Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, (NYSE: BLX) and Tcg Bdc (NASDAQ:CGBD) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, risk, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, and Tcg Bdc’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, 31.94% 8.09% 1.18%
Tcg Bdc N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

16.1% of Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Tcg Bdc shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Tcg Bdc shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, and Tcg Bdc, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, 1 2 0 0 1.67
Tcg Bdc 0 0 4 0 3.00

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, presently has a consensus price target of $27.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.60%. Tcg Bdc has a consensus price target of $19.13, suggesting a potential upside of 3.21%. Given Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior,’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, is more favorable than Tcg Bdc.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, and Tcg Bdc’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, $127.99 million 8.09 $82.26 million $2.09 12.58
Tcg Bdc N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, has higher revenue and earnings than Tcg Bdc.

Dividends

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Tcg Bdc pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.0%. Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, pays out 73.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, beats Tcg Bdc on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior,

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (the Bank) is a specialized multinational bank. The Bank is established to support the financing of trade and economic integration in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Company operates in two segments: Commercial and Treasury. The Bank’s Commercial segment incorporates all of the Bank’s financial intermediation and fees generated by the commercial portfolio activities, such as origination of bilateral and syndicated credits, short- and medium-term loans, acceptances and contingent credits. The Bank’s Treasury segment incorporates deposits in banks and all of the Bank’s trading assets, securities available-for-sale and held-to-maturity, and the balance of the investment funds. The Bank serves a range of sectors, including oil and gas, agribusiness, food processing and manufacturing. Its products and services are categorized into three main areas: Financial Intermediation Business, Structuring and Syndications Business and Treasury.

About Tcg Bdc

TCG BDC, Inc., formerly Carlyle GMS Finance, Inc., is a managed and non-diversified closed-end investment company. The Company is focused on lending to middle market companies. The Company’s investment objective is to generate current income and capital appreciation primarily through debt investments in the United States and middle market companies. The Company seeks to achieve its investment objective primarily through direct originations of secured debt, including first lien senior secured loans and second lien senior secured loans. The Company’s first lien senior secured loans include stand-alone first lien loans, first lien/last out loans, and unitranche loans. Second lien senior secured loans (Middle Market Senior Loans), with the balance of its assets invested yielding in higher investments include unsecured debt, mezzanine debt and investments in equities. The Company’s investment adviser is Carlyle GMS Investment Management L.L.C.

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