BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: BKCC) is one of 556 publicly-traded companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Dividends

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.9%. BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation pays out -1,028.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies pay a dividend yield of 9.0% and pay out 87.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation 0 1 0 0 2.00
BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation Competitors 341 1474 1499 26 2.36

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 10.34%. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 41.40%. Given BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation has a beta of 0.85, suggesting that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.56, suggesting that their average share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation N/A N/A -103.57
BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation Competitors $57.20 million $39.05 million -0.23

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation. BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.0% of BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.2% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.3% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation -5.04% 7.20% 4.51%
BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation Competitors 518.10% 7.79% 6.00%

Summary

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation peers beat BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation Company Profile

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation 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 through its debt and equity investments. The Company provides middle-market companies with a range of financing solutions, including senior and junior secured, unsecured and subordinated debt securities and loans, and equity securities. Its targeted investment typically ranges between $10 million and $50 million. The Company generally seeks to invest in companies that operate in a range of industries. The Company’s investments are in senior and junior secured, unsecured and subordinated loans to the United States private and certain public middle-market companies. The Company’s investment advisor is BlackRock Advisors, LLC.

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