Fidus Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: FDUS) is one of 576 publicly-traded companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Fidus Investment Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, dividends and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Fidus Investment Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Fidus Investment Corporation N/A N/A 8.65
Fidus Investment Corporation Competitors $57.16 million $38.88 million 0.27

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fidus Investment Corporation 62.46% 9.08% 5.56%
Fidus Investment Corporation Competitors -49.31% 6.82% 5.25%

Risk & Volatility

Fidus Investment Corporation has a beta of 1.12, suggesting that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fidus Investment Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.55, suggesting that their average share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Fidus Investment Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.3%. Fidus Investment Corporation pays out 80.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies pay a dividend yield of 8.8% and pay out 86.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Fidus 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 recent recommendations and price targets for Fidus Investment Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fidus Investment Corporation 0 2 1 0 2.33
Fidus Investment Corporation Competitors 197 1209 1422 14 2.44

Fidus Investment Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $17.50, indicating a potential upside of 4.79%. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 50.49%. Given Fidus Investment Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Fidus Investment Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

30.7% of Fidus 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 Fidus Investment Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Fidus Investment Corporation beats its peers on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

About Fidus Investment Corporation

Fidus Investment Corporation is a closed-end, non-diversified investment company. The Company provides customized debt and equity financing solutions to lower middle-market companies. The Company’s investment objective is to provide attractive risk-adjusted returns by generating both current income from its debt investments and capital appreciation from its equity-related investments. The Company typically invests in mezzanine debt, which includes senior subordinated notes and junior secured loans. The Company structures some of its debt investments as senior secured or unitranche loans. The Company’s equity securities typically consist of either a direct minority equity investment in common or preferred stock or membership/partnership interests of a portfolio company, or it may receive warrants to buy a minority equity interest in a portfolio company in connection with a debt investment. Its investment activities are managed by Fidus Investment Advisors, LLC, its investment advisor.

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