TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE: TSLX) is one of 573 publicly-traded companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare TPG Specialty Lending to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares TPG Specialty Lending and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TPG Specialty Lending 60.77% 12.68% 7.41%
TPG Specialty Lending Competitors -40.24% 6.72% 5.30%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares TPG Specialty Lending and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
TPG Specialty Lending N/A N/A 9.59
TPG Specialty Lending Competitors $57.58 million $38.86 million -0.16

TPG Specialty Lending’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than TPG Specialty Lending. TPG Specialty Lending is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility & Risk

TPG Specialty Lending has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TPG Specialty Lending’s peers have a beta of 0.55, suggesting that their average stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TPG Specialty Lending 0 2 2 0 2.50
TPG Specialty Lending Competitors 192 1181 1412 13 2.45

TPG Specialty Lending currently has a consensus price target of $20.25, suggesting a potential downside of 2.74%. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 39.78%. Given TPG Specialty Lending’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TPG Specialty Lending has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

TPG Specialty Lending pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.5%. TPG Specialty Lending pays out 71.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies pay a dividend yield of 8.7% and pay out 87.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.7% of TPG Specialty Lending shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.2% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.9% of TPG Specialty Lending shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” 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

TPG Specialty Lending beats its peers on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

TPG Specialty Lending Company Profile

TPG Specialty Lending, Inc. is an externally managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company is a specialty finance company focused on lending to middle-market companies. It seeks to generate current income primarily in the United States-domiciled middle-market companies through direct originations of senior secured loans and originations of mezzanine and unsecured loans and investments in corporate bonds and equity securities. The Company invests in first-lien debt, second-lien debt, mezzanine and unsecured debt and equity and other investments. Its first-lien debt may include standalone first-lien loans; last out first-lien loans; unitranche loans and secured corporate bonds. Its second-lien debt may include secured loans and secured corporate bonds, with a secondary priority behind first-lien debt. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s portfolio was invested across 19 different industries. The Company’s investment advisor is TSL Advisers, LLC.

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