American Capital Senior Floating (NASDAQ: ACSF) and Kayne Anderson Energy Development (NYSE:KED) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

31.0% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

American Capital Senior Floating pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.2%. Kayne Anderson Energy Development does not pay a dividend. American Capital Senior Floating pays out 37.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares American Capital Senior Floating and Kayne Anderson Energy Development’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Capital Senior Floating N/A N/A N/A $3.11 3.65
Kayne Anderson Energy Development N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for American Capital Senior Floating and Kayne Anderson Energy Development, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Capital Senior Floating 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kayne Anderson Energy Development 0 0 1 0 3.00

Kayne Anderson Energy Development has a consensus price target of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.14%. Given Kayne Anderson Energy Development’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Kayne Anderson Energy Development is more favorable than American Capital Senior Floating.

Profitability

This table compares American Capital Senior Floating and Kayne Anderson Energy Development’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Capital Senior Floating 119.98% 6.97% 3.69%
Kayne Anderson Energy Development -3,648.20% -38.54% -22.63%

Summary

American Capital Senior Floating beats Kayne Anderson Energy Development on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

American Capital Senior Floating Company Profile

American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. is a non-diversified closed-end investment management company. The Company’s investment objective is to provide attractive, risk-adjusted returns over the long term primarily through current income while seeking to preserve its capital. It manages a leveraged portfolio composed primarily of diversified investments in first lien and second lien floating rate loans principally to the United States-based companies (collectively, Senior Floating Rate Loans or SFRLs), which are referred to as leveraged loans. It invests in equity tranches of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), which are securitized vehicles collateralized primarily by SFRLs, and it may invest in debt tranches of CLOs. In addition, it may selectively invest in loans issued by middle market companies, mezzanine and unitranche loans and high yield bonds. It has over 80% of its assets in Senior Floating Rate Loans. The Company is managed by American Capital ACSF Management, LLC.

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.

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