TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE: TSLX) is one of 576 public companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare TPG Specialty Lending to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for TPG Specialty Lending and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TPG Specialty Lending 0 2 2 0 2.50
TPG Specialty Lending Competitors 197 1204 1421 14 2.44

TPG Specialty Lending presently has a consensus target price of $20.25, indicating a potential downside of 2.41%. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 47.45%. Given TPG Specialty Lending’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TPG Specialty Lending has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TPG Specialty Lending and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
TPG Specialty Lending N/A N/A 9.56
TPG Specialty Lending Competitors $57.58 million $38.88 million 0.03

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.8% of TPG Specialty Lending shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.2% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of TPG Specialty Lending shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares TPG Specialty Lending and its competitors’ 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 -47.61% 6.90% 5.32%

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 85.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

TPG Specialty Lending beats its competitors on 8 of the 13 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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