Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ:VRTS) versus PJT Partners (NASDAQ:PJT) Financial Contrast

PJT Partners (NYSE:PJT) and Virtus Investment Partners (NASDAQ:VRTS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares PJT Partners and Virtus Investment Partners’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PJT Partners $580.25 million 1.72 $42.56 million N/A N/A
Virtus Investment Partners $552.23 million 1.49 $75.53 million $12.26 9.74

Virtus Investment Partners has lower revenue, but higher earnings than PJT Partners.

Profitability

This table compares PJT Partners and Virtus Investment Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PJT Partners 3.13% 15.97% 10.57%
Virtus Investment Partners 13.49% 21.89% 4.03%

Risk and Volatility

PJT Partners has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Virtus Investment Partners has a beta of 1.6, meaning that its share price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

PJT Partners pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Virtus Investment Partners pays an annual dividend of $2.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Virtus Investment Partners pays out 21.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for PJT Partners and Virtus Investment Partners, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PJT Partners 0 1 1 0 2.50
Virtus Investment Partners 0 2 3 0 2.60

PJT Partners currently has a consensus price target of $42.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.05%. Virtus Investment Partners has a consensus price target of $105.60, suggesting a potential downside of 11.57%. Given PJT Partners’ higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe PJT Partners is more favorable than Virtus Investment Partners.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.2% of PJT Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 88.9% of Virtus Investment Partners shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of PJT Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.6% of Virtus Investment Partners shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Virtus Investment Partners beats PJT Partners on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

PJT Partners Company Profile

PJT Partners Inc., an investment bank, provides various strategic advisory, shareholder engagement, restructuring and special situations, and private fund advisory and placement services to corporations, financial sponsors, institutional investors, and governments worldwide. It 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. The company also advices companies, creditors, and financial sponsors on recapitalizations, reorganizations, exchange offers, debt repurchases, capital raises, and distressed mergers and acquisitions. In addition, it offers private fund advisory and placement services for various investment strategies, including private equity, hedge fund, real estate, and secondary advisory groups. The company was formerly known as Blackstone Advisory Inc. and changed its name to PJT Partners Inc. in March 2015. PJT Partners Inc. is headquartered in New York, New York.

Virtus Investment Partners Company Profile

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individual and institutional clients. It launches separate client focused equity and fixed income portfolios. The firm launches equity, fixed income, and balanced mutual funds for its clients. It invests in the public equity, fixed income, and real estate markets. The firm also invests in exchange traded funds. It employs a multi manager approach for its products. The firm employs quantitative analysis to make its investments. It benchmarks the performance of its portfolios against the S&P 500 Index. The firm conducts in-house research to make its investments. Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is based in Hartford, Connecticut.

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