Kayne Anderson Energy Development (NYSE: KED) and THL Credit (NASDAQ:TCRD) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares Kayne Anderson Energy Development and THL Credit’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kayne Anderson Energy Development -3,648.20% -38.54% -22.63%
THL Credit 29.81% 10.22% 5.66%

Dividends

THL Credit pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.2%. Kayne Anderson Energy Development does not pay a dividend. THL Credit pays out 145.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Kayne Anderson Energy Development and THL Credit, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kayne Anderson Energy Development 0 0 1 0 3.00
THL Credit 0 5 2 0 2.29

Kayne Anderson Energy Development presently has a consensus price target of $23.00, indicating a potential upside of 39.99%. THL Credit has a consensus price target of $11.10, indicating a potential upside of 14.67%. Given Kayne Anderson Energy Development’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Kayne Anderson Energy Development is more favorable than THL Credit.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

48.7% of THL Credit shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of THL Credit shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Kayne Anderson Energy Development and THL Credit’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Kayne Anderson Energy Development N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
THL Credit N/A N/A N/A $0.74 13.08

Summary

THL Credit beats Kayne Anderson Energy Development on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Kayne Anderson Energy Development Company Profile

Kayne Anderson Energy Development Company is a non-diversified, closed-end fund. The Fund’s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation, through equity and debt investments. It seeks to achieve this objective by investing approximately 80% of its total assets in securities of companies that derive their revenue from activities in the energy industry, including midstream energy companies, which operates assets used to gather, transport, process, treat, terminal and store natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil or refined petroleum products; upstream energy companies, which are engaged in the exploration, extraction and production of natural resources, including natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil, from onshore and offshore geological reservoirs, and other energy companies, which are engaged in owning, leasing, managing, producing, processing and selling of coal and coal reserves. KA Fund Advisors, LLC is the advisor of the Fund.

THL Credit Company Profile

THL Credit, Inc. is an externally managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation, primarily through investments in privately negotiated debt and equity securities of lower middle market companies. The Company is a direct lender to lower middle-market companies and invests primarily in directly originated first lien senior secured loans, including unitranche investments. In certain instances, it also makes second lien secured loans and subordinated, or mezzanine, debt investments, which may include an associated equity component, such as warrants, preferred stock or similar securities, and direct equity investments. Its first lien senior secured loans may be structured as traditional first lien senior secured loans or as unitranche loans. The Company’s investment activities are managed by THL Credit Advisors LLC.

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