PJT Partners (PJT) & Its Competitors Critical Survey

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

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares PJT Partners and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
PJT Partners $499.43 million $5.10 million 75.29
PJT Partners Competitors $902.64 million $129.13 million 309.05

PJT Partners’ peers have higher revenue and earnings than PJT Partners. PJT Partners 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.

Dividends

PJT Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. PJT Partners pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment Banking” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out -258.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. PJT Partners lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for PJT Partners and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PJT Partners 0 0 2 0 3.00
PJT Partners Competitors 62 339 320 26 2.41

PJT Partners currently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.31%. As a group, “Investment Banking” companies have a potential downside of 19.97%. Given PJT Partners’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe PJT Partners is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility & Risk

PJT Partners has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, PJT Partners’ peers have a beta of 1.27, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares PJT Partners and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PJT Partners 2.41% -61.67% 10.01%
PJT Partners Competitors 3.43% 6.24% 4.78%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.2% of PJT Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.5% of shares of all “Investment Banking” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.3% of PJT Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.9% of shares of all “Investment Banking” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

PJT Partners peers beat PJT Partners on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

PJT Partners Company Profile

PJT Partners Inc. is an advisory-focused investment bank. The Company offers an array of strategic advisory, restructuring and special situations and private fund advisory and placement services to corporations, financial sponsors, institutional investors and governments. It provides, through Park Hill Group, private fund advisory and placement services for alternative investment managers, including private equity funds, real estate funds and hedge funds. Its advisory business offers a range of financial advisory and transaction execution capability, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, minority investments, asset swaps, divestitures, takeover defenses, corporate finance advisory, private placements and distressed sales. Its Restructuring and Special Situations Group’s services include advising companies, creditors and financial sponsors on recapitalizations, reorganizations, exchange offers, debt repurchases, capital raises, and distressed mergers and acquisitions.

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