailbox.

The consumer then if they want to accept the offer, they initiated with a call to a call center and an authentication experience if you will that back then was based on answering questions that came from knowledge of the consumer's wallet based on our credit information and then with the acquisition of -- will be an adding public record information.

So we've been at this intersection of these three domains for most of our existence. Now, with the advent of the Internet and the light it need to start reaching consumers on the web, we recognized there was a problem, where outside of the walled gardens a lot of transactions were anonymous.

So we began aggregating digital identifiers and Neustar was one of the leading players in both aggregating that data, but also developing a technology platform and a series of algorithms that help resolve identity on the slide, that could enable really accurate targeting and fraud mitigation on the web.

And we think that with the completion of this transaction, we've now got our business model covered and what is a hybrid here, where look, while direct mail and the like in call centers, they may be declining as a percentage of total transactions. They are still growth full in vibrant marketplaces, because they still work. There's still a return on those activities.

So we've got to be able to serve that, it's up to be able to bridge to the digital domain and be as effective there. So that's the industrial logic behind the transaction. I believe with this combination, we're getting probably the best platform of its kind in the Neustar OneID platform and the combination of data between the two enterprises is a really, really strong if and leading offering in the marketplace.

And then, you're combining our marketing business and their marketing business and their sophisticated tool sets for generating audiences and for analyzing the mix of media to attain a certain marketing return and the effectiveness of those activities, we have created a real scale critical mass player that cuts across both terrestrial marketing and digital marketing. It is positioned to really serve customers with a new level of effectiveness.

Andrew Jeffrey -- Truist -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

The next question comes from Toni Kaplan of Morgan Stanley. Please go ahead.

Toni Kaplan -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Thank you. I wanted to ask about India, the growth there seems to be strong and recovering from some of the lock-downs that we've seen there. Can you just talk about the current state of India and if you think the growth trajectory is fully back on track for that business?

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, well, I'll start off and then Todd as the former International CFO has got some boots on the ground experience. But look, I think the India business is proving its resilience. I mean, we've seen, obviously, lending volumes and business robustness in general has been a directly influenced by the intensity of the pandemic that India has gone through and is recovering from a really intensive period infection rate and we all know that.

And I think what you're seeing in this recovery, in a prior recovery just how growth full and resilient that market is. And then, we've got a great and broad position there. We're not only the leading provider of consumer credit information, but we're also one related providers of commercial credit information and fraud mitigation and a whole range of services. So India is exciting. I don't think India or any market within our portfolio is yet firing on all cylinders. Right. We're still recovering. There's still headwind. But look, I think our positions overall in the 30 markets we serve are heavily weighted toward emerging and growth full verticals and markets.

Todd M. Cello -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

And Chris, I just add on to that for just that you've called me back to the minority investments that we made in IDfy. So TransUnion is built out our business in India by exporting IP from other geographies that TransUnion operates in and we've benefited from such capabilities as CreditVision, fraud decisioning and analytics. But now, we're starting to see the opportunity to make investments in strategic partnerships in this space.

So we're excited about what we announced with IDfy, which is a provider of video ID the verification and authentication for on-boarding. And this is the type of capability that has the potential to have the IP go back the other way, which is something that, maybe it's in India today. But it's something that we could use in our other geographies. So we're really excited about the opportunity just to continue to bolster the capabilities of the assets that we have in there.

Toni Kaplan -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Thanks so much.

Operator

The next question comes from Ashish Sabadra of RBC Capital Markets. Please go ahead.

Ashish Sabadra -- RBC -- Analyst

Thanks for taking my question. My question was just the changes an Apple IDFA and how that's affecting all the social media companies? I was just wondering if you can talk about how the Neustar acquisition as well as the Iovation and other strong Identity products that you have, how does that positioned TransUnion for this changing environment? Thanks.

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Hey. Ashish, can you repeat that. We had a little bit of tap thing or we didn't hear you well. We were scrambling to trying to figure out what the exact question was, could you ask it again, we want to make sure get your question answered properly.

Ashish Sabadra -- RBC -- Analyst

Sure, sure. Sorry about that. Yeah. My question was the Apple IDFA changes, that seems to be impacting the social media companies, because of how the Identity gets resolved. And my question was with the acquisition of Neustar as well as the Iovation and other identity solutions that you have.

Can you help advertisers address those issues or how is TransUnion positioned in this changing environment? Thank you.

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, now, that's -- it's a great question and one of the highest order questions of this industry. And look, this issue of it identifying consumers on the web, initially it was solved by companies that focused their identity graphs around cookies.

And as you have pointed out, whether it's Apple or Google or other players with the push for consumer privacy, the use of cookies by third parties on website is diminishing, right, making which is the deteriorated performance of identity graphs that are anchored around the cookie.

Companies like Neustar and TransUnion design their solutions from the beginning to operate in the post cookie world. So the way we resolve identity is based on multiple factors.

Certainly, we have a large data set of cookies that is part of the solution. But we also have terrestrial information, cellphone information, URLs, device IDs, mobile ad IDs, behavioral -- a whole panoply of information and a lot of real deep and thoughtful intelligence around the algorithms that resolves that information frankly in milliseconds right to support personalized transactions in real time.

So one of the reasons that we've doubled down in this space is we felt like the market was moving toward our broader identity resolution capabilities and that could be advantage.

Ashish Sabadra -- RBC -- Analyst

That's very helpful color. Thank you.

Operator

The next question comes from George Tong of Goldman Sachs. Please go ahead.

George Tong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Hi, thanks. Good morning. Turning to the base business. You touched on relatively healthy consumer credit trends. Can you elaborate on bank card, auto in mortgage volume trends that you're currently seeing in factoring into your outlook?

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Well, let's say year-to-date in third quarter, the performance of our financial services unit in the U.S. is really strong and it's substantially stronger if you control for the decline in mortgage.

We've seen a surge in consumer lending activity, credit card active as well and even the auto business, even though there are some constraints on supply is growth full and performing well.

Now, in terms of the look forward, we've given you our guidance for the fourth quarter. And as you can see, it's not simply an improvement based on the over performance in the third quarter.

We're also assuming just a more robust environment. And at this point, I don't think we're going, we're guiding for '22. I think that will come in the early part of next year.

George Tong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Got it. Thank you.

Aaron Hoffman -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Great. That brings us to the conclusion of the call today. I know, it's a very busy earnings day. We had a lot of news today. So we appreciate everybody's patience and perseverance working through all of the news an exciting day. So we know that you'll take the time to do that. And we thank you for you spending the time with us this morning. Wish you all a great day today. Bye-bye.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 75 minutes

Call participants:

Aaron Hoffman -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Christopher A. Cartwright -- President & Chief Executive Officer

Todd M. Cello -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Steinerman -- JPMorgan -- Analyst

Jeff Meuler -- Baird -- Analyst

Gary Bisbee -- Bank of America Securities -- Analyst

Andrew Nicholas -- William Blair -- Analyst

Manav Patnaik -- Barclays -- Analyst

Mario Cortellacci -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Andrew Jeffrey -- Truist -- Analyst

Toni Kaplan -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Ashish Sabadra -- RBC -- Analyst

George Tong -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

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