Piper Jaffray Companies (PJC) and Its Competitors Head-To-Head Contrast

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

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

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Piper Jaffray Companies and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) 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 308.70

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

Profitability

This table compares Piper Jaffray Companies and its competitors’ 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%

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 -254.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Piper Jaffray Companies lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Piper Jaffray Companies and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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 currently 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’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Piper Jaffray Companies has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Piper Jaffray Companies has a beta of 1.56, meaning that its share price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Piper Jaffray Companies’ competitors have a beta of 1.20, meaning that their average share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

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

About Piper Jaffray Companies

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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