Comparing Piper Jaffray Companies (PJC) & Its Competitors

Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC) is one of 17 publicly-traded companies in the “Investment Banking” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Piper Jaffray Companies to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, valuation, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

Piper Jaffray Companies pays an annual dividend of $1.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Piper Jaffray Companies pays out -26.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment Banking” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.7% and pay out -258.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Piper Jaffray Companies lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.9% of Piper Jaffray Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.6% of shares of all “Investment Banking” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.4% of Piper Jaffray Companies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 18.9% of shares of all “Investment Banking” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Piper Jaffray Companies and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Piper Jaffray Companies $769.87 million -$21.95 million -15.24
Piper Jaffray Companies Competitors $902.64 million $129.13 million 308.66

Piper Jaffray Companies’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than Piper Jaffray Companies. Piper Jaffray Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Piper Jaffray Companies and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Piper Jaffray Companies 1 4 1 0 2.00
Piper Jaffray Companies Competitors 61 336 319 25 2.42

Piper Jaffray Companies presently has a consensus target price of $27.79, indicating a potential downside of 61.30%. As a group, “Investment Banking” companies have a potential upside of 1.07%. Given Piper Jaffray Companies’ peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Piper Jaffray Companies has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Piper Jaffray Companies and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Piper Jaffray Companies -6.30% 11.11% 4.58%
Piper Jaffray Companies Competitors 3.39% 6.10% 4.68%

Volatility and Risk

Piper Jaffray Companies has a beta of 1.56, indicating that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Piper Jaffray Companies’ peers have a beta of 1.25, indicating that their average share price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Piper Jaffray Companies peers beat Piper Jaffray Companies on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Piper Jaffray Companies Company Profile

Piper Jaffray Companies is an investment bank and asset management company. The Company’s segments include Capital Markets and Asset Management. The Capital Markets segment provides investment banking and institutional sales, trading and research services for various equity and fixed income products. The Asset Management segment includes its traditional asset management business and its investments in registered funds and private funds or partnerships that it manages. It provides a range of products and services, including equity and debt capital markets products; public finance services; financial advisory services; equity and fixed income institutional brokerage; equity and fixed income research, and asset management services. The Company serves the needs of corporations, private equity groups, public entities, non-profit entities and institutional investors in the United States and internationally.

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