Liberty All-Star Equity Fund (NYSE: USA) and BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust (NYSE:BTA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Liberty All-Star Equity Fund and BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Liberty All-Star Equity Fund 0 1 2 0 2.67
BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust 2 5 7 0 2.36

Liberty All-Star Equity Fund presently has a consensus price target of $44.50, indicating a potential upside of 646.64%. BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust has a consensus price target of $360.36, indicating a potential upside of 2,803.76%. Given BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust is more favorable than Liberty All-Star Equity Fund.

Profitability

This table compares Liberty All-Star Equity Fund and BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Liberty All-Star Equity Fund N/A N/A N/A
BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust -45.66% -3.37% -2.00%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.5% of Liberty All-Star Equity Fund shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Liberty All-Star Equity Fund shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Liberty All-Star Equity Fund pays an annual dividend of $0.13 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust does not pay a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Liberty All-Star Equity Fund and BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Liberty All-Star Equity Fund N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Liberty All-Star Equity Fund beats BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust on 7 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Liberty All-Star Equity Fund

Liberty All-Star Equity Fund is a diversified, closed-end management investment fund. The Fund seeks total investment return comprising long-term capital appreciation and current income through investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of equity securities. It allocates its portfolio assets on an approximately equal basis among several independent investment management organizations having various investment styles recommended and monitored by its investment advisor. It invests at least 80% of its net assets in a diversified portfolio of equity securities. The Fund invests in various sectors, including financials, information technology, healthcare, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, industrials, energy, materials, real estate, utilities and telecommunication services. Its investment managers invest primarily for pension funds, endowments, foundations and other institutions. The Fund’s investment advisor is ALPS Advisors, Inc.

About BlackRock LT Municipal Advantage Trust

BlackRock Long-Term Municipal Advantage Trust (the Trust) is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Trust’s investment objective is to provide current income exempt from regular federal income tax. The Trust seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing, under normal market conditions, at least 80% of its assets in municipal obligations and derivative instruments with exposure to such municipal obligations, in each case that are exempt from federal income tax (except that the interest may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax). The Trust invests primarily in long-term municipal bonds with a maturity of more than 10 years at the time of investment. The Trust’s municipal bond portfolio will have a dollar-weighted average maturity of more than 10 years. The Trust may invest directly in such securities or synthetically through the use of derivatives. BlackRock Advisors, LLC is the investment manager of the Trust.

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